Nina Lane – Some Powerful Romance

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!

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Dramatic Sacrifice

When Beast lets Beauty go. When Rick puts Elsa on the plane and stays in Casablanca. When Jack pushes Rose onto the raft. When Wesley dives into the lightning sand to save Buttercup. Those iconic moments of self-sacrifice sum up “the power of romance” for me, though in romance novels, of course, the hero’s sacrificial moment has to end happily!

Whenever I’m hashing out a plot or brainstorming with my editor, one of the questions I always seek to answer is “What bullet does the hero take for the heroine?” I don’t necessarily mean a literal bullet (though that’s dramatically heroic), but a moment in the story where the hero sacrifices something incredibly important because he loves the heroine that much.

Often it’s the heroine herself, whom he has come to love wildly, because he believes on some level that she would be better off without him. Sometimes it’s another relationship, a job, a home, his expectations, his future. Sometimes he literally puts his life at stake for her, but even less dramatic sacrifices, if they’re critical, create an underlying thread of power.

In my book ALLURE (Spiral of Bliss #2), medieval history professor Dean West resigns from his prominent career in order to protect his wife from the threat of exposing her past. The position is at the core of Dean’s identity and professional reputation, so for him the sacrifice strips away at everything he’s built. But resigning isn’t even a question for him because his wife is first in his mind. That’s what I love about heroic sacrifice—the undying power of the hero’s love for the heroine drives him to take the metaphorical bullet to protect her.

Much as I also enjoy it when the heroine does the same for the hero, there’s something especially compelling when a strong, stubborn and otherwise unbreakable man ends up on his knees for no other reason than his love for one woman. It’s what drives a romance from the initial attraction and conflict to the point where the hero would lay down his life for the heroine. And when the couple overcomes the element of sacrifice together, nothing is more powerful.

 

Nina recommends:

Ainslie Paton  –  www.ainsliepaton.com.au  –  @Amazon

An Australian author with a gift for unique characters, sizzling chemistry, and a great deal of warm humor, Ainslie Paton writes about everything from jewel thieves to sexy journalists. I love her creativity and singular voice, as well as the many “aww!” moments sprinkled throughout her romances.

Brianna Hale  –  briannahale.com  –   @Amazon

Hot daddy doms for the win! Brianna Hale’s stories of young women and the authoritative men they call “Daddy” are rich with character development, steamy scenes, and a welcome authenticity. Strong writing and unique characters make Brianna Hale an author to watch.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I was addicted to Harlequin Presents novels when I was an teenager, and without a doubt that was when I became aware of the power of romance. I couldn’t get enough of rich, wealthy heroes and innocent heroines. Reading those books made me want to write them and become a contributor to a world in which love conquers all.

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

A painting my mother did for me based on the Russian legend of The Firebird, a magical, mysterious, dangerous bird with multicolored feathers. My mother painted the image when I was working on a book based on the legend, and it not only reminds me of her and her unquestionable belief in me, but also of the inspiration from which my stories can spring.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Write. It’s the one thing I do best and what I love to do the most.

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

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. This is an incredibly powerful and provocative love story between a young girl with a painful life and an ex-con biker. I love the way Greenwood skirts the line of what is “acceptable” and gives us Wavy and Kellen’s story with both heart and grit.

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

This may sound strange, but my first boot camp instructor changed my life. Prior to taking her class, I hadn’t ever gotten into physical fitness. But she was so motivating and good at what she did that I quickly discovered that strength training and cardio exercise had a huge impact on every other area of my life. After a tough workout, I think better, sleep better, eat better, write better, and am a better parent. I’ve never found anything else that can do all those things at once.

Main Drawing:

Nina is generously giving away a signed copy of AROUSE, Spiral of Bliss keychain, Spiral of Bliss coloring book (proceeds donated to breast cancer charities) and a set of colored pencils. To enter, leave a message below by 11:59 pm PST August 5, 2017. (US only)

Nina is giving away another copy of AROUSE as part of the US bundles, and an e-copy for the international bundles if winner can accept a Kindle gift.  Plus she’s 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.

#LoveRomance #ReadARomance

 


New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone.

Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

 

Learn more:

www.ninalane.com   |    Facebook     |     Twitter @ninalaneauthor

 

Buy Nina’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!

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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.

(Nina is contributing to the US and international bundles, plus the cup/tote 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

  • Sue G.

    Your mom was a talented artist! How fun that she created something related to your book for you!

  • Anna

    Boy do I love that grand gesture!!

  • rebecca moe

    That is a beautiful picture that your mother painted! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  • Shawndra C.

    I love Nina Lane!! Her writing is amazing and it just sucks u in and makes u feel like ur there with the characters!!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Grand gestures are the best!

  • Kelly Jetzer

    The Spiral of Bliss series is fantastic! Dean is one of my very favorite book boyfriends.

  • MaryC

    Love your mother’s painting – do you paint?

  • Nicole Marie

    thats a great painting! thanks for sharing your story.

  • Pamby50

    When I saw those Harlequin covers, they took me back. I’ve read Penny Jordan with Carol Mortimer and Ann Mather. Harlequin sure took me all over the world. Has your mother painted anything that inspired a book for you?

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! I’m definitely going to check out your books. They sound amazing!

  • Kristine R

    I started to read Harlequin presents when I was 13. Oh those Carole Mortimer, Charlotte Lamb, Michelle Reid and Anne Mather books bring beck so many memories.