Samantha Chase – Powerful Everyday 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!

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Romance in the Eye of the Beholder

Romance can mean different things to different people.  I think when most people hear the word romance, they think of things like flowers, dinner dates, or doing something special with their significant other.  If you see any commercial on TV for jewelry, they always make it as a very romantic gesture.  And while those are all great things – heck, when I’m writing a book and want to have a romantic scene between my hero and heroine, these things are usually included –  I don’t think they are the be-all-end-all of romance. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say no to a beautiful piece of jewelry, but there is romance on a deeper level when the gesture is more personal.

You know where I find the real power of romance?  It’s in the everyday things – big or small – that we do for our spouse or partner.  It’s making the dinner you know that they like (even if it’s not your favorite).  It’s sitting and watching a movie together.  It’s baking cookies and taking pictures and taking the time to just sit and laugh together.  It’s holding hands just because you want to or a simple word of encouragement.

The power of romance – to me – is usually something small that makes a big difference.  It’s something that lets someone know you’re thinking about them.

My husband calls me every day at lunchtime.  Every. Day.  Sometimes it’s not a convenient time for me – I could be writing or out running errands or at an appointment – but every day he calls.  Sometimes I fuss at him because of it.  I’m the first to admit I get easily annoyed.  So when he calls and I’m busy or running behind and the phone rings, my first instinct is to be frustrated.  Bad wife moment, I know.  But when I answer that phone, it makes him happy.  His job is stressful and for those five minutes a day during his lunch break, he gets to step away from it all.  That shows him that I love him.  And really, knowing that I can do that for him?  It’s kind of cool.

Most people wouldn’t look at that example as a romantic gesture, but it is.  On both of our parts.  He just wants to hear my voice, and I want to help him have a few stress-free minutes in his day.

We have never been the stereotypical romantic couple.  He doesn’t buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day.  Or chocolate, damn him!  We don’t go dancing and if given the chance for a date night, we opt to go and grab some steaks and grill them at home.  The power of OUR romance, is in the time we spend together.

I’m a firm believer in not looking at what everyone else is doing.  What’s romantic to some, may not be to others and that’s a beautiful thing!  How boring would it be if we all had the same romantic relationships?  LOL!  Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is romance.

 

Samantha recommends:

 

Erin Nicholas  –  www.erinnicholas.com  – @Amazon

Jennifer Bernard  –  www.jenniferbernard.net  –  @Amazon

Erin McCarthy  –  www.erinmccarthy.net   – @Amazon

Candis Terry  –  www.candisterry.com  –  @Amazon

 


Questions for the Author:

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

This is actually one of my favorite things to talk about.  I was first introduced to romance novels in middle school by my science class lab partner.  She was super smart and was always reading a book.  I realized she was always reading Harlequin romances!  When I asked her what was the big deal, she gave me one to read – and I couldn’t tell you the name of it – but I was instantly hooked!  And what I’ve learned since then, that romance novels lead to great friendships!  Not only one on one (like in science class!) but look at what we all have now through social media!  I’m friends with thousands of other romance novel readers all over the world!  That’s powerful!!  The stories bring people together and a lot of times it’s such a diverse group that you know without this common thread – romance novels – they might not have ever become acquainted.  So you have to love the power of romance novels.  Bringing people together all around the globe!

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

I am a Christmas ornament junkie.  I’m not sure if that’s really a recognized thing, but it totally describes me.  Every year we have to add at least 2-3 new ornaments to our tree and they have to be ones that have some sort of meaning to them for us.  Normally they end up being from Disney World (because I’m a Disney fanatic) but when the kids were smaller, they were all about milestones in their lives and there are several on the tree from when my husband and I first started dating.  One of those ornaments is from our first Christmas together and it’s a hand-carved wooden ornament of two reindeer with their antlers making two hearts.  Mine and my husband’s names are on the deer and every year that ornament goes front and center on the tree.  It’s gotten through 28 years and five moves and while it looks a little rough around the edges, every time I see it, it reminds me of that first Christmas together and how far we’ve come since then.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Believe.  Maybe it’s corny or cliché, but that word is very powerful for me.  For most of my life, I didn’t believe in myself.  I had low self-esteem and struggled with too many things to mention.  But I hit a point in my life where I learned to believe in myself and that led to believing I could achieve some of my goals, my dreams, and that’s what led me to self-publish my first book in 2011.  Since that time, I force myself to remember that whenever I’m struggling or when I want to give up.  You need to believe in yourself.

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

Oh my goodness…I’ve read so many amazing books this year, but I think the one that just really grabbed me and took me on a bit of a roller coaster ride was Bossman by Vi Keeland.  I read that on a cross-country flight and I am sure that the woman in the seat next to me must have thought I was a weirdo because I was laughing out loud sometimes, gasping at others and then in tears at one point.  Seriously, it was the kind of book that literally had my emotions all over the place and just squeezed my heart repeatedly.

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

I had a teacher my junior and senior year of high school – Mrs. Engel – and she taught marketing and business and led our local DECA club.  She was the first teacher I ever had who took a genuine interest in her students.  She took the time to talk to us and wanted to know what our hopes, dreams and goals were for our future.  During my senior year, I was dating a guy who really was not a very good person, and she came to me one day and talked to me about it.  I was surprised because the guy was a dropout and I had no idea how she even knew we were dating.  I couldn’t tell you what exactly she said to me, but it was the simple fact that she cared – that she encouraged me to want more for myself and how I deserved something better.  Even thinking back on it now, I realize how much just knowing that someone who wasn’t a friend or family member cared enough about me to speak up meant to me.  I still keep in touch with her and her husband 30 years later.

 

Main Drawing:

 

Samantha is generously giving away a Montgomery Brothers bundle:  Signed paperbacks of Wait for Me/Trust in Me duo, Stay With Me/More of Me duo, Return to You, Meant for You, and I’ll be There. ….  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 29, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away copies of One More Kiss as part of the US bundles and is participating in the mug/tote giveaway.

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

 


Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

 

Learn more:

www.chasing-romance.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @SamanthaChase3

 

Buy Samantha’s books:

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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.

(Samantha is contributing to the US 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.

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  • Sue G.

    OMG!!! I am a Christmas ornament junkie too. I probably get about 10 every year. Hubby and I have exchanged ornaments every year since we met. I also get each of my kids one every year with the thought that when they move out they will take them with them and have their first set. We get one big (about 13 foot) real tree for most of the ornaments. Then I have a fake one in my foyer that has all my girly type ornaments (I have 3 girls). One more is in the dining room that is small and has all the mini ornaments on it. I put up garland on my banister and have my ornament collections series on that. It takes me two days to decorate but I love it!

  • Sue Gorman

    Your books are filled with small gestures of love! Owen went to see the art show because Brooke was interested in art and he listened to her– he heard her!

    My husband takes care of my dogs while I am at work or away. I always thank him because I couldn’t have my dogs without his help. He calls me at work (always at the wrong time) but I know he’s checking in. Small things matter!!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I am a big fan of small gestures. I also enjoyed Bossman. That was the first book that I read by her and I had to have more.

  • Mary C.

    Your husband sounds lovely.

  • Kareni

    What a lovely post, Samantha. I enjoyed hearing of your husband’s lunch time calls. When my husband travels, I give him what we call ‘sock notes’ — a little note in each pair of socks to give him a smile as he starts his day.

  • Cheryl Hastings

    Love his post!! My hubby brings me a cappuccino from our local Cumbies at least one weekend day a week…that’s romance! Although, I did ask him where the flowers are he used to bring me…lol. Thanks Samantha!

  • Dawn Anderson

    I have a Christmas ornament for every year of my life, given to me by both my grandma and mom, plus the ornaments I’ve bought for myself. I love that my collection grows every year.

  • trix23

    It’s all about what’s meaningful to both of you!

  • cheryl c.

    There have been several authors this month who identified a teacher as a powerful influence on their lives. I am a retired teacher, and it is so gratifying when you can make a difference in someone’s life.

  • Patty Vasquez

    My husband is one of those quietly romantic types. He asks me about the books I’m reading. He also asks if I need to make a run to the local 1/2 price book store to fill in gaps in my reading lists or to check out new authors. I find that to be very romantic!!

  • Ellen

    You are right, it is the small actions that can be the most romantic. On Sundays, my husband gets up before I do. When I come downstairs, the tea kettle is on and the newspaper is by my favorite chair. We’re very sentimental about our Christmas ornaments, too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Glenda

    I firmly believe that the little every day things are much more important than the grand gestures – especially for a lasting relationship! Thanks Samantha!

  • Pamby50

    Your husband and mine should get together. He doesn’t believe in giving flowers or chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Instead I buy what I want and thank him for my wonderful gift. It’s how you make it through almost 36 years.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I loved your post!!! You described me & my hubby in your paragraph about romance. We just love being together, no matter what we are doing. I think it’s sad that you didn’t have a teacher who truly cared about her students until you were almost done with school. That was who I was in my classroom. It’s so important caring about my students and others. It made my world a better place. <3 <3 Love you Samantha!!

  • Audrey

    I’ve had that same experience, Samantha, of being on a flight and being totally in rapture with a book that causes all kinds of emotions. That’s the power of wonderful writing! What an escape. Thanks for sharing that story that brought back a memory of my own.

  • Diane Sallans

    I love a romance series – haven’t read Samantha’s stories yet, but they sound like the kind of stories I enjoy.

  • Erin F

    Thanks for such a fun post! I’ve read high praise for your books! still hopin’ to find my HEA! So I’m always up for a great romance to read.

  • Jodi B

    Love reading your books. You are an auto buy for me.

  • Ren

    My husband and I are the same way. We starting dating when we were 16. Teenagers with no money. So our dates consisted of just spending time together usually at his house. 33 years later that is still how our “romance” works. Not fancy dinners or presents. Just sitting outside talking or long walks. He opens doors for me, he always walks on the side of the traffic just in case, and we still always hold hands. It works for us and I love it.

  • Tori Valenzuela

    I loved to read as a young kid because I never really had many friends and my mom didnt have al9t of,money to buy things or take us places, the library was always free, as long as you returned the books haha. But in my teen years I kind of fell out of it until my senior year and I was going through alot of things personally and my science teacher reccommended me reading to help center myself calm myself down and get through the day. I kind of laighed and said I dont know,what to read since I only liked things like the magic tteehouse books and Spiderwick Chronicles when I was younger. So she opened her desk drawer and pulled out the book she was currently reading. Dark Lover by JR Ward, and handed it to me. I kinda was cautious to read it but she urged me and I took it and began that class period and devoured the book within that day… I was hooked and I havent looked back love reading

  • flchen1

    I love how that one teacher had such an impact on you, Samantha! It’s amazing how those early relationships can really impact us long term. And how lovely that you’re still in touch with your teacher! Love that! (and your stories! 😉 )