Colleen Coble – Choosing Love

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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The Power of Choosing to Love

I’ve always been a romantic at heart. Back in my teen years I swooned over Barnabas in Dark Shadows (I know that’s weird and also dates me, but what can I say?) :o) I married at nineteen and have been married to the same wonderful guy for nearly forty-six years. Being a romantic has been instrumental in that long happy marriage!

I have always taken romance a bit for granted since my husband is also a romantic, but I recently had a wakeup call when I received an email from a reader. They’d just read one of my books. All four books in my Lonestar series have the same marriage of convenience underpinning, and the reader realized that love is a choice. She let me know she was choosing to love her husband all over again and was going to try again in her marriage. Whoohoo! I love being able to be part of making people think about life and relationships.

Many people think of love as a feeling—and it is of course—but it’s much more than that. We don’t always feel like being loving. The house is a mess, the kids are snarking at each other, and you feel like giving as good as you’re getting from everyone else. But it’s those times when we need to stop and realize that we can choose to love even when we don’t feel like it. That decision can carry us through the bad times that always come.

Romance novels aren’t frivolous. There is nothing more important than choosing to love someone and being an agent of change in the world that way. Thinking of someone else’s happiness first could bring deep and lasting changes to our lives—and to the world.

Romance always has an edge of optimism to it because we know there’s going to be a happily ever after. Life isn’t always that way, but I like looking at the world through a romantic prism because it helps me see the good even when bad things happen. I know things will eventually turn out fine even if that happy-ever-after finale has to wait until heaven to materialize.

Colleen recommends:

Denise Hunter    –    www.denisehunterbooks.com     –    @Amazon

Robin Caroll    –    www.robincaroll.com    –    @Amazon 

Cara Putman    –    www.caraputman.com    –    @Amazon 

Shelley Shephard Gray   –     www.shelleyshepardgray.com    –   @Amazon 

 


Questions for the Author:

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

Just this week I was up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (where the book was set) with my family for a launch party for Beneath Copper Falls. It was a very busy week with so much to do. My husband Dave pitched in quietly the way he always does and took much of the burden off me and our hostess because that’s what he does. He’s not flashy about it and doesn’t do things for praise but just because he loves me. It doesn’t sound like all that much of a romantic moment, but it was. When you find the perfect mate who thinks of your needs over his own, it’s about the most romantic thing there is in life!

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

My husband drove a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner when we met. You rarely see them today, but when I’m lucky enough to spot one at a car show or driving down the road, I’m immediately transported back to the first time I heard that powerful engine roar down the road toward my house, and I remember our first love all over again.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Forgiveness is the most powerful word in the world. Without it none of us could survive the hurts that come our way. When we let go and forgive, we can allow relationships to flourish and grow. 

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

The Help was a life-changing book. I live in small town Indiana and have never truly understood what Black Americans have gone through and still go through.

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

Diann Hunt was a fellow author and sister-of-the-heart. She exhibited tremendous faith and courage in the face of ovarian cancer—but even more than that—she showed me how to live a life of love and care for others. I think about her and all she taught me every day. To say she had a lasting impression on my life is an understatement.

Main Drawing:

Colleen is generously giving away a hardcover copy of her new release, Beneath Copper Falls.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 11, 2017. (US only)

Colleen will also be giving away another 5 more copies for the US bundles and  5 more for the 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.

 


USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

 

Learn more:

www.colleencoble.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @colleencoble

 

Buy Colleen’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.

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

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)

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 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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