Sunday, November 19, 2006
Remember your first romance novel?...and enter to win a book!
Do you remember when you started reading romances?
I get my love of reading from my mother. I remember growing up and my mother always had a Harlequin or Gothic romance nearby to read. I read a few of the Gothic’s, but they were basically had the same dark tone.
It was dark and stormy night…
The romance was there, but played a secondary part. I delved right into the Harlequins. Most were the same. Took place in England and featured nurses and doctors or a businessman and the heroine was his faithful secretary. Good, basic romances for a young teen to whet her appetite on. Okay, a little corny by today’s standards, but these were the sixties.
The bodice rippers, as the historical romances were generally labeled, became popular in the early 70’s and I read a few of those. But I think I found my niche when the Harlequin Presents began in 1973. Steamy, alpha men made my toes curl and I devoured them all. I loved the foreign locations and dreamed of visiting Greece, Italy or wherever the story took place. I wanted my own Latin lover, even at the tender age of sixteen.
I later picked up and read other romances, but as an adult, my life soon became busy and I stopped reading. Period.
Then a fateful day I was looking for a suspense to pick up to read to pass the time. I picked up WHITE LIES by none other than Linda Howard. I read it that night and could not put it down! I had to get more of Linda’s books. I finally (finally!) found the internet in the late 1990’s (yes, I was a late bloomer) and discovered Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other online stores. Heaven! I could search—and order—online any author’s backlist I wanted. From then on, my pile of books has morphed into a rather large one. Today, I would guess I have 600+ books in various bookshelves and boxes today.
It’s a lot, but I love books…especially romances. I couldn’t live without having a romance book nearby.
When did you start reading romance books?
Post for a chance to win the following books:
MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL WEDDING anthology by various authors including Sherrilyn Kenyon and Charlaine Harris
ASKING FOR TROUBLE by Leslie Kelly
WHISPER OF WANTING by Jamie Sobrato
SANTA, BABY anthology by Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster and Carly Phillips
I’LL BE SEEING U by Dianne Castell
THE BAREFOOT PRINCESS by Christina Dodd
THE MARRIAGE TRAP by Elizabeth Thornton
NOTHING TO FEAR by Karen Rose
THE KEPT WOMAN by Susan Donovan
FIRST LOVE by Julie Kenner
BAD BOYS IN BLACK TIE by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy and Morgan Leigh
SIZE 12 IS NOT FAT by Meg Cabot
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