Lynne Wall – Relief & Anticipation

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

In Year 2 of RARM I decided to have a reader write one of the posts for Day 1 – a tradition now. I’m so pleased to introduce you to Lynne Wall. Lynne is a huge romance fan (and also a librarian), and I’m so grateful to have her be the “Spotlight Reader” for this, the 5th Read-A-Romance Month.

Interested in the Spotlight Reader posts from the last 3 years? Check out:

Stephanie 2014     Lorelei 2015      Patty 2016

Romance When and Where You Need It.

I hang up.  She’ll be here in 5 minutes.  I grab my tote bag, stuff in a sweater because it’s always cold in there, my day planner in case they admit me and most importantly my E- reader and the paperback romance I’m reading at the time.  This is a scenario that happens and periodically I must call a friend to take me to the ER to get checked out for something pertaining to my fight with cancer. I have the most extraordinary friends and they all know one thing about me, I must have my romance books!

I may be considered a newbie when it comes to reading romance.  I read my first romance novel after I began to work in a public library 12 years ago.  I was immediately hooked.  I glommed back lists of the icons, Linda Howard, Brenda Jackson, Lori Foster, Leanne Banks, Dyanne Davis, Dee Henderson and Beverly Jenkins.  I caught up quickly.  I studied RT Book Review Magazine cover to cover.  I began to go to book signings. I visited chatrooms and met other romance readers.  I learned the lingo especially HEA. HEA, happily ever after.  It was the HEA that made romance novels different than other fiction.  It was the HEA that kept me coming back for more.

A few years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I would need radiation and chemotherapy.  I was fortunate that my side effects did not keep me from working.  But that was about all I could do. For several months, I had a routine.  Go to work, come home, eat a small meal and then get dressed for bed. I dressed for bed because at that point in the day I didn’t know exactly when my strength would give out. I would lie on the couch and do the one thing I looked forward to all day.  Reading a romance. That reading time was special, it was a time of relief that I had made it through another day.  It kept my mind from dwelling on fear, instead I was anticipating the next chapters in my book.

One series that captivated me was The Misty Harbor Series by Marcia Evanick. The stories were set in small coastal town in Maine.  I had never read a novel set in Maine. I looked forward to visiting Misty Harbor every evening. I enjoyed it so much that I made a promise to myself that I would visit Maine.  I made a similar promise when I read Nora Roberts Northern Lights. A promise I have kept.

This is the Power of Romance to me. Romance novels serve as a companion in a waiting room. A comfort that replaces the anticipation of a test result.  The pages hold descriptions that can spark promises for the future. The Power of Romance is the reminder to never stop looking for the Happily Ever After in the situations life brings.


Lynne recommends:

Lynette Eason   –    –   @Amazon

(see Q&A below)

Pat Simmons   –    –   @Amazon

Pat is a veteran writer who should be more widely known. Her stories about generations of families and everyday heroes will inspire you.

K.M. Jackson   –    –    @Amazon

I met K.M. Jackson in line at RT a few years ago as I complained Kensington Dafina had contemporary romance. She informed me that she had just signed with Kensington she would be writing contemporary romance. Check out her twist on weddings in her UNCONVENTIONAL BRIDES Series.

Shirley Hailstock   –     –   @Amazon

Shirley is another veteran writer with novels in several genres including contemporary and more recently a romantic suspense series Capital Chronicles.

Sheila Roberts   –    –   @Amazon

Sheila writes small town contemporaries with the lovable heroines that are little quirky. She has had some of her books made into Hallmark movies including The Nine Lives of Christmas.


Questions for the Reader:

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

The first time I went to a book signing and saw the interactions between the authors and readers. It was like watching a reunion of friends or relatives. I found out that romance was a community.

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

My late brother’s jacket. He was an adult when I was born. With such a big age difference, I did not see him very much. He was a hardworking, very quiet person. I remember one day he packed us all in his white convertible and drove us to Burger King for Whoppers (my Mother never let us order Whoppers).

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Help. It has power because it works two ways. I always believed in helping others, but I had to learn to let others help me.

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

This year it continues to be Lynette Easons’ The Elite Guardians Agency. Empowered women in an authoritative job.

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

My aunt Fannie who was a powerful woman who reigned over 10 children. She was always the one I could ask for advice, if I needed comfort she was there. She told me to keep going because I had a good future ahead of me.


Main Drawing:

Lynn is generously giving away a selection of books she’s collected this year at various conferences. ;o)

To enter, leave a message below. (US only, apologies to international friends.)

She is also sponsoring a 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.


Lynne has worked at the Aurora Public Library for over 12 years and that is where she fell in love with Romance books. She leads the Griot African-American Authors book discussion group at the library.

In 2015 she was selected as the Northern Illinois Librarian of the Year by the Windy City chapter of RWA.


Learn more:     |    Twitter@lynnelovesbooks 


Buy Lynn’s recommended 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


Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly 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.

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)

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors (including Lynne) 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 35 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 – I may offer a combo or two to international friends)

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 invitations 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.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Sue G.

    I’m with you…I need my stories to have that happy ending. Nothing ticks me off more than when it’s a sad ending.

    • A Lynne Wall

      No sad endings allowed during RARM!

      • Read-A-Romance


  • Judy C.

    I am sort of a newbie to romance also. I was not a life long fan. I became a big fan of romance about 7 years ago. When I realized that life is hard enough, and I want my free time to be as stress free as possible. I started reading much more romance than fiction and rarely ever read non-fiction anymore. I like to know there is a happy ending to a book at least, in not always in life. I enjoyed your blog. Best wishes to you for a full recovery and a Happily Ever After.

    • A Lynne Wall

      Thank you.

  • Sally Schmidt

    Enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing. For some reason I stopped reading Romance for a number of years. Big mistake. I started up again several years ago and wouldn’t be without it now. Who doesn’t need the Happily Ever After?

    • A Lynne Wall

      Glad you came back! So many new books to read.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I love that romance can fill so many needs in our lives. Thanks for sharing.

    • A Lynne Wall

      RARM is a great place to find authors and storylines on a variety of subjects.

  • Ren

    Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed your post. I also read romance for HEA. Sometimes you just need a book with hope.

    • A Lynne Wall

      Yes, we have so much to deal with on a daily basis that we can’t control but at least I can choose what I read. I hope you continue visiting the RARM website to read the essays and discover new authors.

  • Patty Vasquez

    Lynn, thank you for sharing your story. I hope you’re feeling and doing better at this point. I understand how you can look forward to that time in the evening when you can give yourself up to the adventure and guarantee of a happy ending in a romance novel. I’m a teacher and there are days when the goal at the end of the day is the only thing that keeps me moving forward!

    • A Lynne Wall


  • rebecca moe

    It’s the HEAs that got me started–and keep me going–reading romance! Whether things are going well or badly, escaping into a romance makes my day brighter. Thanks for sharing, and I hope things are going well with you. (And I’ve had that Lynette Eason book sitting in my TBR for a while now–I may have to bump it up!)
    Congrats on the Librarian of the Year–awesome!

    • A Lynne Wall

      I would bump it up.

  • MaryC

    I remember borrowing my sister’s romance books when I was growing up. Lovely to get caught up in a story with a guaranteed HEA.

    • A Lynne Wall

      Of course I agree with you!

  • Kelly Jetzer

    I appreciate you sharing how romance novels were such a help to you while you were battling cancer. That’s the power of romance, right? Thanks for all the great new author recommendations! Time for another trip to the local library!

    • A Lynne Wall

      People who don’t visit their local library are missing out on so many resources. Enjoy the new titles!

  • Wendi Rogers

    Thank you, for taking the time to write the blog entry. I hope you are feeling better and doing well.

    • A Lynne Wall

      I try to take every opportunity to share the Romance genre.

  • Michele H.

    Thank you for sharing. I grew up in the western suburbs of IL, and was lucky to find a library with a robust romance section when I first started reading them. Happy to “meet” a librarian from my old stomping grounds who understands the power of a good HEA!

    • A Lynne Wall

      That’s one of the best things about RARM meeting other Romance readers and adding to our “To be Read” stacks.

  • Pamby50

    I fell in love with reading romance after reading Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. When I was diagnosed with polymyositis, which is a neuromuscular disease, romance gave me the strength to keep moving. In February the Palatine,IL library would sell bags with romance books for $5. You never knew what you were getting. So my friends all bought me bags for Valentines Day. Romance is my inspiration to get up every day and say thank you.

    • A Lynne Wall

      Having an inspiration is powerful. It sounds like you have good friends also! Best wishes for health.

  • cheryl c.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Wishing you continuing good health.

    • A Lynne Wall


  • Glenda

    I don’t have the struggle against cancer that you are dealing with Lynne, but I do understand having days where my goal is to get through the day so I can go home and get caught up in a romance and maybe get to the couple’s HEA.

    Best of luck with this go ’round in your fight against cancer!

    • A Lynne Wall

      Thank you.

  • Alyn Yang

    Whoppers brings back memories for me too. My dad used to buy us Whoppers on “Whopper Wednesdays”. With 9 kids, that was the only day my parents could treat us all to our very own Whoppers.

  • Kristine R

    So good that you are now cancer free. Thank you for sharing your story.
    While I always enjoyed reading with Christopher Pike and Roald Dahl books, I began reading romances when I was fourteen. I found some of those old 80’s Harlequin books in a storage box at home and quickly devoured them, then I discovered Christine Feehan’s Carpathian novels which are paranormal romances that soon became my favorite genre. As I got older I expanded my reading Leanne Banks and Lori Foster so became favorite authors of mine.

  • Nicole Marie

    Thank you for sharing your story, I really enjoyed your post and look forward to reading your books!

  • Anna

    Having to learn to let others help you is such a challenge – you’re so right about that!! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Ellen

    Librarians are heroes. Wishing you many HEAs.

  • Christina Gonzalez

    I love the HEA and the bad boy with the sassy heroine.

    • Read-A-Romance

      Hi Christina!

      You’re the winner of Lynn’s giveaway!

      You should be hearing from me via email later today at the email address you signed in with here.

      Congratulations! xo


  • Jen Doyle

    What a beautiful post! I, too, am a relative newcomer to the genre–about 6 years in. I hope you are doing well.