Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar here. You can also find links to the last three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook. Enjoy August!
Powerful, Valuable Romance
Of course I #LoveRomance.
What’s not to love?!
If you follow me at all, you’ve probably seen my quote, “Life is too short to read depressing books!” I firmly believe that.
Too often, literary fiction is depressing—as if storytelling is only valuable if people suffer, or life is only real if it’s filled with tragedy.
I’m all for reading uplifting, affirming books, and I most often find those in romance and women’s fiction. These are the stories of love, community, and friendship that make the most sense to me and represent my values.
What is more valuable, more powerful, than that?
There is nothing better than finishing a romance or women’s fiction novel that is beautifully written, makes me think, makes me feel, and, in the end, gives me a bit more faith in my world and the people in it.
Well, actually, that’s not completely true.
I do love those novels, but to be honest, when I finish them, I feel let down.
When I read a great book, I don’t want it to be finished. I’m so completely wrapped up in the story, the characters, and the world that I don’t want to come out of it.
That’s my greatest compliment to a book—that I’m disappointed when it’s over.
And usually the books that make me feel that way have romance in them, women’s friendships, and definitely a happy ending.
Monica is a wonderful Australian writer who’s well known in her own country, but not so much in ours. Her book, HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES, is on my keeper shelf.
I’m loving Kristin Higgins books. She has a wonderful “voice.”
I love the way Jayne Ann Krentz delivers great romantic suspense without the gore.
And I can’t wait to dive into the newest Robyn Carr.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
Most embarrassing confession ever! The single most romantic moment of my life I spent with my friend Helen instead of my husband, Mr. Bill. Helen and I were in Granada, Spain, sitting outside in a restaurant sipping wine and watching the sun set over the Alhambra. I will absolutely never forget it. And the thing is, I have a sneaky suspicion it wouldn’t have been nearly as romantic with Mr. Bill. We’d have been talking about kids, golf, writing, the stuff of everyday life, instead of simply taking in the amazing experience. Sigh…
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My friend Claire and I fell in love with historical romances in the late 1970s. That’s when we decided to sit down and write one. And, much to our surprise, we completed it. The Copeland Bride, which was published by Dell in 1982 and is (mercifully) out of print.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
The smell of charcoal heating up on an outside grill. It was a few days before our wedding, and Mr. Bill and I were checking out our new apartment. We went outside in the postage stamp, enclosed patio. Someone was grilling nearby, and this incredible sense of yearning, love, hope for the future washed over me. To this day, the smell of charcoal brings that back to me.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Historically, it would have to be John and Abigail Adams. But I also have to say there are some political marriages I find incredibly romantic. To be bipartisan about it, Bess and Harry Truman, George and Laura Bush, Michelle and Barack Obama, Gerald and Betty Ford. (Not, alas, Eleanor and Franklin or Ike and Mamie.)
Tell us about your dream date.
I’d like to take Mr. Bill to that same restaurant in Granda, Spain, and see how it would play out. (See above)
SEP is generously giving away two hardcover copies of FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT as soon as they’re available (US only, apologies to international friends.)
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 August 18, 2016. Good luck!
(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.)
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is an international bestseller whose books have been published in over 30 languages. Susan is the creator of the sports romance–especially noteworthy since she is completely inept at any sport involving a ball, although she is a brisk walker. And quite good at Jeopardy.
The newest of her Chicago Stars books, FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT, will be on sale August 23, 2016.
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