Saturday, August 02, 2014

August is Read a Romance month...

I can never understand why anyone would sneer at romantic fiction. I love a crime novel, or a good thriller, or even something a bit highbrow and literary, but there is nothing, absolutely nothing half so uplifting as losing yourself in a great romance.

I discovered the joy of this when I was in my very early twenties and, stuck in bed with a horrible stomach bug, one of room mates gave me a copy of The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer. It did far more for me than whatever potion the doc had dished out.= and made me a lifelong fan of Miss Heyer.

Obviously that wasn't the first "romance" I'd read. I'd fallen in love with Mr Knightly and Darcy, although I wasn't entirely convinced by Rochester or Heathcliffe. And fellow readers will always share a great read. The same friend who bought me my first Susanna Kearsley - she now an auto buy and I was so thrilled that The Firebird was recognised last week with a Rita - just last week recommended  The Wedding Cake Tree by Melanie Hudson. So emotional.

Another favourite author, a writer I've watched from her first fabulous romance for Mills & Boon Modern Tempted to her latest bestselling maindtream, Dear Thing, is Julie Cohen. All her books are romances, but they cover a huge range from the fabulous fun of Girl From Mars, to the kind of bookshelf keeper that stays with you long after you've closed the last page.

If you had to entice a skeptic to read a romance, which author, which book would you give her?

Leave a comment and I'll put you in the draw for a copy of my latest romance, For His Eyes Only - in paper or ebook. :)

August is Read-a-Romance month. 

Every day three great romance authors will write an essay on what romance fiction means to them, recommend writers they love and give away copies of their books. We're talking writers like Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susanna Kearsley, Jane Ann Krentz, Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery and Nicola Cornick.  How great is that?

Here's a link where you can see the entire list of participating authors.


9 comments:

Marinella said...

Beautiful words, Liz! I love your books. "A family of his own" has a special place in my heart.
And for a skeptical...maybe Dance with the devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon for pr, and A week to be wicked by Tessa Dare for hr. Do you think they could have a positive effect?

quinn fforde said...

I would recommend Jennifer Crusie. Not only is she hilarious and entertaining, but also she uses themes in subtle ways that even literary snobs cannot deny.

Molly said...

I'd choose any book by Tessa Dare, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, or Johanna Lindsay. Or maybe The Sinner by Margaret Mallory. Or Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow. Or The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros. Or A Most Dangerous Profession by Karen Hawkins. I'll have to give the skeptic a bag full of books.

Liz Fielding said...

Thanks so much, Marinella. Great choices!

Liz Fielding said...

I so agree, Quinn. Have always loved Jennifer Crusie's book ever since I read Anyone But You.

Liz Fielding said...

LOL, Molly - that's a fabulous collection of books. I envy anyone you try and convert!

Liz Fielding said...

LOL, Molly - that's a fabulous collection of books. I envy anyone you try and convert!

Liz Fielding said...

Quinn, you've won a copy of For His Eyes Only. :) Would you like paper or ebook?

quinn fforde said...

Liz, I am sorry I did not see this before. Bobbi told me to check. Ebook is fine. I am in the US. Does that matter?