Lorraine Heath – Worthy of Love

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2017!

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 three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

#LoveRomance

Providing Acceptance

Romance novels are powerful on so many levels.

In Falling Into Bed With A Duke, my heroine is spunky, sharp, a businesswoman at heart. She wants a man who loves her for herself and not for the immense dowry she brings to the marriage. My hero loves her forthrightness, but he fears she is going to discover he has no business acumen whatsoever, that she is going to discover his secret: numbers confound him. My hero has dyscalculia, which is similar to dyslexia but affects one’s perception of numbers rather than letters. Years ago, I discovered this condition exists when a friend’s son was diagnosed with it. It stuck with me. So I applied it to my hero in order to make the reader more sympathetic to his inability to effectively run his estates. Of course, back in Victorian England, no one knew the condition even existed. My hero just felt stupid.

So did one of my readers. Shortly after the book came out, I heard from a reader who told me that when the hero was explaining to the heroine how numbers made no sense to him, I was describing exactly how she felt whenever she had to deal with numbers. She’d always just assumed she was stupid. Through my story, she discovered a condition she hadn’t known existed, one that might possibly apply to her.

When I gave my hero this condition, it never occurred to me that it would empower someone with knowledge and acceptance.

Romance novels often do that. We frequently give our characters realistic challenges with which our readers can identify, some on a more personal level than others. I’ve had characters deal with physical, mental, and cognitive issues that made them feel less than until love comes along and they find acceptance not only in the eyes of the person who loves them but in themselves as well. They are able to understand they are not defined by whatever issue has haunted them.

And very often, a reader who is also dealing with a similar issue, may find acceptance as well.

This is merely one of the reasons that romance novels are powerful: they show us that we are worthy of love as we are.

 

Lorraine recommends:

Tracey Livesay   –   www.traceylivesay.com   –   @Amazon

Love Will Always Remember

 

Addison Fox  –   www.addisonfox.com   –  @Amazon

Just Once

 

Charis Michaels  –   charismichaels.com   –   @Amazon

One for the Rogue

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I was at a booksigning in Austin. A woman drove 3 hours when she learned I’d be there because she wanted to thank me for writing books had brought her friend some joy while she suffered through the final stages of cancer. I’ve heard similar stories from other authors. Romance can provide an escape when we need it, but it’s an uplifting and comforting type of escape.

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

My computer. Way back, before I was published, I was writing stories on an electronic typewriter. I came home from work one day and the typewriter was gone and a computer sat in its place. We really couldn’t afford it, but my husband said, “You seem serious about this writing thing. Thought a computer would be helpful.” Often when I’m sitting at my now more advanced computer working on a story, I’ll think back to that first computer and how my husband stretched our budget so I could reach for my dream of being published.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Love. I think it represents our most powerful emotion. Wonderful and horrific things are done in the name of love. I think it, or the desire for it, motivates us in many ways.

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

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s not a romance but there are romances in it. It was a powerful portrayal of sacrifice and courage during World War II.

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

Mrs. Meyers, my sophomore English teacher. She pulled me aside one day after class and told me that she believed I had a talent for writing and should take journalism my junior year. Until then, I’d never considered my writing to be different from what everyone else did, but her words and encouragement gave me confidence in my writing ability and started me down the path toward becoming a writer.

Main Drawing:

Lorraine is generously giving away  two signed books randomly drawn from her backlist stash to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 10, 2017. (US only)

Lorraine is also giving away four more randomly drawn signed books  as part of the US bundles, and is participating in the international bundles with a copy of AN AFFAIR WITH A NOTORIOUS HEIRESS, plus she’s 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.

#LoveRomance #ReadARomance

 


Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA’s RITA® and RT Book Reviews Pioneer of Romance Award Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

Learn more:

www.lorraineheath.com   |    Facebook     |     Twitter @Lorraine_Heath

 

Buy Lorraine’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.

(Lorraine is contributing to the US bundles, the international bundle and the cup/toe giveaway.)

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

  • Make Kay

    What a powerful thing to help a reader realize they have dyscalculia. You go, lady!

    LOVE your books!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sue G.

    Never knew there was such a thing as dyscalculia! Wow…that must really be tough going through life with that.

  • alisha woods

    I adore Lorraine’s books. The Duke and the Lady in Red was phenomenal

    • Lorraine

      Thank you!

  • Michele H.

    I have learned so much new information reading romance novels! Great story.

  • rebecca moe

    What a wonderful story about your reader who discovered something about herself by reading one of your books! I had a (somewhat) similar experience reading a historical romance in which the hero had (probably) suffered a stroke and seeing things from his perspective helped me to understand how things probably felt for my dad, who had also recently suffered one. It was eye-opening. The power of romance!

    Thank you so much for posting!

  • Kim

    It’s interesting too see how character copes with different conditions without the benefit of modern medicine.

  • Pamby50

    I’ve never know about dycalculia either. How wonderful that this story helped a reader. I loved the story about your husband buying you a computer.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I always appreciate being able to find myself, or a character with a very real human condition, in a story. Being worthy of love and being loved unconditionally are the hallmark of an excellent romance. Thank you for your stories!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    My son has dycalculia. It took us until he was in 5thbgrade to get him diagnosed. We thought he just wasn’t trying hard enough at first.
    I love the real was of romance stories. They are so much more than just love.

    • Lorraine

      I’m so glad he was diagnosed. The brain is wondrous, complicated, and sometimes challenging.

  • catslady

    I learn so much from reading and what better way than the bonus of a great story too!

  • Maida Malby

    Lorraine Heath is an auto-buy for me. I love her Leigh Brothers series and her St. James universe – Scoundrels, Scandalous Gentlemen, and Hellions of Havisham. She is also a lovely and gracious lady in person. Her books are always four and five stars for me.

    • Lorraine

      thank you for the sweet post. 🙂

  • Judy Goodnight

    “I’ve had characters deal with physical, mental, and cognitive issues that made them feel less than until love comes along and they find acceptance not only in the eyes of the person who loves them but in themselves as well. They are able to understand they are not defined by whatever issue has haunted them.” I totally agree with this. Even the person who, on the surface appears to have it all, often feels inadequacies that they cannot or do not express to others. What a relief it is to have someone love you even with your inadequacies or your failures.

  • Ellen

    I love the story of your husband and the computer. A practical and romantic gift all in one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Glenda

    Since I was labelled as stupid as a child because of what they call dyslexic tendancies – not quite full on dyslexia, I do have a soft spot for charachters with learning disabilities/challenges.

  • Nicole Marie

    Its amazing how a book can touch someone so much, great post! Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Lorraine

      Thank you.

  • Karin

    I loved your Scoundrels of St. James books. Thanks for the chance for a free book!

  • Lorraine

    Thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting. Sorry to be a day late in getting here. Our internet, TV, and phones went out on Saturday and we just got them all back. Had to actually talk to each other for a few days. 🙂

    but I’m still feeling a bit scattered trying to get caught up. But I really appreciate all of you leaving a post.

  • Molly

    I can’t wait for your next book.

  • Alyn Yang

    A special thanks to Mrs. Meyers for getting you started on this path. I enjoy reading your books.

  • Holly

    Lorraine, your covers are always gorgeous!

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! I love your books and you are one of the first romance authors I ever read! 🙂

  • Kristine R

    I really love your Scoundrels of St. James series and Scandalous Gentleman of St. James series. Thank you for hours of happiness that you have bought me

  • Sheryl N

    I love the Scoundrels of St James series, it is still one of my favorites!