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Guest blogger: Paula Roe

16 May 2010

What I love about romance books

Oh, my gosh!  I had to get up early this morning to edit this post because I never really expected to WIN the Favorite Short Category Romance section at all 😆  I was glued to Twitter and the ARRA blog for ages, getting updates from my writing mates.  Many, many thanks for everyone who nominated and voted for The Magnate’s Baby Promise, I really appreciate it!

So, I hope everyone had a wonderful evening last night.  Me, I have a nine year old… do I need to say anymore?  😀  I had a dozen topics in my head for this post, even started a few… but finally settled on this one in honor of our ARRA awards.


They educate and inform
My first romance was Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsay.  And boy, after reading that, I desperately wanted to go to Morocco,  join a caravan and live in the desert (and maybe it had something to do with wanting an Alex of my own :grin:).  In fact, reading historicals taught me more about world history than school ever did – the battles, the politics, the lifestyle.  And of course, the gorgeous dresses!  It also got me hooked on research.  As we speak, my shelves groan under the weight of my historical research book collection – it includes castle tour guides, rare prints, heavy tomes on royalty and politics, and fun stuff such as costumes, food, jewels  and contraception.  I also know more than I need to know about conspiracy theories, various diseases, vampire lore, and legends and myths.

a hot guy - aka Gerard Butler

They guarantee a hot guy
Does your best friend who regularly tries to set you up have such a high success rate?  I think not.  You can drool after a pilot, a duke, a cop, a billionaire, a wizard, a sheikh.  A quirky guy next door, a demanding alpha, a brooding shape shifter.  And all guilt free.

They can keep you up all night
Yep, been there, done that… reading, people, READING!  Romance readers are some of the most passionately involved readers in the world, who think nothing of reading until two, three in the morning.  Because the story is just that compelling.

They can ‘take you away from all this’
See above.  Sure, you might not want to spend forever with that ultra-alpha guy but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with him while it lasts.  And what die-hard romance fan hasn’t succumb to the pull of a wonderful story rather than vacuum the floors?  I know I have.

They’re not fattening
Unless you’re going to lounge around on the sofa in your pink boa and Barbara Cartland makeup, a toy dog at your feet and shoving bon bons down your throat.  Which of course, we all do, being stereotypical romance readers 😉


behold, my ever-growing library!

They’re affordable, portable and attainable
With the advent of e-readers, a good book is only five minutes away.  Sure, you’ve always been able to read anywhere, any time,  but now you can shove 100 of those suckers onto a device and  blithely take off at a moments notice, secure that your fix is safely tucked in your handbag.

You can cheat and they don’t care
These days, romance crosses over into so many other genres – urban fantasy, paranormal, YA, historical.  I can stray over to an action-packed Suzanne Collins knowing Anna Campbell won’t get jealous.  Jenny Crusie isn’t going to demand fidelity when Keri Arthur or Michael Grant come a knockin’.  Kelly Hunter won’t go all stalker-ish just because Dean Koontz drops in (although I do know Kelly, and I’m positive that angelic facade hides many things that Shall Not Be Mentioned…)   They know I have love for them all, that loving a genre doesn’t preclude a rollicking good story in another.

Have I listed one of your favorite reasons for loving the genre?  What’s yours?  Post here and you could win one of my backlist books (or if you have them all, a title from my book stash!).

  1. Carolann permalink
    15 September 2010 10:14 pm

    Again….big ups for your win Paula & I’m looking forward to reading your work, after all that’s why I’m here looking for new authors to check out 🙂

  2. 21 May 2010 11:47 am

    And now, the winner of the contest. The lucky poster is… #5… oooh, that’s Roseanne! Email me and we can sort out which book you’d like.

    Thanks for posting, everyone. It’s been great talking romance with y’all!

  3. 21 May 2010 11:45 am

    Hi Amanda – yep, I love the wide variety (and discovering new authors!). I just can’t understand people who read one or two then think they can comment with authority on the genre. They just need some good recommendations which will suit their individual tastes 😀

  4. Amanda Gardner permalink
    19 May 2010 10:05 am

    Hi Paula

    Congrats on the win!!!

    The reasons I love the romance genre is that there is such a wide variety of stories for every taste, the places that you can travel to without spending a fortune on the trip, learning about places and cultures that I may not have known about or know about.

  5. 16 May 2010 7:42 pm

    Thanks, Christina! Still a bit of a shock…

    Ah, Good Twin – I am hoping for a new handbag (bought the shoes a while back), some Cadbury and something sparkly from City Chic. Or maybe a Thomas Sabo charm. Actually, yes, there’s some awesome Thomas Sabo charms at Westfield – must go shopping. Oh, guess I should ask for some more cash to pay off the Visa, then…

  6. 16 May 2010 7:21 pm

    Huge congratulations on your win, Paula!

  7. 16 May 2010 6:27 pm

    Aha! Bad Twin I have just read your post proper (was having a comment first read later moment).

    Dean Koontz is a God. When is he dropping in?

    And in the interest of avoiding comment on so many things that Shall Not Be Mentioned, variety is definitely one of the things I love most about the Romance genre.

    ps. Did you know we have a birthday coming up? I’ve asked for power tools and Lover Mine. You?

  8. Barbara Evans permalink
    16 May 2010 5:04 pm

    Hi Paula
    Congratulations for the win…. sorry you weren’t there as it was a great night…. I like romance as it takes you away from the hum drum world and has a HEA ending also I like all the above reasons ….. hope to see you at the next Sydney lunch

  9. 16 May 2010 4:44 pm

    Awww, thanks Good Twin!

  10. 16 May 2010 4:37 pm

    Congratulations, Paula on your gorgeous story and well deserved win. Mwah and mwah.

  11. Malvina permalink
    16 May 2010 3:38 pm

    What a night… Fantastic news for you Paula, and such formidable opposition! Hoo-boy, enjoy the ride.

  12. 16 May 2010 3:13 pm

    Why do I love Romances? Because for a short time Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler look-a-likes can me MINE…MINE I tell you!


    • 16 May 2010 3:13 pm

      Oh…and HUGE Congratulations Paula!

  13. 16 May 2010 2:00 pm

    Hey Nicola – can’t wait for ARRC2011! March in Sydney, I believe? woo hoo!!

  14. 16 May 2010 1:47 pm

    Thanks for all your comments, guys! It’s a lovely icing-on-the-cake feeling 😀

    @Robyn – oooh, I hadn’t thought of actually writing a Moroccan-sheikh-historical! Now you have me thinking…
    @Roseanne – :blush:
    @SuziLove – let’s not forget the floaty chiffon negligee wrap, either, or the high heeled slippers! (geez, now I’m envisioning Mildred Roper from George and Mildred, which is so not a good thing…)

  15. Helen Sibbritt permalink
    16 May 2010 11:53 am


    Firstly huge congrats on the award so well deserved I loved that book. Whoo Hoo wish you could have been there.

    You named every reason why I read romance aren’t they the best and I thank all of the authors for taking me on some fantastic adventures with really hot heros and strong heroines you all make me laugh and cry and have a great time getting lost in a book.

    Have Fun

  16. 16 May 2010 11:50 am

    Congratulations on your win Paula 🙂
    Awesome news!
    I’m looking forward to reading your historical Moroccan with a desert prince book…they just don’t make em like that anymore (thank god for backlist, l0l).

  17. Roseanne permalink
    16 May 2010 10:27 am

    Paula, congratulations on your award. I believe talent is always rewarded, and you winning proves this theory correct. You give so much of your time to help others realise their dreams and continue write fantasic stories. One day you might have to give a workshop on time management. To your continued success. Ciao Roseanne

  18. 16 May 2010 10:09 am

    Thanks for reminding me to always wear my pink boa when I read one of my favourite romance books- sometimes I slip up and forget- so bad!
    And my favourite reason for loving the genre? The variety!
    So many styles of books, so many gorgeous heroes to drool over, so many exotic settings to visit, so much edge-of-your-seat suspense to stir the blood, so many series to keep me enthralled for years(Thanks Stephanie Laurens), so many historicals to cloak me in another time,
    Sigh! So much to read and so few years left to do it, but I’ll keep trying,

  19. 16 May 2010 10:06 am

    Yay!! What a great night. Nalini, Erica, Keri…..and all the other authors, it was such a pleasure to meet you.

    Ladies of the exec….you rock!! Great night, great company and great food.

    Ready for 2011!!

    • 16 May 2010 10:07 am

      Congrats Paula!!

    • Helen Sibbritt permalink
      16 May 2010 11:56 am


      It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for being a part of the night.
      I look forward to seeing you again soon

      Have Fun

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