#Thursday13 - Reasons I Love Romance Novels

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I was going to give you a list of 70's love songs. I've been listening to a lot fo 70's on 7 lately and there are some real classics. Do you like Pina Coladas? I am not into healthfood. I am into champagne.

Maybe next week. Today I actually got my butt in gear and walked prior to ten a.m. This means I was able to have a clear thought beyond, "OMG it's hot out here. I'm going to die before I make it up that hill."

And my clarity of thought decided it would be a good idea to list my reasons for enjoying the writing and reading of romance. Here goes:

  1. Happily Ever After - duh. Who doesn't love that?
  2. Alpha Males - ditto.
  3. Luxury travel - can't afford it in real life? No problem. For a couple of bucks, you can visit Greece and have the affair of your life while you're there.
  4. Commitment, not rejection - horror readers obviously like the feeling of being scared and somehow triumphing over fear to survive. As a romance reader, I love the feeling of falling in love knowing it will end in commitment, not rejection.
  5. We got the Vocab - concupiscence. I learned that from a romance novel when I was still in high school. It means an unusually sensual, ardent longing.
  6. Sexy sex scenes - yeah, I said it. I like reading well written love scenes. You got a problem with that?
  7. Cool friends - I had awesome cool romance writer friends before I published and still got lots. Romance authors feel like friends even if you don't know them. Same goes great characters.
  8. Hope - This is what I really show up for, the message that if you just hang in there and keep trying, if you're resilient, things will work out in the end. If things haven't worked out, you haven't reached The End yet.
  9. Feminist teachings - I know, you didn't see that one coming, did you? Heroines in modern romance are kick ass, in case you didn't know. Even Eliza Bennet had too much independent spirit to marry Mr. Collins. We're smart women writing for other smart women. We don't talk down to each other and we certainly don't say, You should just shut up and take what you're offered. See above about Friends. Friends don't let friends sell themselves short. We say, You deserve better. You deserve GREAT.
  10. Emotional rollercoaster - this is an extension of the horror remark above. I love feeling what the characters are feeling as they navigate courtship and the rest of life's messes.
  11. Escape - sometimes real life is a rollercoaster. It can be scary and hard. If I can disappear from that for a few hours into a book, or offer that to someone else facing something too hard to face, that's a good thing. Escape fiction gets a bad rep for being escapist. I think detractors of escapist fiction should lighten up and recognize that we all need a break sometimes.
  12. Time travel - who doesn't want to go back in time and have Mr. Darcy fall in love with her? Or get with a pirate? The sexy kind, not real life ones. See below.
  13. Romance - yes, romance novels dress the world up so sex is sexier and love is lovier and people make the right moral decisions because it's the right thing to do. Which is a huge reason people point and laugh at it. It's so unrealistic. Well, who doesn't prefer a clean bathroom over a dirty one? Toilets get dirty, that's real life, but we don't have to live with them like that all the time. Romance is a vision to which we can aspire. A bar that yes, might be set too high in some cases, but by trying to reach it, you're still elevating the standard. Nothing wrong with that, is there?

I'll be back on the weekend with blurbs for my August books, plus the link for my new Goodreads giveaway for The Ultimate Seduction.

Meanwhile, you can still enter for a copy of my current release, An Heir To Bind Them through some of the stops on my blog tour. I'll drop the links below.

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Remember, if you like to win free books, you should join my newsletter list. I always draw for a free copy of my new release from my subscribers. If you join through Dani's Masked Desires Contest you'll also be entered for the masks and will double your chances for an autographed copy of The Ultimate Seduction.

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Deadline is August 17th. Here's the link to the rules and the entry form:

Dani Collins Masked Desires Contest 

Dani's Masked Desires Rafflecopter Entry Form

Blog tour roundup includes a new one today so rush over to enter the giveaway.

Not enough to read? Need more? Theo and Jaya's story, An Heir To Bind Them is on shelves right now. Head out to your fave book store or purchase it online here:

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Made it this far? You're awesome. Here's some more of that earworm as a reward:

I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tape. You're the one I've been looking for. Write to me and escape..."