Guest Post

How Reading/Writing Romance Keeps Me Sane | Carmen Falcone

“Where do you find time to write?”

I always get asked that question. My family members and friends know about my crazy busy life with work, two kids and also a unique situation. My family lives in Brazil and my husband’s family is in Switzerland, so we don’t have an emergency support system to drop off the kids on the weekend. Ever.

Anyway… I write because I love it. But, thinking back to when I was unpublished… I also wrote because I loved it, and from a very young age, I read. Reading—romance in particular—is what has kept me going through so many things in my life.

Nowadays, even as a writer, reading romance is even more important. I love to shut off my self-editor button and get lost in a world where going to Target by yourself isn’t considered a luxury! A world where the hero has his own private jet, the heroine has magical powers, and in the end, everything is okay. No, wait, it’s better than okay—wonderful, inspiring, awesome. Yep. When it comes to romance, I’m not a fan of cliffhangers.

In my latest series, The Brazilians, I often traveled to a world of intrigue, smexy and secrets… lots of them. My last book in the series and my most recent release, Brazilian Surrender, is the most suspense heavy book I have ever written. My books usually have delicious twists and turns, but I really wanted to end the series with a bang. So it gave me such a fantastic opportunity to dive into this zone of shattered souls and renewed hopes. And yes, of course, plenty of smexy too ( because who am I kidding? Lol).

After I take my kids to school, and those never ending extracurricular activities, I want nothing more than escapism. When my daughter is at gymnastics and my son at Taekwondo, I use that time to write. I find it extra cool that I’m creating these larger-than-life characters as I’m disguised as an ordinary mom. Like I have my own little secret 😉

My answer always is, “I make time to write.” Just as I used to make time to read and still do! Shout-out to all busy mommas and women out there who also make time to read and big thanks to so many of you for taking chances on new authors, and supporting the writing community.

 And now, kids are finally sleeping and I’m off to my much-needed Romancelandia. Meet you there? 😉


Psychology student Camila Duarte is finally on her own, living in NYC and away from her overprotective brothers. Her serenity quakes when she receives terrorizing letters. When the threats ramp up, she hires the best problem solver in the business to protect her and look for the criminal.

After losing his wife and kid, Jaeger Bauer left the NYPD and has one simple rule: don’t get attached. A job is just a job. Working close to Camila, however, puts his remarkable self-control to the test. He wants to pursue her, even though they are complete opposites and want different things. As the stakes get higher, Jaeger needs to choose between protecting his client…or surrendering to desire and jeopardizing the entire mission.


Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beat doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband, living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she is not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

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