Alix Rickloff – Saving the Day With Romance

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!

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Romance Is My Superpower

Like millions of people this summer, I saw DC Comics new Wonder Woman movie. And also like millions of people, I gushed over Gal Godot’s version of Diana Prince, ached at the stark scenes of WWI carnage, and wished in the back of my mind that Wonder Woman and Captain Steve Trevor got the happily ever after they so rightly deserved.

So if there was no HEA, why on earth are we talking about Wonder Woman and romance? Because a line in that movie resonated with me long after my popcorn was devoured and my ticket stub lost in the bottom of my purse—“I can save today. You can save the world.”

Obviously, it wasn’t meant as a validation of the romance genre, but I thought it summed it up my feelings as a writer perfectly.

When I sit down at my laptop, I don’t have it in my mind to write the ‘Great American Novel’ – a solid, edifying tome that will last the test of the ages and shape literary thought for thousands of English majors everywhere. I simply want to craft a great story with engaging characters that will sweep the reader away into another world. I want them to forget the arguments, the illnesses, the troubles at work, the daily stream of bad news that seems to come at us non-stop from the moment we wake to the moment we turn the light out at night. If I can make a reader’s day better, I’ve done my job.

Let other writers save the world. I can save the day. That may not make me Wonder Woman, but it does make me a romance writer—my own special super power.

 

Alix recommends:

Hester Browne  –  www.hesterbrowne.com  –  @Amazon

Mary Kay Andrews  –  marykayandrews.com  – @Amazon

 


Questions for the Author:

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

A few months ago, I received a message from a reader thrilled to hear about an upcoming release. She explained how the earlier books in the series had helped take her mind off her cancer treatments and she couldn’t wait for the next one. In that moment, I was incredibly humbled that my words had touched a complete stranger and allowed them to forget for a few moments the pain and fear they were experiencing—this is the power of romance.

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

As a child, I sucked my thumb and carried a blanket, Linus-like, wherever I went. At the age of seven, my father finally had enough and, in the chaos of a move, informed me the blanket—by now just a few scraps of chenille held together by a satin border—had been lost forever. Fast forward sixteen years to the morning of my wedding when out of some secret hiding place, my father returned my blanket which he’d kept all that time as if holding onto those long ago days when I was small.

I still have my blanket in my own secret hiding place, but now it carries the memories of both the little girl who used it for comfort and the man who loved that little girl so much he kept it safe all those years

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

If—it’s the word all writers start with. Fraught with possibilities, ‘if’ is a blank page and the first step onto a road that leads me anywhere my imagination can conjure.

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

One of my favorite authors—(I’m slipping an additional author recommendation here)—is Robin McKinley. A fantasy/sci-fi novelist, one of her earliest novels is The Blue Sword. A book I read first in high school and have since re-read every year or so. It’s a tale about a young girl who doesn’t quite fit in to the everyday world where she lives, but discovers she is a powerful warrior and magician in the world that adopts her. Why it resonated with me as a geeky, awkward teenager, I can understand. But that it still speaks to me as an adult proves that the theme of finding one’s true place and power is timeless.

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

Does it count if I can’t remember her name? My sophomore year in high school, I had an English teacher who started every class with ten minutes of free writing. Periodically, we would hand in the journals for her to read. It was the first time I felt confident enough to create my own worlds. My pages were filled with descriptions of settings, characters, quick moments of action or emotion. The next morning, I would start over with a new story and new characters. No beginnings. No endings.

Periodically we would have to hand in these journals. I can still see her bending over my desk as she returned my notebook to me. I can hear her telling me how much she enjoyed my stories, how they left her wanting to know what happened next.

Wherever she is, I wish I could tell her how much her excitement and encouragement meant to me. I wish I could let her know what happened next.

 

Main Drawing:

Alix is generously giving away a copy of Secrets of Nanreath Hall and an ARC of her Sept 19 release The Way to London: A Novel of WWII to one lucky reader To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 29, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away more copies as part of the US and international bundles, plus she’s sponsoring the tote & cup giveaway (more info. below)

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

 


Critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance, Alix Rickloff’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room), and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family’s hasty emigration to America). With inspiration like that, what else could she do but start writing her own stories?

She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children in a house that’s seen its own share of history so when she’s not writing, she can usually be found trying to keep it from falling down.

 

Learn more:

www.alixrickloff.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @alixrickloff

 

Buy Alix’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!

 

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MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) 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.

(Alix is contributing to the US and international bundles, and sponsoring the cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week4@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 Week4@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 4 contests are Aug 25 through Aug. 31

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  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.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

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

  • Mary C.

    Books are mini vacations.

    • Alix Rickloff

      Agreed, Mary C. Do you find yourself reading more in the summer or the winter? I find I’m more a ‘curl up by the wood stove’ rather than a ‘lay out by the pool’ reader.

      • MaryC

        I read about the same amount year round. The only times I’ve read by the pool was when I was on a cruise.

  • Kareni

    I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to have eased the burden of your reader going through cancer treatments. So, yes, saving the day sounds like a wonderful superpower! Thanks for an enjoyable post, Alix, and best wishes with your next writing project.

  • Kareni

    FYI: The Mary Kay Andrews Amazon link also goes to the Hester Browne page.

  • Alix Rickloff

    Thanks for stopping by, Kareni. That letter is one I look to whenever the words refuse to come and self-doubt starts to creep in — which, for me, happens more often than I’d like. 🙂

  • Alix Rickloff

    So glad you took time out of your busy weekend to stop in and chat, Melissa. Just think what this world would be like if we all did just one thing each day that made someone else’s life a little better.

  • cheryl c.

    What a sweet story about your father and your blanket.

    • Alix Rickloff

      LOL! Thanks, Cheryl. I tried to take a picture of it for this blog post, but the sad little bundle looks so pathetic. Still, the power of an object means that all I have to do is pick it up and I am instantly transported back in time.

  • Patty Vasquez

    Romance writers can save the day. In my case they often do. Thank you for that!

    • Alix Rickloff

      Patty, isn’t it wonderful when we find someone whose books completely take us over? I named a few, but this post was too short to list all my go-to authors who save my days.

  • Ellen

    Wonder Woman was a great movie. I was disappointed that Steve and Wonder Woman didn’t get their HEA, but the save the day, save the world quote made me feel better, too. Keep using your superpower.

    • Alix Rickloff

      I was crushed, Ellen, though I kinda knew going in they couldn’t possibly end together. But really did they have to end it THAT way? Thanks for your support and encouragement. Hopefully it’s a power I can wield for a long time. 🙂

  • Glenda

    Like so many viewers I knew going in that Wonder Woman and Steve wouldn’t get a HEA – afterall she’s more or less immortal. However I did hold out hope they’d have more time together….

  • Pamby50

    Never saw Wonder Woman but I love the line about saving today. The ahh moment when you told us about your blanket and how your dad kept it safe for you.

  • Audrey

    Yes! Romance can indeed save the day! That’s why I read it, and that’s why I love the escape, Alix. Very well said! Great interview.

  • Erin F

    I looooooooved Wonder Woman!!! It’s been the only movie and/or story that I accepted the non-HEA as a natural part of the story without diminishing the romance. thanks for sharing!

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Romance is an amazing superpower!!!!