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Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!

Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!

 

Do you remember the first romance novel you ever read, or even which romance story in a film, that made you ‘swoon’?

As a child I’d always been swept away by the tales of Snow White, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. And romantic comedy movies were wonderful! While I was growing up, I savored the Mary Anne/Logan couple dynamics in The Baby-Sitters Club book series.

Being a writer and a bookworm at heart, however, I must be true to my passion. The first romance novel I remember being simply thrilled with was Annette Curtis Klause’s The Silver Kiss. I was browsing my library at school. I think was about twelve or thirteen. I had just finished two other reads, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (YA historical), and Say Goodnight, Gracie (YA fiction/drama).

I needed a change, something altogether different. And it worked well, since I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural.

The Silver Kiss turned my fledgling romantic’s heart on its axis. It was the first paranormal romance I ever encountered, even though the title was aimed at young adults.

Sa-wooon! The chemistry between Zoe and Simon is undeniable.

Do you remember the novel that made you rethink the whole romance genre?

I recall sneaking my mom’s Harlequin books when she wasn’t around. But the year I turned sixteen, we went on vacation to Tennessee. For the first time ever while I was on break then, we stayed in a fancy cabin and I had my own room. That evening, the writing observer in me couldn’t leave the place alone. I just had to snoop! 😉

Lo and behold, there was a somewhat worn copy of Catherine Coulter’s Devil’s Embrace, tucked into a nook. I wasn’t sure if the owners meant for an occupant to have a book to read while staying there, or if a previous tenant had left it behind. I was always a bit of a night owl, so I dove into uncharted waters. I wasn’t disappointed!

Needless to say, as the novel was a true bodice ripper in style, it blew away all my expectations for a romance story. I never knew historicals could be so hot! ♥♥♥

Coulter is at fault, setting the stage for me to read slightly dark, racier reads later on. LOL.

So…what about you? Do you recall the romance books that first compelled and inspired you?

Let’s take a poll. Your answers will probably be limited in the polls, but feel free to go into more detail in the comment thread below. Tell us your history as a romance reader! 🙂

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Which romance novel did you first read, and where were you at the time? Same goes for the second question.

Which novel caused you to rethink the whole romance genre?

I look forward to your responses! 😀

New Release Feature: Directions of the Heart by Marie Lavender

A new book released yesterday! Check it out! 🙂

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I am pleased to announce a great book release by well, yours truly! My modern romantic drama collection, Directions of the Heart, officially released this week!

Yay! Awesome! :)

When a new book comes out, it’s always an exciting time for an author!

I am thrilled to show Directions of the Heart to readers today. ♥

This is the blurb for Directions of the Heart:

Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion…

In all of these amazing stories, there’s one burning question…is love worth the risk?

Without You

Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?

Strange Heat

Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous…

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UNSTOPPABLE MARIE LAVENDER

My interview on A.B. Funkhauser’s site! 🙂

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Today’s Featured Author: Marie Lavender

Into Another World

Today I have with romance author Marie Lavender on my blog. Her latest book, Upon Your Return, is a historical romance.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I am a romance author.  I have published 16 books.  I have been writing since I was a kid.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was raised in a small town in Indiana, so small they actually consider it “Small Town U.S.A.”.  At the moment, I still live in Indiana, though I have plans to move eventually.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I feel like I’ve been writing forever.  So I pretty much always considered myself a writer.  I never considered myself an “author” until I published a book in 2010.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

Oh, I think quite a lot is.  Sometimes when I…

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Marie Lavender, on Perseverance

A little about my author journey and some writing resources for fellow writers! 🙂

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Below, see Marie Lavender, author and self-made success story, tell the tale of her rise in the writing business. Follow her at https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/ 

My Author Journey by Marie Lavender

When Jill Marie asked me to talk about my author journey, I wanted to approach it a bit differently than I had in the past. So, let’s really get into the mindset, the life of an author, shall we?

Being an author isn’t about making the bestsellers list or tons of royalties or winning awards, though any of those are great. It’s not even about meeting your publisher’s deadlines. The defining moment for an author is different for everyone. And we constantly evolve.

My first defining moment was when I received my first book contract in 2012. And when that historical romance novel, Upon Your Return, came out six months later, when I first held the paperback in my…

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Great news for Second Nature!

Second Nature was nominated! 😉

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I just received some awesome news! Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series, was nominated to compete in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards  for Winter 2015. Yay! Thank you, TRR! 😀

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Second Nature is now in the next round, where readers must vote for it!

In the Nomination Round, Second Nature has to garner at least 50 nominations within the time period in order to qualify for the next and final round. The nomination will start on September 11 and end on September 30. Please feel free to nominate the book here: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=16286

OR you can vote here at http://www.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php

You’ll find Second Nature listed in the Paranormal Romance category about three-fourths the way down the page.

Anyway, this is quite an honor! So, don’t forget to vote for Second Nature, as well as your other favorite books! 🙂

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A Short and Sweet Review for UYR!

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Hi, readers! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about this cool review I discovered on Amazon for Upon Your Return, book one of the Heiresses in Love Series. Thank you, Crystal, for your kind words! 🙂

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5.0 out of 5 starsA Fiery Adventure., July 9, 2015
This review is from: Upon Your Return (Kindle Edition)
A fiery adventure of unmistaken love. Never have I read such poignant literature. This author is my idol. I myself write historical romance, I can never hope to be as wonderful as she. This book will hold you captive and take you on a whirlwind of romance from the very first intriguing page to the very last. Well written and well executed. I cannot brag enough about this book.

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Upon Your Return discount!

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Hi, readers! I just wanted to draw your attention to this awesome bit of news. Upon Your Return, book one of the Heiresses in Love Series, will be going up on Amazon Kindle at discounted rate from May 11th to the 15th! Yay!

The sale will start at 99 cents and gradually go up from there.

So, mark your calendars, get your copy while you have a chance, and tell all your friends!  🙂

You can also join the Facebook event for a chance at other cool prizes!

Remember, it’s Monday through Friday! Here’s some more info about Upon Your Return, my first historical romance, a work I am particularly proud of.

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Blurb:

Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will…

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Join me on Twitter on Tuesday!

Tomorrow, May 12th at 10AM pacific/1PM EST, Solstice Shadows will be hosting a live author chat with me on Twitter! How exciting!

Check us out, and find us @marielavender1 and @SolsticeShadows! We’ll be using the hashtag #authorchat. Feel free to drop by and ask any questions you like!

This should be a fun experience! I look forward to seeing you all on Twitter. 🙂

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Guest Post: Author Marie Lavender

Find out about my journey and writing process here on Michael Aronovitz’ blog!

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My Note: Marie Lavender is a phenomenal writer of romance fiction. She is the consummate professional, and I am quite fortunate to have made her acquaintance. I find romance and horror to be strangely similar actually, first by way of structure. The hiding of things, whether for the purpose of seduction or suspense, plays similarly. Also, the biggest motivation for both genres is love, as romance stories tease with what you can’t have and horror tales toy with what you are terrified to lose.

So Marie, I am proud to have you visit The Author’s Graveyard, and I would ask that you pick a plot. Put up a marker. Etch something into the stone!   

A Writer’s Journey and Process by Marie Lavender

Hi, readers! I met Michael when he stopped by my guest author blog, Writing in the Modern Age, for an interview early this month. I’d like to…

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