Jamie Pope – Positive & Supportive 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

Friendship Through Romance

I’ve been friends with Stephanie since junior year of college. It’s funny that it took us that long to meet. We were both education majors. We lived in the same dorm. But we had never crossed paths.  We had never had a single class together. We went to a small university in Connecticut but I had never seen her until our mutual friend, Laura, introduced us. I can’t say that we were instant friends. We were friendly. Laura was our connection. We would all have lunch once a week. I would see her when I went to visit Laura. She was one of those people I thought I would probably never see again after we graduated. But then senior year came along and since we were all student teaching we weren’t allowed to go on spring break with our peers. We had to wait until the school districts closed before we could escape campus. So we decided to go to Florida to get away for a few days. #Teacherspringbreak!

We had gone to some big box store to pick up last minute supplies when we wandered into the book section because romance novels and vacations go together. I had picked up a Johanna Lindsey book and to my surprise Stephanie said, “That one is really good. I have read all of them in the series so far.”

I turned to look at her. “You’ve read all of these? There’s like forty books in the Malory series.”

She gave me a surprised look of her own. “You know about them?”

“Of course I do. But I’m a Jude Deveraux girl myself.  I’ll take a Montgomery over a Malory any day.”

“Nope. I disagree. I’m still mad about Adam. What the hell happened to him?”

Boom. And just like that instant life-long friendship.

Our other two friends looked at us like we have six heads between us. Romance novels had been my secret addiction since I was sixteen. I used to take my babysitting money and beg my mom to take me to a bookstore just so I could pick up another one. I didn’t know anyone else who loved them as much as I do. I didn’t expect to find another twenty-one-year-old who not only loved them but could speak in detail about them.

We became closer after that. After we graduated we started trading paperbacks. (Which we don’t do anymore because we now know it’s not so good for the author.) We would meet for lunch just to talk about them. And when I started writing, Stephanie was the first person I sent my book to because unlike everyone else around me, I knew she wouldn’t judge me for writing a romance novel.

She was incredibly supportive even though the book was terrible. If it weren’t for her I don’t think I would have kept it up. And if it weren’t for romance I don’t think I would have such a good friend.

I’ve seen so many bonds created through the romance community. There is no other place where I see so many women supporting and loving each other and because of that positivity I’m not embarrassed to tell anyone that I’m a romance writer. I think everyone should get the chance to be a part of a community that is all about love.

Jamie recommends:

Casey Wyatt   –    www.caseywyatt.com    –    @Amazon

If you like paranormal or urban fantasy romance Casey is your girl.

 

Candace Shaw   –   candaceshaw.net   –   @Amazon

She writes fun, flirty romances.

 

Elizabeth Hoyt and Mary Balogh probably do not need to be recommended, but I have to do it anyway because they are my favorite authors and it doesn’t matter how busy I am, I preorder their books as soon as they go on sale and the day they come out I drop what I’m doing and read them.

Elizabeth Hoyt    www.elizabethhoyt.com      @Amazon

Mary Balogh     www.marybalogh.com      @Amazon

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I don’t take myself too seriously as a writer. I write romance because it makes me happy, but every once in a while I’ll get a letter from a reader that touches me. I wrote about plus sized women under the name Sugar Jamison and I got a letter from a woman who had said that she had felt unlovable and ugly because of her weight and that my book made her feel hopeful again and like she was worthy of love. That’s powerful to me. That stays with me.

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

My little brother passed away at the age of twenty-three. I was cleaning out his car a few days after he passed  when I found the red baseball cap he used to wear. We donated most of his belongings, but that we kept. He used to wear it all the time and every time I see a young man wearing a red cap I think of him. I can remember his smile and how funny he was. That hat is more important to my family than any other object.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Yes.

Who doesn’t like to be told yes?! Saying yes to opportunities has opened up many doors for me.

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

I’m a full-time special education teacher as well as a writer, so I don’t often get to read as much as I would like. I read the Mindset: The Psychology of Success, by Carole Dweck for a class I was taking and it really helped me change how I approach the way I write , the path of my career and my outlook on life in general. There are people in this world who complain about what’s wrong with and there are people who go out and try to change things. I want to be in the second group. That book made that clear for me. As for a romance novel that stayed with me, BET ME, by Jennifer Cruisie. It’s the reason I started writing romance.

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

I had to keep a writer’s notebook for one of my education classes my senior year of college. We had to write one hundred entries and choose eight for the professor to read. I got my notebook back and there was a handwritten note in there from the professor that said, “You have to be a writer!”

That professor was Dr. Ann Courtney and shortly after that I started write. If she hadn’t encouraged me, I’m not sure I would have ever started. She’s retired now, but I wish I could find her just to tell her how much of an impact she had on me.

Main Drawing:

Jamie is generously giving away copies of Love Blooms & Hope Blooms from her Hope and Love series to one lucky reader.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 15, 2017. (US only)

She’ll also be giving away a copies as part of the US weekly bundle. (see below for more information)

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

Jamie is an award-winning romance writer, teacher and boot-buying addict who sometimes goes by the name of Sugar Jamison. When she isn’t juggling her split personalities, you can find her hanging out on social media:

 

 

Learn more:

www.authorjamiepope.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @authorjamiepope

 

Buy Jamie’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.

(Jamie is contributing to the US bundle, and sponsoring a cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week2@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 Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 2 contests are Aug 9 through Aug. 16

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

  • cheryl c.

    A good friendship is a true blessing.

    • Jamie Pope Author

      <3

  • I love this post! I adore all my friends, but the ones I can sit down w/ & talk romance, books, authors, signings… special place in my heart! : )

    • Jamie Pope Author

      It’s a connection that you just can’t have with everyone!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    A friendship based on the love of books is a great one!

    • Jamie Pope Author

      True!

  • Dawn Anderson

    A friend who reads the same kind of books as you is the best friend you can have. Thanks for your post!

    • Jamie Pope Author

      🙂

  • Pamby50

    Great post. I have read your Sugar Jamison books and looking forward to Jamie Pope. As for the book that stayed with you, Bet Me by Jennifer Cruisie, was awesome. She wrote some wonderful books.

    • Jamie Pope Author

      I wish she was still writing!

      • Pamby50

        Me too!

  • Patty Vasquez

    As a teacher myself, I’m truly impressed that you have any time at all to write romance novels on top of IEPs. However, after looking at your books, I’m really glad that you do! Bet Me is an awesome book. I’ve read it many times and have gotten other friends hooked on Jennifer Crusie by recommending this book to them.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    A friend who reads the same books as you is a friend for life!! I love following you on facebook. Thank you so much for sharing yourself in your post.

  • Sue G.

    OMG!!! I love Jude Deveraux too! I’ll take Gavin Montgomery! He was my favorite! 😉

  • Glenda

    I do love how reading can bring friends closer! Thanks for sharing our story!

  • MaryC

    It’s so lovely to have a friend one can share one’s love for romance novels.

  • Ellen

    Thanks for telling us about Stephanie. I’ve had a couple of friends like her and they have brought much joy into my life. It is fun to have someone to share book love with.

  • Kezia King

    I have made lots of amazing friends through my love of romance. Thanks for sharing! It’s great to hear about romance bringing people together in various ways.

  • Jodi B

    Just added Love Blooms to my Amazon order. Can’t wait to read it.

  • rebecca moe

    What a great post–thanks so much for sharing 🙂