by Liz Talley
First....I know. I haven't been here in forever. And I have to apologize. It's not that I didn't want to blog here. Of course I did. It's that it took me forty forevers to figure out how to log back on. Silly as it is, I kept putting the wrong combinations of email accounts, passwords, etc. Computers sometimes confuse me, so thanks to wonderful Kris Fletcher who looked up the proper account. After I rooted around on my messy, I'm-in-the-middle-of-deadline-panic desk, I found my cheat sheet of passwords and I FINALLY figured out how to post.
So it's been a while since I've posted and I must say I've missed the being able to post on a blog where I can talk about general things - my cat, the fact the summer has been so nice in Louisiana or what I've been reading lately (mostly YA). I often post on a blog for writers so it's usually about the business or craft of writing. So it's nice to be back in a place where we can talk about all sorts of things.
But today I wanted to talk about a cool event happening as we sit here sipping or coffee (or tea...or wine :)) August is romance month. Didn't know that. But it is. I heard an advertisement on the radio urging husbands to order their wives a little pick-me-up bouquet. As if we didn't need another reason to nag their poor husbands and boyfriends. So I think the hottest month of the year is, well, officially the hottest month of the year, and the romance writing industry has gotten involved. Over at http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ journalist Bobbi Dumas created a wonderful event that brings top-notch, best-selling romance authors together in one place to blog each day about the impact and value of reading romance. There are also great prizes and fun opportunities for readers to be introduced to new writers.
How great it is that we have an entire month to celebrate romance?
Well, I think it's fabulous.
So let's share a bit about why you love reading romance as opposed to, say, books about trimming your toenails. For me, reading romance was an extension of a fairy tale. As a child I loved Cinderella. Yeah, I know we all like Cinderella. But I loved the drama - the whole drudgery, mean stepmother and, of course, the clueless prince. The worse it got for Cinderella, the more I couldn't look away. But always, always I knew that good would triumph. Somehow she'd find a way to slip her dainty, perfect little foot into that sparkling slipper and become what she was always meant to be - special. Romance made me believe that one day, I, too would be special. That I would find a man who would search the entire kingdom for the perfect woman. And when it happened to me (no, I don't have glass slippers but it did happen), I wanted that feeling to happen again and again.
That's what romance brings to me - that feeling, that sigh, that knowledge that the bitchy, mean stepsisters don't get to win.
So tell me why you love romance....and don't forget to pop by the RARB blog to celebrate romance with other best-selling authors. You can also visit the FB page at https://www.facebook.com/ReadARomanceMonth.
And I'm celebrating my 13th SuperRomance this month - The Sweetest September - and a rerelease of A Little Texas. I've got much to be thankful for...one of which is being back on the blog with YOU!