Tracey Livesay – Open To The Possibilities

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!

#LoveRomance #ThePowerOfRomance

Endless Journeys of Romance

I read my first romance novel at the age of 11, purely by accident. I was happily into my Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Dreams books when someone older handed me a Silhouette Romance. After the first chapter, I was hooked. And while I’ll admit a large part of it had to do with the titillation of reading explicit sex scenes, it was the stories that kept me coming back. Romance novels gave me a Rear Window-like glimpse—but less traumatic!—into the lives of different characters and I relished it. Bosses and their secretaries, adversarial attorneys, small town neighbors, the boy/girl next door…There were endless stories and journeys and between the pages of those books, I could be transported anywhere in the world.

It was as heady as it sounds.

And along the way those stories were surreptitiously teaching me lessons. Who knew? “Not I,” said the little black girl, her nose always stuck in a book. As I read I learned there was a large world outside of the small town in which I resided. I learned that men who were keepers didn’t play games; when they were interested in a woman, they let them know. (BTW, this was quite refreshing for a girl who was caught up in the high school love triangle of the week.) I learned that sex wasn’t a quick grope in the time allotted and that women should expect sexual pleasure from the men they loved. I learned to beware of wills or job offers that require my marriage before they can be fulfilled. Most importantly, I learned that my partner could not complete me. I could never have a healthy relationship until I dealt with my own individual issues.

In fact, I credit my years of romance reading for my relationship with my husband, and not in the way you might imagine. When we first met, we started out as friends. I didn’t think of him in a romantic way. Lucky for me, he saw what I couldn’t, and he pursued me! (See Lesson #2 above.) And the first time he touched me… I kid you not, I felt electricity. Just like in the books! And because of those stories, I knew what that feeling was. I took stock of the cute, funny, immensely intelligent young man in front of me and I trusted what I’d been reading for the past ten years. I gave him a chance. Best decision of my life.

That’s what romance does. It has the power to open eyes to the possibilities in our lives. It can teach without the lesson being heavy handed or turning into a “very special episode.” And its influence isn’t relegated to the personal level. Love is a universal concept. Through romance people can learn about other cultures, other families, other lives, and accept them in a way they may not otherwise. They can read a story about someone different, and in the end, see we’re more alike than not. All of that packaged in a damn good story with some damn good sex (or not.) That’s the other thing, romance, when done right, can be very inclusive.

Behold this genre of kick-ass women, writing stories of love and acceptance for the capable and amazing women who buy and read them. It’s a genre I’m proud to be a part of.

 

Tracey recommends:

Nalini Singh     –      nalinisingh.com        –     @Amazon

Beverly Jenkins     –        www.beverlyjenkins.net       –     @Amazon

Mia Sosa    –        www.miasosa.com          –     @Amazon


Questions for the Author:

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

The moment the man who became my husband moved from the ‘friend’ to the ‘something more’ zone. I describe it in my essay above. :o)

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

Funny enough, romance novels hold powerful memories for me. There were times when the only way I could get through the day, was with the promise of a romance novel waiting for me. It’s the reason I love this genre so much.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Love. I’m a true believer of it, in all its forms. It’s the emotion that motivates us to act the most.

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

Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person. Sometimes you need a reminder that even those who seem like they have everything, are struggling with their own issues. And sometimes, when you’re giving so much of yourself to other people, you need a reminder to love yourself.

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

Mrs. Colleen Matson-Forrester. She was my Forensics coach in high school. She was one of the first people to coax me from behind my books, recognize I had a voice and help me use it.

 

Main Drawing:

Tracey is generously giving away an e-copy of Love Will Always Remember plus author/book swag (Book releases on Aug 29). To enter, leave a message below by 11:59 pm PST August 5, 2017. (US only)

She is also sponsoring a tote & cup combo and is contributing to the US bundles! (see below for more information)

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

 

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

 


Tracey Livesay is the author of the bestselling “Shades of Love” series with Avon/HarperCollins and the “In Love With A Tycoon” series with Entangled Publishing. A former criminal defense attorney, she finds crafting believable happily ever afters slightly more challenging than protecting our constitutional rights, but she’s never regretted following her heart instead of her law degree.

She lives in Virginia with her husband—who she met on the very first day of law school—and their three children. When not answering the call of wife, mother or author, she runs marathons and daydreams about designer purses.

 

Learn more:

www.traceylivesay.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @tlivesay

 

Buy Tracey’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!

 

#LoveRomance    #The PowerofRomance     #ReadARomance


MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly 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.

Tracey is contributing to the I Love Romance mug/bag combo—see below—and the domestic bundles.

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. I may include an international mug/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

  • Kelly Jetzer

    Your personal love story sounds like a great book! I’m glad you’re getting to live out your HEA IRL. I look forward to reading your books! Thanks for participating in RARM.

    • Tracey Livesay

      Thank you so much, Kelly! Reach out to me on twitter or FB and let me know how you like them. And I’m very lucky. 🙂

  • Anna

    Those are amazing lessons to have learned! I too read romance for the sex scenes, until I realized that I was as emotionally invested in the stories as I was in the physical side of it.

    • Tracey Livesay

      Yes! LOL! I know there are sweet romances, but when they are done well, sex scenes are integral to the story. You can actually see the progression of the relationship through how a couple makes love at different points in the story.

  • cheryl c.

    I really like this quote from your article, “That’s what romance does. It has the power to open eyes to the possibilities in our lives.”

    • Tracey Livesay

      Thanks, Cheryl! I love the romance genre so much. My writing is for me, but its also a way to give back, to give a reader the same experience I had. 🙂

  • rebecca moe

    What a lovely post! I especially enjoyed the anecdote about your husband 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Tracey Livesay

      Thank you, Rebecca! I shudder to think what would’ve happened if I hadn’t given him a chance. 😉 LOL

  • I’m so glad to see more interracial romances featuring Black woman. I enjoy seeing myself represented in my books.

    • Tracey Livesay

      Absolutely! It’s the main reason I write what I write. I didn’t see myself in the books I read when I was growing up and you can’t discount the importance of that. I wanted to see someone who looked like me being desired and loved.

  • Sally Schmidt

    Possibilities and hope. That’s what I love about romance stories, and the journey I get to take with fascinating characters and watch them work their way to that happy ending. Thanks for a great post.

  • Constance Gillam

    Great meeting you in Orlando last week. Good luck with your new release.

  • Shannyn Schroeder

    I love you take on romance – it definitely allows us to see possibilities. And you learned to not take a job offer that required marriage (that made laugh)

  • Sue G.

    I love your description from when you realized your friend was going to be more than a friend!

  • Nicole Marie

    Great post! thanks for sharing your stories.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I enjoyed your essay and the story of how you met your husband. I’m intrigued by the premise of your books: powerful, smart women and the equally powerful, smart men with whom they fall in love. Your name and book titles have gone onto my booklist. Thank you! I love adding new authors to the list.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I liked reading your story.

  • Pamby50

    I enjoyed your post. By reading romance books you were open to the possibilities. Thanks to Read-A-Romance month I’ve read Beverly Jenkins and Nalini Singh. Looking forward to reading your books.

  • Jayne Hendry

    Just read Along came Love and thoroughly enjoyed it! would love to check out “Love will always Remember”.

  • Kezia King

    I love your books! It’s wonderful to read about characters in interracial relationships like my own!