Karen Hawkins – Our Reason For Being

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

A Grand Tradition of Romance

Ah, the Power of Romance! If there’s one emotion that should be a superpower, it’s love. Love has launched a thousand ships, and saved the lives of more people than we can count. It has given strength to the weak, warmth to the cold, and hope to the hopeless.  

More than that, love is our reason for being – whether it is to love a spouse or a child or a close friend, love is why we are. That’s why romance as genre is forever. Romance was featured in the songs and stories of medieval courts, in the paintings and poems of the Romantic Era, and in literature across the ages.

So when you grab that romance novel and settle in for a blissful few hours, realize this – you are merely following in the footsteps of millions of people before you. Love is who we are, and romance is how we express it. You, as a reader, should enjoy every book, every page, every word! 


Karen recommends:

Suzanne Enoch     –     www.suzanneenoch.com    –     @Amazon


Questions for the Author:

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

I got divorced after 15 years of marriage which began a very long, and very painful year. I won’t go into the details, but I was emotionally wrecked and had so much trouble being positive. But one day, as I was moving my things into my new place, I came across an old Georgette Heyer book ARABELLA. I love her books. In fact, she is the one who introduced me to historical romance. 

I put aside my packing, sat down, and read the whole book. To my surprise, I sighed AND grinned in all of the right places. And when I finished, those smiles and sighs lingered. The book was such a RELIEF — it let me forget about my own tragedy for a while, and let me live in someone else’s ordered, well-mannered life. Better yet, it reminded them that there was still love out there and while I was down right now, I was far from out. 

A short time later, I met a really sexy cop named — well, now I just call him ‘husband.’ 🙂 Romance is strong medicine.

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

That would be my wedding ring. My husband, Cap’n Hot Cop, designed it on the back of a napkin while we were having dinner at our favorite place and then had it made by a local jeweler. It’s beautiful, and has a unique Art Deco look, which we both love. But more than that, he put so much thought into it. It’s not about the jewels (which are nice, don’t get me wrong), but the effort he went to make the ring something that was uniquely OURS.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

For me, the word that has the most power is the word “yes.” I’ve had the most fun, found the best friends, and enjoyed the best adventures from saying the short, simple word “YES.” It’s so easy to hang onto the status quo and never change anything, but change is invigorating. It’s enlivening. And it’s definitely empowering. 

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

Wow. The most powerful . . . that’s a tough one. This year, it was a biography of Abigail Adams – Abigail Adams: A Life by Woody Holton . I’m a huge biography fan and read them all of the time for research. She was such a fascinating woman. Her political mindset, her belief in family, her desire to be more — I’ve never read a biography where I was left wanting to meet someone quite so much.

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

One of the people who’ve had the most powerful influence on my life is my writing friend Suzanne Enoch. She’s taught me many things, not the least of which is how a positive approach to life will always pay you back in sunshine. She’s an amazing writer, and a lovely person in general. Whenever I have a problem, personal or professional, she always has the very best advice. We all need girlfriends like that. 


Main Drawing:

Karen is generously giving away an ARC of her September 26th release CAUGHT BY THE SCOTTo enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 28, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away other titles 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.


New York Times and USA Today best-selling romance author Karen Hawkins was teaching political science at a small college while working on her PhD in Political Science when she sold her first book. She knew she couldn’t both fulfill a publishing contract AND a rigorous PhD program (and raise two small children), so she made the only decision possible – she dropped out of her program and burned her stats book on the front lawn while dancing madly around the flames.

Now, thirty books, numerous awards, and many best-seller lists later, when not researching Regency-era customs or looking at pictures of sexy men in kilts for ‘inspiration,’ Karen writes full-time from her home in the gorgeous Berkshires in Massachusetts.


Learn more:

karenhawkins.com       |     Facebook     |     Twitter @TheKarenHawkins


Buy Karen’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


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.

(Karen is contributing to the US and international 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