Delancey Stewart – Life Changing 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!

#LoveRomance #ThePowerOfRomance

Romance = World Peace?

My headline could be a little over the top, but when I sat down to really think about the power of romance in

the world, I came up with some pretty earth-shaking thoughts about the power romance has in our lives. Romance has shifted social mores, changed the direction of history and influenced political movements.

Since politics aren’t my game, and I don’t want to stir up controversy, I’ll stick to examples in my own life, and leave you to ponder some of those age-old romances that changed the world as we know it (Cleopatra and Mark Antony? Ferdinand and Isabella? Henry and Anne Boleyn? Mildred and Richard Loving?)

My own first romance led me to build a life in San Diego… That relationship was my first taste of romance (older man, fancy dates, flowers, etc…) and it taught me a little about what I wanted in a partner. It was that initial fire of romance—the excitement, the feeling that anything that happened must be right if it was inspired by such powerful emotions—that changed the course of my life. I had a job offer after college in Los Angeles, but I turned it down and forged into the unknown because I was in love…

Another romance a few years later in New York City blossomed in a different way. We were a friends-to-lovers story. This man was charming, sweet, and thoughtful, and we were good friends long before he ever convinced me we could be more. It turned out he was right—we were great together romantically. The power of that relationship, that romance—and it was romantic, right up to the end—got me through 9/11, through the devastation of a city I loved and a life I thought I had nailed.

My last romance changed my life again…I met my husband through an online dating site soon after moving back to San Diego. My hesitation about meeting online was made easier by the fact that he was a military aviator and was deployed when we “met” – so we were pen pals first! We fell in love through email. He is an incredibly talented writer, and I found a kindred spirit in so many ways with him. The first time we met in person he was home on leave, and he stood at the bottom of the elevator at the San Diego airport as I flew back in from a ski trip on New Year’s Day, 2003. I was nervous, but the coolest thing happened—our hearts already knew one another. We got married 18 months later. If that isn’t a romance, I’m not sure what is…

The power of romance changed my life many times, and I bet it has changed yours. Since we only get to experience a few of these earth-shattering emotions ourselves in our lifetimes, romance novels give us a vicarious path to sharing that elation over and over again, through the characters. Romance on the page is a force to be reckoned with—one that brings joy and excitement, as well as conversation and friendship to those who share their love of romance novels with others.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than writing about the incredible connection that happens between people as they find romance!

 

Delancey recommends:

Selena Laurence  –  selenalaurence.com  –  @Amazon

Writes contemporary romance that always has a fresh edge or twist!

 

Sierra Simone  –   www.authorsierrasimone.com  –  @Amazon

This woman has a way with words—her solo-written books are literary in prose and so, so hot! The co-written books she’s done are full of quick-witted banter (and are also super hot!)

 

Kayti McGee     –     kaytimcgee.com   –    @Amazon

Hands-down hilarious books that bring the snorting laugh into the hot romance!


Questions for the Author:

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

I have a couple readers who have made a point of finding me at events I’ve attended who have told me stories about the way books like the ones I write have changed and improved their lives. These are rabid romance fans, people who choose this genre over all others, and I’ve begun to see that part of the reason they’ve chosen to give us their time is because in the world of romance, it isn’t unusual for authors to give that time right back! We tend to be accessible, available, and (in my experience) enthusiastic about meeting the people who read our books.

The last time one of these readers sought me out to thank me for the books I write, I was humbled. And I realized that this is the power of romance—that my words could bring so much joy to someone that she would feel compelled to make a personal connection with me to tell me. Romance brings people together in so many ways beyond the obvious!

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

I don’t know if it qualifies as an object exactly, but my family has a cabin. It’s in the Sierras, in Kings Canyon-Sequoia National Park. My great grandfather built it in 1921, and my grandfather grew up there with his brothers. He died before my mother was born, but his mother made sure she spent her summers at the cabin, running in his footsteps and learning the things that were important to him. My mom did the same for my brother and me—we slept in the one place that has always held the echoes of family for us (we don’t have much family otherwise…) Now my boys spend part of their summers there, climbing the rocks their great-grandfather climbed, sitting in front of the same fireplace where he grew up… Everything about the cabin holds memories not just for me, but for generations of my family.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

“Maybe” … I’ve never been one to take no for an answer. I believe that life is what we make it, that we create our own opportunities and our own luck. And I’ve spent my life trying to create chances for success. When I want something, when I’m trying something new, if I can get past “no” and arrive at “maybe,” it means there is room for success. Maybe usually leads to “yes!”

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

Maybe it’s because it has the word “Power” in the title… But I have read The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay numerous times. It’s about apartheid, and love, and struggle – and it was the first book I read as a child that I felt really changed the way I thought about something.

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

During my college internship, I worked at a PR firm for a woman named Tara. The job was supposed to be a lot of database maintenance and behind-the-scenes help, but she identified early on that I enjoyed writing, and she gave me a couple little assignments. She encouraged me and told me often that writing was a great strength of mine, and in so doing, she built me into a confident professional writer. I haven’t had a job since that didn’t incorporate writing, and I’ve developed a lifelong love for using words to inspire, influence and inform. I don’t know Tara anymore, but I think of her almost every day.

 

Main Drawing:

Delancey is generously giving away an ebook copy of Mr. Big.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST Sept 3, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away another copy part of the US 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.

 


Delancey Stewart is an award-winning writer of contemporary romance.

She has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.

A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.

 

Learn more:

www.delanceystewart.com  |  Facebook  |  Twitter @DelanceyStewart  | Instagram

 

Buy Delancey’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!

 

#LoveRomance   #The PowerofRomance    #ReadARomance


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.

(Delancey is contributing to the US 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

  • Sue G.

    What an awesome family cabin! That is so great that you can carry on that tradition with your own family. Don’t enter me into this contest. I have already read Mr. Big and loved it! Such a great, fun, laugh out loud story….that first meeting in the coffee shop was priceless!

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a fun post, Delancey. I haven’t (yet) read any of your books, but I hope to soon. I love a good epistolary romance and it seems you’ve actually lived one. How neat! Best wishes with your next writing project.

  • cheryl c.

    Sweet story about meeting your husband!

  • rebecca moe

    Thanks for sharing the story of your romances! So inspiring 🙂

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Wow I bet that cabin has a beautiful view to go along with a wonderful history ! Thank you for sharinf

  • Ellen

    My husband and I were pen pals before we actually met. We used snail mail as e-mail wasn’t an option. Thanks for sharing.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    What an amazing journey love has taken you on. The way you physically met your husband the first time sounds wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your post with us.

  • flchen1

    Great post, Delancey! And I love your take on “maybe”–thanks for the reminder that sometimes we need to give something a try, and that we can transform a “no” into a “yes” with some (many?) steps in between!

  • Pamby50

    I love the story about the cabin that your great grandfather built. Family is everything and time spent together is amazing. Memories and stories are being made.

  • Nicole Marie

    I really enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing your story!

  • Kim

    Thanks for posting. It’s nice that your first internship was a positive experience.

  • Glenda

    Hi Delancey! I can relate to the pen pal turns real realationship because I have one of those – well we met and became pen pals and had a long term mostly long distance relationship. It didn’t end up with a HEA, but ironically we ended up with spouses that have a lot in common. 😀