Jan Moran – Making Sense Of It All

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

Why I Write…

 When I was a girl, I discovered a slender, mother-of-pearl fountain pen among my grandmother’s treasured belongings in an enormous cedar chest.

“That was my mother’s writing instrument,” she told me, her voice ringing with reverence.

This curious nineteenth-century artifact intrigued me—the writer had to dip it in real ink, for Pete’s sake! Wide-eyed, I gazed at the letters my great-grandmother had written with this pen; they were pure art, with lacy handwriting curling across still-perfumed pages. As I held them in my nine-year-old hands, the crinkly paper became a magical time machine—joyful recollections, thoughtful advice, and heartfelt love swirled from the page and took root in my mind.

If I could only write, too, I thought, yearning to reach across the boundaries of time and unleash stories to entertain and inspire. This idea was enchanting, and to this day, it has never left me.

“Let me tell you a story,” I often say aloud, smoothing my fingers over the beloved mother-of-pearl pen in my drawer before I fire up my laptop. Then, I slide into a world of intrigue and calamity, of beauty and triumph, a world where, despite tragedy, despite the odds, a soul can somehow make sense of it all.

So come with me now, my friend, and let me tell you a story…

 

Jan recommends:

Anita Hughes     –       anitahughesbooks.com      –     @Amazon

romantic women’s fiction

 

Rebecca Forster    –    rebeccaforster.com    –    @Amazon

romance and suspense

 

Finally, my daughter-in-law Ginna Moran    –      ginnamoran.com    –    @Amazon

Young Adult contemporary and paranormal romance. Our books also overlap in the same world (our LA series).

 


Questions for the Author:

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

As a reader, romance novels helped me through tough times in my life when I needed stories to relax and unwind, and I loved the happy endings. I found romance novels filled with positive life messages and smart characters who made things happen in their lives. That’s why I’m drawn to write romantic historical sagas set in the 20th century and contemporary series. I love uplifting stories and my readers tell me they do, too. I’m especially drawn to those romance novels that have extended family themes — I wrote about family relationships in The Winemakers (where both mother and daughter each have romantic relationships). I believe these sagas help us make sense of our own family relationships and comfort us in knowing that we are not alone — and isn’t that the real power of romance?

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

My great-grandmother’s slender fountain pen is a touchstone that reminds me that I am descended from a family of women who used the power of the written word in their lives to great advantage to share personal journeys. When writing my first novel, Scent of Triumph, which is about a French perfumer during World War II, I even included it in the story.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Two words, actually: I can. Often we forget the power that we have to achieve our dreams. To me, “I can” means I have the power to take the first step. I try to instill this in my empowered female characters, too.

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

One I read years ago that I cherish to this day features the gutsy, driven protagonist Emma Harte in A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford. (And we share the same birthdate of May 10th!). There is much of the same determination in my characters in The Winemakers, Scent of Triumph, and the Love California series.

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

Fellow writer Rebecca Forster urged me to get my first historical novel, Scent of Triumph, out there. She was an early reader (along with her lovely mom), and she offered praise for my novel. Had she not encouraged me, Scent of Triumph might never have been published.

 

Main Drawing:

Jan is generously giving away copies of Scent of Triumph, The Winemakers, and Flawless to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 20, 2017. (US only)

She’ll also be giving away copies of A Scent of Triump as part of the US and international 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.

 


Jan is a Rizzoli bestselling and award winning author published by St. Martin’s Press US/UK, and by Goldmann/Random House in Germany. Her novels include 20th century historicals The Winemakers and Scent of Triumph (St. Martin’s Press), and the contemporary Love, California series. Jan draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details. The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She lives in Southern California.

 

Learn more:

www.janmoran.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @janmoran

 

Buy Jan’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.

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

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.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Sue G.

    Wow…how awesome to see such history from your great-grandmother! I love looking through things like that!

    • Hi Sue, not only that, but the letters written with that pen are also amazing. I have boxes and boxes my mother saved. Someday some with undoubtedly seep into my work… Happy reading!

  • cheryl c.

    That fountain pen is a pretty powerful family memento. What a treasure.

    • Hi Cheryl, it’s a powerful weapon, too. You know what they say about the pen being mightier than the sword 🙂

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Beautiful treasures! Love having things from past family members!

    • Hi Tori, I really treasure these touchstones of inspiration. Glad you stopped by!

  • Rebecca Forster is one of my favorite people. Haven’t seen her in years, though. Please tell her I said hello! … That is so neat about your grandma’s pen. So, so special! Great post!

    • Hi Deeanne, will do! We’re going to be at InDScribe in October in Burbank–love her and her work 🙂

  • Patty Vasquez

    I love that you included your great-grandmother’s fountain pen in your first story. What a terrific tribute to her and the other women in your family who made their mark by virtue of the power of the written word.

    • Thank you, Patty, happy reading to you!

  • Ellen

    I love the story of your great-grandmother’s pen and how it inspires you. Thank you for sharing.

    • Aw, thanks for stopping by, Ellen 🙂

  • Glenda

    What a wonderful story about your great-grandmother’s pen! I love that you are able to have something of her’s!

    • Next time maybe I’ll write about her dragon chair. It used to scare the heck out of me when I was young! She had very eclectic taste, so I come by it honestly!

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! “I can” is a powerful phrase for me too. The thing I tell myself over and over when things seem tough is “I can and I will”.

    • You bet–we CAN and we WILL, Kezia 🙂

  • Nicole Marie

    I really enjoyed your post, thank you for sharing your story!

    • Thanks, Nicole glad you joined it!

  • Audrey

    Like you, Jan, the reason I read romance is for the positive messages. I’m interested to give historical sagas a try. I always like increasing my reading list! Great interview.

    • Hi Audrey, Pam Jenoff is one of my favorite histfic writers and she’s also on the blog this month. Go check her out, too 🙂

      • Audrey

        Thank you for the recommendations, Jan. I will see out some of Jenoff’s books!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I love the story of the fountain pen.

  • MaryC

    Was there anything in your great-grandmother’s letters that surprised you?

    • Absolutely! They were caught in a hurricane in Galveston, Texas–a major storm in 1900. She was writing to her mother so let her know she’s been rescued in a boat. Very vivid descriptions! So much more…

  • Pamby50

    What a wonderful post. Love the pearl pen that has been passed down to you. I have to agree with you about Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance.