Sep 21, 2018

How I Fell into Romance



Welcome to my newer followers. I’d love to know how you fell into romance, but I’ll share my experience first. I'm also including some of my favorite books from when I began reading romance.  

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Many of you probably discovered romance in your teens through your mom’s stash of romance novels . I instead discovered romance through my daughter in 2007, and purely by accident. It started when she wanted to read the Twilight series. Incredulous as to what drew people to read
Twilight Saga
such tales, I went to the first page, just to check it out and to see what all the commotion was about. Seven days later, I read all four books and it was like a switch in me was flipped ON. I went to my library and started reading women’s fiction, mysteries, but I truly found my match in romance! Why?
Because I found romances brought joy, laughter and love to my heart. I was inspired by how heroes and heroines overcame obstacles, plus so many other positive traits and for the happy endings!


 
Reading romances made me realize that we’re not alone in certain experiences in our lives. Also, I think
LOVE the series!
subconsciously certain events inspire us to become a better person, building a sense of community, offering a helping hand to our seniors, friends and family. We also learn a great deal of respect and appreciation for others, as well as the brave servicemen and women who protect us each day. Romance authors take us back in time, to different worlds or right here in the present evoking emotions with such ease that sometimes for a few hours we forget that what’s happening in the story isn’t real. We go through highs and lows with the characters, cheering them on or shedding tears of laughter, joy or sorrow with them. In the end, love always prevails.

 
Love Lisa Kleypas!
You may enjoy the sweet kind of romance novels, with kisses that melt your heart or those where passions ignite the pages in flames. It’s not a one-size-fits -all kind of genre. I discovered quickly the difference when I went from the Twilight Saga to books by Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Cherry Adair and Lisa Kleypas just to name a few. Yes, there's drama, action, suspense and happily ever afters, yet all very different in the love department. While I now know where my comfort zone lies, it depends what I’m in the mood for, whether it be for historicals, contemporaries, YA, mysteries, paranormals or military romances. So, whether you prefer reading novels that are one, ten or fifty shades of romance, there's a book for everyone.




Something amazing happened on my quest to find books in my comfort zone. I felt like Goldilocks and the three bears.
Swoon! Navy SEAL
I read and read in search of my “just right” authors. I enjoyed all of Suzanne Brockmann’s books. Prince Joe will forever remain a favorite, as well as Robyn Carr’s Virgin River. But in 2010 I discovered one particular author and did something I’d never done before. I wrote my first fan mail. Her books had all the elements I was looking for in a story, and I felt the need to let her know. Honestly, I thought I’d get a response in a month or maybe never. To my surprise she replied the next day! I remember replying “ OMG!” and proclaimed to be her BFF- Biggest Fan Forever. 
I'm hooked on Higgins
This author was Kristan Higgins. She was so nice and down to earth, just like her stories. She invited me to follow her on Facebook. That’s when her daily posts and recommendations opened my eyes to the world of romance writers. I discovered what a supportive, generous and talented community this is. It inspired me to create Lorelei’s Lit Lair on Facebook and other social media spots to share happiness with others.


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I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Authors are real women, like you and me. Yes, that’s right.  They all have different personalities, hobbies and  interests. Some are shy, others are outgoing. Many are moms with kids and have pets. Some are even grandparents. They also have good days and bad days. Some enjoy baking, gardening, sewing, running, boxing, etc. Some are afraid of hummingbirds, while others are fascinated with penguins. I’ve noticed most love wine and chocolate. I mention this because we often  forget authors are real people, like us. I’ve met authors who have day jobs and still find time to write amazing stories. Social media has been a wonderful resource to learn more about  favorite authors.  

 I'm a character in the series!
I have to share this story with you. One time I met a lady at one of those Mall Kiosks. I told her about so many wonderful authors and books that I’d read and started giving her recommendations, but then she said,Just tell me which one is the best and I’ll read that one.You know the deer in the headlights stare? No one had ever asked me that question before! After standing there speechless for a few seconds, it came to me. I said to her, “The best author or book is the one that makes you happy”. It’s true!


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Without a doubt, I can truly say that the anecdotes I share, the causes I’ve supported, the prizes I’ve won, the joy and laughter that fill my days and most specially the friendships I’ve made with readers and authors around the world, would never have been possible if I hadn’t received Kristan Higgins’ reply. It has changed my life in a positive way, brightening my days, my little escape of this busy and hectic life. 


Favorite Christmas!
I also know with certainty had I written first to any of the Sarah's, Virginia's, Robyn's, Nancy's, Jennifer's, Michelle's, etc, that I've discovered throughout the years, I would have received just as an enthusiastic reply as Kristan's, because that's how the Romance writing community is. Authors LOVE hearing from readers!



Now it's your turn! How and when did you fall into Romance? Do you remember who was your gateway author? Have you connected or written to an author lately? 

 If you missed my post about when I finally got to meet Kristan Higgins in person after 7 years  click here. But before you click, share your story first in the comments!
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This post has been edited/updated from when I first wrote it for Read A Romance Month in 2015. 

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Sep 17, 2018

Fun Fact Challenge Giveaway ~Author Reveals and Winners!

I hope you had fun reading about this year's Romance, Wine & Chocolate authors and guessing their Fun Facts!
  Winners were selected randomly based on participation. I hope you had fun!  
 
The authors offering giveaways are:
~ Kristan Higgins ~ Barbara Longley ~ Debra Fisk ~ Kristal Hollis 
~ Judy McDonough ~ Kerry Evelyn ~ Valerie Bowman 
~ Madeline Martin ~ Priscilla Oliveras ~ Sarah Andre
I included mine as an extra just for fun!
So, here goes the first reveal...

Sep 15, 2018

Lorelei's Lit Lair Recommends... His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras

   His Perfect Partner
by Priscilla Oliveras

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Three very different Latina sisters. Three dazzling talents with ambition—and passion—to burn. And in this warm-hearted, sexy new series, three chances to figure out if the path to success can also lead to lasting love . . .
 
Ad executive Tomás Garcia shouldn't even be thinking about his daughter’s alluring dance teacher, Yazmine Fernandez. Burned by a shattering divorce, he's laser-focused on his career—and giving his young daughter, Maria, the secure home she deserves. Plus, he's certain that with her talent, Yaz will be leaving Chicago and heading back to Broadway as soon as she can. But Yaz's generous spirit and caring concern are sparking a desire Tomás can't resist—and doesn't want to let go . . .

For Yaz, good-looking workaholics like Tomás simply can't be part of her life ever again. She owes it to herself to get back her confidence and fulfill the dreams her papá could not. She's glad to spend time with Maria—and taste the family life she feels she can never have. And she’s sure that she and Tomás can keep their attraction under control because there's so much at stake. But each unexpected intimacy, each self-revelation, makes the fire between them grow hotter with every step—and every risk to their hearts . . .
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Rhonda's Thoughts

Sep 14, 2018

Lorelei's Lit Lair Recommends... A Nanny For The Reclusive Billionaire by Regina Kyle

  A Nanny For The Reclusive Billionaire
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Mallory Worthington has had enough of being treated like a fragile flower. She needs to get out of Dodge, as far and fast as possible. Somewhere no one knows about her childhood battle with cancer. A talented chef working at her family’s flagship hotel, she leaps at the first job opportunity that meets her criteria – personal chef and nanny for a reclusive and insanely hot billionaire in the Florida Keys. She doesn't know a lot about the nanny part, but how hard can it be?
Billionaire Rhys Dalton cut himself off from the world after his wife was killed. Living on this remote island was the only way he could ensure the safety of his son. Finding someone willing to help him take care of his child, well that's been a challenge right up until Mallory knocks on his office door. She makes him think and feel things he hasn't in years. He's smart, so he fires her on the spot.
But she's not going anywhere, no matter how hard he might try to get rid of her...
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Eileen's Thoughts

WOW!!! I loved, loved, loved, reading A Nanny for the Reclusive Billionaire by Regina Kyle, book two in her Billionaire series.

Sep 13, 2018

Fun Fact Challenge Giveaway with Kristal Hollis!

 We had such a fabulous time at Romance, Wine & Chocolate! #RWC18 Getting to meet this year's RWC '18's stellar group of authors was an amazing experience!
To continue the fun, I'll share 10 posts starting on Sept 4th until the 13th, giving you a chance to guess which Fun Fact belongs to each of the 10 RWC authors. I'll throw mine in for fun!

Can you guess which Fun Fact belongs to Kristal Hollis
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Sep 12, 2018

Lorelei's Lit Lair Recommends... Love on The Rocks by Kerry Evelyn!

   Love on The Rocks
by Kerry Evelyn
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Kat Daniels regrets the day she chose barrel racing over her fiancĂ©. After a year of reckless choices that led to an incident she’d like to forget, she's back in Crane’s Cove wondering how it all went wrong and trying to pick up the pieces.

Easton Crane has loved Kat for as long as he can remember. But when she shows up after rejecting his proposal a year ago, he’s more confused than ever. After all, he's already sacrificed six years of his life to care for her after her traumatic brain injury. If his proposal couldn't keep her in town, what was it that brought her back? Was it him or was Kat hiding something?

When a hurricane hits Crane’s Cove and threatens the life of Kat’s beloved horse, the two are faced with the challenge of working together to save her. Can they battle the storm of old memories and wounds to rebuild their love stronger than before?
 
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Rhonda's Thoughts
Thoughtfully written second chance at love story.

Fun Fact Challenge Giveaway with Kerry Evelyn!

 We had such a fabulous time at Romance, Wine & Chocolate! #RWC18 Getting to meet this year's RWC 18's stellar group of authors was an amazing experience!
To continue the fun, I'll share 10 posts starting on Sept 4th until the 13th, giving you a chance to guess which Fun Fact belongs to each of the 10 RWC authors. I'll throw mine in for fun!

Can you guess which Fun Fact belongs to Kerry Evelyn? 
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Sep 11, 2018

Fun Fact Challenge Giveaway with Judy McDonough!

  We had such a fabulous time at Romance, Wine & Chocolate! #RWC18 Getting to meet this year's RWC 18's stellar group of authors was an amazing experience!
To continue the fun, I'll share 10 posts starting on Sept 4th until the 13th, giving you a chance to guess which Fun Fact belongs to each of the 10 RWC authors. I'll throw mine in for fun!
Can you guess which Fun Fact belongs to Judy McDonough?
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Sep 10, 2018

Fun Fact Challenge Giveaway with Sarah Andre!


 We had such a fabulous time at Romance, Wine & Chocolate! #RWC18 Getting to meet this year's RWC 18's stellar group of authors was an amazing experience!

To continue the fun, I'll share 10 posts starting on Sept 4th until the 13th, giving you a chance to guess which Fun Fact belongs to each of the 10 RWC authors. I'll throw mine in for fun!

Can you guess which Fun Fact belongs to Sarah Andre
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Sep 9, 2018

Fun Fact Challenge Giveaway with Kristan Higgins!

 We had such a fabulous time at Romance, Wine & Chocolate! #RWC18 Getting to meet this year's RWC '18's stellar group of authors was an amazing experience!
To continue the fun, I'll share 10 posts starting on Sept 4th until the 13th, giving you a chance to guess which Fun Fact belongs to each of the 10 RWC authors. I'll throw mine in for fun!

Can you guess which Fun Fact belongs to Kristan Higgins
Follow Kristan Higgins
 Choices are: