Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday Wonderings (3)

Happy Wednesday!

Today's guest post for Wednesday Wonderings is written by author Lisa Sanchez. So ladies and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to Lisa!

Romance novels and why we read them
by Lisa Sanchez

Romance novels: what is it about them that we love so much, and why do we read them? I’m quite confident the answer to the above question is as diverse as the women and men (yes, men) who read them. Some like to read about the chase, the focused pursuit of a super alpha male as he wins over his reluctant woman. Others might enjoy the up and down rollercoaster of a tortured couple who have to fight to be together. Throw in a paranormal element like vampires or demons, a suspenseful plot that involves a stalker, a mobster or a jilted bride and you’ve got the making of a wonderful lazy afternoon, or evening.

For me, romance novels are all about escape. As a mother of three very busy girls, I get a daily dose of reality that threatens to choke the life out of me at times. Carpools, tumbling practice, grocery shopping and boyfriend drama make up 95 percent of my day. That extra five percent is all mine. And let me tell you, there’s nothing I enjoy more than winding down with a good romance. I love being swept away into an alternate universe, being able to peek into someone else’s life and recapture the angsty rush of new love, the back and forth struggle between the hero and heroine. Doesn’t matter if the romance is angsty, suspenseful, or laced with humor, if the writing is good I’m sucked in right away. And oh boy, if there’s some super hot shmexin’…even better!

Personally, I enjoy a mix of genres: paranormal, romantic suspense, erotic romance and some occasional YA thrown in every now and then. I recently attended RT (Romantic Times conference) and was able to meet one of my favorite authors. Let the pimpage commence, lol!!

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 1)Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, Book 2)Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, Book 3)The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake, Book 4)All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 5)Secret Life of a Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 6)

I’m a fangirl. And yes, I totally did the fan girl squeal when I spoke to Kerrelyn Sparks. If you haven’t had a chance to read her Love At Stake series, what are you waiting for? Along with some incredibly hot males and superb story telling, Ms. Sparks has the unique and special talent of being able to make her readers laugh in the midst of suspense. I’m completely hooked on her series and recently finished Eat, Prey, Love and Vampire Mine. Both are excellent reads I highly recommend.

With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series, 1)Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series, 2)

Looking for suspense? Enjoy mobster tales and hunky sailors? I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Lane in person, but I have had the pleasure of reading her work. Ms. Lane’s Conduct series details the journey of two unlikely parolees and the turbulent crime world that threatens to send them back to the slammer. There’s love, sex, guns, dirty money and a hunky hero appropriately named McSailor. Gotta love it!

In conclusion (I’ve always wanted to say that!), I suggest you celebrate the many reasons you love reading romance by cracking open a book, loading an old favorite onto your e-reader, or buying something off your wish list (hint, hint!). Grab a drink, a snack, sit back and let yourself be swept into a bold, new world where reality takes a back seat to the wonderful roller-coaster that is love. Dive into a romance and enjoy the journey!

Thank you so much, Lisa for the guest post! I haven't read the authors you are mentioning, so more books to add to my TBR list.
You can find my reviews of Lisa's books here:
Eve of Samhain
Pleasures Untold
Happy reading!


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