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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 Patty Blount will be on the page.)
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Sheila Roberts – The Mystery of Magical Romance
For me, romance is all about the trimmings. I love dinner by candle light, sharing a kiss on our condo balcony and watching the moon paint a fairy path across the waters of Puget Sound. (We have a truly romantic view where we live!) I love to get chocolates on Valentine’s Day and adore it when my husband comes up behind me and slips his arms around me and calls me his precious one. Sigh.
That moment when you first fall in love, that walk on a moonlit beach, that first kiss… yes, those are magical. Special moments to treasure for years to come. Romance is the magic that keeps love fresh and alive.
When it comes to romance I think the most potent magic of all is the grand gesture of love, selfless sacrifice and the willingness to do something for your lover that takes you out of your comfort zone. Don’t we all savor that moment in a movie when the hero makes a public confession of love before hundreds of strangers (saying just the right thing of course!) and goes down on one knee with the ring. And in our own lives, doesn’t it make our hearts beat a little faster when the love of our life leaves behind his comfort zone to make us happy or plans a special outing or an anniversary surprise? And what is it about a long-stemmed rose or a bouquet of flowers delivered on Valentine’s Day that makes us go all gushy? Or a box of chocolates? I don’t know. It’s a mystery. But that mystery is what makes romance so magical. We all have the power to wow someone. We just need to tap into it.
Sometimes those magical moments are few and far between. First loves and first kisses only come once in a lifetime. But that’s where books come in. That emotion can be felt over and over again when we read a love story. Maybe that’s why romance novels are so popular. They stir up wonderful memories, make us feel good. And if we’re still waiting to make those happy memories, reading a romance and enjoying a happy ending gives us hope.
Feeling a little down? Stressed? Need an escape? Romance novels to the rescue. Open the pages, cheer for the characters and you will find yourself smiling.
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Here are some authors I love who know how to work that story magic.
Susan’s a wonderful writer and a wonderful person. She has a way with words and I have had the privilege of reading many of her novels when they were still works in progress. One of my all time favorites is The Apple Orchard! Check her out.
Melinda is one smart cookie and she knows how to combine humor and heart. You can’t lose with a Melinda Curtis book! (Check out Melinda’s RARM post too! It’s here.)
Nancy is the Queen of the Hallmark movie. She’s as sweet as the charming small town romances she writes.
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
I must say a most magical time in my life was my first year of marriage. My husband was stationed in Germany, and exploring a new country and a new culture was a fabulous adventure. I still remember going to the walled town of Rottenburg in the middle of winter. It was all snowed in and beautiful and I felt like I was walking into a picture. So many fun adventures and plenty of time to read. Loved it!
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer, the queen of the Regency Romance, is a book that just hit me in the heart. The heroine, Prudence, was masquerading as a boy to keep herself and her brother safe. One scene in particular where the hero reveals the fact that he knows who she is and that her secret is safe with him still hits me in the heart. No spoilers, but this book is a great example of a grand gesture. We know this man will do anything to keep the woman he loves safe. I’ve read that book may times and never get tired of it.
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
I’ve had a few so it’s hard to pick. Probably one of the most fun moments was when we made a music video to accompany my novel, Merry Ex-mas. We took over a little local pub and spent a hot July day in sweaters and Santa hats filming that. It was a song I wrote with another musician and it was just so much fun. You can still find the song up on YouTube if you look for Merry Christmas Mama. :o) (You can find it here. )
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?
One element that seems to pop up often in my books is women’s friendships. I never had a sister so my girlfriends are my sisters and they are very important to me. Life is much richer with friends. They help us fight through the hard times and make the good times even better.
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
The story itself keeps me going. I love losing myself in the fun of meddling in my characters’ lives. Actually, it’s more than meddling. The poor things are the puppets and I’m pulling the strings. Writing is the one place where I can completely control what’s happening. What’s not to like about that? And when everything comes together just the way I planned, when I take my characters over bumpy, winding roads and bring them into the land of happily ever after then, well, like the Lone Ranger, I can say, “My job here is done.” And it’s time to ride on to the next story.
Drawing – Sheila is generously giving away a hardback copy of Summer at the Beach (U.S. only apologies to international friends.)
To enter, leave a comment below or on the ReadARomanceMonth FB post here. Each comment offers an extra chance to win.
Open until August 19, 2019 11:59 PM EST.
All commenters will also be entered to win a bundle of books from the Week 2 participating authors. Must comment by 8/21/19 11:59pm Eastern.
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Best-selling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books published in a dozen different languages and made into movies for both the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She’s happily married with three children and lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not hanging out with girlfriends, speaking to women’s groups or going dancing with her husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.
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