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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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Lisa Rae Roman – Lots of Magic & Romance
Why abide within the confines of reality when you can live in a world filled with magic instead?
I adore romance.
I cut my teenage teeth on my mother’s Harlequin Romances. Then Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, and Johanna Lindsey introduced me to arrogant dukes, brave knights, kilt-wearing highlanders, and swashbuckling pirates, and I was hooked for life.
I’ve indulged in thousand-page Epic Fantasy where the farmer’s son triumphs over evil, gains a kingdom and wins the girl. The kickass heroes and heroines of Urban Fantasy have kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning, despite the promise of just one more chapter.
I swooned over Kristen Ashley’s alpha males and cried when they broke the hearts of the women who loved them before the eventual, hard-won HEA. Handsome aliens swept me into far off galaxies, while vampires and shifters captured my heart forever with a single word: Mine!
The magic of love can be found in the ballrooms of Regency England, a log cabin in the Colorado mountains, the deck of a brigantine, a private island in Greece, or the rugged hills of Scotland. But ancient myths, parallel realms, and fairytale beings have always caught my fancy and sparked my imagination.
Fans like me who consider the combination of fantasy and epic love the epitome of romance nirvana will always exist, but the paranormal subgenre had cooled considerably as Fae Touched neared completion. It was suggested a more popular genre might be the smarter choice for beginning my writing career. But, a wise-woman (aka Ella Quinn), whom I met at my first RWA conference in 2017, encouraged me to stick with what I loved. And since my heart was tugging me in the same direction, I forged ahead.
Here I am two years later, and my debut novel, Fae Touched, has finally launched. Fae Divided, a novella featuring James and Sarah, is scheduled to release sometime this fall. I have an entire series set in the Fae Touched world planned, each book focusing on a different couple. And of course, we will see more of Abby and Samuel down the road; their story isn’t finished.
My mind is buzzing with new ideas. Ideas that are keeping me up at night. And all of them are jam-packed with spell-casting witches, the legendary Sídhe and their halfblood descendants, predatory wolf shifters, blood-sucking vampires, and lots and lots of magic!
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Lisa Rae recommends:
Hard to narrow it down, so many wonderful authors out there. Since the theme is magic, I’ll give you a few of my favorite paranormal romance authors.
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
My husband and I went to Italy a few years ago for our anniversary, visiting Rome, Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. It was the trip of a lifetime. We loved it all, but Florence was my favorite by far. We stayed in a fabulous hotel in the heart of the city, our room overlooking the Piazza della Repubblica. It was a beautiful morning—warm and sunny—and I opened the shuttered window in our bedroom wide. The cobblestoned square was vibrant and teeming with people, their laughter and chatter melding into a pleasant white noise. I swear I could smell the coffee and pastries being served in the outdoor cafés lining the plaza. And then a woman started to sing. Opera. In Italian, of course. It was like a scene from a movie. Truly magical.
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
Over thirty years ago I read the Belgariad, which are a fantasy series written by David Eddings. The adventures of Belagrath, Polgara, Durnik, Ce’Nedra and Garion opened my eyes to the enchanted world of sword and sorcery. My love of all things magical started with the Pawn of Prophecy (book 1) and has never waned.
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
The night I typed “the end” on my Fae Touched manuscript was a momentous occasion for me. Was it the end? Not even close! My wannabe debut novel was worked and reworked. It was edited to death. Scenes were cut, the grammar was tweaked. I agonized over the storyline more times than I can count and still found new plot holes to fill. It took another eighteen months after finishing the book before it was finally ready to publish. But I remember typing those two little words and feeling an overwhelming sense of accomplishment—the realization of the lifelong dream years in the making.
I’d done it; I’d written a book.
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?
Freedom, the only restriction: my imagination. I can create worlds where societal rules, traditions, niceties, and politics are whatever I choose them to be.
When heroes are not bound to preconceived notions of human behavior, they can act outrageously possessive, dominant, protective—alpha, and we can chalk it up to the primal nature of their species. No restraining orders are required.
Magic is a great equalizer. The presence of magic negates an individual’s physical strength, gender, and age. Anyone can be powerful. Anyone.
And soulmates. Epic love that will last lifetimes—maybe an eternity if you’re an immortal. Sigh. What’s not to like?
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
Silence. Which is probably incredibly surprising to people who know me. I always have the TV on when I’m at home, although I rarely watch it. And if the car is running, so is the radio. Reading at night? Sound machine. But if I’m stuck on a scene, the quiet settles my thoughts and I can focus.
Drawing – Lisa Rae is generously giving away a digital copy of her book, Fae Touched, through Amazon (kdp restricted/no paperback) to one US and one international reader.
To enter, leave a comment below, responding to something in her post. Open until August 24, 2019 11:59 PM EST.
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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Lisa Rae Roman: Originally Northerners, my husband of almost thirty-seven years and I have spent the last twenty-five in Memphis, Tennessee raising three daughters while learning the Southern way of doing things. The girls are adults now, with babies of their own; five at last count with another on the way! The only princess left in the house—I’m the queen—is an Aussiedoodle named after the Roman goddess, Diana, who answers to Ana most days.
A homebody and voracious reader (an awesome combination), I’ve had stories rattling around in my head forever. It’s only taken the better part of four decades to launch my first book, but now I’m on a roll!
Discover Lisa Rae’s books:
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