Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why Is Romance So Popular

Whether a sweet contemporary or a steamy historical, romance is in my opinion the best genre out there. By why is that, you may be wondering?

Romance novels unlike other types offer you a chance to fall in love with the characters while they fall in love with each other. Despite whatever events occur during the novel, you the reader, know that in the end there will be a happy ending. And everyone loves a happy ending. Didn't all of our favorite Fairy Tales end with “And They Lived Happily Ever After”.

I also believe that romance novels are so spectacular and popular because there are so many types of romance novels available. Readers can find everything from sweeping historicals, to sweet contemporaries and paranormals to steamy eroticas.

Every romance readers journey and tastes are different so I am going to take a minute and tell you a little about mine.

An avid reader and writer since about the age of 10, I discovered the world of romance novels a little late. I picked up my first romance novel A Gentle Rogue by one of my all time favorite authors, Johanna Lindsey during my freshman year of college. And I was immediately hooked. Soon I found myself scouring the book shelves at Walden Books and Walmart looking for another great romance. In no time I fell in love with other historical romance authors like Julie Garwood, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn, and Hannah Howell. Not long after that I discovered great contemporary romances by authors like Jessica Bird, Kristan Higgans, and Christine Flynn. Next I found the whole paranormal world of romance by authors like Lynn Kurland and Jessica Andersen.

Today I read almost entirely romance romance novels from various sub-genres depending on my mood.

In addition to reading romance, I began writing them around the time I got married. For me it was just a natural progression. Besides what could be better than writing about two people meeting, falling in love and living happily ever after? Nothing, right? My first romance came out in March of 2012. A sweet contemporary, The Teacher's Billionaire is the first in my series The Sherbrookes of Newport. Available now on for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords, iTunes and KOBO. The second in the series, The Billionaire Playboy, will be out in September.



While getting The Teacher's Billionaire published was a dream of mine, it never would have happened without the support of my family and OTHER ROMANCE AUTHORS. I don't know about authors from other genres, but those who write romance are the best. They are supportive and giving. They are always willing to offer helpful advice or a kind word. And I am thankful to every romance author I have worked with along the way.

Leave a comment about your thoughts on romance, reading romance, and dating and you will be entered to win one of over several giveaways including one of 3 Grand Prizes:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

To Enter go to EACH Blog listed below and comment with your email address and name. That means you can enter over 100 times.

In addition to the prizes offered by Romancing the Hop, I am also giving away a copy of The Billionaire Playboy, book 2 in The Sherbrookes of Newport series. It will be available in September.



To Purchase The Teacher's Billionaire please visit these sites:
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72 comments:

  1. I have always enjoyed reading a good romance novel..its fun and a great way to escape from day to day life. i do realized that MOST of the stuff i read in the novels could NEVER work in real life because out HERE romances take a lot of time and hard work for them to last. (still its nice to think they'd be a bit of fun too :) )

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. That is so true. But the hard work and time is worth it

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  2. There is nothing like a good Romance novel, even one thats a tear jerker :) A novel that makes you believe in true love and that maybe its out there waiting for you :) I enjoy reading romantic comedies and romantic suspense, it always gives it that little bit extra, especially when you just need a good laugh :D

    amieesnow(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I like romances about 'real' people - ordinary people with ordinary lives and jobs, who experience all the joys (and sometimes the heartbreak) of falling in love.
    paulamartinromances(at)gmail.com

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  4. I've recently really started reading romances and have found that I'm a huge fan of happy endings and can't live without them.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

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  5. I picked up on romance a bit late, myself. I was always a Stephen King or Dean Koontz fan. And then I read a certain series about someone sparkly, and then the BDB, then it just branched out further and further. Now I like so many different types of romance, I couldn't even count them :0

    Thanks!
    Liz
    liz at fictional candy dot com

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  6. I found romances in my first year of high school and never looked back. Now, I'm surprised at how broad the genre is and how it keeps expanding.

    lindaandrews@lindaandrews.net

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  7. I love reading romance novels, all the different genres. It is a great way to escape the day to day grind.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  8. I love romance novels in every genre. I love reading about them finding true love and living happily ever after.
    janna@jannashay.com

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  9. I read romances of most genres. I love the variety that is out there.
    bidelia78@yahoo.com

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  10. Congrats on your first book. Romance is my favorite genre, there are just so many places you can take it and it is a good way to relax after a long day or work then chasing around a toddler.


    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. I agree. If you still have the energy :)

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  11. Congratulations on your first book. I hope you continue to have success as an author.
    deborahdumm@yahoo.com

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  12. Hi Christina! Just stopping by to wave at you and cheer you on. Waiting for Jake's story!

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    1. Thank Lily. Hopefully Jake's story will be out soon

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  13. I love the happy endings, its much better than crying my eyes out when someone dies. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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    1. I agree. I hate books and movies with deaths

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  14. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven!
    <^_^>

    I am a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, hot love scenes and a perfect HEA!

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I love romance because it allows me to enjoy love stories while I wait for mine to happen.
    krn2891@yahoo.com

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  16. I started reading romances when I was 14. I love a good HEA.

    Diana
    bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Congratulations on your first book!(I love HEA) Thanks for the chance to win!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  18. I love reading romance books because I can experience falling in love over and over!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

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    1. What a great way of thinking of it. i have to agree

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  19. I started reading them at a young age. At 12 they were scandalous, and now at 25 I still love them but they are no longer scandalous. lol Thank you for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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  20. I love reading romance novels because they make me appreciate my boyfriend even more. :)

    Crystal Craig
    craigcrystal(at)ymail(dot)com

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  21. I love ready romances because they have HEA! Life is not like that so much so it is nice to read about people falling in love.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  22. I agree with your post and I also am a Johanna Lindsay fan. Your books sound like fun reads.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

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  23. Thanks for the chance! I love the opportunity to discover your work :)
    Lupdilup@gmail.com

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  24. I was introduced to romance books by my grandmother and her sisters. Now these were the old Harlequins where the most they did was hold hands and kiss with no tongue action....LOL
    Oh how romances have changed....

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  25. Sometimes, when life is hard, grabbing a romance novel is great comfort because you know that there will be a Happily Ever After. And most of us need one of those. Enjoyed the post.
    *hugs*
    ~J

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  26. congrats on the first book - much luck. As with all sorts of books - I just started reading them - I don't remember when I first grabbed any genre - I just read. Everything.

    thanks for participating

    glhince@gmail.com

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  27. I love all kinds of romantic books! I never can get enough!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. I love escaping into a book. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

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  29. I love romance just started reading them not too long ago! They are an escape!
    kegasg@aol.com

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  30. Romance is my favorite genre and my escape :) Thanks for the awesome and amazing giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  31. I don't think romance is limited to the hea... although apparently lots of people do!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Jesse
    jesse.kimmelfreeman@gmail.com

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  32. For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!
    qwilliarain(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. It's funny, that even in other genres, romance is often at the crux of the story. Look at the sci-fi classic Dune. If Jessica hadn't loved Leto, she wouldn't have disobeyed the Bene Gesserit and given him a son instead of the daughter they wanted.

    People forget how powerful love is, and that's what I enjoy about it. I love the drama of Helen of Troy, I love the black masses Mme de Montespan had said to keep Louis XIV's love.

    j.carey.martin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I love reading romances. I enjoy the chase and the HEA.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  35. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Thank you for your giveaway and the chance to win..

    ronnkelly3@aol.com

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  37. I love reading romance for the escape and the HEA. I so enjoy it.
    edor628@verizon.net

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  38. I love feeling with the characters and being a part of their lives. It is a great escape!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  39. My favorite part of romance in books is the beauty, escape, and HEA. My favorite sub-genre of romance is mystery/suspense.

    snhoveln(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

    thanks for the contest!!
    forettarose@yahoo.com

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    1. You won a copy of my newest ebook. I sent you an email. Hope you received it.

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  41. Romance Hop...awesome idea! Best love story for me..Pretty Woman...romance indeed with the must have HEA!... :-)

    Nice to checkout your page! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Belinda belgre@comcast.net

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  42. Great Hop and prizes, would love to win your book !

    maryjooller [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  43. Love the blog! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  44. I love romance if I had that I would be so happy!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    red_tigergirl2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  45. I love reading romance books, especially the ones where we get to read about when they first met and watch the relationship build and go through the ups and downs. Thanks for the giveaway!
    flava_sava_chick@yahoo.com

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway!
    marine.mom42@hotmail.com

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  47. I love romance because it's so UNLIKE real life...LOL. It's true escapist reading.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  48. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!
    swkimbell@yahoo.com

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  49. I love reading romamce for the escape from the real world & the HEA. Daily life can wear you down & reading a romance novel can recharge you & make you smile

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  50. I love HEA's - fulfilled promises :)
    http://romancethebookblog.danitaminnis.com/?ci=22763

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  51. romance is my reading choice as my 'escape'. I love to read romance. I've only been on one date and it was really sweet but it was with a guy that I thought of as a friend and nothing more. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

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  52. I love romance books. Thank you for being part of the Romance blog hop. :)

    yazmin.z.rangel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I love romance novels...the HEA, the path to the HEA, and the strong alpha hero that I can fall in love with! I've been reading them since I was 15 or 16 years old. After being married for 30 years, I am so glad that I don't have to face the whole dating scene these days! Yuck!

    Barbara
    bbsbooknook@aol.com

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  54. Romance is my current escape because I love knowing the ending will be positive, hopeful.

    AnnaM.
    doxisrcool at aol.com

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  55. Romance books are the ultimate escape.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Meg G.
    megonski216(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. I have to say that I am happy to be finished with dating - and am more than happy to live vicariously through characters in romance novels.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  57. I too read only romance. All types of romance too. For me it's all about an escape from real life. I love to get so involved with the characters that you can feel what they're feeling. It's my favorite thing to do!

    Melbecker9@verizon.net

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  58. I agree reading is a great escape...
    Great blog hop
    Thanks
    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  59. I love romance because it lets me escape reality to a world where everything always ends with HEA :)

    lindsayavalon (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. Thank you for the great giveaway I have no romance in my life! I love this blog hop because I do love to read about romance happy endngs are my favorite!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  61. Loving this romance hop! I enjoy reading romance for the HEA & the different settings.
    JessieL62@comcast.net

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  62. I love romances for the HEA/HFN endings and love that there are so many different sub-genres to choice from (I like variety)
    Thanks for the giveaway: :)
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  63. I read romance for the escape and I love how they solve most of their problems and work everything out in romance book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  64. Reading romance novels for is the escape but more then that I love when love conquers in the end.

    SnowWhite258(at)hotmail(dot)com

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