Avery Flynn – A Pure Joyous High

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 Junkie

Hi, my name’s Avery Flynn and I’m a romance junkie. It all started in middle school with purloined copies of my mother’s V.C. Andrews and Jackie Collins. So brazen did I become that my sixth grade teacher sent my mom a note ratting me out for bringing The Thorn Birds for my independent reading time.

That wasn’t enough to rid me of my demons. No. I scoured used book stores for dogeared Harlequin novels. The sweet and sheltered heroine whose innocence reels in the arrogant and demanding hero (who later in life I realized was often a total prick). I’d devour the books in one marathon session in the tub, refilling it with hot water as necessary. Then I discovered Johanna Lindsey’s regency romance novels. Independent, smart, spitfire heroines out to right a wrong. And the heroes? Oh, yeah. Brawn and brains – and a title to boot.

The list goes on an on, there’s rarely been a romance novel I didn’t caress with lust, eager to rip open the cover and loose myself in the pure joyous high of the happily ever after, the adventure, the intrigue, the mystery, the black moments, the rediscoveries, the plot twists and the laughter found within a romance novel’s pages.

I never realized I had a problem. Sure, it wasn’t unusual for me to burn dinner because I was too engrossed in the tale to pay attention to my cooking. At the romance junkie house (A.K.A. the bookstore), the pushers knew me by name. Then, they started sending me e-mails recommending other romance authors they thought I would enjoy. I’d buy the romance books unable to resist their heady charms.

Then a while back, a life coach took to the internet to explain that romance novels are addictive and as horrible as porn (I clutched my pearls at the thought because everyone knows only dirty men like to watch porn *sarcasm alert*). Romance novels can cause major problems in a person’s life. She even had the pseudo-science to back up her claims.

The news hit me like a thunderclap. Crack! And here I thought I was doing OK. I graduated from college, own a business, married a devastatingly handsome and smart man, am raising three kids, have good friends, volunteer for local non-profits and donate to charities. But no, I am a romance junkie and it’s time I faced facts.

Fact One: I experience a thrill when I read a romance novel. Goosebumps. Butterflies in my stomach. An overall feeling of happy.

Fact Two: For years, romance novels and their required happily ever after ending have been one of my major stress relievers.

Fact Three: Sometimes, I am so drawn into the lives of the characters that I cry (cry!) when misfortune befalls them.

Fact Four: The heroines in romance novels have taught me to stick up for myself, to fight for the underdog, to be willing to take risks and to not settle for anything less than I deserve.

Fact Five: Romance heroes have taught me that not all men leave, that strength and intelligence are sexy in men and women, that even boys get scared and that they, too, should not settle for anything less than they deserve.

Shame is welling up within me as I type these facts. No jury in the world would fail to convict me.

I am a romance junkie—and I don’t plan on going to rehab.

 

Avery recommends:

 

Robin Covington     –      robincovingtonromance.com        –      @Amazon

Third

Dr. Carla Androghetti is not interested in compromise.

With a thriving psychiatry practice in Washington, D.C. and a fulfilling position as a sexual third in a threesome with couples at Club D, she’s living just the way she wants. When the murder of a famous former bedmate brings a sexy, tempting cop into her life, she indulges in an affair as sizzling as it is dangerous. Finding a man who can love her and accept her kink is a dream she’d given up a long time ago.

Homicide Detective Aiden Cross takes no prisoners.

Usually nothing can distract him from a case, but a sexy shrink with an unusual kink has him losing his laser-focus on the job. He’s been burned before by a cheating ex-wife and he doesn’t share, so why does he keep finding himself in the bed of a woman who breaks all his rules?

Passion will force them to take a risk.

When forbidden desire takes them to the edge of their personal limits, their walls will need to crumble if they have any chance together.

**Warning: This book features a heroine with a sexy kink. She’s not broken, or damaged, or waiting for the right guy to “fix” her. She’s fine the way she is but if the guy who can love ALL of her comes along . . . she’s ready.**

 

Stay by Sabrina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Sabrina Bowen     –        www.sarinabowen.com        –      @Amazon

Elle Kennedy     –         www.ellekennedy.com      –      @Amazon

Can you fall for someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch–an anonymous virtual assistant service–is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting…until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.


Questions for the Author:

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

I see this all the time. Romance is what gives us hope and at the same time it’s what helps give us hope. And in today’s world, that’s something we all certainly need!

 

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

It has to be my wedding ring. I rarely take it off and when I do, my hand feels weird. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been wearing something every day for 17 years.

 

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Yes.

There’s not a more powerful word in the world. 🙂

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

It’s not a romance book but Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. It’s amazing and infuriating and inspiring all at once. I highly recommend it.

 

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

I’m gonna go for the Fab Mr. Flynn who in so many ways makes my life as a romance writer possible. Not only is he an inspiration (he made me write that *grin*), but he supports me and my career. Plus he still pretends to believe me when I say that this time deadline week isn’t going to be insane. 🙂

 

Main Drawing:

Avery is generously giving away digital copies of The Negotiator and one title, winner’s choice, from her backlist to one lucky winner.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 22, 2017. (US only)

She is also sponsoring the tote & cup combo! (see below for more information)

She’ll be giving away more copies of The Charmer and another backlist title as part of the US  and international bundles.

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

 


Avery Flynn is a USA Today bestselling romance author. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents.

Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

 

Learn more:

averyflynn.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @averyflynn

 

Buy Avery’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.

(Avery is contributing to the US and international bundles, plus supporting the cup/tote combo.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week3@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 Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 3 contests are Aug 17 through Aug. 24

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.

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  • Sue G.

    I just love your snarkiness! I’m a romance junkie too!

  • cheryl c.

    I am a romance junkie too! Let me say, too, that I have enjoyed several of your books.

  • Ellen

    Romance reader rehab….what a scary thought I’ve always loved reading, can’t imagine being told it is “bad” for me. I enjoyed your post.

  • Ren

    OMGosh I love your “I’m a romance junkie” checklist. Yep checked all the boxes. I have to say my wedding ring is my most precious thing too. I’ve worn it 31 years and can’t imagine not having it on my finger as well as it reminds me everyday of the great guy I married.

  • MaryC

    I am a romance junkie too.

  • Patty Vasquez

    Well, we could start a Romance Anonymous group. At our mandatory weekly meetings we can share book titles and authors. I’ll start: I’m Patty. I’m a romance reading addict…

  • Glenda

    ” Shame is welling up within me as I type these facts. No jury in the world would fail to convict me.
    I am a romance junkie—and I don’t plan on going to rehab. ”

    I seriously doubt you’d find any takers on rehab for our addiction. Maybe you could for an enablers group. 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I love your romance junkie checklist. I think it’s the life coach that has/had the problem. Reading romance is addictive and a pleasure for many of us!! I’m thinking of outing you to Kimberly and tell her you only recommended Robin and not her.

  • Evelyn S

    I am a romance junkie too.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Romance Junkies Unite!! I love your stories and I’m glad that you write.

  • KV

    I am a romance junkie, too.

  • Kezia King

    Lol! Love it!

  • Pamby50

    Great post Avery! I am a romance junkie and this junkie was in Seattle attending our oldest daughter’s wedding when you wrote this post.