Saving the World, One Romance at a Time
Hi, everyone! Joyce Lamb here. Thank you so much, Bobbi, for inviting me to participate in Read-A-Romance-Month with all these amazing authors! What a wonderful event you’ve put together, 31 days of reminding us all why romance matters. (*Happy to have you, Joyce and thanks for all you do at the HEA blog! ~B)
Personally, I believe that if more people read romance novels, the world would be a much nicer place. Like the old “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” ad, I’d hand a romance novel to every driver who’s freaking out from road rage, every impatient co-worker, every rude person I’ll meet this week. Nothing like a happy ending to cheer up a cranky soul.
Plus, there are these benefits:
Resolving conflicts: Like life in general, romances are packed with conflict. Usually, the hero and heroine are at such intense odds that it seems as though they’ll never work it all out. But they do. Every time. And it takes compromise and acceptance on both their parts, the ol’ two-way street. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it.
Getting over it: Heroes and heroines always, always have baggage. Lots of it. So much of it, in fact, that Bill Gates would have trouble paying all the checked-bag fees. To get their happy ending, they usually have to get over something, or at least learn how to cope. We could all use some help in that department.
Learning how to say you’re sorry: Heroes and heroines often do and say horrible things to each other over the course of their romance. When all is said and done, though, they say they’re sorry. “I’m sorry” can heal myriad emotional wounds. I’m thinking the world needs a whole lot more “I’m sorry.”
So the next time someone gets cranky, consider handing that person a romance novel. (And if it’s a road-rage-y driver, try not to throw it at them.)
Since we’re all always looking for good books, I’d like to recommend new author Ana Barons, especially for anyone who loves romantic suspense. www.AnaBarrons.com Her first book, Wrongfully Accused (Carina Press), came out in January, followed in July by Son of the Enemy (Samhain) and Betrayed by Trust (Carina Press). Sizzle-y, suspense-y and sexy … it’s there in all three books in spades.
Questions for the Author:
What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?
I have a white, life-size ceramic cat that doesn’t go with the décor yet sits in a prominent place of honor. I keep it because it was my grandmother’s, and I think of how fun she was every time I walk by it.
If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)
Happy Ever After, because that’s the name of the romance novels blog I do for USA Today.
Betty White would definitely play me, not because I’m in my 90s and have white hair, but because I adore her and she’s so funny. I’m sure she’d agree to star in a heartbeat.
What is the best non-monetary gift you’ve ever been given?
The book Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog. Because it sits on my desk at work, and when I get stressed, I pick it up and flip it open to a new page. Instant relaxation! (Always accompanied by a heartfelt “awwww, so cute!”)
If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)
I would recommend Sam and Mac from True Shot, the third book in my True trilogy (you can read it as a stand-alone). Sam’s a super spy and Mac’s a snarky journalist. She’s alpha, and he’s beta (at least in the beginning of the story), and I love the back-and-forth between them. And when Mac’s inner alpha comes roaring to the forefront to protect Sam – kills me every time.
For romance novels in general, J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas and Roark are my all-time favorite couple. They’re the perfect combination of heat, conflict and swoonworthy schmoop.
Joyce is generously donating a copy of True Shot to give away (U.S. only, apologies to international readers.) To enter, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both. (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.) Comment entries must be posted by midnight EST Aug 2 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.
Joyce Lamb is a three-time RITA finalist for romantic suspense and curator of USA Today’s Happy Ever After (HEA) blog devoted to romance novels, their readers and their authors.
Read Bobbi’s post on the USA Today HEA blog here. (If you love romance, you should keep an eye on that blog!)