Tracey Devlyn – Grateful to #LoveRomance

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

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Romance Novels – A Whole New WorldTracey_Bones&Gemstones_NightStorm_FINAL_400x600

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 Devlyn Henley TRTRbefore 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:

Sarah J. Maas   –    sarahjmaas.com     (at Amazon)

Young Adult   –   A Court of Thorns and RosesLady's Revenge

Cristin Harber     –     cristinharber.com   (at Amazon)

Romantic Suspense   –   Winter’s Heat 

Madeline Hunter     –     madelinehunter.com     (at Amazon)

Historical   –   His Wicked Reputation 

Nicole Leiren     nicoleleiren.com     (at Amazon)

Contemporary   –    More Than One Night


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.Devlyn Grand Canyon Yellowstone

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?Devlyn The Last of the Mohicans

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?

Devlyn - Kleypas Dreaming of YouCora 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!

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#LoveRomance  #HappyReading


Tracey DevlynUSA 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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  • Kathy Nye

    I love the movie “Last of the Mohicans” and have the soundtrack. So happy to see you like the music also and named a character after Cora. Thanks for sharing.

  • heathercm2001

    I’m jealous! That would be a super fun get-together every other week. I wish I had something like that near me. Wonderful post!

  • Love hearing how you discovered romance, Tracey!

  • catslady

    I really enjoyed A Lady’s Revenge and look forward to more of your stories!

  • Kareni

    I can’t recall a time that I didn’t read and have frequent access to a library and books; I’ll need to add that to my list of things for which I’m grateful. Now you’re in a position to bring joy to someone on their mental health days ~ kudos to you! Happy reading and writing!

  • mariannewestrich

    My husband and I spent a week in Grand Teton and Yellowstone. It is truly an awe-inspiring location!

  • Molly

    I don’t really remember when I didn’t read. But I know I started to read nor win high school. Plus I am getting ready to leave for France in February for a school study away trip till the end of June.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I used to take out 10 library books a week, when I was in elementary school. Luckily, the library was fairly close. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Kim

    I often went to the library as a child, too.

  • cheryl c.

    We went to Yellowstone last year, and it’s so special to share awesome beauty in nature with someone you love.

  • Linda Henderson

    I totally agree about the Last of the Mohicans. I love the movie so much I bought the soundtrack and I’ve just about worn it out. It has the most beautiful flowing music. We couldn’t afford books either when I was little and nobody in my family read books. When I started in first grade I discovered the school library and I’ve never looked back. After we moved closer to the town library I was there every day. After I got through with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew saga I started on different types of books and discovered Emily Loring and Grace Livingston Hill. I also formed a great love for Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney and Mary Stewart. Then I moved on the Kathleen Woodiwiss and her Flame and the Flower. I love reading romance and I hope to never have to stop.

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you so much for sharing, great post.

  • Sue G.

    Your salon sounds wonderful! Next time I’m in Chicago I will have to look it up!

  • Patty Vasquez

    Derek Craven and Sara Fielding are one of my favorite couples in literature. I always picture him holding Sara’s glasses in his hand and then pocketing them when she’s left his casino. And then the scene in which he believes she’s died- argh! It makes me want to cry…and then smile through my tears when she appears on the horizon. What a beautiful scene. I might have to go reread it.

  • Sally Schmidt

    I had forgotten about the last of the Mohicans. Now that song is in my head. Another movie that everyone tells me is really a drama but I insist is a romantic comedy is Quigley Down Under. Just watching those two come to know and appreciate each other gets me every time (in addition to making me laugh).

  • KJ

    We are like minded when it comes to Derek Craven and and Sara Feilding. These characters and their story will forever remain an amazing work of literally fiction for me personally. Thank you Tracey for sharing a bit of yourself with your readers.

  • Ann Mettert

    I enjoyed your post.

  • Pamby50

    I can’t wait to go back to Chicago to visit the kids. A trip to Naperville is in the cards. You are the 2nd person who has mentioned Lady Jane’s Salon. Everyone needs a mental health day. Glad you discovered Virginia Henley.

  • rebecca moe

    I love the theme to The Last of the Mohicans! It’s one of my all time favorite pieces of music. I might need to rewatch the movie again soon… 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Diane Sallans

    I used to listen to the soundtrack of ‘Last of the Mohicans’ when I would be writing computer programs!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your post. Hearing about Lady Jane’s Salon makes me sorry I no longer line near Chicago (where I grew up). I was one of those who read everything they could get their hands on and still do.

  • Kristine R

    Derek Craven and Sara are one of my favorite couples too

  • Nicole Potter

    I’ve always wanted to visit Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon! I bet it’s absolutely gorgeous!!