Vanessa Riley – Blissful Romance

Hi friends!

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!


Love Through the Storm

I don’t know about you, but when the world gets cold and dark, I look to escape in Passion Most Pureblissful romance. It’s not that I cannot survive the rain, the heartache, betrayal, or loss. I can. I come from a line of tough broads, each a queen in her own right. Each broke chains, walls, or anything else that obstructed her path and all of them built better lives for their families.

Nonetheless, the hero in each of us needs a little help to win. We can’t always be strong. We can’t always wipe our own tears. Sometimes, a little more love can push us through the storm. Romance novels give that thrust, that sloppy wet kiss our souls need to endure until the sun appears. This year I’ve clung to my romance novels, along with my flintlocks and Bible.

A romance novel is more than passion. It’s a story of survival as much as it is about love. Heated MomentsRomance fills in the holes, like when I am missing my family and want to feel the noise of a brood, reading of Katie O’Connor and her clan from Julie Lessman’s A Passion Most Pure adds missing pep to my step.

If I feel the world is a little too cold, and I need a good laugh and lots of love to pick me up, I’ll grab Heated Moments by Rita-Nominated Phyllis Bourne.

When I’m feeling bullied or pushed around by life, I’ll become Teresa July from Beverly Jenkins’s Wild Sweet Love. I’ll ride the range where people are young, bold, and in control. Heaven help the problem that crosses my path.

When the world gets too real and too many of my brothers in blue and brown are Wild Sweetbeing killed for the color of their uniform or skin, I now reach for one of my own books, Unveiling Love —

With the breath he could muster from his stunned lungs, Barrington blew out the candle. Darkness collapsed upon everything. Feeling his way, he started for freedom.

Round, round, and down, Barrington lugged and hopped and crashed into the wall. Shaking off the sting, he made a final leap to the last stair tread.

Catching his breath, he pressed on the door as lightly as possible so the hinges wouldn’t announce them. The crack exposed the foyer and the shadows of five men.

An impatient curse flew. Beake’s voice.

The solicitor and four others stood a few paces from the stairwell. If they came this way, they’d catch Barrington.

Beakes’s runners were ruthless. They’d fill Barrington with lead shots and probably Unveiling BoxjpgMiller too. Those men would only see black skin, a thief deserving death, not a gentleman trying to save a friend. All Barrington’s work to prove himself as an equal to any would be in ruins. The project Hessing’s so aptly called him would be over. No winning legacy of hard work. All would be erased by this folly.

Heart gonging like cymbals, he waited and mouthed a prayer. Pass another way.

At a snail’s pace they moved. One reached for the knob. 

His lungs constricted, flipping out of his chest. He braced for the end. It was all over. Amora’s protection, his career, his honorable name, everything.


Vanessa recommends:

I highly recommend all the authors I mentioned above and must add:

Piper Huguley   –       (at Amazon)

Vanessa Miller    –    (at Amazon)

 and Rhonda McKnight   –     (at Amazon)

All great romance authors with messages to stir the soul.

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

 That would be my first date with my husband. I was a serious engineering nerd and joked with someone that if I was to get married in my twenties, God would have to send me a burning bush like he sent Moses. Frank took me to a restaurant that had a huge fire display with flames that danced on water. The blaze reflected in his glasses like a burning bush. We were married ten months later. I was age twenty-six.

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

 Hubby and I are celebrating twenty-years this month. I’m wise enough to know not to answer this question.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

My porch brings me joy. It is truly a southern porch with white railings and rocking chairs. I love sitting and rocking with a cup of tea. It’s quiet with only an occasional wind rustling the leaves. Very romantic and peaceful. I get a lot of ideas out here, except during pollen season.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are my favorites.  The young queen falls hopelessly in love with a handsome foreign prince and forges a deep, lasting bond with him in spite of cultural and political differences. It gives me goose pimples.

Tell us about your dream date. 

My dream date would have to involve private jets, breakfast at a quaint café in Paris, a shopping spree in the perfume district, and a visit to the Apple store.

Vanessa is generously giving away one set of paperbacks (4 books) of the Unveiling Love series to one lucky reader (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 29, 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.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

Vanessa RileyAward-winning author Vanessa Riley worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Jane Austen and History enthusiast, Vanessa brings the flavor of diverse peoples to her Regency novels.

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  • catslady

    I’ve always said that reading is the one thing that has kept me sane and romance is the icing on the cake 🙂

    • Vanessa Riley

      And nothing goes better with cake than a side of romance. Thanks for commenting.

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a lovely post. I’d enjoy your dream date, I’d just switch out the perfume district for some visits to chocolate stores. Happy writing!

    • Vanessa Riley

      Kareni, yes, chocolate would be a must.

  • Melissa Williams Herrin

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    • Vanessa Riley

      Thank you, Melissa. Good luck with the giveaway.

  • Sue G.

    Love your dream date! That sounds fun!

    • Vanessa Riley

      I know. Hubby needs to save his pennies. Thanks for commenting.

  • Ann Mettert

    Your porch sounds wonderful. I want a porch!!! 😉

    • Vanessa Riley

      Thanks Ann. It’s great during rain showers too.

  • Molly

    Thanks for the giveaway and I want your pouch too.

    • Vanessa Riley

      Thank you, Molly. The porch is a lovely place.

  • Debbie Fuller

    Great post! Thank you!

    • Vanessa Riley

      Thank you, Debbie. Good luck with the competition.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your post. You have shared some wonderful authors and books. I love your story about dinner with your husband.

    • Vanessa Riley

      Thank you. I My military hubby is a keeper. We were engaged three weeks from that burning bush date. We celebrated 20 years this week.

  • Patty Vasquez

    Porches are the best. I don’t have one- we have the proverbial suburban deck- but I would dearly love to have that cozy place from which I could watch the world go by, listen to the soft patter of the rain, and curl up with a good book.

    • Vanessa Riley

      Absolutely Patty, Absolutely.

  • Linda Henderson

    I find myself reading more and more lately because real life is tough right now. I force myself to watch the news in case there is something I need to know but frankly the political junk is getting to me. So I find myself picking up books more often. I’m re-reading a lot of my favorites because I know they will take me away for awhile. I’m so glad there are romance stories to enjoy.

  • Pamby50

    I don’t have the porch but a patio where I sit in my rocking chair with my tea. I understand why we all read romance to escape. Life is so crazy out there right now. A couple of years ago I was introduced to Beverly Jenkins. Loved her books. Looking forward to reading yours.

  • Connie Saunders

    Porches, iced tea and books! Nothing better!!

  • rebecca moe

    I love your burning bush story! Isn’t it funny how something you say can come back to you like that? I half-jokingly made a list of “requirements” for a future spouse while in college–hockey player (only because our college had a hockey team but no football), large family (I only have 1 brother and wanted my kids to have a large extended family), and a shorter last name–I was willing to go as high as 7 letters (my maiden was 11 letters, and NO ONE could pronounce it. Ever.) I wasn’t actually serious about any of it, though.

    Then I met my husband–he played defense in a bar league, was number 6 out of 7 children (our 2nd child is grandchild #13), and his last name was 3 letters long. We were set up by his older sister, who I worked with at school–I didn’t even think about how he fit my list until much, much later!

    Thanks for posting!