Teri Wilson – Romance Superpower

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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The Super Powers of Romance…5 Things the Romance Genre has in Common with Wonder Woman

Romance novels have super powers. Didn’t you know? Lurking behind those (sometimes) saucy covers are words packed with the power to create change. Sometimes those changes are big, like a shift in an important relationship. Sometimes they’re smaller, such as passing a book to a friend that will put a smile on her face. In any case, if the romance genre were a person, she’d basically be Wonder Woman.

Think about it…

1.  She carries a Lasso of Truth. And truth is the essence of romance, isn’t it? Every book follows the journey of the hero and heroine as they find their truth—the truth about themselves, the truth about one another and the truth of the feelings swirling between them. We know they love each other long before they realize it themselves, which makes the journey oh so much fun.

2.  Wonder Woman is a kick ass example of female empowerment, and so is the entire romance industry. The genre is run predominantly by women, about women and for the enjoyment of women. And these women are crushing it. It’s a billion dollar industry that’s created some of literature’s biggest stars as well as brought women’s issues to the forefront of conversation time and time again.

3.  Wonder Woman’s bracelets are called the “Bracelets of Submission.” Tell me you’re not thinking about Christian Grey right now. I dare you. But I’m not just talking about submission in an erotic sense of the word. I mean the willful loss of control that takes place when we trust someone with all of our vulnerability. This is the essence of romance.

4.  Wonder Woman wears a boomerang tiara. It’s a crown and a weapon, all in one, symbolizing both beauty and strength. From Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett to modern-day book characters, romance heroines have been some of the strongest females of the written word. Like that familiar gold tiara, they celebrate the fact that women can be strong and sexy at the same time.

5.  Wonder Woman is a shining of example of positivity in a world that’s painful and ugly more often than we’d like to admit. At her heart, Wonder Woman is a pacifist. She’s a beacon of hope, and I can’t think of a better way to describe romance novels. These books that we adore so much celebrate the redemptive power of love.

What could be more powerful…or wondrous…that that?

 

Teri recommends:

Lauren Layne    –        laurenlayne.com        –   @Amazon

She’s so great at romantic comedy. I only started reading her recently, and I’m current binge-reading her Stiletto and Oxford series. 

 

Sarah Morgan   –       sarahmorgan.com        –   @Amazon

I swoon for her From Manhattan With Love books.

 

Maisey Yates    –        www.maiseyyates.com        –   @Amazon

I read everything Maisey writes. Always.  

 

Julia London   –       julialondon.com        –    @Amazon

Julia is famous for her historicals, but her contemporary romances are absolutely fantastic. I especially love her sparkling and witty dialogue.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I can pinpoint the exact moment when I first experienced the power of romance. I was in

Margaret Mitchell House & typewriter

seventh grade, and Gone With the Wind was being broadcast in a three-part special on network television. My two best friends and I watched it every night, and I remember being completely swept off my feet. I loved the chemistry between Scarlett and Rhett. I thought it was the most magical thing I’d ever seen. I loved how Rhett could be so charming and so naughty at the same time. So many feels! All three of us read the book immediately afterward—the huge hardback edition with a bright yellow book cover. It was like carrying a brick around the middle school hallways. That was when I first fell in love with romance. I’ve been trying to recapture that magic in my own writing ever since.

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

I’m going to have to say the Miss America lunchbox I had when I was in Kindergarten. One morning when my mom was dropping me off for school, I ran in front of another car and almost got run over. My lunchbox did get run over. I don’t even remember what kind of lunchbox it was, but I definitely remember that when my mom picked me up at the end of the day, she’d gotten me a new, glittering Miss America lunchbox. I thought it was the most glamorous thing I’d ever seen. It also made me feel safe somehow. I’d been pretty shaken up all day after nearly getting hit by that car, and the Miss America lunchbox turned things around. The memory of it has stuck with me all this time, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately because earlier this month, I judged the Miss United States pageant in Orlando. I was so thrilled to be invited to be a pageant judge. When I told the pageant organizers I felt like I’d been preparing my whole life for that responsibility, I wasn’t kidding.   

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

“Cake,” for obvious reasons. I’m kidding (sort of). I’d probably say capiche, which is a word my grandpa used all the time. It’s an Americanized version of an Italian word, meaning “do you understand?” I was very close to my grandpa, and I’ve never known anyone else who uses that word. On the rare occasions I’ve heard it since he died, it takes me right back to our regular Wednesday night dinners. I miss him very much.

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

One of my favorite reads this year has been Close Enough to Touch, by Colleen Oakley. It’s a very unconventional love story. The heroine is allergic to the human touch, and the hero has just recently become the guardian of a little boy with emotional issues. It was so different and packed a really powerful emotional punch. I couldn’t put it down. I read it months ago, and I’m still thinking about it.

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

I owe a huge portion of my career success to an editor whose name I can’t recall. Back when I first started writing, my goal was to write animal stories, like Black Beauty. At the time, the American Kennel Club hosted an annual short fiction contest and the top three short stories received cash prizes, along with a publishing contract. I entered a Valentine’s Day themed short story about a Cocker Spaniel. (At least I thought that’s what I’d written.) I ended up placing third in the contest, and when the editor called to give me the news, she said there were two very important things she wanted to tell me.

  1. She hated the title of my story. She hated it a lot.
  2. She wanted to tell me that I wasn’t writing animal fiction. I was writing romance. Everyone was falling in love…the dogs, the people, everyone.

I thought about what she said and realized she was right. The next day, I started writing my first romance novel.

I wish I remembered her name, because I’d love to touch base with her and give her a huge thank you for changing my life.

Main Drawing:

Teri is generously giving away an entire set of her Drake Diamonds booksHis Ballerina Bride, The Princess Problem and It Started With a Diamond.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 12, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away a copy of the book Unleashing Mr. Darcy, along with a copy of the movie on DVD as part of the US bundles, and is participating in the international bundles, plus she’s sponsoring a tote & cup giveaway! (see below for more information)

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

 


Teri Wilson is a romance novelist for Harlequin Books, Pocket Star and Tule Publishing. Her novels UNLEASHING MR. DARCY and THE ART OF US are now both Hallmark Channel Original Movies, and she currently has two other films in development with the Hallmark Channel.

Teri is also a contributing writer at HelloGiggles.com, covering books, pop culture and everything royal. She’s crazy about cute animals, vintage fashion and traveling.

Learn more:

 www.teriwilson.net     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @teriwilsonauthr

 

Buy Teri’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.

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

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week2@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 Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 2 contests are Aug 9 through Aug. 16

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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  • Becky Rabalais

    Great interview! Discovered several books that IMDb like to read

    • Teri Wilson

      Thanks for reading! xoxo

  • cheryl c.

    I’m binge-reading Lauren Layne’s Stiletto and Oxford series, too!

    • Teri Wilson

      So good, right? I heard her speak at the Romance Writers of America conference and knew I needed to start reading her.

  • Ren

    Thanks for sharing. Love Lauren Layne and Maisey Yates. You are a new author to me so I can’t wait to check out your books.

    • Teri Wilson

      Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  • MaryC

    Did anything as a Miss United States pageant judge surprise you>

    • Teri Wilson

      It was such a great experience! I think the thing that surprised me the most was how much I loved the contestants in the teen category. They were so poised and did so much community service work. I really loved those girls.

  • rebecca moe

    I love the dog-story-that-wasn’t story! (And the Wonder Woman analogy–perfect!) Thanks for posting 🙂

    • Teri Wilson

      Thanks for reading! xo

  • Jacquelyn Kleypas

    I didn’t know that Unleashing Mr. Darcy was a movie, too. It was the first book of yours that I read and I loved it

  • Ellen

    I read all of the authors you recommended. Excellent choices. Your Miss America lunchbox, totally cool.

  • Glenda

    Love this post and the Wonder Woman comparisons!

  • Pamby50

    I never thought of romance like Wonder Woman. Love the picture of you with Miss United States.

  • Toni

    I love the Wonder Woman analogy!

  • Nicole Marie

    Great post, thanks for sharing your story!

  • Sue G.

    Fun write up and I love the lunch box! Watching the Miss America Pageant was a huge deal when I was growing up. We all had our paper and pencils and came up with our lists and would wait to see if we picked the winner. Now a days it seems to not be as exciting to little girls, but it was still some great memories for me! That is so fun that you got to judge it! Wow!

  • Audrey

    Awesome interview, Teri, and I’m so glad to read this backstory about the editor who influenced you the most. How wonderful indeed! Also, I really enjoyed both books that Hallmark turned into movies. I read them first before I saw the films, and I highly recommend that other readers do the same for the full experience. Love them each in different ways. Thank you for sharing!

  • Booklover

    I do love animal stories, but I also love romance.

  • Kezia King

    Romance as Wonder Woman- I love it! What a great post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂