Tara Lain – Nothing Is Impossible

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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Romance Changes the World

Hi. I’m so happy to be a part of Read-a-Romance Month! I was asked to share some thoughts about the Power of Romance so I thought I’d step onto one of my favorite soapboxes. As a romance reader you may be aware that you’re part of the largest reading community in the world — largest by a whole lot. Among book genres, romance is as large as all other genres combined! And yet it gets little respect. So-called intellectuals will tell us that romance is formulaic and trite and a waste of time. Their implication is that readers of romance are silly and have no taste. Right – all millions of them!

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The reason that so many people love romance is because it teaches us about our lives and ourselves and we like who we are when we read it. It also changes what we know and believe. As romance readers, we’re more hopeful, optimistic, expansive, and accepting. We believe more things are possible, that love really is love, and nothing is impossible with love.

I was having a conversation recently with a friend who doesn’t read romance. In fact, he doesn’t really read fiction. I was explaining the twists and turns of the plot of a new book I was writing and I found myself telling him how very complex good romance is. I listened to myself saying it and thought, son of a gun, it’s true. Many people think of romance as the simplest of fiction. Boy meets girl, boys loses girl, boys finds girl again and they live happily ever after. Of course, in my case it’s boy meets boy but the principal is the same. They call it a formula.

But think about it. Virtually all fiction has some formula. Certainly mystery has a lot of rules and suspense is riddled with them. I guess you could argue that Joyce’s Ulysses had no formula, but maybe breaking the rules was a formula of its own. Now, think about romance. We not only have to create an interesting plot with three-dimensional characters who have problems of their own — we also have to make them fall in love! They have to fall in love somewhat believably, have obstacles that keep them apart and make it appear at least for a time that they won’t get together, and then, in spite of it all, they end up together. Think of your favorite books in romance. Honestly, aren’t they as meaningful and well crafted as any fiction you’ve ever read? After all, Jane Austen is considered the inventor of the novel form – and Jane wrote romance novels.

It’s been many a century since “romance” was a tight formula plot with two-dimensional characters that always ended in a wedding. In fact, we might argue, that today ours is one of the most complex genres to write. The wonderful Lisa Cron says we are “wired for story”. We learn not from facts, but from stories. If that’s the case, then more people learn by romance than through most other forms of communication. I really like that idea. How about you?

I want to share that on August 21st, I’m releasing one of my favorite books I’ve ever written. It’s called Fool of Main Beach and I know I learned a great deal writing it. I hope it’s fun to read.

Tara recommends:

I love recommending my favorite authors!

Let me start with Z.A. Maxfield since I adored her work before I was even an author. I think she played a role in helping me decide to write my first novel. Now she’s a close friend. ZAM as she’s called has written a ton of great books. An early one is called Drawn Together about a young man who travels all across the country to meet an Asian graphic novel artist who he believes is a woman — only to discover he’s a man. This book helped define for me the kinds of couples I particularly love in romances — those that are unexpected couples and often worlds apart. This book has some great suspense as well. No one should not read Drawn Together.

Z.A. Maxfield     –     www.zamaxfield.com      –      @Amazon

Authors sometimes love books that reflect things about their own style. After all, we tend to write the books we want to read. One such favorite author of mine is Eli Easton. Most of Eli’s books have a healthy dose of humor and could be called sweet. They have very happy ever afters. I love all those qualities in a romance. One of my favorite of Eli’s books is a paranormal called How to Walk Like a Man. It’s actually the second book in a series of marvelous tales about dog shifters. The stories are funny, charming and so heartfelt. This one concerns a military dog who loved his partner who died so much that he gets the “spark” and becomes a man. I dare you not to cry. It’s a wonderful book. I could name a whole bunch more authors I adore, but I’ll stop here since to try to list would leave too many out.

Eli Easton     –       elieaston.com        –     @Amazon

 


Questions for the Author:

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

This is not a moment — it’s a lifetime. I always say I write Happy Ever Afters because I know they’re for real. I know that for sure. My husband and I knew each other very causally for a number of years. One day, we got together for a business reason and it felt like all the walls disappeared and someone started singing Some Enchanted Evening. LOL. We had our first date a few days later at the end of August. On October 9th (my birthday) we got engaged and the wedding was on December 5th. That was 35 years ago and today I think we’re happier than we were then. The universe is made of love. There’s more than enough to go around.

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

A few years ago my husband and I were in Great Britain near Stonehenge right around the time of our wedding anniversary. In a little bookstore, my husband picked up a little storybook, A Lovely Love Story about two dinosaurs who grow old together in great happiness. It’s a silly little story but I can’t even tell you about it now without tearing up. I love that little book.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

I love the word, YES! I think it captures my inherent approach to life. I always want to know what’s next and how we can make it better. As Picasso said, “It takes one a long time to become young.” I’m still practicing.

 

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

A book that had a powerful and kind of funny effect on me was Jet Mykles’s HEAVEN. Right around the time I was deciding to write my first romance novel, I had been reading a series of books by Jet Mykles. It was called the Dark Elves series and was all traditional male/female paranormal romances. I wanted another book by Jet and I went to Amazon and ordered the first one I saw, a novel with an illustrated cover that I barely looked at before hitting Buy Now. This was before I had a Kindle so I ordered it in print. When the book arrived, I looked at the cover. Hmmm. It could have been a pretty boy and a pretty girl except — they were both bare chested — and flat chested. I read the blurb and discovered much to my shock that this was a gay romance! I’d never read one before and was a little nervous to try it, but I knew I liked Jet so I gave it a try. I was enthralled. In addition to loving Jet’s style, I adored the lack of gender roles, the fun of seeing men’s emotions on full display, and the grand conflict of male archetypes. I ordered the next book in the series and when I closed the back covered I was hooked. I became a gay romance author — and that was 40 books ago.

 

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

I surprised myself by my selection. I chose my grandmother. She was a formidable, abrasive, and in many ways, very judgmental woman, but for me, she was also an amazing role model. I was raised in a very dysfunctional household. Both my parents had alcohol problems. My mother never worked a day outside the home and couldn’t drive a car. She was so dependent she never had a way to earn money or support herself if she had to. She seemed to believe that men had all the power and women could only try to manipulate them to get theirs. My grandmother, on the other hand, was a matriarch and a wildly fierce woman who ran large non-profits, served on boards of directors and never met a man who could challenge her— despite the fact that she was born in the deep south before women did any of the things she accomplished.  She wasn’t warm and fuzzy — but by her very existence, she showed me what was possible. That I never had to settle. She died when I was barely 21. Had she lived, we probably would have butted heads, but I sure am glad she was in my life.

 

 

Main Drawing:

Tara is generously giving away a copy of one of the first two books in Love in Laguna — Knight of Ocean Avenue or Knave of Broken Hearts — winner’s choice in the ebook format of their choice To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 23, 2017. (open to everyone)

 

 


Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in gay romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 40. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Romantic Suspense, and more. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

 

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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.

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week3@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 Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 3 contests are Aug 17 through Aug. 24

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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  • Tara Lain

    I’m so happy to be here. Be sure to download my FREE Sample Book https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/special-gift

  • Tori Valenzuela

    I agree the word ‘yes’ holds so much power that we sometimes overlook its signifigance

    • Tara Lain

      Tori, I always think of the line from Ulysses, “Yes, I said yes. I will, yes.” : )

  • trix23

    Love this series, can’t wait for the new one!

    • Tara Lain

      Thank you, Trix!Hope you love it. : )

  • Tara Lain

    Thank you, Melissa! A fave rant of mine. : )

  • Toni

    Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tara Lain

      Thanks for coming by, Toni. : )

  • Angie Malone

    Thanks for the great interview for one of my favorite books!

    • Tara Lain

      Thank you Angie. I’m so glad it is!! : )

  • Nicole Marie

    Great post, thanks for sharing your story!

    • Tara Lain

      My pleasure Nicole. : )

  • Jodi Ciorciari-Marinich

    congrats tara and really love this series

    • Tara Lain

      Thank you, Jodi. I’m so glad people love my Laguna guys. : )

  • Kara Donovan-Guido

    Love this series. thanks for the chance!

    • Tara Lain

      So glad you do Kara. Thanks for entering! : )

  • Susana Perez

    Thank you for the chance, Tara. I love your books!

    • Tara Lain

      Thank you Susana. I’m so glad. : )

  • Kezia King

    You’re absolutely right! Love is so complex. It just doesnt make any sense that people think it’s simple to write about it.

    • Tara Lain

      Amen, Kezia! : )

  • E.L. F.

    One of the reasons I love Tara’s books so much is the warm fuzzy glow I have after reading them. I’m so happy there are great authors like her who help remind us of the importance of love and following our hearts.

    • Tara Lain

      Gigantic hugs! You made my day. : )

  • Jen B.

    i love Tara Lain’s books! I think her characters are so real and the story are so touching.

    • Tara Lain

      Thank you so much, Jen. I’m honored. : )

  • Pamby50

    The thing I love about RARM is the possibility of finding new authors. I am looking forward to reading your books.

    • Tara Lain

      Thank you so much! Lovely to find you too. : )