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How many times have you been on a date and shared a dessert together? Well, believe it or not, it’s pretty romantic! And a little sexy too…;)
Today I have a special offer for you. My publisher, Solstice Publishing, is giving away a wonderful romantic cookbook, full of recipes by authors, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! Awesome, right?
Right now, you can grab Sweets For My Sweet for FREE! Woo hoo! 🙂
So, treat your loved one to a special treat and go grab this fun, FREE book! ♥♥♥
Why do we love romance? Why do we hang onto romantic phrases in love poems, novels, song verses or words uttered by a lover? Why indeed have writers throughout the ages attempted to capture this ideal of “love” so completely with the written word? Because, in some ways, love is elusive, a treasure just out of reach, or rather it’s complex and difficult to describe.
For me, my love of romance is reminiscent of the times when women were considered ‘ladies’ and men were ‘gentlemen’. There was a genteel or eloquent approach to life. There’s a reason some women get breathless with romantic gestures, such as offering a rose or getting down on one knee. These gestures show respect, appreciation and deep affection for the individual they are directed at. And there are millions of other little ways to be romantic, and they don’t have to be big, expensive gestures. All it takes are honest intentions, and a little creativity.
Links to Classic Romance Novels:
Links to Top Love Songs:
Links to Top Romantic Poetry:
Romance, I think, is a timeless notion, and if you or your partner can manage to bring out these gestures now and then, you can be reminded again of that deep connection you share with that person, and the evolving love between you. For romantic love is not without its hardships. There will be ups and downs, and you’ll grow as individuals. But a lasting love will stand the test of time, and the occasional conflict that arises. Life is pretty nutty sometimes. It can be stressful. But, having a partner who supports you in the good times and the rough times? That’s priceless. And I think that deep, lasting love is the kind of connection that most romance writers are trying to convey.
So, that’s my take on it. Feel free to post your own comments about your take on this – why you love romance – below. I’d love to hear from you! ♥♥♥
Well, as this rounds out another year for us, I thought I’d also give a brief overview of what’s happened on the I Love Romance Blog this year.
On last January 2nd, I did a post about our top blog post for 2014. You can check it out here to find out why it was so popular.
This year, I also offered some book excerpts from some of my works in progress: Upon Your Love, the future book three of the Heiresses in Love Series (historical romance); Blue Vision, a sci-fi romance; and Blood Instincts, the future book two of the Blood at First Sight Series (paranormal romance/urban fantasy). Check them out! 🙂
I also linked to several of my author interviews. Here are the links:
You can catch some reviews of my books on the I Love Romance Blog as well:
We were very privileged to have many character interviews from some awesome romance novels, as well as chats with those authors, this year! Check out all the highlights here:
So, we had a lot of guests this year, and it was exciting to meet every one of them! 😀
And we had a couple of new release announcements:
We also had an awesome dual blog book giveaway around Valentine’s Day!
You can catch some of my original love poems on the blog here:
And here is a review I gave for Kris Tualla’s Discreet Gentlemen Series.
I also participated in a cool blog tour with awesome authors Lois W. Stern, Vicki-Ann Bush, Celia Kennedy, Devika Fernando, Jordyn Meryl, Ella Quinn, Crystal Miles Gauthier, Adrienne Davenport, Beverly Ovalle and E.J. Frost.
On April 20th, guest poet Honcho Mars, visited us to offer some of his great romantic poetry! Yay! 😉 I hope to have more guest posts in the future with regards to the romance theme.
Also, in April I found out that I won Honorable Mention in the BTS Red Carpet Book Awards for my books published in 2014. So, that was exciting! 🙂
On April 25th, the I Love Romance Blog was nominated for an award. Pretty awesome!
In the spring, I won 2015 PnPAuthors Contest for poetry, and my winning poem, “Lovers Like Us”, was featured in the anthology, Poets & Writers in Action. Woo hoo! 😀 Here is the book, which can also be found on my Amazon author’s page and the crazy list of books on my website.
In October, I released a new romance book, Second Chance Heart, a contemporary romance. Very exciting!
As a final send-off for the year, let me leave you with these great romance quotes that I think fit the theme of this blog perfectly:
So, to sum everything up, a lot happened this year! I hope I’ve given you some food for thought with regards to romance, and perhaps a list of different romance authors to check out! I’d like to personally thank each of my guest authors this year, all 31 of them, as well as our loyal readers! Thank you so much for making the I Love Romance Blog what it has become today! 😀
Happy New Year, readers! I will catch you here next month. 😉
I have some exciting news to impart! Second Chance Heart just received two pretty good reviews. The first one was featured on Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst official review site, and the second was found on Amazon. Here are the details…
Short and Sweet
Genre: Short Stories, Contemporary Romance
Book Length (Est.): 35 pages
After a wild storm forces her to take shelter in a small town inn, Dana Nelson thinks that all she has to worry about is a brief stay before she heads back to the city. She gets far more than she bargained for…
The last thing she expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. She’s sure that the only thing remaining between them is a strong attraction for another.
She can’t be more wrong…
The more time she spends with Vince Reynolds, the more she begins to believe she can trust him again. But, can she put her faith in the one man who captivates her, body and soul, or are some wounds too deep to heal?
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Dana Nelson is forced into a Inn for the night in shelter of a storm coming through. She is caught off guard when she runs into the one person that broke her heart. This is a very short read about love, betrayal and forgiveness of two people that really never got over each other.
The author fits so many emotions into this short read. I think this was a very sweet read and would recommend it to anyone that just needs something to read and don’t know what they are looking for. This book makes you believe that maybe someone does deserve a second chance.
*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.
The book’s theme is really summed up in the dedication: “To anyone who has lived with regrets…and to those who have found forgiveness in their hearts…”
Dana Nelson was betrayed by Vince Reynolds, the man she had planned to marry. Dropping in for a surprise visit from out of town, she finds a strange woman in his bed, and she walks away, never seeing him, never speaking to him again. She had not seen him in years, but her feelings are re-kindled the night she runs into him in the lobby of her hotel and she begins to ponder the problem of forgiveness.
Marie Lavender displays the issues involved in love and forgiveness in sharp form. The situation is clear. Vince was a jerk and Dana has every right to despise him. But should she hold his transgression over his head forever.
David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Thank you, Mindy and David, for your kind comments about Second Chance Heart! 🙂
Amazon Universal link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01593TDO6
SCH Book Trailer:
Readers, I wanted to direct you to a huge giveaway of books by different authors, which is hosted on my alternate blog, Writing in the Modern Age. It runs until Saturday evening and the giveaway is Halloween-themed, so if you like either paranormal romance, romantic suspense or time travel romance with a bit of mystery thrown in, you’re in for a treat! And the list goes on in case you read other types of genres!
Also, you know I love romance so I can’t resist telling you about it. Scary and lighthearted books await you on the blog…
You can find the giveaway here: http://marielavender.blogspot.com/2015/10/halloween-extravaganza-multi-author-book-giveaway-WritModAge.html
Or at the shortened URL here: http://bit.ly/1ZHmrss
Don’t forget to leave a comment on the Writing in the Modern Age Halloween giveaway post (tell what you like to read and how to contact you), and you’ll be entered into this mega giveaway with over 135 opportunities to win! Yay! 🙂
Remember: there’s a limited time on the giveaway as it ends on Saturday night.
Happy hunting! Or romance reading, as it were…;)
Catch a radio interview this evening when I visit Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross at their cool paranormal radioshow!
Hi, everyone! I just wanted to pop in and tell you about this interview going on today at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! It will be live at 6PM PST/7PM MT/8PM Central/9PM EST, and we’ll be talking about my paranormal books. It should be quite the show! 🙂
For more information, you can also check out the Facebook event here, where I’m sure Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross will be providing more updates as the day progresses! I met them both on my author journey, and I can’t wait to have a wonderful chat with them. I am so excited! I hope you can join in on the fun! 🙂
Hi, readers! I just wanted to pop in and mention that my cool friend and fellow author Devika Fernando is running a huge giveaway for a limited time on her blog. With 16 authors and 19 books, how could you possibly go wrong?
Oh, and they’re all romance books, or related to romance in some manner. Yay! I love romance. ♥♥♥♥♥
Romance novelist Devika Fernando is celebrating her birthday – actually on the 29th, but one can never start celebrating early enough. 😉 Happy birthday, Devika!
You’re cordially invited to join the party by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway. Up for grabs are bookish prices that will make any bookworm’s heart beat faster. If the luck is with you, 19 eBooks by 16 authors from all around the globe will be yours soon! All you have to do is show the authors some love and then raise your glass in a virtual toast.
So, stop by Devika Fernando’s cool giveaway within the next 35 hours to compete for a chance to win some free books! Sounds like a great plan to me! 🙂
So, I just wanted to pop in here and inform you that I won the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest for poetry! My winning poem, “Lovers Like Us”, ended up in an anthology with the other participants, but I got the first page. How awesome is that? 😉
Poets & Writers in Action is comprised of both poetry and short stories. A few other writers that made it into the anthology were Deepak Menon, Robin White, Terry Gilbert, Raven Wilkie, Vinita Singh, and several more.
Yay! What a proud moment! You can read all of our works in the anthology. I hope you get a chance to check it out! 🙂