Laura Trentham – Powerful Comfort

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!

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Comfort in Difficult Times

I can’t say that that the power of romance hit me like a lightning bolt or like a moment of clarity during dark times. It was more like a blanket. Wrapping around me and offering me comfort during a difficult time in my life.

I’ve always read romance. I graduated from Sweet Valley High to romantic gothic masters like Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Then, came my first foray into my mom’s stash under her bed, mostly Harlequin Presents and Silhouette Intrigues. Later in high school, I snagged my first historical romance, A Rose in Winter by Woodiwiss and devoured the historical romances of the ’90s.

My life has been pretty charmed. Lucky, I used to say. Married a great guy, live in a great place, had a great son. Then, my daughter was born. Not that she isn’t great too, but from the beginning things felt different. Off. They were hard. It took three years before we figured out what was wrong. She was diagnosed with a genetic disorder. It was responsible for her difficulties and delays. The path of her, and our lives changed.

Through this time, I had stopped reading romance. I had stopped reading at all. But to combat my all-encompassing anxiety, I turned to my “security blanket.” Romance novels. While we were figuring out schools and therapies and what the immediate future would look like for my daughter, I read a book or more a day. It wasn’t my lifeline, but my way of easing my anxiety after dealing with the very unfamiliar and difficult.

I decided I would never go back to full time work and put her in daycare. So mostly for something to do after she started in a special preschool, I decided to write a book. Without telling anyone at first, I sat down and wrote a historical romance. And then another. And another. Of course, I didn’t know what I didn’t know back then, but I learned fast. I had something to focus on besides things that were out of my control. I could control the lives of my characters.

Every time I pick up a romance, I sink into that feeling of comfort and know at the end I’ll be rewarded with an HEA and happiness. That was an important reason why I gravitated toward romance during my hard times.

 

Laura recommends:

Sabrina Jeffries    –    www.sabrinajeffries.com    –   @Amazon

The Royal Brotherhood Series made a huge impression on me. I read it after being away from historical romance for a couple of years.

 

Julie Ann Long    –   www.julieannelong.com    –   @Amazon

I fell in love with her historicals, but love her contemporaries as well.

 

Raeanne Thayne    –    www.raeannethayne.com    –   @Amazon

A wonderful person as well as a writer. Highly recommend her Haven Point books.

 


 Questions for the Author:

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

The first time I picked up a romance after my daughter’s diagnosis.

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

I don’t attach memories to objects as much as places. I like going back to my family’s homeplace in Alabama because I can feel the generations of memories left behind.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Confidence. Important attribute to have in this business and for your characters!

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

This one goes way back, but in high school, I stayed up all night reading Rosamunde Pilcher’s September. I don’t remember much about the plot, but I remember that aching, melancholy feeling I was left with after finishing a stellar book. It was almost dawn at that point and I snuck out of the house to watch the sun rise.

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

A high school English teacher told me I should be a writer. At the time, I dismissed the idea, but the moment she told me stayed etched in my psyche. It took 20+ years for me to actually become a writer, but better late than never!

Main Drawing:

Laura is generously giving away a set of the first Cottonbloom trilogy.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 11, 2017. (US only)

She’ll also be giving away 3 paperbacks or ebooks, winner’s choice, of Leave the Night On as part of the US and international bundles! (see below for more information)

#LoveRomance  #ReadARomance

 


An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

 

Learn more:

www.lauratrentham.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @LauraTrentham

 

Buy Laura’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!

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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.

(Laura is contributing to the US and international bundles.)

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

  • alisha woods

    would love to win. Thanks for the chance

    • Laura Trentham

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • cheryl c.

    Your author recommendations happen to be some of my favorite authors!

    • Laura Trentham

      Yay! I was a reader long before I ever got the urge to write:)

  • Kelly Jetzer

    I’m glad to hear how therapeutic romance novels have been for you during stressful times. I feel the same way.

  • Michele H.

    I also find romance theraputic. Even the most stressful situations fade into the background for a time.

    • Laura Trentham

      Agreed! It’s wonderful to get lost in someone else’s world for awhile.

  • Sue G.

    I started reading romance again after my brother was diagnosed with cancer. Many long hours spent just waiting while I read, helped me to not think about the horrible road he went down. That’s why even 13 years after he’s been gone, I only read stories with a happy ending!

    • Laura Trentham

      I can only imagine how hard that was! *hugs* Bu glad books were there for you!

      • Sue G.

        Thanks…It did suck. He was 30 when diagnosed and 38 when he passed away.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I started reading romance novels as a way to get me through my own health crisis. It’s amazing how good a HEA can make us feel.

    • Laura Trentham

      So important to have the hope of an HEA sometimes!

  • Carol Opalinski

    We’ve read some of the same romances…Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart and Kathleen Woodiwiss. My first intro into romance was in elementary when I picked up The Scarlet Pimpernel from the class reading shelf. I fell in love with it and with romances, even if I was too young to understand why the H/h were in such a hurry to get to their cabin at the end. LOL! I read it again at a later time and went “Oh.”

    • Laura Trentham

      That hilarious! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • catslady

    You would be a new to me author but sounds like something I would enjoy! Thanks.

    • Laura Trentham

      I would love for you to check them out:)

  • rebecca moe

    Yes! Romance is definitely a comfort in difficult times. I don’t know what I’d do without it.
    (And how have I not read any of Julie Ann Long’s contemporary? I’ve only read and loved her historicals!)

    • Laura Trentham

      Yes! Historicals are my happy place, I’ll admit:)

  • Patty Vasquez

    I love your analogy that romance is like a blanket. I definitely look forward to that time of day when I can sit down and wrap myself in the comfort of reading. My genre of choice is always romance. There are so many stressful things in the greater world; I need to know that love will win in the end of my book.

    • Laura Trentham

      Yes! An HEA relieves my stress for sure:)

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I enjoyed reading your story of struggles with your daughter as I can relate. My youngest of 4 was born with Apraxia, the inability to form the sounds of words. Before my kids I read all sorts books, the gamut, but have returned to romance over and over again as I needed a stress outlet or to escape my hectic life. I’m so glad this writing gig worked out for you. I’ve enjoyed reading your books.

    • Laura Trentham

      Yes! I thought my daughter had apraxia for awhile as well. So glad you enjoy my books.Thanks for stopping by!

  • Molly

    I enjoyed reading and learning new ways of looking at things.

    • Laura Trentham

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Pamby50

    Kathleen Woodiwiss was the writer that started my reading romance. It was Shanna but I also loved A Rose in Winter.

    • Laura Trentham

      A Rose in Winter was one of my firsts too! Probably the first “bodice ripper.”

  • MaryC

    Hope your daughter is doing well.
    Romance novels have been a source of comfort during difficult times.

  • Ellen

    Reading can be such great therapy. Hope your family is doing well. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  • flchen1

    Lovely post, Laura! I do think romance is such a comfort during hard times, and a pleasure during easy/good times. Always lifts one’s spirits. Hugs!

    • Laura Trentham

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nicole Marie

    Thank you for sharing your story, romance books have always helped me with my anxiety too. There is something very relaxing about loosing yourself in a great romance novel.

    • Laura Trentham

      I totally agree! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Becky Rabalais

    I love Rosamunde Pilcher’S books each December I reread Winter Solstice. Wonderful interview!

    • Laura Trentham

      Yes! All her books are great. She has a couple of collections of short stories I love as well.

  • Ren

    Thank you for sharing. Kathleen Woodiwiss is who started my love of romance. Romance has become my “comfort” over the years as well. There are just days when you need to escape and romance has always been that for me.

    • Laura Trentham

      A Rose in Winter was a fav of mine!

  • Laura Trentham

    I’m biased, but I think you’ll enjoy them:)

  • Alyn Yang

    Oh yes, I remember Sweet Valley High.

  • Glenda

    I use reading as a way to relax,,, Romance works best because I do know there will be a hea…

    I’ve got the trilogy so don’t enter me 🙂

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! Romance has comforted me a lot over the years too.

  • Audrey

    I adore small town contemporaries, Laura, and your covers are outstanding! Right up my alley. Great interview, especially that comment you received from your English teacher. Indeed, positive comments like that from teachers have such power! Glad you harnessed yours 🙂