Rebecca Raisin – Romance All Around

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

Starry-Eyed & Lovestruck

I love writing about love. There’s that heady first kiss. The butterfly belly. The whole can’t-eat-can’t-sleep for thinking of you thing. The fact that things haven’t been great for my heroines but now there’s a little ray of sunshine on the horizon. There’s hope.

When you’re newly in love the world is a little more colourful: music resonates on a deeper level almost like the song was written especially for you, flowers smell sweeter, you bound out of bed earlier than usual, nothing can wipe that smile off your just-kissed lips.

But can anything else replicate that feeling? Or is love strictly between you and your significant other? When I wrote the books in The Little Paris Collection my heroines all hailed from small towns. They wanted love in their lives but they also wanted adventure, they wanted to try something new, see more of the world, and step from the shadows of their regular lives.

Paris is arguably the love capital of the world. But why? It can’t just be the girl on tiptoe kissing her beau with the Eiffel Tower a stunning backdrop. It has to be more than that.

I let my heroines lead me. And off they went in search of…something. And while they were a dot in the sea of people in Paris they fell in love.

With a place!

For them it was about more than a destination. It was the way it changed them. The way it made them feel. The way it empowered them. Paris got under their skin. Not only for its sheer beauty but also its underbelly. Away from the usual attractions there was a whole new world and they could be anyone there. And that sudden freedom felt good.

Paris swept them up and carried them away, just as surely as if they were in the arms of a lover. Like any good love affair there’s conflict. Do they stay or do they go? Knowing that nothing will ever be the same once they’ve fallen under its spell. Life would be hollow elsewhere.

There’s poetry in their accents, in their bookshops. Pale pink peonies on every corner. Champagne made of stars. Decadent chocolat on display, and cakes like works of art.

That’s Paris wooing them, tempting them. Making them starry-eyed and love struck.

So what’s a girl to do? Wander those cobblestoned streets and let the city of love guide them, knowing full well that love is not just between people, it’s also a place, a feeling and a destination. That’s the power of romance for you!

 

Rebecca recommends:

Lisa Swallow  –   www.lisaswallow.net  –  @Amazon

Ainslie Paton  –   ainsliepaton.com.au  –  @Amazon


Questions for the Author:

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

I’ll never forget watching a Kristan Higgins presentation (I think it was for RWA) about what romance meant to her. It went for about thirty minutes and I watched it as I pottered around cleaning the house until I had to stop because I couldn’t see through my tears. Kristan talked about losing her father and how reading romance was a solace during that time. It was so powerful to me because I really understood her motivations. What else could you do when your whole world had changed in an instant, except stay under the covers and escape into a different world, different lives at least for a little while? It was a really empowering, motivating speech about just how comforting romance is, and how we all look to romance books for hope or faith when we need it most, like a best friend who is always there just waiting for us.

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

I was in Melbourne for a wedding and I found the most beautiful print by an artist called Tess Edwards. It’s a painting that was originally done on pages of a French prayer book. It really touched me and more so when I found out the story behind it. The artist lost her husband in an accident and escaped from Australia to France. She had little money for art supplies so bought prayers books cheaply and painted on the pages, keeping some of the text visible. The text on my particular print reads: Gardez mon âme en paix. Which means: keep my soul in peace.  Every time I see it, I think of that woman, broken hearted fleeing Australia to lose herself in another country and how much strength she needed to do that and still create art even though she was grieving.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Freedom. The freedom to be who we want without fear, to love who we want, to steer our lives the way we choose.

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

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I’ve recently reread this book and it always touches me. What strikes me most is the regret he felt at the end of his life about Hadley and how he wishes he’d done things differently. He loved her, in his way, right to the very end of his life even though they married other people. It’s beautiful and heart breaking all at once and highlights the power of love and how it endures.

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

In high school we had a relief teacher who came and never left. At first we were sad to lose our regular teacher but it was soon evident we’d landed a gem of a replacement. It was around this time, when I was about thirteen, when writing became a passion for me. I remember Mr Kuhr giving us an assignment about war and I wrote this impassioned essay about war and the realities of it and felt such a deep connection with the words. He told me I’d go on to be a writer, and he always encouraged me to write in my spare time and would read anything I produced. I think teachers like that are gold and I’d love to find him and tell him that I am a writer now, and his encouragement all those years ago isn’t forgotten.

 

Main Drawing:

Rebecca is generously giving away copies of  The Little Bookshop on the Seine and The Little Antique Shop Under The Eiffel Tower (The Little Paris Collection) to one lucky readerTo enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 30, 2017. (open to everyone)

She is also sponsoring the tote & cup combo! (see below for more information)

She’ll be giving away another copy & gift card as part of the US bundles, and is participating in the international bundles, plus she’s sponsoring the tote & cup giveaway (more info. below)

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

 


Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

 

Learn more:

www.rebeccaraisin.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @jaxandwillsmum

 

 

Buy Rebecca’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.

(Rebecca is contributing to the US and international bundles.)

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

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I loved your story about your object of powerful memories. That is so neat!

  • Ellen

    The Little Paris Collection sounds interesting. Thanks for posting.

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a lovely post, Rebecca. I was in Paris when I was 17, some (egads) forty years ago. It was a lovely place even though it didn’t lead to a romance for me. It’s a fun place to revisit though in books. Best wishes with your next writing project.

  • cheryl c.

    I have visited Paris twice, and it is one of my favorite cities. I adore those book covers in your Paris collection.

  • May

    We went to Paris this summer again . My first time was 10 yrs ago… It was still a wonderful trip but a lot has changed. It was interesting to see all the little and big changes that a decade has brought.

  • Pamby50

    New author for me. Love your book covers! I am looking forward to reading your books. Paris has always been on my list of places to go visit.

  • Sue G.

    Ooh, I wish you posted a picture of your print from Tess Edwards….that sounds so unique! Love the titles of your books! Very fun!

  • Jodi B

    Paris series sound like a good read. Adding them to my wish list.

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Reading in general is my escape as well it has helped me through very good times and very bad! I dont know,what I would of done in some situations if I wouldnt of just escaped to a different world through a book

  • Booklover

    Ooh, I love books set in Paris.

  • flchen1

    I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting Paris once and would love to go back 🙂 Thanks for bringing us there vicariously through your stories!