Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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Experiencing Romance Again & Again
I fell in love with romance when I was probably in third or fourth grade. I think the first romance sort of book I ever read was Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. It was also the first…gasp…almost grown-up book I’d read. Before that, it was all Bunnicula and Little House.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with a vampiric bunny—and if anybody says otherwise, stake them with a celery stalk. At midnight.
But the romantic in me was swooning over that story…the teenaged girl, the sexy guy…her day dreams. It’s been years since I read it and I can’t remember much of the plot. There are bits and pieces… like the title came from the nickname the heroine had—given to her by the love interest. There was a daydream she had about what it would be like if it was just the two of them, alone in their little valley.
That’s about it, though. And yet I remember the rush I got reading it. The pang of first love, before I even got what first love was.
And that’s why I #loveromance. When you’re reading a romance, you can get caught up in the lives of the characters and feel that pang again, each time you read one. Well, assuming it’s a good one. 😉
Some people think that the women who read romance are the ones who don’t have it in their lives, but I know so many women, like myself, who are happily married and I think that’s part of why we #loveromance…we read a book and we get to feel that kick, that thrill anew.
I’m looking at twenty years of marriage with my guy now…July 2016. Twenty wonderful years and while no romance could ever come quite close to touching on what I have with him, the laughter we’ve shared, the memories, the family we’ve built, there’s a great deal to be said for just sitting down and falling into the pages of a story…and experiencing it all over again.
So…what are some of the reasons you #loveromance…?
Well, Nalini Singh and Nora Roberts are always at the top of my list.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
Romance, in reality, can be a crazy beast. What strikes one woman as romantic isn’t going to be romantic to another. For me, all the little things my guy does are the definition of romance, though. Last week, I had to leave to go do something…I can’t remember what. The next day was my birthday and I was going to be out of town with the kids. He couldn’t come with us—stupid work schedule. And because he knows how I love presents, when I got back, although he had already gone to bed…(again…stupid work schedule)…he left my present sitting on the counter and told the kids to tell me to open it. He gets me. He so gets me…
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
I share romance with 13,000 of my closest friends. My twitter friends…naturally. Most of my friends in real life aren’t as much on romance as I am, although my kids’ nana does love a JD Robb book…as any person should! I talk romance books and recs, etc more with people online than I do anywhere else. And that’s awesome, because the recommendations are never-ending.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
Any place where you can be with the person you’re happy with… 😉 Yes. It’s cheesy, but it’s true. I was stuck on an unexpected layover with my husband when we were taking our anniversary trip and just because we were together and able to chat—no kid interruptions!!!—it was…well, not bad. I won’t say the airport was romantic, but it was fun, just being with him.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Sigh… Eve and Roarke. The In Death books, by JD Robb. Also…Cherijo and Duncan, from the Stardoc books by SL Viehl. Those aren’t romance, but the love between those two? Sigh…my heart
Tell us about your dream date.
Eesh… this is hard because my tastes and likes vary all the time. But I’d love to tour bourbon country with my husband. We’re close and we’ve visited a lot of wineries. I’d love to spend the day, though, visiting the distilleries in the area, having lunch…just talking and hanging out.
Shiloh is generously giving away a signed copy of The Right Kind of Trouble to US readers and an Amazon gift card to international readers. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Aug 8, 2016.***International friends, be sure to include your country in your comment so we know to include you in the international drawing. Good luck!
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Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Look for her newest book, The Right Kind of Trouble, due out today (Aug 2) from St. Martins.
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