Susan Mallery – One Heart At A Time

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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Making Lives Better One Book At A Time

Most of the time, I love writing and in particular, writing romance. It’s the best thing ever, joining a couple on their will-they-won’t-they journey to a happy ending. (They will. In my books, they always will.) I spend my working life laughing, sighing, loving every moment.

Almost.

There are days when writing is painfully hard. On those days, it can feel like I’m dragging the words out one at a time. I think longingly of all the other things I could be doing—dusting the ceiling fans, cleaning the grout, ironing the sheets—anything other than sitting at my desk waiting for the words to come.

One thing keeps me in my seat: the knowledge that somewhere out there, someone needs this story.

I hear from readers all the time who tell me that one of my books came at the exact time they most needed a mood boost. One woman had just moved across the country with her husband and two cranky kids. The movers had “misplaced” the truck that carried almost everything the family owned. She was hanging on by a thread, so her husband volunteered to run to the store for dinner. He surprised her with one of my books, then told her to take a bath and read.

When she returned to the family an hour later, she felt rejuvenated and better able to face life’s little challenges. My book had made her life better and because of that, her husband’s and kids’ lives, too. It wasn’t a serious “learn a lesson” book. It was a warmhearted romance. Her husband said he could hear her laughing in the bathtub and that it made him smile.

The books in my new series, the Happily Inc romances, are like that. The love stories will carry you away and at the same time, they’re going to make you laugh until you don’t remember you ever had anything to worry about. The first scene of You Say It First is one of the funniest opening scenes I’ve ever written. You can read it at HappilyInc.com.

Romance novels change the world one heart at a time. They change lives. Not just the lives of the (mostly) women who read them, but all the lives those women touch.

I don’t take that responsibility lightly. That’s why I keep writing even on days when it’s tough going. Fortunately for me, those days are few and far between. Almost always, there’s nothing I’d rather do than escape into my fictional worlds. And when the book is done and I read it through, I can never tell which pages were challenging to write.

 

How have romances made your life better?

One random commenter will win a signed copy of Best of My Love, the last book in my Fool’s Gold series.

 

Susan recommends:

I’m delighted to recommend Alexis Morgan, whose Sergeant Joe’s Boys trilogy has some of the most appealing heroes ever. These wounded warriors can only be healed by the love of a good woman. These are heartfelt books told with skill and passion.

www.alexismorgan.com     –     @Amazon

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I recently heard from a reader fighting breast cancer, who said she brings my books to all of her treatments so she can escape from the hospital to a happy place. Notes like this from readers are deeply meaningful to me.

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

My dad worked in television, and I have his Emmy award. Every time I look at it, I think of him. Whenever I visited him at work, I was so proud that he was my dad. I got my work ethic from him, and he was the person who most encouraged my love of reading.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Compassion. I always try to remember that every person I meet is the hero of his or her own story, and that everything they say and do is motivated by something that’s happening in their lives. If they’re not behaving very nicely, I try not to take it personally. I try to think of what might be causing them to act in that way, and to respond with compassion.

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

Sadly, I’ve discovered that I can no longer read romance and women’s fiction while I’m writing it, so I have to save those for the precious time when I’m between books. This has led me to read more nonfiction, and I just finished a wonderful look at all the First Ladies since Jackie Kennedy—First Women by Kate Andersen Brower.

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

My friend Debbie Macomber told me one day that instead of writing another trilogy about a family, I should write about a town so that I wouldn’t be limited to three books. That conversation sparked the idea for the Fool’s Gold romances, my most popular series to date. Thank you, Debbie!

 

Main Drawing:

Susan is generously giving away copies of Best of My Love, the last title in the her wildly popular Fool’s’ Gold series. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST Sept 1, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away more books as part of the US and international bundles.

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

 


#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.

 

Visit with Susan:

SusanMallery.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @susanmallery

 

Buy Susan’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.

(Susan 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.

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