Sienna Snow – A More Beautiful World

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

Romance, Grand & Simple

Romance throughout time has had the power to incite war, bring about peace, and inspire generations. Some of the greatest works of literature were inspired by the power of romance, both tragic and uplifting.

In the Indian culture, very few people speak about romance openly. It is something kept hush hush and private. What isn’t realized is that romance and love were the reasons behind the construction of one of the most renowned places in India, the Taj Mahal. The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, build the marble mausoleum to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Maha. If that isn’t the power of romance and love, I don’t know what is.

In my life, the power of romance wasn’t shown in the epic way of the Taj Mahal but in the simple way that inspired me to know I, too, could have romance in my life.

My grandparents were prime examples. They had a love that was unexpected for a couple who never had a choice in whether or not they would be together. They literally were engaged as babies, married when they were in elementary school, raised hundreds of miles apart, and then forced to live as a couple when they were barely in their upper teens. I don’t know all the details of what had them falling so in love, but I do know that there was romance in their lives until the day my grandfather passed away. They showed the power of their romance through simple touches or smiles or secret looks when they thought no one was watching.

Seeing the romance between my grandparents was more powerful in my young life than I ever realized. They were a very old-school couple with traditional male/female roles, some of which would never work in today’s world. However, their mutual love and respect for each other showed me what I should want in a relationship and how I should expect to treat and be treated by my other half.

When I met my husband, I knew by the end of our first date that I’d marry him. He wasn’t flashy but humble and understated, in the way my grandfather did things. He was warm, funny, kind, and simply took my breath away, something he continues to do more than fifteen years later.

Romance can touch the heart of an emperor like Shah Jahan or a simple steel worker like my grandfather. Romance is powerful; it is inspirational; it is influential. Romance makes the world a much more beautiful place in which to live.

 

Sienna recommends:

I am a big fan of Shelly Bell and Mia Hopkins. Both authors write super steamy romance but in completely different setting. Shelly’s heroes are tough and take charge types in the corporate world, while Mia’s cowboys keep you hot and bothered all day long.

Shelly Bell   –   www.shellybellbooks.com  –   @Amazon

Mia Hopkins   –   www.miahopkinsauthor.com   –  @Amazon


Questions for the Author:

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

When I was in high school, I went through the typical teenage angst, where I thought no boy would ever like me. To chase away my hormonal blues, a dear friend gave me two books that would change my life. The books were Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux and Beloved by Bertrice Small. As a girl from a traditional Indian family, who attended an extremely conservative Catholic school, I couldn’t believe the treasure my friend had given me. I finished both books in a matter of days.

From the moment I opened the first book, I felt the power of romance, from the highs of love and discovery to the lows of lost and heartache. Reading these first books was so powerful for me that it sparked my desire to one day write my own novel.

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

A few weeks after I met my husband, I visited him in Dallas where he was completing his medical residency program. At the time, he was doing a rotation in pediatrics. When he picked me up for our date, he gave me a clay rose he and two of the children who were his patients made.

I remember when my husband gave me the rose, he told me it was made with love and care from little hearts to mine. This simple gesture from him with the help of the children gave me a glimpse into the type of man he was, and to this day I have the rose sitting in my office.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

The first word that came to mind as being powerful was endurance. Endurance isn’t fleeting it lasts. It is the ability to continue even when the odds are against us. For me, as an author endurance means, I am committed to my writing for the long haul.

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

The book that has resonated with me since childhood is Emma by Jane Austen. Emma Woodhouse, the heroine is feisty, opinionated, and didn’t fit the mold for the society in which she lived. As a teenager, I felt a connection to Emma in a way I hadn’t with any other character. I lived in a very traditional and, at times, repressive Indian community. I also never followed the rules of how a girl behaved. I loved how Austen made it okay to be different, to be smart, to be someone who wanted something different from those around her. I truly cannot wait until the day my daughter is old enough to read the book.

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

My mother was and continues to be one of the most powerful influences in my life. She believed that her children would achieve their dreams, and she would do everything in her power to make that happen.

I grew up in a culture where there were strict rules for men and women. Men provided for their families, and women stayed home with their children. In the early nineties, when I left for college five-hundred miles from home, it was a big scandal in the Indian community. It was unheard of for a Gujarati girl to attend a university without living at home, let alone one in a different state than her parents.

I was fortunate that my mother fought for me to achieve my dreams, something she wasn’t given the option of doing during her youth. Her push to change the standard mindset of our community not only benefited other female family members of my generation but also girls of my daughter’s.  To this day, I am grateful to my mother and other women like her who fought societal norms to help their daughters reach for their dreams.

 

Main Drawing:

Sienna is generously giving away copies of Rule Breaker and Rule Master for one lucky reader (open to everyone – digital copies if the winner is international.) To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST September 2, 2017. (open to everyone)

She’ll be giving away more copies as part of the US and 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.

Sienna Snow’s love of reading started at a very young age with Beezus and Ramona. By the time, she entered high school, a girlfriend introduced her to Bertrice Small and Jude Deveraux, and an avid romance reader was born.

She writes sexy romance, some with a lot of heat and spice and others with a bit of fantasy. Her characters represent strong women of different cultures and backgrounds, who seek love through unique circumstances.

When she is not writing, traveling, or reading, Sienna spends her time with her husband and their two children.

 

Learn more:

siennasnow.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @sienna_snow

 

Buy Sienna’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.

(Sienna 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

  • Ren

    Thank you for sharing. You are a new author to me and can’t wait to check out your books.

    • Sienna Snow

      Please checkout my books and let me know what you think!

  • Sue G.

    I love the story about the clay rose from your hubby! How sweet…he probably has a sweet, gentle soul!

  • Jodi B

    Just added your books to my wish list. Thank you for being a part of this.

    • Sienna Snow

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post! Let me know what you think once you read one of my books. I love hearing from readers!

  • cheryl c.

    I really enjoyed your stories about the rose and about your grandparents.

    • Sienna Snow

      ❤️

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a lovely post, Sienna, and for sharing your memories. Best wishes in life and with your writing. I hope you’ll have fun sharing Emma with your daughter. I’ve enjoyed sharing old favorites with my daughter — in my case, it was old Star Trek novels and The Little World of Don Camillo.

    • Sienna Snow

      We are creating a reading legacy for our children!

  • flchen1

    Awesome, Sienna! Many thanks to your mom, and all of the other parents out there who push and make way for the next generation to build and improve and be even more amazing than the last!

    • Sienna Snow

      I wouldn’t be who I was with my absolutely amazing mom! ☺️

      • flchen1

        Amen 🙂 And we’re making the way for our children and the generations to come, Sienna! Onward and upward, right?

  • Pamby50

    Great post! I hear you about Jude Deveraux and Bertrice Small. Friends who saw me reading Jude asked if she was a relative. My last name is spelled Devereux. New author and I look forward to reading your books.

    • Sienna Snow

      Thank you so much! If you do read one of my books please let me know what you think. I love to hear from readers!

  • Sienna Snow

    Thank you so much! If you do read one of my books please let me know what you think. I love to hear from readers!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I’m always fascinated by arranged marriages and how love and respect can grow under such unique circumstances. I’m also happy your mother encouraged you to achieve your dreams.

    • Sienna Snow

      Thank you. Moms can change the world.

  • JoDeen Anderson

    I loved this article !! Sienna Snow books are amazing!!

  • May

    Sweet stories about your mom. 🙂 I love my mom too so I know exactly what you mean! :

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! I love the story about the rose and your grandparents.

  • rebecca moe

    What an inspiring post! I love the rose and your story behind it–so sweet. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Kristine R

    Oh your husband and mom sound like such great people.