Tiffany Reisz – Believe In Romance

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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Believe In The Power of Romance

I laughed when I saw that the topic for Read-A-Romance month was “The Power of Romance.” I  know better than anyone the power of romance. My favorite books are either romances or books with romances in them. I met my husband at a romance conference. And, best of all, being a writer of romance and erotica got me out of deep student loan debt. Now that’s powerful! But if I had to pick one single moment when I realized the true power of romance, it would be the email I received after my second book in the Original Sinners series, THE ANGEL, came out.

THE ANGEL has three intertwined plots in it, but the romance plot in the book is between a young man named Michael who survived a suicide attempt a couple years earlier and a recovering addict named Griffin who puts Michael up for the summer at his big house in the country. It’s a male/male romance and very much a Cinderella story. A few readers were put off by reading a male/male story in a series they assumed was male/female because of the first book. Other readers, however, went nuts for Mick and Griff, including the lady who’d emailed me. What made this email so special is because the writer admitted to me that in the beginning of THE ANGEL, she’d been bothered by the male/male romance and then she was bothered because she was bothered. She’d told herself she was open-minded but realized she harbored homophobia (actually in this case biphobia) in her heart while reading THE ANGEL. But the story had her hooked so she kept on reading and she told me that by the end, she couldn’t wait for Mick and Griff to get together for good. She was in love with their love. It is still the most beautiful email I’ve ever gotten from a reader. And I honor that woman for her honesty and her soul-searching.

A close second moment that taught me the power of romance was when I was doing a book signing and a lady had me sign a copy of THE ANGEL for her daughter who finally got up the courage to come out to her family after reading the book. And to think I thought I was just writing a fun dirty book.

Keep reading, lovers! You never know which book out there is going to be the one to change your life!

—Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany recommends:

I love romance novels and I wish I had time to read more!

Here’s some of the ones I’ve loved recently.

Lenora Bell     –    lenorabell.com    –    @Amazon

Lenora Bell’s HOW THE DUKE WAS WON – Sexy and funny and serious yet light-hearted, this book had me turning the pages late into the night. Plus it includes my favorite line ever in a historical romance, “Please, God, no more nipples.”

 

Karen Stivali    –     www.karenstivali.com     –     @Amazon

Karen Stivali’s MOMENTS IN TIME series is sexy sweet male/male and you can’t ever go wrong with a Stivali romance.

 

Shelly Stratton   –   www.shellystrattonbooks.com   –     @Amazon

aka  Shelly Ellis  –    @Amazon

I haven’t read it yet because it’s not out yet, but I just pre-ordered Shelly Stratton’s BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND. I read one of her books that was published under the name of Shelly Ellis and loved it. Fantastic writer.

 


Questions for the Author:

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

I have a reader who is the reader of my heart. And the fun thing is, he’s a guy! He’s a young man who dealt with a lot of awful stuff in his short life and he found a lot of comfort in my Original Sinners series. He couldn’t make it to one of my signings because of school but I managed to meet up with him later that day. We ended up dancing together on the sidewalks of Manhattan, an almost-forty white lady (me) and a barely twenty handsome black guy (him) dancing together over romance novels while his girlfriend looked on and laughed at us.

That was a good night. It’s stuff like that that makes you remember why you became a writer.

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

Does the ESPN magazine Body Issue with naked Javy Baez on the cover count? Because it has some mighty powerful memories for me! Mainly because Javy is my favorite player on the Chicago Cubs and my husband knows me well enough to know that. So he went out and hunted down a copy for me. My husband bought me a magazine with a naked dude on it. That’s a sign of a good marriage. Andrew is a keeper!

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Honeytoast! That’s my little sad kitty’s name and although she is pitiful and melancholy, she makes me very happy. Whenever I say her name, I feel better.

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

The best book I’ve read all year has to be WHEREVER I WIND UP: MY QUEST FOR TRUTH, AUTHENTICITY, AND THE PERFECT KNUCKLEBALL by R.A. Dickey, currently a starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. I fell in love with Dickey when I saw him play earlier this year during a field trip from the RT 2017 conference. He says if he wasn’t a baseball pitcher, he’d be an English professor. His locker is always full of novels. In his book he writes movingly about overcoming the shame of childhood sexual abuse, and how counseling helped him in his marriage and his career. He was a failed pitcher until he learned how to throw the infamous knuckleball and he had a career renaissance thanks to reinventing himself. I’m a big fan of knuckleballs. I try to throw one in every book I write.

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

The older I get the more I realize how much my mom influenced my work ethic. Now I doubt I’ll ever get up at 4:30 in the morning like her to exercise before work, but she taught me to show up, to sit in the chair, to get the work done. She doesn’t really think about or talk about retiring and I certainly can’t imagine myself ever retiring. I’ve got four books coming out between July 2017 and July 2018. Clearly some of Mom’s work habits have rubbed off on me. Thanks, Mom!

Main Drawing:

Tiffany is generously giving away a signed paperback of her Harlequin Blaze Men at Work Trilogy.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 9, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away a signed copy of The Night Mark as part of the US bundles. (see below for more information)

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

#LoveRomance #ReadARomance

 


Tiffany Reisz is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of the Original Sinners series from Harlequin Mira. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, bestselling author Andrew Shaffer, and her two cats who are the only non-authors in the house.

Learn more:

TiffanyReisz.com      |      Facebook

 

Buy Tiffany’s 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.

(Tiffany is contributing to the US bundles and the cup/tote combo.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week1@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 Week1@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 1 contests are through Aug. 8

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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