Anna Campbell – The Women’s Journey

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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I Feel the Power!

I was born lucky! And no, I don’t mean I win a lot of prizes. Sadly.

I was born lucky because I had both a mother and a grandmother who were mad fiends for romance fiction. And they passed their enthusiasm down to me. As result, I’ve had a lifetime of the most glorious reading pleasure, and along the way, I picked up some profound messages about female empowerment.

My love for reading romance started as a little kid with fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. In my primary school days, I moved on to Georgette Heyer and Mills and Boons (those are Harlequins to my North American friends) via my mother, and Barbara Cartland and Victoria Holt via my grandmother.

Growing up in the 60s and 70s, something I immediately noticed about these stories with the lurid covers was that they weren’t like so many of the other books on the shelves at the time. Even as a young reader, I was aware that in contrast to a lot of popular fiction, they revolved around a central female character and what she wanted. Her journey was the most important thing.

Many books and films then (and unfortunately now) featured a heroine whose role in the story was to be the prize that the hero won through his deeds and general magnificence. She essentially held a passive role, like a beautiful (they were nearly all beautiful!) trophy awarded to the dominant alpha male for his all-round impressiveness. She didn’t have much of a part to play in initiating or resolving the issues in the plot. Even if she did jump out of her box to do something apart from look pretty, usually it ended in disaster, and our brawny and brainy hero had to rescue her from the consequences of her inevitable female weakness.

But in the romances I read, the girl was traveling the road towards happiness, and it was her story that counted. The things she cared about mattered, things like family and domestic harmony and emotional fulfillment. If that also included her being a nuclear physicist or climbing Everest or outwitting the bad guys with a cunning plan, well, all the better.

Of course, we all love our heroes and we thrill to watch them falling in love with the heroine, but I still think in a good romance, the woman is the figure around whom the whole story pivots.

So what I’ve taken away from the thousands of romances I’ve read over the years is that women and women’s concerns are valuable. I still think that’s a pretty powerful message, and one that we all should shout from the rooftops.

Let’s all sing along with Alice Cooper! Who got da power? Romance got da power!


Anna recommends:

Emily Larkin    –       –     @Amazon

I absolutely  adore Emily’s Regency stories – smart, passionate, unusual, beautifully written.


Liz Carlyle     –      –    @Amazon

My favorite historical romance writer – emotionally complex, atmospheric, and memorable.


Nicola Cornick    –     –     @Amazon

I love Nicola’s historical romances and recently I’ve really enjoyed her time slip stories, especially the brilliant The Phantom Tree.


Connie Brockway     –     –    @Amazon

I love how you never quite know what you’ll get when you pick up a Connie Brockway – well, apart from a great read, that is.


Eva Ibbotson    –   @Amazon

Eva Ibbotson writes the most perfect comfort read romances. My favorite is A Countess Below Stairs which I must have read 20 times.

Questions for the Author:

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

I remember sitting in an internet café not long after the release of my first book Claiming the Courtesan and getting a really moving letter from a reader who was nursing a terminally ill mother. She thanked me for writing a book which gave her a few perfect moments of escape. I couldn’t help crying, because when times are tough for me, I turn to romance too. But it had never occurred to me that a story of mine could offer someone else that same safe harbor in a tumultuous world.

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

I’ve chosen a Royal Copenhagen porcelain figurine that brings together powerful memories of two important women in my life. One was my mother, who owned this quirky piece depicting a woman in traditional Danish costume knitting. The other was my mother’s best friend, who gave my mother the figure and who sadly lost her battle with cancer just before her fiftieth birthday. Aunty Joan (no actual relation) was a free-spirited woman who traveled the world and always kept a young attitude, right to the end. It was wonderful to have two such women as examples when it came to leading my own life, and I always think of both of them every time I look at the figurine.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Generosity. It’s something the world definitely needs more of.

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

Like many romance readers, I’m in awe of the books Laura Kinsale wrote in the 1990s, particularly Flowers from the Storm which I think is a masterpiece. The tortured romance between a brave Quaker heroine and a duke who’s had a stroke is so powerful and unusual and heartbreaking, I dare anyone to forget it.

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

In grade six and seven, I had the most marvelous teacher called Neil Campbell. He encouraged me to start my first novel (sadly unfinished) and used to let me out of classroom activities to go to the library to write. I still remember his belief in me and how he made me think perhaps one day I could be a writer. When it came time to choose a pen name, I chose Campbell partly in tribute to him (and also to my grandmother who was another Campbell!).

Main Drawing:

Anna is generously giving away a Kindle version set of all six of her Dashing Widows novellas – that’s The Seduction of Lord Stone, Tempting Mr. Townsend, Winning Lord West, Pursuing Lord Pascal, Charming Sir Charles, and Catching Captain Nash. No geographical restrictions. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 11, 2017. (open to everyone)

Anna is also giving away 6 more sets as part of the US and international bundles, plus she’s sponsoring a tote & cup giveaway! (see below for more information)

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

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Photo by Robyn Hills

ANNA CAMPBELL has written 10 multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins, and 16 bestselling independently published novellas.

Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times).

Anna’s next release is a boxed set of all 6 Dashing Widows novellas out at the end of August.

Learn more:     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @AnnaCampbelloz


Buy Anna’s books:

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*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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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.

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

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

Week 1 contests are through Aug. 8

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 (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  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.

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