Read a Romance Month


(I’m hi-jacking this post….but Darynda can keep her cute pic up there because she’s the blogger on RARM TODAY – go check out her post!)

So this is Liz Talley and just in case you didn’t know, August is the month of romance! SO this is OUR month, people. It’s our chance to stuff the good wonderfulness of romance books down the throats of all those prigs who scoff and turn their uppity noses to the sky at us and our inferior product. Oh, you didn’t know? Romance is trashy.

Which is why it totally fits me. In fact I may wear white after Labor Day this year. And I know how to tease my hair Texas-sized. Oh, and I’ve been known to mix silver and gold jewelry and I do love a good Moonpie. Yep, I fit right into trashy…except we all KNOW that romance writing is some of the most beautiful, clever, satisfactory writing out there…and we all love it.

Yes, this is our month.

Read a Romance Month was started by Bobbi Dumas RARM pic

The first Read-A-Romance Month was launched in August 2013 by Bobbi Dumas, an unabashed romance fan and advocate. As a freelance writer who specializes in romance and women’s fiction, Bobbi has been privileged to write about the books, writers and other great aspects of the publishing industry, especially as they affect and impact women. She primarily writes reviews and features for NPR and Kirkus, the book media site where she also pens a popular romance blog.

This month over on her website ( you can find 93 award-winning authors blogging and giving away fabulous prizes to help celebrate romance books. Isn’t that fun?

So I decided to ask a few Rubies why they love romance books so much and here are their answers:

Gwynlyn  MacKenzie

Why?  Because sometimes reality sucks.  Between the covers of a romance, the ending is always worth the struggle to reach it, and that translates so well to real life, infusing optimism into the darkest days, kindling the belief there will be light at the end of the tunnel.  Love is the most powerful force on earth.  Romance celebrates it, illuminates it, and shouts to the world that love is now, as it has always been, the answer.

 Anne Marie Becker

 For the escape and for the moment of triumph. When life around me feels crazy, which is most days, escaping into a character’s world for a few minutes is precious relief. And knowing they will overcome all obstacles to achieve the greatest reward is reassuring in a world where there are no guarantees.

 Heather McCollum

 For the escape and for the moment of triumph. When life around me feels crazy, which is most days, escaping into a character’s world for a few minutes is precious relief. And knowing they will overcome all obstacles to achieve the greatest reward is reassuring in a world where there are no guarantees.

Jennifer Bray-Weber

 To live vicariously in a time and place unlike my own. To relive the first blush of love. To sigh in satisfaction of a HEA. Yeah…that’s why.

Tamara Hogan

 I love reading romance because no matter what the era or setting, or how many dire complications might arise, I know the characters will find their way to each other by the end of the story.

 Jeannie Lin

 My first romance novel was handed to me in middle school by my BFF. “You’ve got to read this,” she said. “So we can talk about it after.” That’s how we’d first become friends. In elementary school, we happened to check out the same books at the school library and ended up chatting about them afterwards. This is why I read romance books to this day — to engage in rich and emotional conversation over books. And make new friends.

 June Love

 I read romance because of the roller coaster of emotions. I know the guy will get his girl. I know the woman will get her man. But, it’s their journey that keeps me turning the page. No matter how bad things get between them, love will win. And, that happily ever after is why I keep reading romance.

Elizabeth Langston

 I read romances because they remind me, over and over, of a universal truth. Love is worth fighting for. It takes work. It doesn’t always fall into place at first but we can keep trying and we’ll find it. Love is the most precious thing in my life and yet it’s free.

 Vivi Andrews

I read romance novels because I crave resolution.  In a romance, the questions get answered, everyone works through their issues, the world gets saved, and love conquers all.  And the girl always, always gets her guy.  Justice and symmetry and endings that make you sigh?  Yes, please.

 Diana Layne

Since HEA’s are not guaranteed in real life, I read for escapism, knowing I’ll get my happily-ever-after.

 Elisa Beatty

I read romance because it lets me re-live all the emotions of falling in love: the crazy attraction, the uncertainty, the frustration and fear, the giddiness, the tears, the bliss, the intensity of passion. I don’t want quite that much drama in my real life (I’ve been married almost 20 years, and am very glad to be past the thrill-ride stage), but it’s so much fun to read about it. 

Elizabeth Essex

I read romance novels because the HEROINE ALWAYS WINS. Always. I want the heroine to win the way a plant wants water. Romance books lift me up. They are  empowering, inspiring and just ripping good yarns!

Jackie Floyd

 I read romances for the HOPE they give. The hope that everything will work out and that Happily Ever After is a possibility for everyone.

 Anne Barton

Romances let us experience  that scary, wonderful, crazy feeling of falling in love over and over again. We count on them to make us a little breathless and leave us happy. Who wouldn’t want that in a book?

Laurie Kellogg

 I read romances for the endorphin high I get from the happy ending.  It’s the same as feeling you get from eating chocolate. I’m an HEA addict.

Addison Fox

I read romance because it makes me happy. A genre totally devoted to the idea that love matters. ::sigh:: It doesn’t get much better than that!

Don’t you love those answers? And I bet you’re thinking of exactly why you love having romance novels in your life. And I want you to share with us why you pick up a romance novel as opposed to something else. We know you love all books, but why is romance one of your favorites? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win my two releases this month – The Sweetest September and the re-release of A Little Texas PLUS a $15.00 Starbucks giftcard.

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25 responses to “Read a Romance Month”

  1. June Love says:

    There are so many reasons to read romance. I absolutely love what Addison said. And, she’s right. It doesn’t get much better. 🙂

  2. Your “I may wear white after Labor Day” comment had me spitting out my coffee, LIz. LOL Dare to walk that line!

    Hooray for RARM!! All I can say is romance novels save my sanity on a weekly (if not daily) basis. 😀

  3. I read romances because I love the emotions they provoke. I love pretending that I am the main character and living vicariously through her (or sometimes relating to her because I have actually experienced the same thing.) Loved reading all the other reasons as well.

    • Liz Talley says:

      Ah, I love losing myself in a character. Can’t tell you how many times I pretended I was Claire Beauchamp. I’m really enjoying seein Outlander on Starz. Jamie was my personal crack in my 20s 😉

  4. Maureen Howard says:

    I love being able to imerse myself in a world where hopes and dreams do come true and love is the ultimate victor!

  5. I read romance because I want a happy ending! I love romance because there are so many subgenres that I can get a taste of any variety of stories and still have that central love story I know will leave me satisfied even if other elements of the story are dark or sad. I can read time travel, thrillers, inspirational, comedy or historical all under the umbrella of romance! Awesome!

  6. LORELEI FRANK says:

    when I am done reading a book I want to be smiling. I like happy endings although a few tears in the story is fine too!

  7. I am loving all of these quotes for RARM. But now I think I should have added one more thing to mine: “Romance Writers are the smartest people I know.”

    You are the proof in that pudding. 🙂 So just go right ahead and wear white after Labor Day, Amy-Liz. I’ll be right there beside you. 🙂

  8. Jackie Floyd says:

    Very inspiring, Liz. LOTS of good reasons to read a romance. Thanks for reminding us!

  9. Kim Law says:

    I love all the answers, but Addison’s just makes me sigh. Yes! Because they make me happy! And so often, that’s all we need.

    Lovely post, Liz. And yay for romance!!

  10. Rita Henuber says:

    Because of the life affirming love. Not just the physical but the spiritual joining of souls in love,

  11. Anne Barton says:

    Yes! It’s OUR month. 🙂 Love this post, Liz. Especially how you embrace the trashy with your usual style and class. Thanks for reminding me of all the reasons I love this genre. xoxo

  12. Liz Talley says:

    As much as I’d like to escape now, I can’t! Huge does of reality today with the start of school, a book due (no, it’s not done yet) and meeting with my MIL and realtor to look at townhouses for her. So I’m not as here as I’d like to be, but please leave me more wonderful reasons – it’s Monday and we all need to remember why we love to duck out of reality with romance!

  13. Kate Parker says:

    Congrats Liz on the releases and reaching the beginning of the school year without killing your offspring over the summer. For me, romance goes hand in hand with murder. If you’re the trashy Ruby, Liz, I’m the homicidal Ruby. Romance is the spice in the investigation and the glow (or the flutter in the heart) after the bad guy gets his. Long live romance, good guys and bad guys.

  14. There’s nothing like the feeling you get from the HEA ending of a romance. When I was still submitting, every time I got a rejection letter, my husband would take me out to dinner and rent a romantic comedy and watch it with me. Without fail, it cheered me up. Romance is the best antidepressant!

  15. Molly says:

    I simply love happy endings, and romances always deliver.

  16. Because life can throw so much at you, you think you simply can’t take it. You don’t have the strength to get back up. And in the midst of that you seek comfort. Something to hang on to, to believe in with all your heart. Romance novels aren’t about perfect, or impossible dreams. They’re about two people beating the odds, dodging the things life throws at them and discovering the one thing we sometimes forget in this tough old real world – Love. Conquers. All. I read a romance novel and it teaches me there are always possibilities. They teach me I deserve the best and I refuse to settle for less. They teach me the value of two hearts becoming one and becoming stronger in the joining. And I close the book. Get up. And face another day with the memory of that love story and the power of that belief. Romance novels meld the three most powerful forces on earth – love, faith, and human imagination. If you have those three you can conquer the world.

  17. Elisa Beatty says:

    Yay! Love reading all these answers! They gave me a contact high!

  18. Liz Talley says:

    Thanks to everyone who shared her reason for loving romance books! I randomly selected a winner from the non-Ruby comments and that winner is MAUREEN HOWARD!

    Congrats, Maureen! I’ll be in touch regarding your prizes 🙂

    Now everyone…go read some romance!

    • Maureen Howard says:

      Thanks so much Liz! All these comments were awesome, its so nice to see everyones favorite part of romance!


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