Nancy Robards Thompson – Believing in 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

Always A Bridesmaid – Finally a Bride

When I was learning to read, my mother never imposed restrictions. If I had my nose in a book, she was happy. I’ll never forget our weekly trips to the library. I quickly migrated from the children’s section to the romance stacks. I couldn’t get enough of the stories that were full of hope and promise and love. They left me breathless and enchanted. They made me believe that every woman deserved her very own happily ever after.  That realization was transforming and empowering.

From Belle to Lizzie Bennet to Eve Dallas, classic romance heroines are as individual as their (imagined) finger prints. However, they still have a few things in common: they’re strong, resilient, smart and resourceful. They don’t need a man to make them whole, but each one becomes a better version of herself after she is transformed by the power of love and romance.

All my life, that’s been key: I didn’t need a man or a great romance in my life to be complete, but I never lost faith that one day I would meet my prince. I never doubted that, one day, I would find my soulmate. Even after my core group of girlfriends had all gotten married and I was the last single standing, working hard and focusing on my career. Even then, when I was always a bridesmaid, I had faith that someday, when I was ready, I, too, would find my happily ever after. Of course, it happened when I was least expected it – BAM! I looked up and there was the man of my dreams. More than two decades later, we’re still going strong. I firmly believe I never lost faith because the message in all those romance novels – that love is a powerful force — was so ingrained in my psyche. Is it any wonder that all these years later, I became a romance writer?

Nancy recommends:

Kathleen O’Brien  –  www.kobrienonline.com  –  @Amazon

because her writing is poetic and her stories are deeply emotional.

 

Mimi Wells     –      www.mimiwells.com     –     @Amazon

because her books are crisp, smart and sassy.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

When my husband and I met, I walked in and our eyes met across the crowded room. I kid you not. He appeared a moment later and, more than two decades later, the rest is history.

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

My mother’s wedding ring. I got married with her ring and it was as if she was with us on our wedding day, blessing our marriage

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Create. It holds so many possibilities.

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

I loved Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES. It was so compelling, and it touched on some very human and controversial themes.

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

My grandmother had a huge impact on my life. My mother (her only child) died much too young. She filled both roles of mother and grandmother to me. What’s most important is she was one of the kindest, most giving and forgiving human beings I’ve ever known. Even though she’s gone, she’s still my touchstone. When I’m faced with a challenge, I try to channel her.

 

Main Drawing:

Nancy is generously giving away a complete collection of her Celebrations, Texas series (that’s 11 titles/books!).  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 31, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away more books as part of the US bundles and supporting the cup & tote combo.

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

 


National bestselling author Nancy Robards Thompson lives and writes in Florida, but her imagination transports her all over the world. She’s worked as a television show stand-in; production and extras casting for movies; and held several mind-numbing jobs in the fashion industry and public relations. She earned a degree in journalism only to realize reporting “just the facts” bored her silly. Much more content to report to her muse, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical romance and women’s fiction full-time.

After hanging up her press pass, this two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart struck gold in July 2002 when she won the award. Since then, she’s gone on to sell more than 35 books, which critics have deemed, “…funny, smart and observant.”

 

Learn more:

www.nancyrobardsthompson.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @NRTWrites

 

Buy Nancy’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.

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

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week4@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 Week4@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 4 contests are Aug 25 through Aug. 31

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

  • Jodi B

    Added A Bride, a Barn and a Baby to my buy list. Thank you for being a part of this.

  • Sue G.

    Love the way you met your hubby! Very romantic!

  • Dawn Anderson

    I adore your books!

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a wonderful post, Nancy. And how fortunate you were to have such a loving grandmother. Wishing you much joy in the years to come with your husband and with your writing.

  • Kathy Nye

    You are a new to me author and I am particularly eager to read your Texas series because I was born in Texas and have relatives there.

  • cheryl c.

    My mother’s wedding ring was special to me, too, but unfortunately it was stolen during a home break-in. It was sad to lose it, but I remind myself that it was only a “thing.” I still have my precious memories.

  • Sue Gorman

    Love, love your books! The Celebration series has so many characters — so many smart, interesting personalities! Their journeys are unique which makes for a fabulous read!

  • Pamby50

    I have a friend just like you. We were all getting married and she was the last single person. She said she was never getting married. I told her that the right man will show up when you least expect it. She called me at 2 am to tell me she met him. Married for 11 yrs and 2 beautiful children. The power of love and romance.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I loved your story. I like the hope that reading romance gives us.

  • rebecca moe

    What a lovely post! It’s wonderful that you were able to use your grandmother’s ring. We used my grandmother’s engagement ring, and it’s always had a special meaning for us.

  • Patty Vasquez

    As my sister and I approach the big 6-0, we’ve come to appreciate our grandma who lived to be 96. She was a widow for 40 of those years. She was active in her church, played bridge, volunteered, paid her own bills, and lived independently until she was 90. We’ve decided that channeling Grandma is a good thing!

  • Ellen

    I met my husband when I least expected it. Some of the best relationships come when we aren’t looking for them. Thanks for sharing.

  • sasper5

    I just want to say thank you Nancy for all the great books you write. I love your books and I have always been a fan of Harlequin. It felt like I was never going to find my one true love, I found my husband when I was 28 and married when I was 29. We have been together for 23 years. It always happens when your not looking.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I too met my husband when I least expected it. I had actually given up on finding my prince and then we met. We’ve been together 37 years and married for 35. I do have to tell you that I love your books!! Thank you for sharing so much in your post.

  • Nicole Marie

    I really enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing your story.

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Thank you for sharing your story! Create is such a powerful word indeed!

  • Glenda

    I do believe that love will find you when you least expect it just like you and your husband. It happened that way for me!

  • flchen1

    Wow, what a wonderful post–thank you for sharing your story and your stories with us, Nancy!