Kresley Cole – Remarkable Romance

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar 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. Enjoy August!

#LoveRomance

Buy Romance A DrinkSweet Ruin

I #loveromance, and I expect every person in the world to love this genre too.

[Manage expectations, Cole.] Okay, let’s try this:

I want everyone in the world who might love the romance genre to give it a chance.

Unfortunately, so many readers never will because of preconceived notions. Before you picked up your first romance novel, did you have them?

I did.

Then one day, when I was between science fiction and horror novels and desperate for something new to read, I stumbled upon A Rose in Winter, by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

At the risk of sounding dramatic—actually, let’s assume that risk because this is really freaking dramatic—the entire course of my life changed.

I often think with a shudder, What if I’d never picked up that book?

And that makes me wonder how many folks right now are missing out on their own life – changing The-Playerromance novel. How many would become avid readers or booksellers or librarians or writers or genre advocates?

How many would simply become . . . happier?

Over the sixteen years I’ve been writing romance, I’ve come across a number of genre detractors. Early in my career, I would go toe-to-toe with them. Eventually, I gave up trying to change minds, but these days, I’ve got a new outlook. . . .

Imagine if the romance genre were a person.

Wouldn’t you feel bad for her?

Romance is intelligent, but those detractors consider her brainless. Though she’s strong and capable, they call her weak and incompetent. She empowers, but she’s viewed as a bad influence. She gets passed over for promotions and awards, even though the decision makers refuse to look at her work.

Romance’s critics claim her statements all sound alike—but they never listen to a word she says.

From now on, I’m going to stick up for Romance at every opportunity. I’m going to buy Romance a drink, because, damn, she’s had a hard slog. I’m going to tell her it’s getting better, little by little.

I’m going to defend Romance as loyally as I would any of my friends—because I love the hell out of that Arcana Risingremarkable woman.

Kresley recommends:

Authors I can’t recommend enough:

Christina Lauren     christinalaurenbooks.com      (at Amazon)

Gena Showalter      genashowalter.com       (at Amazon)

PC & Kristin Cast      pccastauthor.com     (at Amazon)

Roxanne St. Claire      roxannestclaire.com      (at Amazon)

Louisa Edwards      louisaedwards.com     (at Amazon)

Truly fantastic writers of exceptional books!

 


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

I felt romance surrounding me while my husband Swede and I were working on my first self-published title, ColeThePlayerThe Player. He stepped up to the plate and took care of everything—formatting, cover, uploads, etc.—allowing me to write without interruptions. Which is knightly behavior in my mind. I legit sighed over him.

Then came the moment when I held The Player in my hands for the first time. Right as I was about to peek inside, Swede told me, “I put a surprise for you in the published book.”

Record-needle scratch. Oh. *#&@.

Pardon? [Choking] S-surprise?? [Must to vomit now] Copies had already shipped, yet he’d gone behind the scenes and added something to a book I had relentlessly micro-edited and polished.

With shaking hands, I opened the cover. . . .

I burst out laughing. On the Valkyrie Press title page, he’d added location names, all from my Immortals After Dark series—three of which are fictional demon and vampire settings.

In my mind, his little addition was a playful wink and an adorably sexy grin. [another legit sigh]

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

I shared romance with every author on the Belles-on-Wheels book tour in May 2014. Two thousand miles, a bus-load of women, seven cities, five jam-packed days. We lived books. We laughed. We visited with readers and bloggers and booksellers who loved romance. Now we all share those wonderful memories. 

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

In books? I’m going to go old school and say Lizzie and Darcy, with their sublime push/pull.

Tell us about your dream date. 

Swede and I have just finished our latest deadlines and get to breathe a bit. We grab the mutts and head to the beach for an afternoon. As the sun goes down, we eat boiled shrimp and laugh as the dogs chase waves.

 

Kelsey is generously giving away a $50 B&N, Amazon, BAM, Kobo, or iTunes gift card for one US winner. Signed copies of all three books in the Game Makers Series for one international winner.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Sept 7, 2016. Good luck!    *****International friends, please be sure to leave your country in your comment so that we know you’re international. xo

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. 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

 


kresleyKresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Game Makers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

Learn more:

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Anne Gracie – How I #LoveRomance

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar 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. Enjoy August!

#LoveRomance

How Do I #LoveRomance?cover-summer-bride

(With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

 

How do I #LoveRomance?

Let me count the ways.

I love it for the depth — of characterization

and the breadth — of variety

and the height — of my TBR pile.

 

My hand can reach, when a book is out of sight

For my e-reader for which I need no light.

 

I #LoveRomance

For the endings happy and full of grace.The Autumn Bride

For offering fulfillment at the close of a weary day.

My quiet need, my escape, in sun or candle-light.

I  love the worlds where heroines strive for right.

 

I #LoveRomance wholly, though the wider world disdains its praise.

 

I #LoveRomance. It is passion put to use,

To soothe old griefs, and rekindle childhood’s faith

In love.

 

I #LoveRomance with a joy I never lose.

Sinner and saints, heroes and rakes.

 

I #LoveRomance. It’s the breath,

Smiles, tears, of life;

 

And if you’re good, I shall leave thee my books

After death.

 

Anne recommends:

First up is Lucy Parker    lucyparkerfiction.com      (at Amazon)

I recently read her debut book, ACT LIKE IT, a fun romantic comedy set in the London theatre scene. Some chuckles, some good romance and a few lump-in-throat moments.

 

Madeline Ash       madelineash.net       (at Amazon)

smart contemporary romance. She was a RITA finalist this year — her first time, but it won’t be her last. Try YOU FOR CHRISTMAS.

 

Susan Sey       susansey.com      (at Amazon)

Sassy fun contemporary romance. Try the first book in her “Trouble” series, TASTE FOR TROUBLE.

 

Nancy Warren      nancywarren.net      (at Amazon)

She’s not a new writer, but I recently discovered Nancy’s Toni Diamond series. Funny, clever, cosy Southern mysteries starring a diamond-studded make-up saleswoman. Try the first one in the series, FROSTED SHADOW.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

I grew up in a romantic household, where my father and mother could often be caught kissing quietly in the kitchen (which embarrassed my school friends no end.) Sometimes they’d spontaneously dance to the radio — my father would grab Mum’s hand and swing her into his arms. She’d be laughing, and when they danced together, they moved as one.

My folks died a few years ago, but one of the last memories I have is of them dancing together. My dad had hardly moved for months — he had Parkinsons. My sister and I had hired a guy with a keyboard to entertain the folks in the nursing home. He started playing a golden oldie song, and suddenly my dad rose from his chair, said “Come on Bet,” grabbed Mum’s hand and swung her into a dance. Mum was laughing. And when they danced together, they moved as beautifully as always.

My sister and I sat there, bawling.

A lifetime of romance. 

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

I have a group of romance writer friends that are very special to me. We don’t live close to each other — we’re from all over the country — and once a year we get together for a week by the beach. There we eat, drink, write and talk romance novels. We bring books to swap and discuss, we share our love of the genre, and it refills the romance writing well like you wouldn’t believe.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

For me, it’s the beach at twilight, walking barefoot, hand in hand as the waves ebb and flow and froth around our ankles. The sky slowly darkens to deep indigo velvet. And then the moon rises, huge and golden.

 Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

My mum and dad (see above).

Tell us about your dream date. 

Recipe for a dream date.

Take one Richard Armitage/David Tennant/Jensen Ackles (just one, don’t be greedy)

Marinate well.

Warm gently by an open fire.

Peel slowly.

Serve on a bed of dark red rose petals.

 

Anne is generously giving away one book for a US draw and one for an international draw (winners’ choice of Anne’s available titles).  *****International friends, please be sure to leave your country in your comment so that we know you’re international. xo

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Sept 7, 2016. Good luck!

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. 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

 


gracieMugshotSmallAnne Gracie spent her childhood and youth on the move because of her father’s job. The gypsy life taught her that humor & love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.

Anne started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world, writing by hand in notebooks. Since then, her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and include Japanese manga editions, which she thinks is very cool.

A five-time RITA finalist (but never a bride) she’s a former president and lifetime honorary member of Romance Writers of Australia, promotes adult literacy, flings balls for her dog, enjoys her tangled garden and keeps bees. Find her online at www.annegracie.com

Learn more:

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Holley Trent – Romancing Imperfection

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar 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. Enjoy August!

#LoveRomance

Romance in ImperfectionOut of Bounds

I tend to write “unvarnished” heroines, and by that I mean characters who’ll answer a doorbell wearing smeared makeup, who may have forgotten they’re not wearing a bra, and who might have spilled a little something-something on their shirts. They may leave the house before realizing they’re wearing three different shades of black or that they’re actually not wearing legitimate shoes. They may toss on a hat rather than fussing with their hair and distract you from their unkempt eyebrows by wearing even redder lipstick than usual.

They’re not charmingly low-maintenance because they’re confident in their natural state. Often, they’re scatterbrained or they lose track of minutes because they’re obsessing over something, and they prioritize tasks differently than their peers. (“I’ll change my jeans after I finish reading this chapter.”)

Maybe they feel a little guilty about that.

I used to. I grew up with a grandmother from the “don’t be seen unless you’re going to be seen well” generation. I figured out during my college dating romps, though, that it doesn’t matter how cute I am because I don’t have a cute personality to match it. Packaging should give a hint of the contents inside, right?

I ended up marrying the guy who’s pretty tolerant of my lack of varnish. He doesn’t care if I can get my hair into a perfectly smooth bun. He just wants to be told on Friday night if there’s not enough coffee left for Saturday morning. (I…kinda forget.)Seer

Several years into my marriage when I started writing romance, I decided to write happily-ever-afters that looked like mine. I write those HEAs keeping in mind that the reason that one partner is so forgiving of the other’s foibles is because he or she may have reasons they needed to be handled gently, too.

That’s what I love about romance. There’s someone for everyone, and there’s beauty in imperfection.

Holley recommends:

Anna Zabo         annazabo.com        (at Amazon)

My current obsession is Anna’s Takeover series. It’s compulsively re-readable m/m centered on a group of tech consultants. These books have the exact shade of dark humor I like for contemporary romance.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

This is a tough one. I think to be able to feel the romance, you have to be receptive to it, so I’d say…Junior Prom. Teenagers are so aggressively affectionate with each other, and when you’re with someone, you can’t help but to get swept up in the ardor. (I stopped believing in love for a while around Senior Prom, but breakups will do that.)

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

My best friend from college frequently joins me for conferences and conventions. I’m her pusher. I send her home every time with piles of books to read and share. The diversity of the drama makes it accessible and approachable. 

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

Beaches and bodies of water. You don’t have to talk when you’re on the water. You stand in awe of the vastness of it and humble yourself because it reminds you that you don’t want to surmount the big obstacles in life alone.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

George and Louise from The Jeffersons. Anyone who knows me well could probably figure out why they’d make my shortlist. The television I watched during my formative years shaped my sense of humor. They disagreed and they constantly quibbled, but they endured. They got each other. And George knew deep down he wouldn’t have been anything without Weezy. He may have been the moneymaker, but she was his rock. HTrent_unvarnished

Tell us about your dream date. 

I’m a simple girl. A perfect date would be no makeup, comfortable pants, a pile of movies I haven’t had time to watch, a blanket large enough to share, a variety of salty snacks, and a partner wise enough to hit the pause button when I’ve gone too still or too quiet for too long. (Wake me at your peril.)

 

Holley is generously giving away a full set of either the Reedsville Roosters eBooks or the Norseton Wolves eBooks, winners’ choice, one to a US friend and one to an international friend.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Sept 7, 2016. Good luck!  *****International friends, please be sure to leave your country in your comment so that we know you’re international. xo

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. 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

 


HolleyTrentHolley Trent is an award-winning author of more than three dozen works of sexy, snarky romance. From athletes to cowboys to psychic Vikings to werewolves, she leaves no alpha unredeemed.

She also writes erotic sci-fi romance under the not-so-secret name H.E. Trent.

Learn more:

holleytrent.com         |        Facebook        |        Twitter @HolleyTrent

 

Buy Holley’s books:

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Carolyn Crane – #LoveRomance & Hope

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar 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. Enjoy August!

#LoveRomance

Four scenes from the life of a romance writer

One

I’m scrolling through stock photo sites for cover images. We’re talking page after page full OffTheEdge-CarolynCrane-500x750of  photos of bare-chested muscle men. My husband walks by and sees me gazing at all of these endless man chest images and he makes a little joke.  I mumble something sheepish. And I have this wtf moment, like, what am I doing? All this man chest. It’s weird sometimes! These aren’t even like real guys.

Two

I make this joke on social media somewhere that I need a spreadsheet for my hero injuries. It’s kind of true. Sometimes I forget I injured them. Sometimes wish I had a medical degree so I could be better at horribly injuring my heroes, but in ways that would not impede their ability to fight the good fight.

I watch a Tarantino movie where there is this guy shot in the belly and another guy says that a stomach wound doesn’t kill you right away, but it is painful. I give my guys a lot of stomach wounds. I decide it’s a sweet spot between horribly injured and still plausibly able to fight for the heroine. I like my heroes to make a huge, heroic effort in things.

Three

I’ve been concentrating on writing books about hot criminals under my Annika Martin pen DarkMafiaPrince-500x750name this year. Some of these criminals are really dark and twisted, but I find nobility in them. I use my Tarantino injuries on them and them I make them do noble things. I find it deeply satisfying to make twisted criminals behave in noble ways.

Four

I look at the news. I stupidly read a comment thread. I feel upset after that. I ask twitter why I read the comments. People heart my tweet.

I think about how they say a cynic is just a frustrated idealist. I know it’s true. Sometimes it hurts to believe the best is possible when there is so much evidence that the worst is possible. It’s sometimes easier not to hope. You’re never disappointed when you don’t choose to see the best in people. When you don’t choose to hope.

But romance hopes.

We work with a kind of outrageous toolbox, it is true. Instead of paint and canvas, we have mantitty and crazy plots and hot, hot sex, but out of these things we are fashioning something fierce. Romance sees nobility in heroes and heroines. It assumes nobility is possible in almost anyone. That’s what I love about it. I think it’s brave in that way.

Carolyn recommends:

Meredith Duran     meredithduran.com     (at Amazon)
There is nothing so wonderful as a historical by Meredith Duran. I could live and die in one of her books.

 

Shannon McKenna     shannonmckenna.com      (at Amazon)

She does a sex scene like nobody else can. And then wild danger. Romantic Suspense at its best!

(Read Shannon’s RARM ’16 post here.)

 

Amber Belldene      amberbelldene.com     (at Amazon)

Amber is doing some really fresh, fabulous, witty work in the contemporary area that I am loving!

 

Penny Watson      pennyromance.com      (at Amazon)

Penny mixes humor with serious topics in such a gorgeous way, and portrays heroines of all ages with aching beauty mixed with quirkiness. HEART.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

I write in a coffee shop and I see people at all stages of romance, from flirty encounters to first dates to longtime couples at ease with each other. I love the real life romance of it.

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

It is bad to say my cat? He is just always there for me. Even when I’m crabby or sick, he never changes in his disposition toward me. We’re always happy to see each other.

 Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

I’ve never been to Paris, but I equate Paris with romance. I see the Eiffel tower and I think of flowers and chocolates and holding hands. Omg, Paris seriously has some amazing branding going on!! George Amal Clooney

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

I’m swoony over George and Amal Clooney.

Tell us about your dream date. 

Eating pizza and watching My Fair Lady.

 

Carolyn is generously giving away five e-books  —  two to international readers and three to US friends — winners’ choice of either Annika Martin’s edgy, dark DARK MAFIA PRINCE or Carolyn Crane’s RITA award-winning OFF THE EDGE. 

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Sep 6, 2016.   Good luck!  ***International friends, be sure to include your country in your comment so we know to include you in the international drawing.  Good luck!

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. 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

 


annikapicCarolyn Crane is a RITA® Award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author of gritty tales of dangerous secret agents and urban fantasy about tortured masterminds.

She also writes about kinky bank robbers and other hot, dirty criminals as NYT bestselling Annika Martin.

Learn more:

authorcarolyncrane.com      |     Facebook     |     Twitter @CarolynCrane

Annika:

 annikamartinbooks.com      |     Facebook     |     Twitter @Annika_Martin

Sign up for Annika’s fun dirty quote newsletter here.

 

Buy Carolyn’s books:

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Lisa Marie Perry – Imagining Romance

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar 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. Enjoy August!

#LoveRomance

Romance For One

When I was a young girl just beginning to figure out how to become a published author, Meant to Be Minepeople said the first rule of writing is to write what you know. I break this rule every time I write a romance. Because I don’t know romance. I don’t live it. I’ve never been part of a traditional romantic relationship. No marriage, no dating, no exclusivity and expectations. No happy-ever-after or even happy-for-now.

Don’t feel sorry for me just yet! My life is very full. Besides, men fascinate me in such a way that I can’t imagine giving my attention to just one. I enjoy their company and there are moments when I want to surround myself with them. One of my absolute favorite elements to write is anticipation. This is something I’m so fortunate to experience time and again with each new connection I make with a man. There are so many details to anticipate with someone new. Is he serious, or can I get him to laugh? How will he touch me? What might I remember about him after he goes his way and I go mine? Anticipation is a rush that stops me in my tracks and holds me still, and I can’t see myself giving it up any time soon.

It’s not a hollow life—just one that’s filled with meet-cutes, pupil-flaring attraction, crushes, and curiosity. Some people tell me I should want something deeper. But wedding rings and children and longevous companionship with a partner aren’t for me. Others suggest that I’m not suited to write what I do because I live outside the guidelines of the genre. But I don’t think a romance author must engage in agape love or Eros love or any type of romantic love in order to qualify to write an authentic fictional story—any more than a suspense author must experience crime and death in order to qualify to write within that genre.

One of fiction’s most profound gifts is the freedom to make use of the human imagination. When I power SIN FOR ME_lmperry_Official Coveron my computer and let my mind create worlds and people and story arcs, I’m just a writer and it’s both a humbling and beautiful feeling. The blank page in front of me doesn’t judge. All it wants from me are words.

So I’ll never be a romance heroine. That’s okay. I’m perfectly happy writing them instead.

Lisa Marie recommends:

Nora Roberts      noraroberts.com      (at Amazon)

I read Carolina Moon over a decade ago and it remains the single strongest, most engrossing piece of romance fiction I’ve encountered. Nora’s my favorite author—though I know if I ever met her in person I’d be too star-struck to even tell her so!

 

Teri Wilson      teriwilson.net       (at Amazon)

Teri’s writing is splendid. The storytelling is lush yet down-to-earth, and you form attachments to her characters without even realizing it. I highly recommend Unleashing Mr. Darcy, which is a brilliant retelling of Pride and Prejudice that’s set in the world of…dog shows! This novel was adapted into a Hallmark Channel movie—which I also adored.

 

Nicole Helm        nicolehelm.wordpress.com        (at Amazon)

Damn, can this woman write men. Her heroes aren’t just attractive—they’re so real it’s almost eerie. She has a knack for writing character nuances, clever heroines, and banter that stick with you. Get acquainted with her Big Sky Cowboys series from Sourcebooks and let yourself enjoy.

Tiffany Reisz         tiffanyreisz.com     (at Amazon)

This author’s Original Sinners series is superb erotic romance. By the end of the first book I wanted to be friends with dominatrix Mistress Nora. I highly recommend Tiffany’s newest release, The Bourbon Thief, which is a work of mainstream fiction and hauntingly perfect. 


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

When I was in my teens, I worked at a shopping mall with a group of other young women. One day while I was out on a lunch errand, a man working construction for a new store came in to borrow a ladder. He was gone by the time I returned. When I walked through the door, my coworkers pounced on me describing his sexy body and un-freaking-believable blue eyes, and for weeks they insisted I wear tight jeans and a push-up bra while they conspired their hearts out trying to track him down so I could behold his manly beauty for myself. Just when I was starting to think he didn’t exist and they were making up the entire hot-guy-borrows-ladder story, I met him one night during closing…after the mall was empty of customers and when all the stores were dark and all the halls so quiet. Good grief, if I ever had a romantic moment in my life, that was it.

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

Oh, most definitely my pets. When people insist—sometimes jokingly and sometimes not—that I’m a robot, my dogs and cats remind me that I am capable of compassion and enduring love. They hang out with me while I’m working, and in this sense I share romance with them every single day.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

 A spot under a dark sky. Stars aren’t even required. The mystery of it can be breathlessly romantic. Maybe there’s a streetlamp or a building that glows in the black. Maybe the clouds flirt with the moon and shadows twist all around you. Is the ground powdery with snow and frost? Or are there insects in the grass and heat in the air? It’s awfully simple, but very sexy stuff.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Barbie and Ken. Don’t laugh! (Fine, go ahead and laugh.) Barbie’s the exact example of one of my favorite Shania Twain songs: “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face.” This woman can hold down a million careers, from animal doctor to rock star, and Ken will stand strong and sturdy with an unwavering smile on his face. That’s love. Plus, they’re so cute together I just can’t stand it. :o)

 Tell us about your dream date. Tower Night

Ooh, this is complicated. I’ve never experienced an actual date and don’t think I’d want anything extravagant. But I would want something out of my ordinary. I once visited a lighthouse on Cape Cod and thought People could fall in love here. This thought inspired a scene in my book MEANT TO BE MINE.

So I’ll say that a dream date might be a nighttime journey to the top of a lighthouse with a gorgeous man and a bottle of anything. No glasses, because we’ll share the bottle. That’s why we’re here—to share. Waves swaying outside. The soft scratch of his beard on my skin. Mystery and familiarity so close you can’t tell the difference. And for a while it’s just a man and a woman giving and taking inside a lighthouse—above the world, voices carrying over the water, meaningful—for a blip in time, anyway. I guess that might be okay.

 

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LMP_AuthorLisa Marie Perry encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She writes sizzling, deep fiction featuring flawed heroes brought to their knees by the love of complicated women. She has received high praise from USA Today and has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews literary award. She lives in America’s heartland, drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.

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