Once again, I am joining Carrie Ann’s hops; when I saw the topic for this one, I couldn’t resist! I mean, romance, in all it forms? How and where do I sign up ASAP?
I think lots of romance authors had the same reaction, because will you just look at the turnout for this blog hop? 200+ authors!!! And check out the prizes – that’s enough to send your mind reeling.
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (US only for the swag pack)
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (US only for the swag pack)
But yeah, romance... I love romance, in any form. And yes, the fluffier, the better – I’m fluffy and I know it. *grin*
I started reading romance when, in an effort to get me to read the classics and big-name British authors, my father (to whom I credit my life-long love of reading and my love affair with words and writing) started a library membership for me and for the first few months afterwards, already told the librarian what to add to my card every week. These authors’ names were Jane Austen and Barbara Cartland. Yes, I know – my father made me read romance! I couldn’t have been older than 10 at the time... and thus, for the past 20 years, I have been gorging on romance books.
Over the years, I discovered there were tons more types of romance, not just genteel, historical types. And though the heroes were not the exact definition of Austen’s and Cartland’s gentlemen, they were all noble men with beautiful hearts. Action, adventure, humour, tours of the world through exotic locations and settings, fantasy worlds that totally blow away at your imagination – who knew there was all this hidden away behind those racy, make-me-blush covers that had Fabio on them?
And then I discovered chick-lit, and a whole new world of romance opened up to me. Here I was, a young and single gal, looking for love & Mr. Right... and I loved designer clothes and shoes and handbags and... you get my drift. At the same time, life was getting harder, and I needed an escape. Chick-lit, and light romance, became this escape for me.
To this day, I still love a good fluffy book – I’ll pick this over dangerous heroes and dashing doctors and far-flung worlds anytime. But anyhow, give me romance, and I’m set.
Try as I wish to emulate my favourite genre, I can never write light or humourous. I have thus resigned myself to committing by some deep themes and dark characterization... But someday, somehow, I will write my very own fluff... and scream to the world how I’m proud of having done it!
In the meantime, check out my unfortunately-not-fluffy romances:
TRANSIENT HEARTS: A Western Escape foodie romance, from Decadent Publishing, Coming Soon!
Wills, dreams, and desire clash and come together when two transient hearts meet in the town of Freewill, Wyoming. Indo-British chef Shayne Morea and prodigal son & New York Forex broker Grayson Warner discover they have much more in common than they thought... but both are in transit in this town. Can they both make Freewill their final port of call?
ONCE UPON A SECOND CHANCE: A 1NightStand story, Coming Soon!
Leila & Khalid Al-Nadir, an estranged Muslim couple, must come together and face the turbulent, dark, and devastating past that brought them together before it tore them apart. Could Madame Eve’s meddling work here, when she sets these two on a blind date?
ONCE UPON A STORMY NIGHT: A 1NightStand story
Two people who live their lives as lonely ships in a tumultuous ocean are set for a collision course when Madame Eve pairs them together for a one-night date. Lars Rutherford, a British shipping director, and Simmi Moyer, a Mauritian corporate lawyer, signed up for one night of pleasure with a stranger. But they end up finding much, much more than they expected. Can this spell the start of a brand-new future for each of them?
CALLING HOME (A Destiny’s Child Book)
Margo Nolan, a cold and rational forensic pathologist from London, slams right into a wall named Emotional Chaos when she lands custody of a tween girl. Completely at a loss as to how to deal with another human being, let alone a child, Margo feels the jaws of Hell close in on her. She is so not cut out to be a mother, or even a woman... But Jamie Gillespie, the sexy young doctor from next-door, has a different opinion. Can he convince Margo to take a chance on impulsive emotions, and on him?
WALKING THE EDGE (Corpus Brides: Book One)
Amelia Jamison wakes up after a car accident with amnesia, but the life she goes back to feels forced and unnatural. What secret is the man claiming to be her husband hiding? What secret does her buried memory hide? On a wild impulse, Amelia sets out for Marseille, where she is certain a man she remembers from her past will be able to fill in the blanks for her. But what she finds is more secrets, more danger, and desire so scorching she will be burnt before recovering her memory. Gerard Besson, the Marseille police commissaire, is the key to unlock her past... but will there be a chance for the two of them to have a future, once they discover who she really is?
BEFORE THE MORNING (Corpus Brides: Book Two)
For as long as she can remember, Rayne Cheltham has been in love with her childhood best friend, Ash Gilfoy. Her one dream was to marry him and bear his children. Yet, life didn’t turn out that way... and Rayne ended up becoming a ruthless assassin and efficient spy for a clandestine agency. But then she meets Ash again, and there’s a chance for them to have a future once more. Together again, married, in love, everything should be perfect... except that a spy cannot leave that life behind her so easily. And worse – Ash has no idea she used to be a killer. How will Rayne confess who she used to be, and how will Ash react? But worse of all – how does she keep them both alive in the cat and mouse game a rogue faction of her agency is playing with her?
What’s your romance confession? Are you fluffy like me? *grin*
Comment (with your email address! Or else we cannot enter you into the draw!) and you stand a chance to win a copy – your choice! – of one of my books listed above! You also enter the draw for the Grand Prizes this way.
Find the list of the 200+ authors taking part in this hop here! And special mention to Natalie G Owens, Jessica Subject, Sheri Fredricks, HC Brown, Dana Delamar, & Savannah Chase!
Thank you for coming over!
From Mauritius with love,
great blog post! for me i am one of those that LOVE a good erotic romance. can't get enough of them
Lol, Laurie! It's true that good erotica can totally rock a reader's world! :)
Zee, I guess my "confession" is that love a good BDSM novel. I am a smut reader LOL! Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com
Loved your post and I loved "Once Upon a Stormy Night." I've been in love with romance since I was a baby. When I was two I cried because of Snow White's happy ending. Now I read things a little bit more grown up (BDSM romance) and I still cry with happy endings.
kesummer69 at gmail dot com
My confession is I love romances, not a lot of people know that other than my hubby. I read them in secret, shhh
fencingromein at hotmail dot com
I love romantic suspense and contemporary Westerns. And vampires!
Good luck with all your books, Zee...
My confession is lovin' the alpha's.What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo
LOl Carin - love me some good smut too at times :)
Aww, thank you, Kelsey, for your lovely words! Lol, at 4, I cried when I watched Cinderella, so I totally know what you mean :)
Shannon, nothing quite like sneaking around with your guilty pleasure, innit? :)
Thanks Sara! Hmm, vampires, of course... :)
The Alphas *swoon* Totally agree with you, Delphina! :)
I haven't found my "niche" yet.. I am admittedly indiscriminate (when it involves genres) promiscuous reader - my only requirement for a book I like is that I get something back - enjoyment, transported, entertainment....
thank you for sharing and participating!
My confession is that I love a dark, brooding hero and Beauty and the Beast type plots...:))))
Lol, Gaele! I love your definition of 'promiscuous' :)
Aww, Nat! Don't we all love these tortured men... :) xoxo
My confession is that I have gone from reading fluffy romances to BDSM. Enjoyed your post.
skpetal at hotmail dot com
I'm into paranormal & historical romance.
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com
I always love a good paranormal romance. When I need to take a break from the action and suspense, I read a "fluff" romance...LOL
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com
For reading I love it all but in life I'm secretly fluffy. I just love the sweet stuff :)
Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!
I can be fluffy... but I can be distant and harder to convince with romance stuff. :0/
Thanks for the great post and thanks so much for the chance to win!
I do enjoy light & fluffy Romance reads. Perfect reading at times.
Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!
thanks for the contest!!
Jean, the line is not that thick between fluffy romance and BDSM. The emotions are still there :)
Jan, these are 2 of my fave genres too :)
Michelle, lovely to have another 'fluff' lover on here! :)
Cassandra, the sweet stuff is the best, innit? Like candy floss, Hmmmm! :)
Lol Jesse! You sound like a serious reader! :)
You're welcome, Liese2! :)
Exactly, Marybelle! Fluffy makes for perfect reading sometimes :)
Foretta, HEAs are an absolute must - totally agree! And right about series. I didn't like series before, but then I got hooked on finding out what happened to the other characters :)
Thanks for being part of the hop
bacchus76 at myself dot com
Wellll, I like all the ooey-gooey stuff in romance, haha. I'm not sure I'm the type who enjoys the really 'hardcore' stuff like BDSM and the like. I've never really read it though. :) Thank you for the giveaway and for being part of the hop!
Romance is about building a lasting relationship :-) Fun hop! Great blog!
I like my romance books dark, emotional, and gritty. I do the lighter stuff but I have to be in the mood to do so. Thank you for the giveaway.
Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending! My friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!
You're welcome, Donnas :)
Hmm, Crystal - the ooey-gooey is plain lovely. I love it, too! :)
Krystal, how very well said! That's the essence of romance, indeed! :)
Kaylyn, I love me a good dark and gritty romance too, but for me it's a one-off beside all the fluff. :) But I know what you mean, LOL
Oh, Patti, who doesn't love romantic gestures? Funny, I have yet to get into JR Ward. Got all the books on my Kindle, but haven't delved in yet (despite most of my friends urging me to give in already) :)
I love fluffy too :D Thank you for the post!
verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com
Nice post! My TBR list grows ever longer!
I love all types of romance....Thank you for the chance to win..
Great post. I absolutely love a great erotic romance.
I like a bit of an edge with my romance... And I will leave it at that!
booklover0226 at gmail dot com
I have read books since I was 3. Started reading romances at 11, it was and still is my escape.
Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win, and share our stories.
I love the erotic paranormal romances, especially the shifters. <^_^>
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!
I love romance novels! Most of them that I read now are erotica and BDSM. Thanks for being part of the blog hop!
Why I like Romance Novels….The reason I like Romance Novels so much is because it is one place where I can be anywhere like England, Scotland, Rome, Ireland, or anywhere in the US. I can also be in any time like 1200’s Scotland, 1500’s England, 1900’s Chicago. I can be anyone like a princess, a servant, a werewolf, a duchess, a vampire, or a lost soul. But no matter what I get the privilege and the experience to overcome many different obstacles and find love. Let me tell you in this world, and during this time where life can have so many struggles it is great that you can be, have, and do so many things to find love and romance and still be yourself!
Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!
My confession is I like my heroes furry. Not the hairy chested kind but the animal kind. Shifters are my favorite parnormal hero.
beckerjo at verizon dot net
I'm a fluff girl all the way. Love me some contemporary romance. My naughty side comes out often, though. :)
For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
Thank you for participating in the blog hop!
I love romance. I am a HEA type of girl. It isn't a true romance to me without one.
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Oh, Veronica!! So good to be in like-minded fluffy-is-awesome company *grin*
Aww, thank you, Barbara! Hope you get a chance to check out the books :)
Ronnkelly, true - why discriminate when romance is awesome? :)
Vanessa, I love my fluff, but I totally agree with you - a good erotica can rock your world. :)
Tracey, a bit of an edge sounds delightful :)
Wow, Kitty! Reading at 3? Now that's a feat - hat's off to you! :)
Hmmm, shifters... I like them too, Nay Nay (though vampires win every time with me...) :)
Shadow, that is just the perfect answer - love romance for the romance! Sums it up exactly :)
Brandi, a good erotica and/or BDSM can be riveting, I totally agree! :)
Mydurango618 - your answer totally made me pause and ponder... Yes, that is the true power of romance - to take us across time and ages, to put us into the lives and shoes of anyone, and to overcome any obstacles... There's a message of hope in romance, which I think we all search for... :)
Kim, if I had to choose, I would read only romance too :)
JoAnna, now you sound like a naughty, naughty girl *wink* :)
Lol, Crystal! Hi & mad wave to another fluff lover. Nothing quite beats contemporary romance for fluff, innit? :)
Qwillia, totally agree with you! In every relationship, trust and respect are essential, yet even more so in BDSM! Best of luck with your books :)
Some moments call for a good fluffy book!
Thanks for the giveaway
shermie40 at yahoo dot com
I love the feel the touch & sight of the magic of Romance! it's raw it's elctrofty,it bittersweet & each time it's brand New..I love 2 B posses by it's fires,passion lust love & desire..I can eat it up like dark chocolates & Never get enough..!! yummmm..:P.!
I love the power that Romance has 2 simply take me away..I love the magic it has the way it comes alive..! with passion,lust,fire& desires u cant go wrong..Romance is a taste that 4ever stamp on my tongue..my bittersweet Chocolates! Now that soo sexy,wild,chock-filled with wicked magic & extremely therapeutic ta boot;D!!
Romance is about putting another before yourself. Wanting to do the little things so that that other person is happy, thus making you happy.
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com
Lol, Michele! Indeed, some moments call for a fluffy read :)
Rubyswan, that description of romance made me swoon! :)
Mel, totally agree with you! It's the little things that make a difference! :)
It's always the little things that make a difference. Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)
Yes, I am a fluffy, sappy romance lover. While I do read hardcore stuff, I'm all about the cuddling and the sweet talk and all the sappy stuff. They're all definitely pluses.
I love anykind of romance, but I tend to read more BDSM and paranormal romance. All the better if its both,lol. Thx for giveaway.
blinkysthebest at aol dot com
I like all genres.
I've been reading a lot of m/m books but don't tell my family what I'm reading.
sstrode at scrtc dot com
Definitely fluffy! I love romances that make me laugh - I don't need to read a lot of angst.
jochibi AT yahoo DOT com
I like everything in romance! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Why I like Romance Novels….The reason I like Romance Novels so much is because it is one place where I can be anywhere like England, Scotland, Rome, Ireland, or anywhere in the US. I can also be in any time like 1200’s Scotland, 1500’s England, 1900’s Chicago. I can be anyone like a princess, a servant, a werewolf, a duchess, a vampire, or a lost soul. But no matter what I get the privilege and the experience to overcome many different obstacles and find love. I am a mother of three teenagers as well and there are many days when I need an escape and my heart needs a rest from the trials of being a parent and trying to do what is best for everyone but yourself. I have overcome cancer, loss, and financial problems and Romance Books let my heart soar and feel free. Let me tell you in this world, and during this time where life can have so many struggles it is great that you can be, have, and do so many things to find love and romance and still be yourself!
Thanks for taking the time out & sharing about your books
Love blog hops cause I find more author to read :)
Love erotica romance books with HEA
I just like any kind of romance as long as it's got a HEA, i'd rather a happy cry than a sad cry at the end.
I'm both fluffy and not fluffy. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great Labor day weekend!
jessangil at gmail dot com
My romance confession? My husband is probably more of the romantic than I am.
Right there with you, Yazmin! :)
Emily, I love the sappy, too! Definitely pluses in any book :)
Lona, it's good to be bad, innit? :)
bn100, right - why discriminate? :)
Oooh, Sherry, the deep dark secret... But hey, as long as you're enjoying yourself... :)
Jo, totally agree with you! The angst can be good sometimes, but I'll take the laugh anytime :)
Sarah, true - what's not to love in romance? :)
Mydurango618! Well, hello, you, fellow cancer survivor! Feels good to connect with people who've been through the same journey :)
Thanks, Beckey! I hope you'll get a chance to check out my works. And right, the HEA is an absolute necessity! :)
Krista, I love the happy cry, too! :)
Jessica, you're in the best of both worlds *grin*
Lol, Stephanie! Hats off for snagging a romantic man :)
I just did the draw, and.... Rubyswan is the lucky winner! She gets a copy, her choice, of one book from my backlist!
Congrats, Rubyswan! I'll be in touch shortly!
Thank you everyone for dropping by and sharing your romance confession with me. It's been lovely to meet so many of you. :)
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