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A quick word from Bobbi Dumas, your host.
Hi everyone! Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month. You can find out more about this fun, month long event here. And check out all the great authors taking part this year on the calendar, here.
The theme this year is The Romance Of Reading, The Magic Of Books and we have an awesome assortment of writers – both romance and mainstream fiction authors – sharing about books, reading, romance & magic. I hope you’ll visit everyday.
(Also, be sure to check in to The Romance Of Reading FB page, where one of the RARM authors will be hosting the page each day in August. Today Karen Hawkins will also be on the page.)
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A.C. Arthur/Lacey Baker – Fantastic Journeys Through Magical Books
Who wants to be swept away to a beautiful land with colorful flowers, glistening waters, rolling hills of green and maybe…just maybe a little magic? In today’s world, I’d venture to say everyone is raising their hand or screaming “me!” in response to this question. It’s no wonder that sounds like a fantastic escape. And for me, that’s what reading is all about. Escaping to another world, even if it’s a contemporary romance novel, seeing things through someone else’s lens for a change, can be exhilarating and so very rewarding once the book is finished.
It’s true that books featuring magic—whether steeped in a paranormal theme or in a realistic setting with the magic sprinkled in—create a fantasy-type world that can be easy to lose yourself in on any given day. But I’ve often found that contemporary romance or romantic suspense also allow for a temporary escape from your personal reality. There’s something about being in the mind of one of Nora Roberts’ heroines as she winds her way through a murder mystery while falling in love. Something even more rewarding to taking a trip back in time with one of Beverly Jenkins’ scorching hot heroes. Those stories are magic without the trickle of fairy dust or chanting any spells.
With that said, I’m always going to champion books that do feature spell work, mystical beings and all that good stuff. A wonderfully created world can capture the mind and keep a reader entertained for hours and eventually years if the author continues on with a beloved series. As a reader, I take great joy in feeling as if I’m part of that world, riding along with whichever hero and heroine are up to fighting the mighty evil and falling in love. So if you can find time this month to just read a few books, I’d encourage you to do so, to take that magical journey into another world and fall in love with a new couple who might just possess some magical powers!
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
A couple years ago I would have answered with the birth of my children because each time I was able to go from feeling those tiny kicks inside of me to actually holding the sweet little baby in my arms was nothing short of magical. But then, last June I was blessed to watch my grandson being born and after a very tense pregnancy it was a glorious miracle to see his bright eyes staring back at me only moments after he entered the world.
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
It’s three books actually, Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters Island trilogy. I loved every word of these books and have read them many times. They were a great mixture of suspense and magic all nestled on this lovely island with so many characters to enjoy. As a writer, this book inspired me to just write the story that was in my heart because that’s what I felt like Nora did with these books.
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
This actually happens to me quite frequently when I’m writing. I usually always have either a synopsis or a chapter outline for each book when I sit down to write. This is so I won’t go off the path of what the book is supposed to be about. But really, it never works out that way. LOL
So, I’ll be in the first three chapters of the book—the chapters I like to call the deep dark forest, because I’m just figuring out the characters and how they’re going to act along the way—and I’ll type something that’s not in the synopsis or chapter outline. When I read over the chapter and see this foreign event or item, or whatever it may be I remind myself that it doesn’t belong there because I didn’t plan for it, but for some reason I keep it there and move on. Then I’ll get toward the end of the book and just like that words that make that foreign event or item make sense start to flow.
I always sit back and wonder how that happens, now I know, its magic!
For writers who use magical aspects in their books, what attracts you to those elements? For those of you who don’t, are there specific themes or elements you’re attracted to and find yourself going back to? Why do these resonate with you?
While I have used magical elements in a few of my books, I generally lean more toward the supernatural or paranormal worlds when writing. I think it’s because I feel like some parts of the supernatural are so rooted in reality, such as empathic or even psychic abilities. I like adding to the illusive theory that there just might be more truth to vampires or shapeshifters walking down the sidewalk beside us every day.
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
There’ve been many times this year that I’ve lost focus in writing because of other things going on in my life. During those times it’s just too hard to force myself to write. I chant “keep going” more times than I can admit on a daily basis, but sometimes, it’s just better to stop. I like to watch movies during those times because it’s another medium of telling a story.
Once I get lost watching the stories play out on screen, tidbits of writing slowly come back to me. Especially since I try to watch movies in the genre that I’m writing. So for instance, when I’m writing paranormal I’ll watch something like Angel, Teen Wolf, Charmed, because it keeps my mind rooted in the otherworldly. If I’m writing contemporary romance I’ll watch You’ve Got Mail (my favorite rom com ever!), Pretty Woman, Love Jones or Love and Basketball. By relaxing my writing mind I can just lose myself in these stories and that inevitably revives my creativity.
Drawing – A.C./Lacey is generously giving away 3 book bundle of Lacey Baker books. To enter, leave a comment below. Open until August 28, 2019 11:59 PM EST.
However, all comments will also be entered to win a bundle of books from the Week 3 participating authors. You may enter by commenting on this original blog post and/or on the Read-A-Romance Month Facebook page post, here.
Each first unique comment at each space offers an extra chance to win, so check in with each author. Must comment by 8/28/19 11:59pm Eastern to enter.
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AC Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband, three children, grandson and an English bulldog named Vader. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Working in the legal field for over twenty-five years, AC has seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven of a romance novel. To date, she has written in several genres: YA paranormal (w/a Artist Arthur), small town romance as Lacey Baker, and sexy contemporary and paranormal romance. With intriguing plots and sexy love scenes, AC brings a new edge to romance!
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