Mimi Milan – Doing Humanity A Favor

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

See A Need, Fill A Need

I remember my first week of grad school. Man, it was intimidating! There were so many (talented) students from a variety of backgrounds – several who already had doctorates and taught college classes in other subjects. We all quickly found the ones we felt most connected to and grouped up. Of course, one of the very first things we did was introduce ourselves and talk about what we wrote.

“I’m a modernist.”

“Naturally, I like serious stories. You know, literary work.”

Students described themselves and their writing in such ways that I almost felt embarrassed to admit that I write romance. Plenty of times during undergrad, I would mention that I was a romance writer and there would be that look. You know the one – pursed lips to hide smiles of amusement betrayed by the crinkles that gathered in the corner of their eyes. Sure enough, it came.

“Oh, well, anyone can write that.” An older, highly educated student rolled her eyes and quickly lost interest.

I fell silent. That is, I fell silent until she left. Then I had plenty to say to those I thought would listen.

“What’s so wrong with romance anyway? Read any GOOD book and you’ll find a thread of romance, oftentimes central to the story itself.”

It’s true, too. Look at Pulitzer prize winner Junot Diaz. His book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is primarily about a guy named Oscar through the eyes of his “friend” Junior and has many threads of failed relationships until the end… Success! Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl (we believe).

Let’s not forget all the professors out there who are writing romance, too. There’s Katharine Dubois (who writes as Katharine Ashe), Mary Bly (writing as Eloisa James), Catherine LaRoche… The list goes on!

So why the great divide between “literary” novels and romantic ones? As shown, not just anyone can write a romance novel (not just anyone can write any book for that matter). It takes a professional to craft a story. And it is the professionals who are cranking out some of the most popular, highly lauded romance novels published today.

They’re doing humanity a great favor, too.

Romance is something people need. It’s something they crave. If romance wasn’t so desired, then there wouldn’t be a myriad of dating services and online matchmakers. There wouldn’t be love songs or blockbuster movies. From Casablanca to anything Channing Tatum (hello, Magic Mike), the public has spoken loud and clear by making the romance novel industry a billion-dollars-a-year success. Romance novels offer hope with happily-ever-afters. They teach acceptance and endurance. They are diverse, crossing barriers to prove that people of any race, religion, sexual orientation or special need can find and give love. In fact, it was a romance novel (the first chapter of my second book) about a battered Mexican woman that won my seat in grad school. I guess that just goes to show the bottom line – something the university was aware of, that some others sadly have yet to learn.

Love is a basic human need that none can (or should) live without… and romance novels help fulfill that need.

 

Mimi recommends:

I would have to say that my favorite recommendations are Beverly Jenkins, Merry Farmer, and Tracie Peterson. I will read ANYTHING by any of those ladies. Yes, they are all in different genres and “steam levels.” In fact, Peterson writes strictly Christian fiction if I’m not mistaken. The others write spicy scenes (Merry being the steamiest writer, I believe). 

Beverly Jenkins     –      www.beverlyjenkins.net    –     @Amazon

Merry Farmer     –     merryfarmer.net     –     @Amazon

Tracie Peterson     –     traciepetersonbooks.com    –     @Amazon

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I remember the first time I felt the actual power of romance. I was sitting at the bar, drinking a Corona, when I looked up and caught the eye of a man behind me. He was all cowboy – leaning against the back wall, one booted foot rested against it, holding a pool stick in one hand and a beer in the other. One long-lashed eye winked at me and I LITERALLY slipped out of my bar stool. Needless to say, I married the man. 

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

Scrapbooks. I flip through them and it’s like I’m transported to another time.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Healing. We need so much of it. As a society, as individuals… whether it’s physical or emotional, most everyone has something that they want or need healed. 

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

The most powerful thing I’ve ever read was a novella by Tracie Peterson entitled Forever Yours. It was part of series of novellas (four of them) published by Barbour under the title New Mexico Sunset. Now I have always been a writer (since age twelve, that is). However, it was that story that made me realize that I wanted to write romance. More specifically, historical romance. That’s how good her story was and I have read it so many times now that I can actually quote it!

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

The most powerful influence in my life has been my children. More specifically, the day I became a mother to my first child. There was something about that moment – something so profound and otherworldly – that I felt almost ethereal. It was almost like I had never known love before, or at least, I had never known THAT kind of love. Now, most of the decisions I make in my life are done with my children in mind. They are the influence that drives me forward everyday.

 

Main Drawing:

Mimi is generously giving away a copy of one of her e-books to one lucky reader.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 26, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away another copy as part of the US bundles, and is participating in the international bundles. (more info. below)

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

 

 


Mimi Milan is an international bestselling author of romantic fiction. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University. When she isn’t staring at a computer screen, she can be found in the suburbs of North Carolina, spending time with her family and imaginary friends. 

 

 

Learn more:

www.mimimilan.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @thewritingMimi

 

Buy Mimi’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.

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

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week3@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 Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com 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 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

  • Sue G.

    Nice write up. Loved the story about how you met your hubby! It does sound like a romance story! 🙂

  • Carol Opalinski

    Loved the story of how you met your hubby! And it’s a shame I am forced to feel defensive when someone asks what I write.

    • Mimi Milan

      Thank you, Carol! Here’s to hoping the discrimination against romance writing ends soon.

  • cheryl c.

    Healing is a powerful word. It is something desperately needed in our lives and our country.

    • Mimi Milan

      Yes! I hope this country finds some healing SOON.

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Healing, powerful word that everyone needs to bettwr understand and implement

    • Mimi Milan

      Amen!

  • Patty Vasquez

    Whenever people start to trash talk romance, I like to bring up the college professors, various engineers, lawyers, and other assorted doctors and Ph.D.s who write romance novels. The romance genre is well-populated by brilliant writers and readers.

    • Mimi Milan

      Indeed it is!

  • Pamby50

    The story about your husband to be had me smiling. I enjoy all the authors your recommended. Especially Beverly who I found because of RARM.

    • Mimi Milan

      Her writing is top notch! There isn’t a book of hers that I haven’t enjoyed.

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a lovely post, Mimi. And happy writing!

  • C.c. Farmer

    I like this theme: Read a Romance Month. Perfect for all us agricultural moms who are watching our kids animals at the fairs. I was reading Betty Neels in the Dairy Barn.

    • Mimi Milan

      I’ll have to check her out!

  • Kezia King

    Oh, I love to tell people about all the brilliant, well educated women writing romance!

    • Mimi Milan

      Yes! Glad you’re helping people recognize that fact.

  • Mimi Milan

    She’s fabulous! I’m privileged to write with her in an upcoming series.