Adriana Anders – HEAs For Everyone

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre! Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

#LoveRomance #ThePowerOfRomance

Because Everyone Deserves A Happy Ending

In February of this year, I released my first book. Under Her Skin is a Contemporary Romance about a woman who escapes an abuser and learns to move on. It’s a pretty common theme in romance. In fact, I’ve seen complaints that there are too many books featuring survivors of domestic abuse. I’ve heard that those stories (including Under Her Skin) are too triggering or not realistic, that there couldn’t possibly be that many victims out there. Shouldn’t romance be light? Fun? Shouldn’t it be escapist? Don’t authors get that readers want a happy vacation from reality, not a reminder of all that is crappy in the world?

Well, yes. Yes, exactly! Romance is about giving readers what they want. It’s about happily ever afters and fairy tales. It’s about making things right in the world—at least for those few hours of total immersion. It’s about righting wrongs and giving everybody the happy ending they deserve.

Everybody.

I get shivers when I think about the day the idea for Under Her Skin came to me. I was in the car, with two screaming kids in the backseat. The radio station I was listening to did a feature on a woman who gave free laser tattoo removal to victims of domestic abuse and ex-gang members. She was a survivor herself and wanted those women who’d been forcibly tattooed to be able to start over with a clean slate. I cried as I listened to the interview of that amazing woman, along with one of her clients. I’ll never forget the client talking about the ink her abuser had forced onto her skin; about how she had to look at it every day—a harsh reminder of what he’d done.

This was it. This was the book I’d write. I wanted—no, I had—to tell the story of those women—the ones who were forced to live with what had happened to them, not only in their minds day after day, but in their very bodies. I wanted to tell that story, and I wanted to give them the ending they deserved—a happy one. Under Her Skin isn’t about a magic penis that heals all or a victim who needs a man to save her. It’s the story of a woman who takes back her life with the help of a good man and a few good friends.

I use the Power of Romance for good. Because life is hard, dammit. It’s really, really hard. And I am a firm believer in happy endings for everyone—especially for those who’ve had to suffer—and what better way to give it to them than through Romance?

Adriana recommends:

Vivien Jackson’s recent debut, Wanted and Wired, is ELECTRIC. It’s the perfect escapist page-turner and I want MOAR! Thankfully, Perfect Gravity is out in November.

vivienjackson.com      @Amazon  

Juno Rushdan’s Final Hour series releases in 2018, and I can’t wait! It sounds like the edge-of-your-seat goodness that I’m looking for!

junorushdan.com   not yet @Amazon     

Amanda Bouchet writes kick-ass heroines like nobody’s business. I want to read her day and night. Heart on Fire, the last book in her Kingmaker Chronicles, is out early next year.

amandabouchet.com     @Amazon  

Molly O’Keefe has stolen the moody heroes from my dreams and made them real. Her heroes are my crack.

molly-okeefe.com    @Amazon  


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

I got an email a few weeks ago from a woman who had read Under Her Skin. I won’t quote her, because it was a very personal message, but I will say this: it was life-changing. The woman told me of her experience with domestic abuse (remarkably similar to what Uma had gone through before the book starts), and about how she’s withheld herself from love ever since her abuse. But reading my book made her believe in the possibility of finding love again. She now believes that people like her can have another chance at love. She has hope again. And that came from Romance. How about that for powerful?

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

This one is tough, because although I have a lot of crap, none of it really means that much to me. It could all go away and, as long as I have the people I love, I’ll be happy. But then I remembered Moby Dick. She was a light blue 1980 Dodge K Car Station Wagon and, by the time I inherited her, she had a hole in the floor, à la Flintstones, her back door wouldn’t open, and her front window wouldn’t close. But we loved her, my friends and I. She was our trash heap of a headquarters as we made our angsty, teenage way through life, and she served us well. RIP Moby Dick old girl, wherever you may be. Thar she blows!

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Inspiration. You know when there’s a word on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t quite remember it? Well, inspiration was that word—for about fifteen years. I could never think of it when I needed to and would always ask others to help me remember it

Sunset from Cowee Mountains Overlook, on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

when I needed it in a sentence. When I started writing romances in earnest, four and a half years ago, the word came back to me. I’m well aware of its power now that it’s here.

(Nothing like a great view to inspire me and I’m lucky enough to live near to the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the views are spectacular!)

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer for the first time this year, and it has stayed with me. It takes place in my part of the world (the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia) and paints the landscape in such lush, vivid detail that I sank right in, despite the humidity. I loved the message behind the book, along with the pacing, and the lyrical voice. I didn’t even mind that it’s not a romance. :o)

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

When I was 19 years old, I traveled to college campuses across the US, performing in a play about sexual assault. That experience (along with others relating to it) influenced my life enormously. From Doug Grissom, the man who wrote the play, to the sexual assault crisis intervention counselors who taught us actors how to talk to and support survivors, to the college students themselves (many of whom were survivors talking for the first time about what had happened to them), this experience taught me, healed me, and gave me hope. It was a defining time in my life.

Main Drawing:

Adriana is generously giving away an audiobook of the winner’s choice.

To enter, leave a message below. (US only. International friends, see below.) 

She is also sponsoring a tote & cup combo and is participating in an international bundle drawing! (see the bottom of the post for more information.)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

 

#LoveRomance #ReadARomance

 


Adriana Anders writes romance that’s dark, smart, and full of heart. She has acted and sung, slung cocktails and corrected copy. She’s worked for start-ups, multinationals and small nonprofits, but it wasn’t until she returned to her first love—writing romance—that she finally felt like she’d come home.

Today, she resides with her tall French husband and two small children in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she writes the dark, gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.

 

Learn more:

adrianaanders.com  |    Facebook     |     Twitter @AdrianasBoudoir

 

Buy Adriana’s books:

availableon-amazon       availableon-nook    availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 


MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Adriana is contributing to all of the drawings below.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week1@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week1@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors (including are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include a couple of international bundles.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  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  #ReadARomance

  • Molly

    Thanks for sharing I really enjoyed it.

  • Tracy Marr

    Adding Under Her Skin to my TBR list now!

    • Yay! Happy reading! 🙂

    • Read-A-Romance

      It is so good! xox

      • <3 Thank you!!!!! And thank you for including me here this year. This is so wonderful!

  • Sally Schmidt

    Great post and great start to the month. You’re so right – Romance doesn’t have to be all light and fluffy and unrealistic for most of us, but we need to see some true life in there and hope and that happy ending.

  • Sunny

    Fantastic post. I love hearing about your inspiration. (and about magic penises and Power of Romance!)

    • <3 If only Penises could be waved about like magic wands. IF. ONLY.

  • Joanna Moreno

    Under Her Skin is already on my TBR and my kindle! I’m with Adriana, or sort of, the reason I read romance is because there is a HEA.

    • Yay!!! The thing is, as the years go on, I have less and less tolerance for Fiction where people don’t het their HEA. My husband loves horror, but I just can’t. I can’t.

      • Joanna Moreno

        I can read other genres but I always, always come back to romance because it just so beautiful and comforting to know love will conquer it all <3 😉

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Your book is on my TBR list. I look forward to reading it. Great post and insight into your writing.

    • Thank you!!! And I’m so excited to hear you’ll be reading it!

  • Patty Vasquez

    Romance novels are about empowering women whether the story is a contemporary realistic fiction or fantasy story. If the setting is one in which women can see themselves and their path to personal success, be that love, sobriety, safety, work, or whatever- then I believe that makes the story that much more powerful. My hats off to you for having the skill and desire to write about a difficult topic.

    • Thank you, Patty. I agree wholeheartedly. Romance is my medium and I’m so thankful for all the likeminded authors and readers.

  • rebecca moe

    I’ve heard such great things about Under Her Skin–and your post makes me even more anxious to read it! Thanks so much for posting; I love hearing about how authors become inspired to write the stories they do (and how much reading romances means to them, too!)

    • I’m so glad you liked it, Rebecca! Hope you enjoy Under Her Skin!

  • MaryC

    I worked with a woman who did not think she was in an abusive relationship until she read a novel that featured a woman leaving an abusive relationship. Thankfully, the book gave her the strength to contact family to help her leave.

    • Wow. Goosebumps (and tears… it’s my way.) This is amazing. The POWER of romance, indeed.

  • Kelly Jetzer

    I can’t wait to read Under Her Skin! Great post! I agree with you that Barbara Kingsolver writes some amazingly powerful stories. I recently read Small Wonder, and was very inspired.

    • Oh, she is amazing. If you haven’t read Susanna Kearsley, I strongly recommend The Winter Sea. It’s beautiful.

  • Christyna

    I loved reading your two first novels, Adriana! So powerful, so deep, so crucial. Thank you for writing them. (I am on the waiting list at the library for the 3rd one!)

    • That makes me so happy! And thank you for all that you do, Christyna! Librarians are GODDESSES! (And Gods, obvs.)

  • Pamby50

    The best thing about Read-A-Romance month is that I am always being introduced to new authors. Definitely adding this book to my list.

    • Isn’t it wonderful? I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. And many thanks to Bobbi for putting this great event together!

      • Read-A-Romance

        xoxo

  • Glenda

    Hi Adriana, I own the first 2 books in the series, but haven’t yet read them. I do have to be in the right frame of mind for each book I read to fully appreciate it.

    • I totally understand that. Hope you enjoy them when you get there!

  • Nicole Marie

    I love a happy ending, its one of the main reasons I love romance so much! I really enjoyed your post and can’t wait to read your books!

  • Anna

    “Under Her Skin isn’t about a magic penis that heals all”

    For this line I alone, I’ll be adding you to my TBR pile. Thanks! 🙂

  • Booklover

    You’re new to me, but your books look really interested, and I’d love to listen to one of your audiobooks.

    • Excellent! Good luck in the Giveaway! 🙂

      • Booklover

        Thanks! And thanks for taking the time to do the wonderful interview.

  • April Kirkland

    I always love to hear how authors came up with the ideas for their books. Thanks for sharing.

  • Karin Anderson

    Congratulations on your fantastic entrance into this industry!

  • Kezia King

    This book sounds amazing. I’m definitely adding it to my tbr. Thanks for sharing!