Tara Sue Me – What Romance Makes Us

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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A Powerful Foundation

The other day I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a speech given by a young woman who had escaped from North Korea (Stay with me, I promise I’m going somewhere with this). While her entire talk was eye-opening, one part in particular kept bouncing around in my head. As she spoke about her childhood in that dark country, she mentioned that when she lived there, she never saw, heard, or read any sort of love story.

It struck me that perhaps the power of romance is best understood by imagining its absence. The very concept is unfathomable to me. And I don’t think it’s because I make my living writing love stories. It goes much deeper than that.

From my earliest memories of childhood, I remember my parents talking about how they met and fell in love (next year, they’ll celebrate 50 years of marriage). My best friend and I spent hours playing with Ken, Barbie, and their Dream House. I daydreamed about my own wedding and how I’d one day meet a prince and we’d live happily ever after. Looking back, romance or at least the concept of it, was part of my life’s foundation.

What if I didn’t have any of that? What would it be like to live in a world devoid of romance?

It’s a concept I can’t wrap my brain around. When my mind starts to wander down that path, all I see is darkness. Emptiness. Coldness.

To not only never experience the warmth of a lover’s embrace, but to never know the possibility exists.

To never hear the one dearest to your heart whisper I love you, but to be unaware that someone, somewhere, could ever do so.

It would be a miserable existence.

So for those who say romance is silly or isn’t necessary or that only those people read love stories, I wholeheartedly disagree. Romance is powerful, but not because of what it is, it’s powerful because of what it makes us.

 

Tara Sue recommends:

If you’re looking for an excellent read (or two), look no further than Tamsen Parker. She writes kick ass heroines and swoontastic alpha males.

Start with The Compass Series.  Trust me.

Tamsen Parker   –      tamsenparker.com     –   @Amazon

 

And don’t miss these two awesome writers:

Ann Marie Walker   –    www.annmariewalker.com     –   @Amazon

 

Rachel Grant   –   rachel-grant.net    –   @Amazon


Questions for the Author:

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

In 2010, I was diagnosed with a chronic health condition. Without going into too much detail, I knew there would be a time when I wouldn’t be able to work the job I currently worked. My husband and I both worked, but we had  two kids quickly approaching college and, I’ll be honest, I was worried. I started looking into disability.

Writing for me at that time, was a fun hobby. Don’t get me wrong, I had dreams of writing full time, but I knew that’s all they would ever be.

Except they weren’t.

My career path is nothing like I ever envisioned. It’s not one you’ll ever see set up as example to follow, nor would I particularly recommend it for those wanting to become an author. But Romance has given me a new career and in a way, given me my power back.

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

My grandmother’s copy of GONE WITH THE WIND. My  grandmother died when I was little, but she passed her love of reading on to me. It may sound silly, but that book reminds me that we all impact each other. You may not ever know how something seemingly small and unimportant can touch someone for a long time.

 

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Survivor. My husband is a cancer survivor. Together we survived New Orleans the weekend Katrina hit. My sister had a pacemaker put in when she was 16. She’s a survivor.

We were hit hard and while we may have fallen, we refused to stay down. We stood back up and said, though sometimes in a whisper, “Is that all you have?”

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

UNDER THE OVERPASS by Mike Yankoski

I had the honor of hearing Mike speak a few years ago and I was in awe of his story. At church one Sunday, he was challenged to, “Be the Christian you claim you be.” It was a challenge he took to heart and his life was never the same.

Main Drawing:

Tara is generously giving away copies of  THE MASTER, her RITA finalist, and HEADMASTER (ARC), her January release. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 27, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away another title card as part of the US bundles, and is 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.

 


Credit: Glen McCurtayne/Coleman-Rayner www.coleman-rayner.com

Tara’s love of books and writing started as a child and though she wanted to be an author, she decided a degree in science was more practical. After fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry, she returned to her first love and hasn’t looked back since.

She writes erotic romance as Tara Sue Me. Her SubmissiveSeries novels have been on both the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists. Her novel THE MASTER earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was awarded Best Romance of 2016 from Best Book Awards and a RITA Finalist for Best Erotic Romance 2017. She also writes romantic suspense as Tara Thomas.

 

Learn more:

tarasueme.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @tarasueme

 

Buy Tara Sue’s books:

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Buy Tara Thomas’ books:

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*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.

(Tara is contributing to the US bundles, and sponsoring the cup/tote giveaway.)

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.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Sue G.

    What an interesting thought….what if we never had romance. That would be very sad. I enjoy the happiness it brings….the fun laugh out loud moments that don’t happen every day in real life…or even the over-the-top swoon worthy moments that really only happen every so often….so no romance would really suck!

  • rebecca moe

    I have heard the same thing about North Korea–and I agree, I can’t even imagine.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I can’t imagine a life without love or romance.

  • Kareni

    What a thoughtful post, Tara Sue. My adult daughter is currently living and working in South Korea, so any mention of the Koreas gets my attention. Best wishes for your writing and your health.

  • Pamby50

    Great post. I can’t imagine a world without romance. We just celebrated our daughter’s wedding this past weekend. Hubby & I will celebrate 36 yrs next month. I’m glad you have found a new path and that survivor is your word.

  • Angela

    I have been reading The Submissive Series, but my digital library doesn’t own Tara Sue Me’s most recent books. I have surgery on 8/29 and can’t wait to have the time to read while recovering.

  • Kim

    I’m sorry to hear of your family’s health challenges, but how wonderful that you’ve all conquered them.

  • Brenda E

    Oddly, I’ve heard a few of the stories of girls who escaped from North Korea as well…The Girl with Seven Names comes to mind. Romance is my go-to for stress relief, but I cannot imagine never being able to read another love story, having lived one myself.

  • Kristine R

    A world without romance stories is too horrid to think of. As a romance reader since I was 13 it is sad to think some people haven’t been able to experience the joy of reading a romance novel

  • Kezia King

    I can’t imagine never having heard a love story! I feel like the dream of true love was a part of me from very early on. What would life be like without it?!

  • Erin F

    I’m by nature, a cynic, but an avid romance reader. It’s definitely my escape from real life 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Tori Valenzuela

    I couldn’t imagine a world without romance, it would be a dark and dreary place