Julie Moffett – Notes From a Romantic

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

Some Thoughts On Romance

Love is a powerful force. Romantic love has been the topic of endless songs, poems, stories and plays for as long as mankind can remember. It’s that combination of love and romance that spurs us on our journey to achieve enduring and loving relationships.

I’m a hopeless romantic. One of my favorite films is Casablanca, but I love Romancing the Stone, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, and many others with a similar feel-good romance. I love romances of all genres because I like becoming invested in the character’s lives. I’m intrigued by the passion and feelings that happen to us when we’re romanced and falling for someone. Sometimes it’s a hard, breathless fall where you dive in headfirst, and other times it’s a slow burn of friendship that turns into something more. Regardless of how you move into romantic love, the start of a new romance is a celebration of many moments, including those that are tender, exciting, sexy and even endearingly awkward.

Love can be temperamental, as many of us already know. But romance in its purest form, is uplifting and pleasurable—something that rescues us from the routine of everyday life and the isolation we may feel when we’re alone. So, what are some things that represent the power of romance to me?

  • Time. When your partner gives you time—clears his/her schedule to be with you—that’s romantic. It means you matter. That is powerful.
  • Attention. When your partner spends that time with Not with a project in the garage, watching the ballgame or catching a movie with friends. Romance is when the attention is on you, the partner.
  • Consideration. Being considerate of someone’s time and responsibilities is important in a romance. Splitting chores, helping where needed, cooking a meal together and sharing a burden (physical or emotional), is romantic in my book.
  • Kindness/Tenderness. Kindness/tenderness is special and romantic. A person with a kind heart is a good person. Rest assured, you, too, will be the beneficiary of this tenderness. Kindness can go a long way in changing a mood or even a life.
  • Respect. I respect you as a person, and I expect the same from you. When you share a romance with someone and are respectful of their differences and quirks, you are reinforcing their worth and uniqueness, and reflecting it back to them. This is perhaps the most powerful element of romance.

What represents the power of romance to you? :o)

Julie recommends:

Exciting romantic thrillers set in exotic locales and featuring strong heroines:

Dark, smart and thrilling romantic suspense:

Sexy, gritty romantic suspense

Fun paranormal and contemporary romance

Contemporary Coast Guard/military romance


Questions for the Author:

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

It was the first time I read Romeo and Juliet. I think I was about eleven years old. It was the first thing I’d ever read by Shakespeare. I was electrified and more than intrigued to realize that kids close to my age were so caught up in the power of romance, they would kill themselves over it. It made a huge impression on me.

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

Objects—plural. Those would be my kids’ baby blankets. I have a box of childhood treasures that I collected for them. When I see those precious well-worn and well-loved blankets, it’s a powerful reminder of how deeply I love my children and how quickly they grow up.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Integrity. I think it’s such a powerful word and often misunderstood. Integrity means being honest, forthright and having a strong moral compass. A person with integrity will do the right thing, even if no one knows whether you did it or not. Integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy and, to me, it implies a person will be the same in public as they are in private.

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

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. In the spirit of full disclosure, I bought this book back in 2013 and devoured it. But I opened it up and read it again this year. It was a powerful read the second time around, too. I remain in awe of this young woman who stood up for what was right and encouraged other girls to stay in school. This young woman has already accomplished so much in her life regarding human rights, woman empowerment and education, it is astonishing. She is the perfect example of how one person can make a truly monumental difference in the world.

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

Since we’ve been asked to make this about a person other than our parents, children or spouse, I will choose my high school history teacher at Kubasaki High School on Okinawa, Japan, Mr. Darwin Scales. Mr. Scales was truly a powerful influence in my life. He challenged me on a regular basis to do better, reach higher and give more effort than any other teacher, except for my mother, who was also a teacher. I learned great study habits, the power of a persuasive essay, and public speaking from him. He has since passed on, but the legacy of his teaching efforts resides within me. I’d like to think he’d be proud of me after all these years.

Main Drawing:

Julie is generously giving away an e-book copy from her Lexi Carmichael mystery series (winner’s choice).  To enter, leave a message below by 11:59 pm PST August 7, 2017. (US only)

She is also giving away two more e-copies as part of the US bundles, and sponsoring a tote & cup combo! (see below for more information)

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

#LoveRomance #ReadARomance

 

 


Julie Moffett is a bestselling author and writes in the genres of mystery, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the prestigious 2014 HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author (twice!), the 2016 Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002, and the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the 2016 Bookseller’s Best Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her book A Double-Edged Blade was an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Novel.

Julie is a military brat (Air Force) and has traveled extensively. Her more exciting exploits include attending high school in Okinawa, Japan; backpacking around Europe and Scandinavia for several months; a year-long college graduate study in Warsaw, Poland; and a wonderful trip to Scotland and Ireland where she fell in love with castles, kilts and brogues.

Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two sons.

 

Learn more:

www.juliemoffett.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @JMoffettAuthor

 

Buy Julie’s books:

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*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.

(Julie is contributing to the US bundles and the 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 drawings 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 40 cup & 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

  • Diane Garland

    Ah romance. I think of romance as a gift of yourself to others, a way of showing love and how much you care for them. Making soup when your spouse is sick. Getting up at 3am with the crying child so the rest of the house can sleep. Leaving a note saying I love you. Calling when late so no one worries. Doing activities that aren’t your favorites but are important and show support to your spouse. A quick hand touch as you pass them in the hall. Cuddling on the sofa to watch TV. A kiss good night. It’s in the little things, the day to day things that keep romance alive.

    • Julie Moffett

      Absolutely!! 🙂

  • Debbie_K

    I love how Lexi grows and develops in each book. She learns more about her self and how people interact every day. Oh and having a hot boyfriend doesn’t hurt 🙂

    • Julie Moffett

      Hahaha! Right!? 🙂

  • Patty Munson Wilderman

    I love the series. I am team Lexi and Elvis though. lol I always thought there was a special spark with them. 😉 Romance with my husband is the little things he does….wether it be making sure the house is clean and laundry is done for when I come home from an out of town trip, to taking me hiking and kayaking to pretty places or kissing me goodbye on my forehead, if he leaves for work or to go work out and I am still asleep. Things like that mean a lot in a relationship. I have been married now for 17 years this Novemeber and things are still wonderful. <3

    • Julie Moffett

      Congratulations to you and your husband!! I love casual affection, too!!

      • Patty Munson Wilderman

        Thank you 🙂

  • cheryl c.

    You created the perfect list of things that represent the power of romance.

    • Julie Moffett

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Sue G.

    Giving your special someone time is so important. I loved when we had one year as empty nesters and hubby and I were just us again. It was fun just being together!

    • Julie Moffett

      Awww…how sweet!! 🙂

  • Anna

    My Love Language (in general, not just relationships) is quality time, so having someone that I love’s undivided attention for an hour or so is so precious to me.

    But humor is powerful in romance too. Being able to laugh at the same things, or share a moment of amusement can be incredible.

    • Julie Moffett

      I SO agree with both of your statements, especially the humor. Which is EXACTLY why I have a LOT of humor in my books! 🙂

  • Joan Varner

    Hi, Julie! I would add one thing to your list and that would be a sense of humor because laughter shared between two souls can soothe emotions and often bring another perspective into focus. I do love your list as it hit everything that I look for in all my relationships.

    • Julie Moffett

      You are so right, Joan. I do love to laugh and think that humor plays such an important role in a relationship!! oxox

  • Sally Schmidt

    Just being there, and knowing if that means quietly, or boisterously, being able to read what I need.

    • Julie Moffett

      Yes!! Giving me time to read is so romantic in my book! Lol!!

  • Pamby50

    I would add the ability to make me laugh and smile. When I met him, I had lost that ability. He would call and say the most obnoxious thing and just hang up. September will be 36 years and he still makes me laugh and smile.

    • Julie Moffett

      Yes!! I totally forgot that one and you are SOOO right!! Congratulations on such an enduring relationship!

  • Linda Berthiaume

    Oh how I love this series!!!

    • Julie Moffett

      Oh, how happy that makes me!! 🙂

  • Kimberly Johnston

    Can’t wait to read more of your books.

    • Julie Moffett

      NO REGRETS is coming soon!! Late Dec/early January. Hugs!! ox

  • Tb40Too

    The best romance to me is the love that sustains. The friendship that says no matter how many battles you fight, you’ll fight them together, and you’ll wear your battle scars through life in remembrance of a life shared, good times and bad. Six years ago I was diagnosed with a rare disease and through it all my husband has been there. Our biggest adventure now has been watching baseball together on TV when we used to go to games at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. He has bought me two stuffed animals to be with me when he can’t be to remind me of his love. It’s the little things. And the big things. I could never afford the money to pay for his patience as my body fails, my hearing and memory, my loss for words, yet he waits sweetly and lovingly. Our twenty-fifth anniversary will be December 23rd. We won’t go out, but we will celebrate. It will be romantic.

    • Julie Moffett

      Oh, what a touching story of true and enduring love. I wish you the best in your health battles and I’m so glad you have such a wonderful husband with whom to share your life AND romance. Ginormous hugs to you both!!

  • Nicole Marie

    Thank you for sharing your story, i’m looking forward to reading your books.

    • Julie Moffett

      Thanks so much!! 🙂

  • rebecca moe

    Another new-to-me author–I love this month! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Julie Moffett

      Yay!! Glad to “meet” you! Hope you enjoy Lexi and the gang! 🙂

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Thank you for sharing your story. I look forward to reading your books soon.

    • Julie Moffett

      Yay!! Hope you enjoy them!! ox

  • Kelly Jetzer

    The Malala story sure is a powerful example of how one person really can make a difference in the world. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie Moffett

      I know, right?!?!?

  • MaryC

    How many countries have you lived in and which one would you choose as your first choice to revisit?

    • Julie Moffett

      I’ve only lived in the U.S.. Germany, Poland and Japan. But I’ve travelled to many, many more countries!! 🙂

  • Michele H.

    How have I not read your books before this? They hit all my catnip buttons! Off to add to my TBR pile.

    • Julie Moffett

      Oh, yay!! 🙂

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to read some of your books! 🙂