Katherine Garbera – Contemplating Romance

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2017!

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 three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

#LoveRomance

Leaving The World A Better Place

I think it’s ironic that many people diss the romance genre—be it in books or movies—as being light and fluffy, not the serious stuff, because everyone wants someone to share their life with.  And while our lives are made up of my many different relationships, usually the most intimate ones are romantic in nature.

What I have loved since I first started reading romance novels is the messages I have gotten from the books.  While my reading is always a form of entertainment, by looking back on my life I can clearly see the influence of literature on it.  Firstly, I am a romance novelist, something I wouldn’t have considered if not for all the books I read and the movie Romancing the Stone.  Itself a homage to romance novels, it is at its heart a love story featuring two strong people who aren’t looking for love but find it and find someone they can trust and count on.

Next, the romance novels I’ve written have given me a view of life where anything I set my mind to is possible.  One of the many things I admire about the novels written in the romance genre is how strong the characters are, how positive they are about life.  They get knocked down but they don’t stay there.  And you could argue that many novels have strong protagonists and I agree, but romances the focus is on the strength of the heroines.  The female characters are shown in a way that is realistic to me.  They are women who set goals and go after what they want.  They make mistakes, fall in love with the wrong guy, find the right guy, build the bonds of family and community around them.  These heroines leave the world a stronger place.

The trappings of romance are also fun.  While I certainly wouldn’t want a trail of rose petals around my bed every night, it is nice to have these ideas of romantic things to do.  I know I’m always looking for the romance in the everyday.  My husband loves astronomy and the night sky so I often plan something we can do outside on a clear evening so we can look at the sky and I can listen to his deep voice as he talks about the stars.  This might not be everyone’s idea of romance but it is ours. It’s that quiet time with one another where we are doing something that means a good deal to one or both of us.

My husband has surprised me by recording my favorite art documentaries (I love shows about the history of art and how art influenced events in the time they were made) and then preparing a fun meal for me while we both watch it.

The one thing that reading and writing romance has shown me is that you don’t need to be a billionaire tycoon or a cowboy or a Viking or a spy, to have excitement and romance in your life.  In fact always the romantic gestures that mean the most come from the heart and not with a huge price tag.

They might not follow a pattern of what everyone else thinks is romantic and how we each define romance is greatly varied.  For myself since I grew up having clam bakes by the ocean and eating oysters with large groups of family, I don’t think of them as romance food.  I also sort of think of champagne as more girl-power than romance.  Though my husband and I do toast our anniversary and other special days and celebrations with romance it’s not my go to romantic thing.

When I mention that I write romantic novels one of the most frequent comments I get is I bet your life is romantic.  And I think that’s interesting because it makes me imagine that everyone wants that romantic life.  And I do always say yes.  Now, I don’t want to give you the impression that it’s high romance all the time around here.  But there are a lot of everyday things that make my life romantic.

My husband brings me coffee in bed every other morning and I do the same for him on the alternating days.  This might sound mundane, but we drink our coffee together in bed, having quiet conversations with no pressure to grab our electronic devices.  We just enjoy each other and that little cup of coffee.

I think romance is powerful because we all want to find someone who gets us with all of our quirks and wants to share the journey of life with us.

Katherine recommends:

Some authors I love:

Sarah Morgan   –   www.sarahmorgan.com   –   @Amazon

Her books are full of emotional and deep richly written. I sort of savor her books and read them slowly.

Christine Feehan   –    www.christinefeehan.com   –   @Amazon

What I love about her books and what I have always loved is that there is always just one woman for her heroes.  And that the woman is the key to keeping the hero a good man and helping him control his powers.

Eve Gaddy   –     www.evegaddy.net   –   @Amazon

These books are always complex characters that have to make real world choices.  They are sexy and emotional and her characters have a strong worldview that keeps them from venturing into any grey areas.

Teri Wilson   –   www.teriwilson.net   –   @Amazon

Teri’s books are fun, but also emotional.  They have the feeling of glamour and romance two things that I love to read.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

After my divorce I was in a bad place and needed to rediscover my love of romance, so I  turned to the authors who had helped me fall in love with the genre.  I pulled books from my keeper shelf and spent hours immersing myself in the power of falling in love and healing my wounded heart.  The books restored my faith in romance and made it possible for me to fall in love again!

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

I have a rock on my desk that my husband and I picked up while walking on the beach.  It’s small, I guess it is more pebble sized and I see it every day when I sit down to write.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Honesty.  I just can’t abide by anyone who isn’t honest.  You don’t have to be perfect but at least be true to yourself and your beliefs.

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

My favorite book is The Scarlet Pimpernel.  I love Percy’s adoration of Marguerite and how they both feel they must play by societies rules while secretly doing what they know to be right.

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

Carol Quinto aka Jeanne Carmichael.  I have no formal training as a writer.  I just read a bunch of romance novels and started writing because I wanted to tell stories.  I joined RWA and my local chapter Central Florida Romance Writers.  They had this program where you could bring in 5 pages of your manuscript and two published novelists would critique them and give them back to you a month later.  Carol got my first five pages and honestly it changed my life forever.  She critiqued my pages but she also called me on the phone and talked to me about the story and writing.  She invited me to join her critique group and I learned from reading the other authors manuscripts but also from the comments Carol made on mine.  Carol always believed in me and I think that without her mentoring me it would have taken me a lot longer to sell my first book.

 

Main Drawing:

Since Katherine lives in England, all of her giveaways are “international” by US standards. ;o) The main drawing is open to everyone.

One lucky winner will win a copy of the paperback  SUMMER IN MANHATTAN plus the Wild Caruthers Duet. To enter, leave a message below by 11:59 pm PST August 7, 2017. 

Katherine will be giving away more copies of SUMMER IN MANHATTAN, three copies of the entire Space Cowboys trilogy, and two more copies of Wild Caruthers Duet as part of the US bundles & international bundles, plus she’s 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

 

 


USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 90 books since making her first sale Harlequin (Silhouette) Desire.  She is published by HarperCollins, Harlequin Books and Tule Publishing.  Katherine is known for her sexy heroes, feisty heroines and sensual stories.

A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.

 

Learn more:

www.katherinegarbera.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @katheringarbera

 

Buy Katherine’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.

(Katherine is contributing to the US bundles, international 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 contests 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 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.

    Nice write up. To the outsider, most people would not think of my hubby as the romantic type, but for me he is. Our first anniversary, the paper anniversary, he wrote me a story about our first married year. This man is an engineer…he doesn’t read for fun and certainly doesn’t write stories, but he wanted to do something special for the first year. He continued writing a story for the first 10 years of our marriage, but then life got in the way with 3 daughters, within 4 years but every now and then I reread our story and fall in love with him all over again!

  • cheryl c.

    I have always resented the fact that many look down on romance novels and movies, yet the overwhelming popularity of this type of books, movies, and TV programs shows how much people enjoy them.

  • Abigail Sharpe

    I love that your object is something so simple, yet so big.

  • Anna

    What a lovely thing for you & your husband to do! It sounds like a great (romantic) way to start the day together!

  • Rachel Robinson

    Katherine Garbera is always a must read but this write up really made me smile

    • Read-A-Romance

      thank you so much! She’s delightful isn’t she? xoxo

  • Sally Schmidt

    My husband (of almost 50 years!) is always on the lookout for a movie we can watch together. Our tastes are very different and he puts a lot of effort into finding the right movie – and he sure knows me. When he was on a remote military tour (in the laser disc / VHS days) he recorded every Cary Grant movies he could find for me (as well as most of my other favorites). Best gift ever, so much time & love put into it.

  • Pamby50

    I love how a cup of coffee becomes romantic. It is the little things that are romantic to each of us. He brought me home a bag of cherries and I was happy as a clam.

  • Ellen

    You are right, the smallest actions can be very romantic. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I think you and your husband have the romance down pat. Those are some great ways to show your love for each other.

  • Kimberly Johnston

    I thought it was interesting that you never had any formal writing experience. You do an amazing jobs telling your stories. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Nicole Marie

    Romance has always been my favorite genre, thanks for sharing your story!

  • rebecca moe

    I love The Scarlet Pimpernel! I’ve re-read it so many times, and loved it just as much as the first time.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Kelly Jetzer

    Thanks for sharing your story. You and your husband seem to have a lovely relationship. I, too, love looking at the night sky with my husband. I look forward to reading your books.

  • MaryC

    Lovely morning ritual.

  • Glenda

    I love your morning cup of coffee ritual with your husband. It’s similar to the weekend one my husband and i have – most weekends.

    • Read-A-Romance

      Hi Glenda ~

      You’re the winner of Katherine’s main giveaway!

      You should be hearing from me via email later today at the email address you signed in with here.

      Congratulations! xo

      Bobbi
      RARM

  • Kezia King

    It is strange that so many people look down on romance. Isn’t it one of the main things we all have in common- the desire to love and be loved (in various forms)? Thank you for sharing!