K.M. Jackson – Love Lifts Us

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

Love Triumphs

Hello folks! I’m so excited to participate in this year’s RARM to talk about The Power Of Romance.

For me romance has always been a powerful force. And not just when it comes to the romance genre in print but also in other forms of media be a television or film. I’ve always loved and been in awe of the way romance has the power to tangibly change a person’s current state of emotion. Those moments of escape from the everyday can often be just what the reader or watcher needs at a certain time to lift them up and through their current emotional circumstances. Personally, I still happily turn to romance as a way to take me away from the everyday to a world that may or may not be close to my own. and I know yes, will take me through emotional turmoil and upheavals, but in the end, I know love will triumph over all.

And that message of love triumphing over all, good love, true love, strong love has been another reason I often kept turning back to romance and recommend the romance genre to others. Though the romance genre has long been given by many a bad rap as being pure escapism, and fantasy genre reading that somehow gives false expectations to the women who enjoy them I argue the opposite. First of all for people to imply that women, be it young or older don’t have the wherewithal to know the difference between fantasy and reality is laughable and just the way to put women down and to dismiss the true power of the genre. Is this argument thrown out to mystery readers?  

I for one, and I suspect many others, have learned through the romance genre what good and healthy relationships should look like. For me it helped me to model what I wanted and came to expect out of my relationships. Now that’s not to say there is expectation of the perfect happy ending or the billionaire alpha who is still perfectly beta in the best of ways hero, no that part is the fantasy. What I’m referring to when I speak of what to expect in relationships is the journey that the hero and heroine goes through in the romance. The ups and downs, emotional ins and outs and ultimate growth as human beings in order to, in the end, sustain what the reader will believe to be a healthy, loving relationship. That is what I see is one of the true powers of the romance genre. Elevating the expectations in one’s self, to be true to who you are, which is definitely seen in today’s romances and elevating expectations in the partners that are accepted in order to come together and have a whole and healthy relationship.

I hope that journey of revealing of expectations on the path to love is shown in my current rom/com Unconventional Brides Series. My Latest THE BETTING VOW will be out 8/29 and is available for preorder now.

Leila Darling is past done with the supermodel thing, especially the mega-parties and high-profile flings that have done nothing but leave her alone and jaded. She’s got the talent to be a serious actress, but the industry sees her as a high-maintenance, impulsive party girl with a reputation for leaving men in the dust—especially TV producer Carter Bain. 

Carter’s had his eye on Leila for years, so when a bet gives him a chance to get close to her, he accepts. With the goal of getting Leila the image makeover she needs and Carter the star he desires, the game is on. Get married and stay married for six months. If Leila lasts, she gets her pick of his A-list roles. If Carter wins, she’ll take the hot sidekick part he’s offered.

But as their “I do” turns up all kinds of heat, Leila and Carter find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Are these two prepared to put business aside and surrender the ultimate prize, their hearts?

Pre- Order your copy of THE BETTING VOW today

Amazon here     Barnes and Noble here

iTunes here      Kobo here

K.M. recommends:

Synithia Williams  –   synithiawilliams.com  –  @Amazon

Always has superb writing and fantastic strong characters   –   TRUST ME WITH YOUR LOVE

 

Alyssa Cole  –  alyssacole.com  –  @Amazon

Writes amazing historicals that pull the reader to another time with rich history and a great love story.  AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I became aware of the power romance at an early age, about 11 or 12, when I first swiped, without permission, a Harlequin romance from my grandmother’s shelf and was instantly transported to another world. The immediate pull of the story and emotional feelings I got was like nothing I’d gotten from any genre I’d read before. I was totally hooked.

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

An object that holds one of the most powerful and happiest memories for me is my engagement ring. Whenever I look at it or give it a touch I’m always reminded of the lovely moment when my nervous husband asked me to marry him on that Christmas Eve twenty-nine years ago.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Now I’m sure this word will be given by more than a few writers during RARM but ‘Love’ is a word that holds lots of power in my opinion. It’s hard to say or think about the word love without some sort of emotional pull. Even in the midst of a horrible time the word love has the power to give people pause and make them reflect on what they are thinking or feeling at the time and possibly change that state to a better one.

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

A book that I read recently and loved was TRUST ME from Farrah Rochon. Ms. Rochon always gives a fantastic and highly emotional read with just enough spice to keep the reader heated. And what I truly enjoy is that her heroines are always strong and powerful as are her heroes, but also highly relatable in a way that instantly pulls you in.  Ezra and Mack’s story in TRUST ME is a winner!

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

The women in my life: my mother, my grandmother have always had a powerful influence on me. And the fact that both of them have been lovers of the romance genre and passed that love onto me, even though we, in general, as African-American women had and have not fully seen ourselves expressed on the page is both interesting and saddening. As a romance writer and an advocate for diversity in romance (#WeNeedDiverseRomance) I do see a slight shift in the industry though I feel that for the times we are in we should be much further along. I hope that the industry in general will make great strides to correct this inequality in the future.

 

Main Drawing:

K.M. is generously giving away one signed copy of TO ME I WED, Book 2 in her Unconventional Brides series. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST September 1, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away another copy as part of the US bundles, and is participating in 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.

 

 


A native New Yorker, K.M. spent her formative years on the ‘A’ train where she had two dreams: 1) to be a fashion designer and 2) to be a writer. After spending over ten years designing women’s sportswear for various fashion houses this self-proclaimed former fashionista took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer.

An award winning contemporary romance writer, K.M.’s self-published novel, Bounce, won the Golden Leaf for best novel with strong romance elements from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America. She was also named Author of the Year by the New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

K.M. currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, twins, and a precocious terrier named Jack that keeps her on her toes.

Learn more:

kmjackson.com    |     Facebook     |     Twitter @kwanawrites

 

Buy K.M.’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.

(Kwana 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.

    I still always look at my engagement ring and it was 28 years ago this past July that I got it! My oldest daughter just got engaged so it brings back all those fun memories even more!

  • cheryl c.

    I think a lot of us first got hooked on romance with a Harlequin book!

  • Kareni

    Thank you, Kwana, for a wonderful post. I wish you much LOVE in your life, with your family, and in your writing.

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Harlequin books are alot of romance junkies first fix 😉 still read them to this day !

  • rebecca moe

    What a lovely post! I agree, we definitely need more diverse romance–thanks for writing!

  • Pamby50

    Wonderful post. New author for me and looking forward to reading your books. Love is a powerful word. Just watched the full effects when our oldest daughter got married on Sunday. She was just glowing.

  • Ellen

    I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I love the premise for your new book, The Betting Vow. It has a really unique storyline. You don’t look old enough in your photo to have been with your husband for 29 years!

  • Glenda

    I can relate to your engagement ring being a powerful object. I still lose it when I remember how my ring was damaged by the jewelry store when they were replacing prongs. I was already devastated and the manager had to add insult to injury by saying since it was almost 20 years old it was “time for an upgrade” and we should just throw it away . You cannot upgrade and replace something that precious. We went to a different jeweler and had my ring made into a necklace rather than throw it away.

  • Read-A-Romance

    Hi sasper! You’re the winner of KM Jackson’s post, but your email didn’t come through on the post. Please respond to this or send an email to bobbiwrites at att dot net with your contact information by 10/7 so I can get your giveaway to you.

    • sasper5

      Oh Thank you. I just received my email from you. I sent an email with my information.