Liz Talley – Electric 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

Giving Respite

Our theme for RARM – The Power of Romance – reminds me of that old Huey Lewis and The News song “Power of Love.” Guess that shows my age, huh? Yeah, I’m totally a child of the 80s.

SO, is there power in romance?

No doubt.

Often people ask me why I write romance. Or rather some have asked me why I write trashy books. Or even worse – porn. I’m very quick to remind them that writing about falling in love isn’t porn. Writing for women isn’t less than writing for men. Writing a happy ending doesn’t make a story weak. See, there’s a perception about romance, right? That writing about falling in love is somehow low brow. Many people assume stories of love can’t possibly be well-written. They presume romance is for the intellectually inferior. Smart people don’t read romance. Sophisticated people don’t like happy endings, trite verbiage, or fluffy endings with satin bows, right?

Wrong.

Many of us know exactly the power gained from reading a romance book. As we turn the pages, the world we inhabit fades away and we plunge into one where all things are possible. Gone are the stacks of bills, the cracked tile in the kitchen, the heartache of cancer, dementia, divorce, or bankruptcy. For a few hours, we can leave the hardness of the world behind and grab hold of adventure, desire, midnight balconies and fairy dust. For a few hours, we can forget. And, ladies and gents, that has power…the power to take us away. It’s kind of like Calgon but you don’t have to get naked or wet…or you could. After all, it IS romance. LOL.

So I’m proud to write stories that give respite. I don’t have to change a person’s world view or make them dwell days upon days about the decisions my characters make. I’m pleased to provide a simple escape. After all, that’s what was given to me for the past few decades. As a chubby teen with thick glasses, romance books gave birth to dreams of love, hope for my own prince charming. As a college student, I escaped into Jude Devereaux and Heather Graham when those dusty English literature tomes threatened to suffocate me with symbolism. And as a milk-stained young mother, romance books gave me an opportunity to put my feet up and forget about sticky toddlers and teething infants.

Did romance have power?

You betcha.

So as we celebrate this month of reading romance, let’s embrace the electricity in reading books that give us satisfaction, hope, and dreams. Let’s applaud the devastating dukes and irascible billionaires. Let’s cheer for the everyday heroines who in the end get exactly what every woman deserves – a chance to be loved, cherished and worshipped by someone who would sacrifice all for her. Let’s celebrate books that when we close them, we can give a fist pump and a hearty “YES!”

That’s the power of romance.

 

 

Liz recommends:

First, Kristan Higgins    –    www.kristanhiggins.com     –   @Amazon

My favorite contemporary romance author – Her books make me laugh, cry and sigh so I find them the epitome of escapist fiction. Her two latest are more women’s fiction and they were excellent.

 

Winnie Griggs    –    www.winniegriggs.com     –   @Amazon

Winnie writes historical inspirational/sweet books set in Texas. Most of her books are written for Love Inspired, but I find them not so preachy as they are tender. She has a great grasp on Texas small towns around the turn of the century, and the huge Little House on the Prairie fan inside me loves picking up one of her books when I need some sweetness in my life.

 

And then there’s Keri Ford   –   www.keriford.com    –   @Amazon

What I love about Keri’s spicy, sweet contemporary romances is the authenticity of her characters. She doesn’t write dukes or billionaires, she writes working class guys in rural settings. Her heroes are blue collar; her heroines are every woman. And she writes great dialogue, too. Light, fun, country books are Keri’s strong suit


Questions for the Author:

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

I’ve pretty much led a life of romance. Not the wine and roses variety, but the real kind. The kind you get when he runs your bath water after a long day (and adds bubbles) or brings you coffee in bed. The kind where you know what he’s thinking with a mere look and you can spend a morning on a porch swing telling “remember when” stories. I guess I feel like there’s no particular grand moment – just a string of powerful moments between me and the man I’ve loved since I was thirteen.

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

I like to surround myself with meaningful objects – my gram’s quilt, my grandmother Grace’s wedding ring, my Grandmother Harp’s soup pot. Somehow it connects me to who I am…who they were. I really love my grandmother’s pearl necklace. It’s aged into a soft gold, and I love knowing she wore them. So I’m going with my grandmother’s pearls.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Hope sounds soft and angsty, but at its essence, hope is eternal and can’t be easily taken away. It’s always there, like in the Emily Dickinson poem “Hope is the Thing with Feathers.” I love the imagery of hope as a little bird always singing inside us.

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

I found The Book Thief by Markus Zusak particularly powerful. The writing’s lyrical and it projects a rawness that stick to you. The theme stresses that at the very basic level we are all connected.

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

Oooh, tough one. There are people in the writing business who’ve been powerful in my life and people in my personal life, but overall, the person who holds the most power in my life is my husband. I’ve been with him since I was thirteen years old. Crazy, right? But whenever I have doubts, problems, joys, funny jokes, big decisions, little splinters…I go to him. I could list his virtues (and vices) but over anyone else, he has the power (now I’m hearing the 90s song by C&C Music Factory – “I’ve Got the Power”)

 

Main Drawing:

Liz is generously giving away a print or digital copy of Charmingly Yours along with a $10 Amazon gift card to US or Canada residents. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 14, 2017. (US & Canada only)

She is also participating in the US bundles and sponsoring the 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.

A finalist in both RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA contests, Liz Talley loves staying home in her jammies writing emotional contemporary romance. Her first book starred a spinster librarian – Vegas Two Step – and debuted in June 2010. Since that time, Liz has published twenty-one more books with Harlequin, Berkeley and Montlake, reaching number one in kindle romance with her latest series. Her stories are set in the South where the tea is sweet, the summers are hot and the men are hotter.

Liz lives in Louisiana with her childhood sweetheart, two handsome children, three dogs and a mean kitty.

 

Learn more:

liztalleybooks.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @AmyLizTalley

 

Buy Liz’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.

(Liz is contributing to the US and international bundles, and sponsoring a 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.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Friends – I’m traveling today to take the eldest to college. Sniff! I will be checking in between my random bursts of sobbing and forced happiness. LOL. Thanks for stopping in to celebrate romance with me 🙂

    • Read-A-Romance

      <3 wow! welcome to the world of college…

  • Sue G.

    Nice write up! Yay 80’s! Loved those years between high school and college! We just moved middle kid back into a dorm at college from a house and youngest kid from a dorm into an apartment at college. Thankfully oldest kid just graduated from college in May!

    I met my hubby when I was 17 and we’ve been together for 35 years now! It just seems so crazy to be together for that long when it only seems like it has been a few years! 😉

  • Kelly Jetzer

    I think it’s wonderful that you’ve been with your sweetie since you were 13. It sounds like you have a beautiful relationship! My mom started dating my dad when she was 14, and they’ve been together for 54 years.

    • Wow! That’s so encouraging so see. Love can triumph. Not always easy but in the end it’s worthwhile

  • cheryl c.

    “Hope is the Thing with Feathers.” Beautiful and powerful imagery!

    • One of my favorite poems by her. I do love a great poem❤️

  • Me, too, Evelyn 🙂 Thanks!

  • Me, too! It’s pretty rare to still be with a high school sweetheart, but sometimes you get it right early 🙂

  • Patty Vasquez

    I’m binge-reading romance books right now because my blissful summer months are about to come to an end. My school year begins in just a couple of weeks. So, yes, I feel as though I’m storing up the power of romance I’ve gained this summer, just as the energy company stores solar or wind power to use at a later time when it’s most needed.

    • I used to do this too! I remember reading only at night and most the time I fell asleep. Lol. I loved binge reading in summer!

  • MaryC

    I think of romance novels as mini vacations.

  • Audrey

    I really enjoy contemporary romance, and I am so impressed that you were a finalist for both the Golden Heart and the Rita! That shows such progression, and it’s a testament to your talents, Liz. Great interview!

    • Thank you! I’m so honored to have finaled in those contests. I work hard every day to make my writing better 🙂

  • Nicole Marie

    I love the power of romance, I can loose myself in a book and forget about all the bad things that happened that day. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Pamby50

    After reading the part with The Power of Love by Huey Lewis, the song is stuck in my head. A good book or a good song has the power to transport you away from everything for a period of time. It refreshes you so that you can start again.

    • This is so true. So thankful for the power of words no matter what the delivery method 🙂

  • Read-A-Romance

    :o)

  • Me, too!!!

  • rebecca moe

    Another huge Little House fan here (and 80s girl…but that was just yesterday, right?)–I’m definitely going to have to try Winnie’s books! Thanks for the rec 🙂

    I feel your pain re: child going to college…my youngest is going in 8 days, so I’m still in the denial phase today. Hope you were able to keep smiling when you needed to!

    • I did! I was chipper all day long…and tired. It’s exhausting. And now I’m even more tired from moving and holding my emotions together. I took a 2 1/2 hour nap yesterday. I never do that. Thanks for coming by!

  • Booklover

    Great interview. I’ll go back even further in time and say it reminds me of Jennifer Rush’s Power of Love. Have a safe trip and take lots of tissue.

    • Thank, Booklover! I cried a little. okay, I sobbed once, but I had to use napkins from the glove box. LOL. Thanks for coming by!

  • Glenda

    I have always felt bad for those ‘sophisticated’ people who don’t believe in reading any books with happy endings. I’ve seen many of them who have no hope for their lives to have happy endings – even a happily for now.

    Good luck getting your eldest moved into college!

    • Thank you, Glenda. We got him moved in. I shed a few tears but most of all, I’m excited for him.

      oh, yeah, I feel sorry for them, too. HEA are the BEST!

  • Ellen

    Hope is a great word. Thanks for providing some HEAs in this turbulent world. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for popping by, Ellen, and I will stick with HOPE. in times like now, even more important than ever for hope to sing inside us.

  • Alyn Yang

    Writing trash and porn? Pretty sure some of the people saying that about romance novels actually enjoy watching porn.

    • Yeah, or never read a romance book. I think most equate it with sex and silliness. They don’t realize the goodness within the pages. I can say I’ve learned a lot about relationships by reading romance books

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! I think i live a life of romance too. Not grand gestures, but lots of little sweet moments that mean everything. 🙂

    • Those are the best kind, Kezia. I’m all for grand gestures but sometimes the little things really do matter the most.

  • Molly

    I love finding new books.