Do you remember the first romance novel you ever read?
I do. Vividly. I was just beginning high school when the movie Romancing the Stone came out. Wow! I watched that movie six times. Here was everything I was hoping for--action, adventure, intrigue, mystery, humor and a love story in one package.
The next time I went to the library, I looked for the book but didn't find it. Undeterred, I went to Walden's Books and there it was. I immediately checked it out and read it from cover to cover. Again and again and again. I reread it in college and when I was pregnant with my children and when I was in the emergency room or hospital.
I was a convert to the power of happily ever after.
And from then on, I zigged away from the mysteries and zagged toward the romance section of my local library.
I wasn't until much later that I realized how lucky I was to have a library that was friendly toward the genre. It still boggles my mind that some folks don't appreciate romance novels.
What's not to love about strong women facing adversity and triumphing? What's wrong with the belief that there are people who will love you for who you are and not try to change you? What's wrong with believing that a person could be the most special person in the world to someone?
And don't get me started on the sex.
I'll admit that I'm a book lover. I love to read and I'll slip between the pages of almost any genre. I have over 300 ebooks on my kindle app, 25 on my Nook app and I'm afraid to open my ibooks app. I also have a pdf convertor for those books I win on blogs.
But it is the romance genre that draws me back again and again. If I'm having a hard day--a romance will pick me up. If my kids are fighting, I can retreat to exotic locations like the Bayou or a cowboy ranch in Montana in a romance. Why? The stories may put me through an emotional ringer but I'll always end up smiling in the end--guaranteed.
Could it get any better than that?
So what draws you to the genre that you read?
Since the story featuring my Victorian heroine's journey to Egypt has been subjected to Murphy's Law, my publisher has graciously agreed to put the ebook featuring her parents' love story.
And as a special bonus for the blog tour, I have a free paranormal short story available here:
And lastly, on August 31st, I'll be giving away one Ankh necklace. To enter, send an email with the topic of today's blog to contests at lindaandrews dot net (placed in proper email format).
Love, lies, and an ancient Egyptian curse. Brianna Grey holds the key
to mankind's destruction and someone is willing to kill for it. Having spent most of her life dying of consumption, one man's kiss has resurrected her desire to live. For US Treasury Agent, Duncan Stuart, love means death. He works alone, lives alone and plans to die alone until he meets Brianna again. Under the harsh Egyptian sun, Duncan will break all his rules to save her but will it be enough to overcome the secrets that could get them both killed?