Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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My mother was always a reader. On the side of her living room chair there was a basket that was always filled with romance novels. I always remember those old style romantic covers with their tattered edges and I always wondered what was in them. Of course as a child I was too young to read them, but I was so intrigued. We didn’t have extra money to buy books when I little, but the one thing we did have was a nearby library—thankfully—and I fed my reading addiction by walking to the library and checking out books every week.
Later, as a teenager, my older sister, who was married by then, had books at her house. I remember grabbing a romance novel out of her stash of books. It was The Flame and The Flower and thus my love for romance was born. I had been transported. My eyes had been opened. Brandon and Heather’s romance took me to a place I had never been before, and I couldn’t get enough of their adventures, the sweeping romance, and that amazing happily ever after.
You can bet that as soon as I finished that book I was rifling through my mom’s books to see what other wonders of romance there were to be read. Oh, and there was plenty. To be able to share those worlds with both my mother and my sister was like being part of a special club, to have a whole new world opened up to me. We would talk about the hero, the heroine, what had happened to them during the course of the story and how we all felt about it. It was a bonding moment for us that I still recall with fondness.
After I got married and moved out of state, I sent romances I had read to my mother and sister, because the one thing I know about love and romance is that when you read something wonderful, you want to share it with the people you love. There’s nothing more rewarding than sharing a happily ever after with someone.
This is why I do giveaways so often. I love to share my books and I always hope to find new readers who will fall in love with my books this way. Finding new authors to read is always a thrill for me. There’s nothing better than falling in love with a new romance, then grabbing everything that author has ever written.
Isn’t that just the best? Romance rocks, y’all. 🙂
Jaci Burton recommends:
Author Shannon Stacey has been my best friend for over fourteen years. We met on the Harlequin boards when we were both fledgling writers, and have stuck by each other on our road to publication and beyond. Shannon is an amazing author and I love every word she puts to paper. I highly recommend her Kowalski series, a funny, romantic, family-centric series. You won’t be able to stop at just one—kind of like potato chips!
Rhenna Morgan is part of my local writer’s group. She’s the organized one who keeps us all of our toes and makes sure we know where to be and when. She also writes beautiful stories about love and adventure. Be sure to check out her Eden series!
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
When our daughter got married, the ambience of the outdoors, the sweet scent of the flowers and the feeling of overwhelming love was so powerful it surrounded me with the romance of the day. And honestly, every wedding I attend takes me back to the moment I married my husband. We always look at each other, hold hands and he smiles at me. It’s always at those moments that I remember all the reasons why I fell in love with him.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My daughter and I love to spend time together watching romance movies. She’s a romantic soul, like me, and it’s a bonding moment we share. One of our favorites is White Christmas. It’s old and timeless, utterly sweet and romantic, with music, dancing and a happily ever after.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
My romance memory meter is heavily influenced by music. Certain songs remind me of romantic things that have happened in my life. For example, when I hear the song “My Girl,” it brings to mind the first guy (non-relative) to ever ask me to dance. (It was my 8th Grade dance, and it was the singer in the band—swoon!)
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A hot Hollywood couple that worked—for 50 years.
Tell us about your dream date.
A dream date for me is my guy, a great movie, a giant popcorn, a box of Junior Mints and a large Diet Dr. Pepper.
Jaci Burton is generously giving away a set of books — Hope Flames, The Perfect Play, Love After All and QuarterBack Draw — to one lucky US winner, and a copy of The Perfect Play to 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 Sep 1, 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!
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Jaci Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Play-by-Play series and the Hope series. She was awarded the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in 2012. Jaci lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs.
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