Lavinia Kent – Connection & Understanding

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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Sanity, Knowledge & Connection

When I think about the Power of Romance, I always come back to the times when it has saved me, kept me sane.  I am an avid reader and always have a book at hand, romance about 50% of the time, but when I am confronted by any type of deep worry or loss, it is 100% romance I turn to, often one I’ve read many times before.  An old Harlequin Presents can transport me far away from almost any problem that surrounds me.

But there are other ways that romance has power.  I think a big one is simple knowledge.  While I would never think that simply reading a romance made me an expert on any subject, they have certainly taught me things I didn’t know about.  I’ve learned about glass blowing, about dancing, about cooking, and about oystering on the Chesapeake Bay. (A few weeks ago I actually got to go out on a skipjack that is used for oystering in the colder months and I was instantly transported to the world of Nora Robert’s Chesapeake Bay Saga.)  Sometimes, I merely find this information interesting and sometimes it has led me to further study or, even more likely, to travel someplace I hadn’t thought of going – or to see someplace I’ve already been in a new way.

And then – and I think most importantly, there is the power of connection.  Talking about a romance with friends or even new acquaintances is one of my favorite activities.  I love hearing and understanding how someone else thinks about a book I’ve read.  It is always a great starting point to understanding each other, even when we disagree about the book.  And whenever I see another woman reading a romance, I always feel a bond of instant sisterhood.  If you’ve ever been to a romance conference, of any kind, you know what I mean.  At any of these conferences, you look across a roomful of strangers, but know that you have a common bond – and it’s a powerful one.


Lavinia recommends:


Suzanne Brockmann   

Always a favorite.  I have to confess that I’ve had her latest, Some Kind of Hero, on my kindle for a week, without starting, because I am enjoying the anticipation so much.

Suzanne Brockmann      –     –      @Amazon


Sarah Robinson:  Sarah’s books are always captivating: fun, sexy and very modern.  Her latest, NUDES, shows just how destructive social media can be.

Sarah Robinson     –       @Amazon


Penny Reid:  I am not normally fond of quirky characters, but with Penny the quirkier the better.  Beard Science is definitely my favorite, but the others aren’t far behind.

Penny Reid     –     –     @Amazon


Sarina Bowen:  I love Sarina’s college Hockey books  (not that there’s anything wrong with her others. Lol.)  My favorite, The Understatement of the Year, features and M/M Romance, not normally my favorite, but I couldn’t put this one down.

Sarina Bowen    –   –     @Amazon

Questions for the Author:

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

I met my husband my husband on a 90 degree day in a hot house on the National Mall.  It should have been miserable, but instead romance was flowing.  I’ve never experienced anything quite like it.

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

I have a green china parrot that I inherited from my grandparents.  If I were to see it in a store I would laugh at it and wonder who would buy such a thing.  I love it.  It always makes be think of it a particular point in my youth and how magical life could be.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Time.  The older I get, the more important I realize it is.

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

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. was definitely the most powerful book I read this year.  It let me see through someone else’s eyes into a world I’d never experienced – which is always the way with the best books.

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

Instead of listing one person, I am going to say my critique group.  These wonderful women writers have taught me so much not only about how to carry on, but about how to do so with grace and class.  It’s not so much what they’ve said as how they’ve lived their own professional struggles and achievements.


Main Drawing:

Lavinia is generously giving away a kindle copy of two of her books, winner’s choice. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 24, 2017. (open to everyone)

She’ll be giving away another more copies 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.


Lavinia Kent never knew that most people don’t make up stories in their heads to pass the time. She still has a hard time understanding how those who don’t survive the doctor’s waiting room or a grocery store line without another world to escape into.

As the mother of three, Lavinia finds “leisure time” to be ever-elusive, but when she is not reading romance novels, she watches far too much HBO and reality television. It must also be noted that she has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Buffy and the new Doctor Who – and more recently just about any show on the SyFy Channel.  Van Helsing.  Wynnona Earp.  Dark Matter.

Another of her latest passion is CW’s Arrow which she discusses weekly, during the television season, on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog with NYT bestseller, Allison Brennan.


Learn more:     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @LaviniaKent


Buy Lavinia’s books:

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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.

(Lavinia is contributing to the US and international bundles, and sponsoring the cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to 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 with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 3 contests are Aug 17 through Aug. 24

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 (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  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.

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