Kelly Moran – Passionate About Romance

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

Bringing Light & Making the World Spin

Hello, everyone! So great to be here. With “the power of romance” as the theme, I can’t think of anything better to discuss and nothing I’m more passionate about.

There have been times in this writing gig, especially with this genre, that have been utterly discouraging. Once, I was at a big family gathering, and a few people were discussing books. Someone said, “I read romance between real books because any monkey can read or write one. It gives my brain a break.” There are so very many things wrong with that statement, I don’t even know where to start. I was at an author signing not long ago, and a gentleman stopped by my table to check out my books. Not my target audience, but I’ve had male readers before. I gave him a few minutes, then asked him if he read romance. He dropped my book like it would give him the bubonic plague and yelled “Romance?!” in a disgusted voice. Loud enough for the whole room to hear. Then he stormed out. Talk about embarrassing.

If you tear it down to the studs, romance has quite a few sub-genres, and it’s been around since the dawn of literature. Where else can you find werewolves, rock stars, a rakish rogue, vampires, injured war veterans, Scots in kilts, a best friend’s brother, gods, firefighters, billionaires, or even a pastor between the pages of a book fighting to get a happily ever after? Go back to Bronte or Austen and tell them romance is for monkeys. Tell that to Shakespeare. Readers don’t understand how hard we authors fight to break the norm, turn a trope that’s been recycled countless times, and flip it into a unique story. We have to create conflict where the odds aren’t forever in their favor and a setting that drops people right there with the characters. To tug emotion and build worlds and slap it all with a dose of reality. Monkeys, indeed. Pass me a banana.

Truth time. Romance has been the number one selling fiction genre for twenty plus years. Guess there’s a lot of primates in the world.

Yet, with the ugly side comes beauty, too. This community is supportive unlike any I’ve known. I’ve witnessed authors who’ve been crushed by a breast cancer diagnosis, the loss of a child or spouse, and had their homes burn to the ground. And in their darkest hour, others rose as a beacon of support. From care packages to posts to charity auctions and donations, they surrounded the fallen with…what else? Love.

Because that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what romance is. It’s love. The thing that makes the world spin and brings light. It’s an escape and a crutch and a helping hand when all seems lost. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning and puts a smile on our face when we fall asleep. Hope, really, if we’re being honest. Romance and love are the embodiment of hope. If there’s something more important out there, more noteworthy to discuss or pen about, I’d rather be oblivious. Without our ability to love, I shudder to think where mankind would be.

I’m a romance author. And damn proud to be one.

 

 

 

Kelly recommends:

 AJ Nuest     –     ajnuest.com     –     @Amazon  

Her A Likely Story series is utterly amazing. Romantic suspense with a revenge twist. So hot.   

 

Mackenzie Crowne      –     mackenziecrowne.com    –      @Amazon  

Her Players series is sports romance with sass. Funny, sweet, and sexy.

 

Molly McLain     –    mollymclain.com    –      @Amazon  

Writes sexy, hilarious stories that pull you right in.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

Man, this is a loaded question. Everywhere? All the time? I remember being a little girl and watching Gone With the Wind with my grandmother, and I think that may have started it. I adore romance movies and, of course, books. I think the biggest moment had to be going to New York for a RWA conference and just standing there, shaking my head. So many romance authors and bloggers and publishers…filling an entire hotel. It was utterly amazing.

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

I’d probably have to say a charm necklace. I almost never take it off. My grandmother had a wonderful influence on me and she had it made when I was born. It’s just a little silver pendant of a girl’s profile with my name etched on the back, but wearing it makes me feel close to her again.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Hmm. Thinking, thinking… I’d have to say “enchanting.” So many meanings or inflections and I adore the magical quality of the definition.

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

Brenda Novak‘s “Her Darkest Nightmare” stands out. A romantic suspense. The book has a surviving victim of a serial killer as the heroine, it’s set in Alaska, and she opens a prison for the worst repeat offenders to study them. It was utterly fascinating.

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

My family and a lot of my friends, though very loving, never really understood my writer’s mind or my need to tell stories. However, in high school, my freshman English teacher read this poem I wrote and just went gaga over it. From there out, she gave me weekly “assignments” to breathe life into aspects of creative writing for me. They were not class work, and they continued all four years, even when I didn’t have her as a teacher. I actually wrote my first romance novel longhand in a notebook for her, which later became published as Summer’s Road (after many rewrites and revisions, of course).

Main Drawing:

Kelly is generously giving away a signed copy of her books Counterbalance and Redemption as a set to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a message below by 11:59 pm PST August 6, 2017. (US only)

She’s also giving away another set, as well as a set of e-book copies of all 3 books in the Redwood Ridge series (Puppy Love, Tracking You, & New Tricks) as part of the US bundles (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  #HappyReading

 


Kelly Moran is a bestselling author of enchanting ever-afters. She gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and landed on the Must Read & 10 Best Reads lists at USA TODAY’s HEA blog.

She is a proud Romance Writers of America member, where she was an Award of Excellence Finalist. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her hound dog. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well. She loves connecting with her readers.

 

Learn more:

www.AuthorKellyMoran.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @authorkmoran

 

Buy Kelly’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.

(Beatriz/Juliana is contributing to all of the drawings below.)

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 (including 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. I may include a couple of international bundles.)

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

  • ajnuest

    Whoo Hoo! So fabulous! I love this post and, Kelly, thank you sooooo much for the shout out about my A Likely Story series! You’re the best!!! xo

    • Kelly Moran

      Of course! It’s genius! xo

      • ajnuest

        Careful now… That’s a hefty word to be tossing around. 😉 xo

        • Kelly Moran

          True story.

  • Mackenzie Crowne

    Awww Is it any wonder I love you more than my luggage? 🙂 Muah!

    • Kelly Moran

      lmao! xo

  • Shakera Blakney

    I can say with a high level of confidence, I have read two of the series recommended (A Likely Story and Players) and both are amazing and you wouldn’t want to put them down!

    • Kelly Moran

      Right? Fab books!

      • Shakera Blakney

        AJ is amazing with suspense and romance and Mac knows how to pull at your heartstrings!

        • ajnuest

          GAH! Love you so hard, Shakera! Thank you for saying that! You’re the best!!! xo

          • Shakera Blakney

            But it’s so true! You are awesome, and a genius with those genres. Add in “The Golden Key Chronicles”… sigh… be still my heart!

          • ajnuest

            AWWWW! You make me smile. #throwsglitter

          • Shakera Blakney

            Don’t make me start from the beginning!

  • Sally Schmidt

    Since I love romance, and have converted a few eye rollers, I forget just how hard it is for romance authors. Thanks for providing us stories of hope and fun and love.

    • Kelly Moran

      xo

  • Debbie Kolins

    I have read all of Kelly Moran’s [A Redwood Ridge Romance]and Mackenzie Crowne’s [Players Series] books and loved them!! 🙂

    • Kelly Moran

      Thank you! xo

  • Sue G.

    I would have loved to have been there when that guy was disgusted by your romance book. I would have told him my husband benefits greatly from me reading my romance books! 😉

    • ajnuest

      Amen, Sue! Time to realize the potential! LOL

    • Kelly Moran

      Bwa ha ha! Wish I’d thought of that. I was too shocked at the time. xo

  • Molly

    I love lol of your books Kelly.

    • Kelly Moran

      xo

  • rebecca moe

    “Any monkey,” huh? I’d love to see them try…
    Thanks for posting! I haven’t read your books yet, but you’re already on my TBR 🙂

    • Kelly Moran

      Exactly. And thank you. Hope you enjoy. xo

  • Ren

    Your a new author to me and can’t wait to check out your books. Thanks for sharing

    • Kelly Moran

      Thanks! xo

  • Pamby50

    I have to agree with you about Brenda Novak’s Her Darkest Nightmare. So different from her Whiskey Creek series. As for any monkey could write romance, I would challenge them to try.

    • Kelly Moran

      Wasn’t that a great book? Just…wow. And yes to the monkeys, lol

  • Michele Macleod

    sure writing is easy , pick up a pen , type on a key board. sure ,,OK But getting raw emotion, character depth, plot and pacing and making what you are writing make sense and flow. SO NOT EASY. #respecttheAuthor

    • Kelly Moran

      Thank you for that!

  • Michele Macleod

    I went to a big name bookstore back in February, I looked everywhere for the Romance section. 5 shelves crammed back to back. I said out loud mind you , lol Why the hell is Romance jammed up in the back? This shit is great! A few people looked over at me, I said Hey , this is a bookstore NOT the library.

  • Michele Macleod

    Kelly Moran’s books are Fantastic !

    • Kelly Moran

      xo Thank you!

  • MaryC

    I feel sorry for readers who don’t read romance novels – they’re missing out on some really great stories. I’ve been hooked on your books since reading the Phantom series.

    • Kelly Moran

      Aw, thank you! And I totally agree on reading romance. xo

  • Nicole Marie

    Romance has always been my go to genre, thanks for sharing your story.

  • Anna

    It sounds like you had a pretty great English teacher! She really went above and beyond for you.

    I read romance to engage my brain – I always feel a little sorry for people who look down on it. They don’t know what they’re missing.

  • Glenda

    People who won’t read romance are misssing out on great stories

  • Kimberly Johnston

    My mom loves to read but usually nothing that doesn’t have Amish people in it but recently she ran out of books and I was able to get her reading romances by giving her “All of Me”. She’s hooked! Can’t wait to share more books with her.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Romance is my favorite genre. I think every story has a touch of love in it. I enjoyed reading your story.

  • Kezia King

    I am still shocked (pretty regularly) by the way people look down on romance. Love is complicated- and simple at the same time. How do you even write about something like that and have it come off as authentic?! So many amazing romance authors manage to do it and I think they deserve much more respect. 🙂

  • Jen Doyle

    I’ll happily share your bananas every time. (Um, except that sounds really bad, LOL.)

  • Kristine R

    Love reading romance books where would we be without them and its authors