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!
Feel the #LoveRomance
“Love is the strongest force the world possesses.”
Writing romance is THE greatest job. We get to write books about relationships and happily ever afters. (And yes, kissing!) Don’t get me wrong: it’s not always easy. There are days I want to bang my head against my desk or run crying to the corner. Thankfully, those days are few and far between.
I hate when people disparage romance novels, as if these books have no redeeming worth. Love is not worthless. Relationships are not worthless. And sex is certainly not worthless. These are things that all human beings not just want, but need. I think this is why the romance genre is so powerful.
After I released my first book, I received a very lovely card from a reader. It turned out this woman’s long-time husband had recently passed away and she’d been searching for a romance novel to take her mind off the grief. She came across my book and really enjoyed it. She said it gave her a tiny bit of happiness at a very trying time in her life, and she was very grateful to me for writing it.
I cried when I read that card. (I’ll never throw it away.) Knowing that my silly little book provided escape from someone’s hard day (hard week, hard month) makes every bit of aggravation I suffered during the writing process WORTH IT.
I’ve read romance novels since my early teens, so I certainly understand the joy of losing myself in a story for a few hours. In college, I often skipped classes if I was really invested in a particular book. (Sorry, Mom & Dad. I blame Johanna Lindsey.) Even now, whether it’s job stress, financial troubles, kids driving me crazy, or laundry I’m ignoring, I can always count on a romance novel to provide a pleasant diversion.
And why should we be ashamed to need that? Romance novels bring joy. They bring hope and enlightenment. Why would those ever be things the world needs less of instead of more?
So #LoveRomance openly. Proudly. Prove that love is not worthless. There’s far too much hate in the world. Let’s balance the scales.
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Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
I’ve never been a grand gesture sort of romantic. I never wanted a big wedding or a fancy ring hidden in a chocolate cake. To me, my husband’s little gestures have always been the most romantic. Like the time he bought me a winter hat in Times Square because I was cold. When he sewed the silk lining of my favorite coat back into place. Or when he surprised me by reorganizing my closet when I was out of town. Romance, to me, is made up of the little ways we improve each other’s lives every single day.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My mom was my gateway to romance novels, and she’s been my biggest champion. She reads everything I write before anyone else. (Her notes usually include, “There’s not enough sex!”)
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
The beach. My husband and I rented a condo on Fire Island the first few years we were dating, and I have fond memories of hearing water and seagulls.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Michelle and Barack Obama. There’s so much respect there. And you can sense they still enjoy each other after all these years together.
Tell us about your dream date.
A week on a private beach with my husband. And cocktails with tiny umbrellas.
Joanna Shupe is generously giving away three signed copies of MAGNATE, the first book in her new Gilded Age series, The Knickerbocker Club (US only, apologies to international friends).
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 August 26, 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.)
Joanna is generously offering three signed copies of MAGNATE, the first book in her new Gilded Age series, The Knickerbocker Club.
Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She currently lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.
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