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!
Unlike many authors, I didn’t know from the cradle that I wanted to be a writer. Growing up, I knew little of books and nothing about authors or writing. No one in my family read novels, or books of any kind, for that matter. Though I recall a stack of comics that would sell for a fortune on eBay nowadays.
What I knew of books came from Scholastic catalogs that my school handed out. I would check the box next to scores of books I wanted, but in the end, we couldn’t afford to purchase a single one. My local library was on the opposite side of town. I didn’t make it there often, as I had to walk or ride my bike anywhere I went. When I did make the rare visit, I would sit cross-legged in the aisle with a big, picture-filled book of animals splayed on my lap. I don’t remember if I read those books. My rusty memory only offers up spotty images of me thumbing through pages and pages of beautiful, exotic pics.
Not until I took a mental health day from work did I find novels.
Sprawled on my couch and bored to death, I flipped through dozens of T.V. channels before pausing on The Jenny Jones Show. Yep, you read that right. The Chicago-based talk show host happened to be featuring a panel of romance authors. Romance authors? Never heard of them. A few days later, I began reading my first romance novel—Virginia Henley’s The Raven and The Rose.
Fast forward twenty years later, and I’m still reading.
Romance novels changed my life. I became a reader, a writer, a true believer in the human spirit. I shall always be grateful to romance novels—and mental health days.
Read On, Peeps!
Tracey Devlyn recommends:
Some recent 5-star reads:
Romantic Suspense – Winter’s Heat
Historical – His Wicked Reputation
Contemporary – More Than One Night
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
Many years ago, my husband and I visited Yellowstone National Park. We loved everything about the park, however, the natural feature that struck us silent was the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It’s difficult to describe the breathtaking quality of this enormous waterfall, but my husband and I stood there, arm and arm, feeling closer to nature—and to each other—than we ever had before.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
I’m pretty darn lucky. Why? Because I get to share romance with fifty fabulous readers every other Tuesday at Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville. There’s nothing like introducing readers to new-to-them authors.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
I sure do—the theme song for The Last of the Mohicans (1992). There’s so much emotion packed in that tune. Hits me in the chest, every time. It’s also one of my all-time favorite movies. Not sure I’ve come across anything more romantic than that waterfall scene with Cora and Nathaniel. Well, the kissing scene was pretty memorable, too.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Cora and Nathaniel, of course! The heroine in my debut novel (Cora deBeau, A Lady’s Revenge) is named after Cora Munro in The Last of the Mohicans.
But I gotta say, I LOVE Derek Craven and Sara Fielding in Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You. I love Derek’s quiet fascination of his “little mouse.”
Tell us about your dream date.
Nestled against my husband’s chest while observing Mountain Gorillas in the Congo.
Tracey Devlyn is generously giving away a signed copy of Night Storm and a handcrafted necklace to one lucky U.S. winner (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 Sep 4, 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.)
USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn wanted to be the next Dian Fossey and explore the wilds of Africa, but that was before she met chemistry and calculus and realized a business major, rather than a scientific degree, might be more up her alley. With a creative mind capable of bringing the nineteenth century to life and an enthusiasm for research that borders on disturbing, it was no surprise when she started penning romantic historical thrillers that have been met with high critical acclaim.
On top of all that, Tracey is a closet entrepreneur who co-founded the popular Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction. Tracey spends her evenings with her sexy practical-joke-playing husband who she has yet to pay back for the sneaky underwear trick and her weekends torturing her Regency-era characters.
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