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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 But, thinking back to when I was unpublished… I also wrote because I loved it, and from a very young age, I read.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.

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Season Vining’s Favorite Unlikely Heroes in Romance

We all love a good underdog. In romance that means the guy who is a jerk or too damaged for a relationship, the man who seems unredeemable or heartless. These characters bring forth the deepest emotions, sometimes empathy and hope, but more often anger and hurt. We want to cheer for them, but often they make it impossible.

Somehow, through trial and error, they become the hero we want them to be. These are my favorite characters. Nothing shows love and devotion like a man willing to turn himself around, face his fears, tear down his walls, and give in to the notion of finding his soulmate. Let’s take a look at a few of the guys who’ve made a big impression on me.


  • Snape in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Snape is the ultimate anti-hero. He’s cruel to our favorite wizard, he’s shifty, we don’t trust him. And in the end, he sacrifices himself to protect the son of the woman he’s loved—always. Snape got us right in the feels.


  • Nix in Mercy by Debra Anastasia

Nix is dark and damaged. He’s a badass who hides behind his ink and stays anonymous in his line of work. All of this in the name of love for a girl who doesn’t know he exists. I’d say that’s dedication.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Duke Knows Best by Jane Ashford

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Miss Verity Sinclair would never, ever marry Lord Randolph Gresham because:

He’s a clergyman. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that Verity has been surrounded by churchmen all her life. She wants someone new and different.

His parish is in a small country town. Verity is determined to escape the country and live in more exciting locales.

He’s got some problem with the Archbishop of Canterbury that nobody seems to want to explain. Awkward!

He’s too handsome. Yes, that’s a thing. He would make a very distracting husband. Why even now, when he walks into a ton party, he draws the eye in the most embarrassing way. Verity’s been caught staring more than once.

He manages her mother too well. There’s something suspicious about that, isn’t there?

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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The Accidental Fairy Tale Series | Gina Conkle

Happy accidents are the best kind. You meet a stranger and conversation clicks. An out-the-blue talk with a friend turns into an unexpected opportunity. Or, my favorite, an unplanned project comes together and—voila! —a romance series is born.

This was the birth of the Midnight Meetings series. I never intended to share the first book, Meet the Earl at Midnight, with the world. Lord Edward and Lydia’s story was meant to be my break from writing Viking romance. It started when I hunkered down on a rare, rainy California day and wrote a scene that kept playing in my head.

The first half poured out. Satisfied with my side-trip into 18th century Georgian England, I parked Lord Edward and Lydia and went back to Vikings.

Once I signed with my agent, the rubber met the road. She asked me what else I had, so I told her about my half-done Georgian story. She read the partial manuscript and came back with, “When can you finish this?” The manuscript went out on submission and in three weeks caught the interest of two editors. It was mind-boggling. I had to come up with two more story ideas to make a complete three-book series…but we weren’t in fairy tale mode until my new editor, Leah Hultenschmidt, took control.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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Why Miranda P. Charles Loves Reading Romance

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As a romance novelist, I sometimes wonder what kind of a difference my books are making to people’s lives. So when one of my readers reached out to me and said that my books and other romance novels she’d read had helped her get out of her emptiness and made her feel again, I was touched. It also inspired me to think about what reading romance has done for me.

I’ve loved reading romance since my early teens, and I often finish a book in one sitting even if I have to sacrifice a few hours of sleep to get to the last page. So what do I get from reading all those books?

Here are the top three things that reading romance novels continue to give me:

  1. Entertainment

Reading romance books makes me happy, plain and simple. It’s one of my favorite forms of entertainment. I love reading about two people going through difficult challenges to get their happily-ever-after. It’s a form of escape that I can experience wherever and whenever I want, especially since I don’t mind reading on my phone, which I always have with me.

  1. Catharsis

Oh, yes, I’ve cried with the characters many times. Years ago, there was a particular scene in a book (unfortunately I can’t remember the title of it now) that brought me to tears each and every time I read it. The scene was about the hero losing all hope that the heroine could ever have feelings for him. He’d believed he could never win her heart.

I was hurting at the time, but I didn’t want to admit to myself exactly how much. That book was there to help me let it all out. I found myself opening up the pages to that scene just to have that cathartic experience.

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How Do the Officers of SWAT Celebrate the Holidays? | Paige Tyler

The 17 werewolves/police officers of the Dallas PD SWAT Team—which can mean either “Special Weapons and Tactics” or “Special Wolf Alpha Team,” depending on who you’re talking to—are one big family. And when you throw in each of their mates, friends, and family, the group gets even bigger. And like any family, they love getting together for the holidays and having some fun. So, when Christmas comes around, the whole Pack—extended members and all—gets together and has a party.

What goes on at a Pack party, you ask?

For one thing, they eat. A lot. Seriously, werewolves can really put away the food. Which means the grills and deep fryers are going overtime when this many Pack members get together. Besides the traditional turkey and ham, they grill steaks and burgers, as well as barbecue ribs and chicken. They also have biscuits, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole to go along with all that protein. Dessert, too, of course. Cakes, pies, cookies, brownies—you name it and they’ll probably have it. Who knew werewolves had a sweet tooth?

And we can’t forget the Pack’s resident vegetarian werewolf. Lana, the heroine for WOLF HUNGER, has some special dietary needs that the rest of the Pack are keen to figure out. Even though she’s perfectly happy with all the non-meat side dishes, her mate—Max—is determined to go above and beyond for her. He’s even trying to figure out how to make a veggie-based deep-fried turkey. I’m not sure how he’s going to pull that off, but if anyone can, it’s Max!

After everyone finishes eating, which can take a few hours, they play volleyball. Now that the Dallas Pack is getting so large, that means a lot of people to include. This year they may even have to come up with a bracket system and have a playoff championship series. But it’s all in the name of fun. Yeah, it will probably be a little chilly outside, but since when is a werewolf bothered by a little cold weather?

Once the games are done and everyone gets cleaned up, they head inside for the white elephant giveaway. If you’ve never seen one of these before, it’s a game where you draw a number that decides when you get to select a present from the stack under the tree. None of the presents have tags, so you have no idea what you’re getting. It could be something completely ridiculous! Like the wolf mascot costume one of the guys got.  Even better, everyone who picks after the first person can either choose a gift under the tree or can “steal” one from the people that have already selected. That rule might seem out of place considering the Pack is made up mostly of police officers, but in this case, it’s okay. It’s all about having fun. Oh, and as you probably already guessed, the guy who got the wolf mascot costume was stuck with it!

After the party, everyone goes home with their soul mates and family. As for the alpha werewolves who have yet to find The One yet, they hang around and play more volleyball and wipe out the leftovers!


She’s all the wolf he’ll ever need

When SWAT Officer Max Lowry meets Lana Mason, he falls fast and hard. He’s positive she’s The One. And Max’s favorite part? Lana’s a wolf shifter too, so they can skip the awkward reveal and head straight to the happily ever after. There’s just one problem: Lana doesn’t know that she’s a werewolf.

To make matters worse, hunters with intent to kill have tracked Lana to Dallas. Max has to figure out how to keep Lana safe, show her who and what she really is—and just how much she means to him.


Paige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.

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Why Romance Is Important | Erica Cameron – Sea of Strangers

I have always been a reader. On vacations, a significant portion of my suitcase was books, and I always blew through those so fast that I’d start pleading with my parents to take me to a local bookstore. I was voracious, and I tended to jump genres a lot once I branched away from the children’s section of the library. Romance, however, didn’t enter my reading world until years I was in my mid-twenties.

The way I moved through sections of the bookstores and libraries I frequented seemed like a natural progression at the time, but looking back on it, I can see how my younger self was heavily influenced by the tastes and actions of the people around me.My dad was a fan of mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy, and when I first got bored with the children’s section of the library, it was his books I borrowed. My mom didn’t have a lot of time to read, and when she did she preferred non-fiction that didn’t tend to interest me, so I stuck to dad’s shelves and piles. When school friends brought in romance novels stolen from their mom’s bookshelves, those stories were treated like something lurid and forbidden, and they only ever read aloud the most explicit of the sex scenes they found. To baby me, there was no appeal in a book revolving solely around sex. Since I didn’t have any romance readers in my life to correct my misconceptions, I didn’t pick up a romance novel until after I graduated college when I began working at Borders.

Over the two and a half years I worked at Borders, I held a lot of positions—bookseller, training supervisor, merchandising supervisor, and inventory supervisor. By necessity, I had to put my hands on almost every book in the store and recommending titles and authors in the romance section. I had to read the backs of the books so I knew what was available and what authors to start with if someone was looking for contemporary vs. shapeshifter paranormal. It was only a matter of time before something caught my eye strongly enough to intrigue me to buy a copy and take it home. The first to hit that mark was What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

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Where does Anne Elizabeth Get Her Inspiration?

With over two decades of experience, Navy SEAL Leaper Lefton is bringing his expertise to young and impressionable SEAL trainees in BUD/s. As an instructor, he knows he must prepare them for all kinds of situations—and there’s a perfect opportunity for hands-on training when he spots a woman in danger in rough water. Kerry Hamilton, a marine mammal veterinarian for the U.S. Navy is beyond grateful when Leaper saves her from the rough seas, and their attraction is instant. But after everything Leaper has been through, can he truly love again? And is Kerry willing to give him the chance?

Adventures from my real life that have inspired my books…

As most of my fans know, my husband is retired from SEAL Team and we live a rather active lifestyle. Our home is located in the mountains above San Diego, though we also spend time down at the beach in Coronado. We enjoy mountain biking, flying, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, and a variety of outdoor sports. Also, we are avid readers and devour biographies, how-to manuals, books on philosophy and the mind/body connection.

Together, we have explored kelp beds as we snorkeled in the Pacific ocean, have seen hammerheads and nurse sharks up close. I’ve gotten caught in strong currents and learned how to handle it, and developed a distinct sense of humor about the fact that I lack the ability to master balancing on a paddleboard.

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Things Dale Mayer Would Like To See More of in Romance…

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As an author of romance and many other genres now and as a long time reader, I love the trend toward kick ass heroines. But there is a lot more room to grow there. We need to make sure these woman are as strong and compassion on the inside as they are tough on the inside. It’s because of that self confidence that a woman can be both. She can beat a bad guy to the ground to save an injured puppy because it’s important. And have heroines we can fight for is important too.

I think it’s important to understand that although I write fiction, there is power in words. How we show our main characters, how we portray the way they handle conflict, the way they step up or slide away from problems in their world is important. To not just show true characterization but also offer a way forward in real life situations.

It’s important to give the characters values that leave a positive impact on the reader and their view of the world around them. It’s a tough world out there right now. And most readers dive into books in order to escape their troubles. They don’t want to be hit over the head with someone else’s moral or ethical compass but they need to see the character’s potential. And see her struggle. See her climb up and over what nightmare has happened in her world. So that they can see their own world might get better one day too.

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Why Charlee James Believes in Happily Ever After

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Writing has always been my passion, but my first career was a wedding planner. It was fun, and stressful, joyous and maddening all at the same time. My favorite part of every event was opening the doors to the ballroom as the wedding couple was announced. The elation on their faces would give me a dose of pure joy.

Each couple I worked with had a unique love story. Whether they met online or at the corner coffee shop, or if it was a first marriage or a third, their tales were romantic and inspiring. Some had crossed oceans and continents to be with their special someone, overcome deep family feuds, and blended cultural differences into a beautiful and bold exchange of vows. Each had been brave enough to take a chance at happily ever after.

My favorite love story though is my parents who have been married for over thirty-five years and still every morning my dad tells my mom she’s beautiful in some variation (my favorite is ‘you look wild’). My mother, a teacher, would walk through town on her way home and my father, a firefighter, would run outside to water the flowers so he could say hello to her. This continued on for months until they finally went on their first date.

Early on in their courtship, my dad agreed to go skiing with my mother. He’d never put on a pair of skis in his life, let alone go down a mountain in them. The date ended with my father whizzing right through the fence at the bottom of the trial (needless to say, my mom caught on that his skiing skills were slightly horrifying). Isn’t it crazy the things we’ll do in those early stages of a relationship?

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