Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!
While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre! Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.
Visiting the Possible
I’m a believer in fairytales and happy ever afters. That doesn’t mean those dreams always come true in real life, but it’s the belief and hope in them that keeps you going through life, and that to me is the power of romance novels in a nutshell.
Romance novels are for me an adult version of Disneyland. Somewhere you visit to restore your faith in life, love and where fairytales really do come true, as the slogan goes.
In romance books you visit somewhere that it is possible to bump into that once in a lifetime love who is, a billionaire, a superhero, knight in shining armour, hero that saves the day, or who you help save the day.
It could also be a quite ordinary situation, but an extraordinary love, where the best friend you’ve loved since you were twelve actually tells you that they love you back, or your greatest enemy is harbouring a secret love for you, and you come together in blissful love and reconciliation.
One, they will go for the ride of falling in love as they read about the characters, experience what they do, feel what they do, that rush of new love that takes over and overwhelms your senses.
Number two –you can be certain that unlike life, there will be a happy ever after, and more than likely a wonderful future ahead.
When you finish the book and return to realty, you know that life doesn’t always work out like that, but you have that glimmer of hope to cling onto.
I also think that reading romance novels can make you more mindful in your own relationship, and remember to not take what you have in the real world for granted.
That for me is the power of romance.
There are three author’s names who jump out at me when I’m asked for recommendations. The first is Radclyffe, who was the first lesfic author I discovered and the one whose romances really spoke to me, and I devoured every book I could.
Rad’s books then led me to AliVali. I was so happy when I discovered Ali’s books. I felt I’d found an author who wrote about characters who represented my relationship, and the way I live my life with my partner. It’s wonderful to read about characters like you, represented on the page.
Melissa Brayden is an author I’ve really come to admire. Her writing style is unique, authentic, and something to truly aspire to.
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.
I experienced the power of romance the day I met my partner Lou. I was secretary of a local ladies’ football team, and Lou was joining the team. I drove to meet her, so she could follow me to the training ground. I’d never seen her before in my life, but when I got out of my car and leaned in her driver’s window to greet her, I looked in her eyes and it felt like my heart was thumped with a sledgehammer. In that moment I remember thinking, “You’re here at last.”
That was my experience of the power of romance.
Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.
My Gran’s bible is one of my treasured possessions and brings me comfort in difficult times. I’m not particularly a religious person, but knowing the strong faith she had in her bible, and the memories it brings, makes it very special, and powerful to me.
Tell us about a word that has power for you.
Family. Family is everything to me and gives me the power to get through life and to be strong.
Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).
A book that’s always stayed with me is one I read as a teenager, and that was George Orwell’s 1984. It was my first introduction to the reality that not only the political landscape could be manipulated, but the culture of a country could be too.
Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.
When I first began to write, I posted my stories online, and had some really good feedback from readers, but after a few years I got to the stage where I wanted to become a published author. Quite by chance, around that time, I met my friend Lily online. Lily has a fantastic knowledge of publishing and professional standards, and helped me develop my craft, and gave me some advice, that I’ll never forget, on how to navigate the world of publishing. I’ll always be extremely grateful to her.
Jenny is generously giving away a copy of one of her books, winner’s choice. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 14, 2017. (US only)
She’ll be giving away two more books as part of the US and international bundles, plus she’s sponsoring a tote & cup giveaway! (see below for more information)
There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.
Jenny Frame is from the small town of Motherwell in Scotland, where she lives with her partner, Lou, and their well-loved and very spoiled dog.
She has a diverse range of qualifications, including a BA in public management and a diploma in acting and performance. Nowadays she likes to put her creative energies into writing rather than treading the boards.
When not writing or reading, Jenny loves cheering on her local football team, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Buy Jenny’s books:
*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!
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Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.
(Jenny is contributing to the US and international bundles, and sponsoring a cup/tote giveaway.)
To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)
Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)
Week 2 contests are Aug 9 through Aug. 16
For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).
Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.
Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!
To enter these exciting drawings, send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.
(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)
You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!
Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com. Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page. 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.
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