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!
Romancing The Roundabout
I’ve written dozens of romance novels, many of which have hit bestseller lists or been nominated for prestigious awards, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’m not the most romantic person on the planet. At least, I often feel out of step with most people when it comes to what I consider to be romantic.
I mean, I don’t even like weddings. *gasp*
And that is exactly why I love romance; What makes something romantic is different for everyone, and its definition is unique to every individual.
In Western culture, we’re constantly barraged by advertising, TV shows, and movies that reinforce the notion that romance is defined by things such as sharing an elegant dinner on a yacht or having chocolate and Champagne in front of a fire, or walking hand in hand along a beach. (Helloooo, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, I’m looking at you…)
And yes, absolutely, those things can be very romantic, but to an outdoor lover, fishing from a rickety dock and swigging cheap beer can be the most romantic date ever. If you’re a Klingon female, you probably find romance in throwing heavy furniture at your suitor while he’s reading poetry. If you’re a character in one of my books, you might think that the most romantic thing a lover can do is to bring you the still-beating heart of an enemy. (Aw, so sweet!)
The beauty of romance is that you can find it everywhere, in the simplest of gestures and situations. Recently, my husband and I have been grabbing a blanket, a bottle of wine, and sometimes some cheese and crackers, and then we settle beneath a nearby shade tree to watch holiday traffic navigate the new roundabout near our house. Romantic? We think so, but everyone else probably thinks we’re crazy. Entertaining? Hell, yeah.
The point is, romance means something different to everyone. Celebrate your definition and make it your own. Let your romantic freak flag fly. There’s absolutely no reason for everyone to not #LoveRomance!
I’m totally on Carrie Ann Ryan and Angel Payne binges right now.
If you’re looking for smart, sexy, fast-paced fun, check out anything by Carrie Ann Ryan, and if you’re in the mood for gritty, suspenseful, scorcher, drop a Payne book into your e-reader and get ready for a wild ride!
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
You know, this is going to sound weird, but one of the most romantic moments in my life happened at Disney World. My husband and I had only been married for a couple of months when we took a trip to Florida for a vacation/mini-honeymoon. I’ve been to both Disneyland and Disney World several times, but I’d never watched the fireworks at night. So we found ourselves a nice patch of grass, got a couple of drinks, and settled in. I’m not sure why, but the night was just…magical.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
This has to be my friend Karen. She introduced me to romance back in 1990, and for years we shared books. We adored historical and contemporary romances, and had some of the most amazing conversations about them. Gradually, I moved on to paranormal romance while she moved to inspirational romance, but we still enjoy chatting about the books and romantic movies we love.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
Amsterdam. I know that might seem weird to some, but there’s just something about spending an evening on one of the canal bridges with a glass of wine or beer while you watch the lit-up boats float up and down the canals. It’s such a charming city to begin with, but when the sun goes down and the water reflects the lights from the streets and the boats, it’s just breathtakingly romantic!
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Spock and Uhura! Yes, seriously. :o) I’m a huge Star Trek fan, and I always felt that there was something missing in the original series…I just didn’t know what until I started reading and writing romance. So when the Star Trek reboot movies introduced the Spock/Uhura romance, I was so excited I could hardly stand it. Now I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes!
Tell us about your dream date.
Realistic, or fantasy? Fantasy would involve space travel of some sort. Or a private jet and a theme park open for only us. Because seriously, how cool would that be?
Realistic…honestly, I don’t know. I have so many wonderful dates with my husband because we share a love of travel, food, and beer. I consider all of our vacations, especially our overseas trips “dream dates.”
Larissa Ione is generously giving away a Tote bag & swag with a signed copy of Bound By Night to one US reader & a signed copy of Bound By Night for one international reader.
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 24, 2016. ***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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Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award.
She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
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