Lenora Bell – Love & Connection

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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Engaging Minds & Emotions

“Did you know the family history when you were writing the book?” my Aunt Carol asked after she read my last novel.

“What family history?” I replied, intrigued by her question.

She told me the story of how my great-uncle and his wife made the difficult decision never to have children because his parents both died in an asylum. I had never heard any of it before, and yet I had explored very similar themes. How incredible that I had unconsciously mirrored this buried family secret in my writing!

The romance novels I read over and over again resonate on a close, personal level. As the characters grapple with hardship and overcome devastating obstacles on the path to love and fulfillment, I’m right there with them. Their pain is my pain. Their joy, my joy. Romance novels have a unique and powerful ability to make us feel. They engage our minds, and emotions, and open our hearts.

But don’t people read romance novels to escape from reality? Aren’t they just portraying a fantasy world? When someone asks such questions, I know they’ve never read one of the books they are dismissing.

They’ve never been moved to tears by the portrayal of a woman recovering from a heartbreaking stillbirth. Never sighed with pleasure when a tough ex-military hero suffering from PTSD finally admits that perhaps he does need a good cuddle. And they’ve never cheered when an insecure, full-figured heroine learns to love her curves and embrace her sexuality.

I pick up a romance novel when I want to embark on an emotional journey. When I need the release of a good laugh…or a good cry. Or when my faith in love needs a little restoring.

Romance novels speak to the fundamental human desire for connection and love. They portray the complexity of relationships and explore the boundless capacity of the heart for empathy and caring. They shed light on many of life’s darkest moments, providing comfort and celebrating the healing power of love.

Now that’s powerful stuff.

Lenora recommends:

Here are three authors whose books are moving and powerful.

Pintip Dunn  –   www.pintipdunn.com   @Amazon  —  explores issues of belonging and self-discovery in her provocative, gorgeous stories.

Alyssa Cole   –   www.alyssacole.com   @Amazon  —  is a versatile maestro who moves effortlessly between sub-genres but always crafts compelling, soul-satisfying romance.

Laura Trentham  –  www.lauratrentham.com   @Amazon  —  pens warm, charming and always surprising stories of redemption, healing, and love.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

When I was living overseas for work, a U.S. reader wrote to tell me that she was going through a seemingly endless string of bad luck – from a job loss to a serious illness – and the only thing that elevated her mood was reading Regency romance. “Love spans the globe,” she wrote, “and I feel surrounded by hope.”

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

My mother-in-law recently passed away from cancer. The blessing was that my husband and I were able to be with her the last months of her life. We inherited her charm bracelet and it’s such a beautiful time capsule. I love touching the charms she collected on special occasions like her twenty-first birthday, her wedding day, the births of her children, and that lovely fifteenth wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Hope. When things are broken, when rifts divide, hope illuminates the path forward.

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

Probably the most powerful romance novel I’ve ever read is Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm. Talk about overcoming adversity! The brilliant, decadent hero suffers a stroke, loses his power of speech and language, and is wrongfully imprisoned in a lunatic asylum where he is cared for, and ultimately saved by, his innocent, fiercely ethical Quaker assistant.

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

One of my college professors recognized that I was struggling with perfectionism and writer’s block and gave me the powerful feminist book Silences by Tillie Olsen. I never would have finished my college literature thesis, much less gone on to write novels, if it wasn’t for his kindness, empathy, and insight in giving me the perfect book at the perfect time in my life.

Main Drawing:

Lenora is generously giving away signed copies of all three books in her Disgraceful Dukes series plus a special gift related to each book to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 14, 2017. (US only)

She’s also contributing titles to the US and international bundles and  sponsoring the tote & cup giveaway! (see below for more information)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

 


Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances. She grew up in a small Alaskan town that still has no traffic lights and she blames those long, dark winters for turning her into a lifelong bookworm. She has lived and worked on five continents but can currently be found in an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties.

 

Learn more:

lenorabell.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @lenora_bell

 

Buy Lenora’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!

 

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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.

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

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week2@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 Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 2 contests are Aug 9 through Aug. 16

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.

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