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!
Romance On and Off the Page
I love romance but probably not the kind of romance most people prefer. If you ask my family and friends, I am not a mushy, lace and flowers girl. Nope. Don’t bring home cut flowers in a vase either…not my thing. Not what you expect from a romance author? I bet not.
But do I love romance? You bet I do. To me romance is my guy taking down the casserole dish I need to use so that I don’t have to get out the step stool. (the problems I deal with as a short person) Or when he texts me to let me know that my favorite musician is coming to town and he’ll be the designated driver for me and my friends – even though he hates his music. Or when he sweats it out in the car because the A/C makes me chilly. That is romance to me.
Romance stems directly from love and when I feel it…when I see it…when I can reach out and touch it…that’s what makes me swoon. On and off the page.
Although I completely dig writing “the grand gesture” in my books I would die on the spot if they ever happened in my life. I’ll save the dancing flash mobs and the skywriting for my books…not for real life. Nope, just show it to me in little ways everyday that I’m yours. Make sure that I know that I’m always at the top of your list. I’ll take it! That’s the kind of real life romance I love.
Robin Covington recommends:
Oh man…it’s so hard to pick my favorites! But, here are ones that I re-read their books because I just can’t leave the characters behind. (for me it is always about the characters!)
Abigail Roux – abigailroux.com – (at Amazon) She wrote the “Cut & Run” series and I have it in audio, paper and digital. I love Ty and Zane and I bawled like a baby when the series was done. BIG. UGLY. CRY.
K.A. Mitchell – kamitchell.com – (At Amazon) Her book “Bad Boyfriend” is my not-so-secret lover. I adore this book and most especially the character of Eli. In fact, when I met her I actually quoted a passage of the book to her – I am that much of a fan. There were tears.
Shannon McKenna – shannonmckenna.com – (At Amazon) Holy moly. She is the queen of complicated Alpha male heroes and her McCloud Brothers series makes my mouth water. She is my go-to for over-the-top sexy and suspenseful romance.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
This question made me think of one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been: my beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. I have a life-long and deep love affair with my home state of Virginia and I am a mountain, farm girl at heart. So I stand on the edge of an overlook and see the blue skies above and the rolling hills and the navy blue mountain peaks and I am in love. I could stare for hours in any season and never grow tired of it.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
My besties are the people I share romance with on a daily basis. Avery Flynn and Kimberly Kincaid are romance authors too and we are constantly talking, texting, gushing, and quoting romance from movies, books, and TVs. We share the best and the worst and think up new and unique ways to showcase it in our books. And we spend hours discussing the sexiest and most romantic heroes on the page and screen – all for the sake of research! The only things we talk about more are shoes and makeup and food…not necessarily in that order.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
The sound of music is romance to me. I’m a singer and a musician and I am always fascinated with the ways that the weaving of words and notes can bring out a vivid picture or a deep, real feeling. If you get me with the right combination it will bring me to my knees and to tears.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
My favorite classic romance is PERSUASION by Jane Austen because it is the epitome of a second chance romance between two people who never could forget each other. So, Captain Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliot are my favorite. (when he writes her that love letter confessing his feelings? It kills me every time I read it.)
Tell us about your dream date.
For me, it’s a weekend in a gorgeous penthouse room at a 5-star hotel with exquisite room service, in-room massages and nothing to do but to be together. No cell phones. No responsibilities. Yes! Please! (I have two kids…I need this!)
Robin is generously giving away five signed print books + fun swag, three to US readers and two to international readers. 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 Aug 8, 2016.***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.)
A USAToday bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she’s not writing she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, hoarding red nail polish and stalking Chris Evans.
A 2016 RITA® Award nominee, Robin’s books have won the Golden Leaf Award and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Awards.
She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies, Dutch and Dixie Joan Wilder (Yes – THE Joan Wilder)
Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org – she always writes back.
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