Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
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#LoveRomance and you also #LoveDarcy. For over 200 years, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has been the embodiment of all our romantic fantasies about tall, dark, handsome gentlemen who confess their ardent love for us and then actually prove it by springing into action right when we need it the most. Not to mention, Darcy is the forerunner of the strong, silent type who is a bit of a mystery to solve—which is always intriguing. And did I mention tall, dark, and handsome?
However, Mr. Darcy would not be Mr. Darcy if it weren’t for Elizabeth Bennet, so if you #LoveRomance you also have to #LoveLizzy because the two of them together are what makes Pride and Prejudice the keystone romance that it is. Lizzy is smart, irreverent, resourceful, and unconventional, which makes her especially appealing to romance readers who love empowered women.
Not to mention, Lizzy doesn’t exactly swoon over Darcy at first glance—thinking him conceited and brooding (which he sort of is), she has more important things on her mind, like finding her own way to happiness on a path that doesn’t involve marriage. And she doesn’t mince words either—when Darcy remarks on her inferior status, she pulls no punches in detailing the reasons why she dislikes him. She’s a girl who gives as good as she gets, which endears her to both us and Darcy all the more strongly.
Lizzy’s independent streak is another one of the things Darcy loves, and her character proves to be a perfect counterbalance to his silent, serious hero. He also learns to love her exactly as she is and because of who she is, which is what makes the foundation of their relationship so strong. You really believe these two will have a long-lasting “happily ever after” based on mutual respect and admiration.
Yes, we love Lizzy and Darcy because ultimately Pride and Prejudice is a Cinderella story of a young woman finding her wealthy, handsome prince, but we also love these two people because their path to happiness is one of struggle and the building of trust. By the end of the book, they have both changed because of their love, and their deep, abiding knowledge of each other sets them on their path to everlasting happiness. It’s a romance, but a complex, striking romance that underscores the basic tenets of giving second chances to first impressions.
#LoveRomance and you always #LoveLizzyandDarcy
Nina Lane recommends:
I could not be more thrilled to recommend my friend and fellow author Tori Madison, whose books Beneath it All and Beneath, You’re Beautiful are an incredible saga about a woman battling breast cancer—yes, there is angst, but also great friendship, humor, sexiness, and (oh, yes) one hot doctor. Tori Madison herself is a breast cancer survivor and she writes about Victoria’s journey with breathtaking warmth and emotion.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
When I was a child, my family used to get together with my maternal grandparents often, though they lived about an hour away. They were both Russian immigrants, and my grandfather had come to America first to get settled before my grandmother followed him. Learning about their lives and families in Russia, and the persistence and devotion they shared while building a life in America, has always been a story of romance for me. Whenever we visited them or they visited us, you could always feel their lifelong love.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My mother and I used to love watching romantic comedies together, especially movies with Sandra Bullock like The Proposal and Two Weeks’ Notice. Anything fun and charming. And though my mother passed away eleven years ago, I still think of her whenever I watch a good romantic comedy and wish I could share it with her.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
I think if you’re listening to a good love song, like John Legend’s All of Me, with someone you love then any place in the world is romantic.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
This is self-indulgent, but I’d be lying if I said anyone else was my favorite couple, so I first have to say Liv and Dean West from my Spiral of Bliss series. Coming in a close second are Louisa and Will from Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You because of the way they show each other how to live.
Tell us about your dream date.
Anything involving Paris and the perfect chocolate religieuse.
Nina Lane is generously giving away a signed paperback copy of ALWAYS (Spiral of Bliss #5) for one US reader, and an e-book set of the whole Spiral of Bliss series to one US and one 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 August 30, 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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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.
Her most recent book ALWAYS (Spiral of Bliss #5) is the conclusion to Liv and Dean West’s passionate, intense love story.
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