I would like to apologize to Author Elisabeth Staab and the organizers of this hop. I have been unavailable to post due to a death in the family and other family emergencies. This post was supposed to be live after Thanksgiving but I was unable to build the post. Ms. Staab provided us a beautiful post and I hate that it didn’t get posted on time. I’m sure you will all enjoy reading it as much as I did. Follow the links at the end of the post to discover some wonderful new blogs and authors!
He’s living a lie.
Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.
She’s living in the shadows.
Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.
Why I’m Thankful for Romance by Elisabeth Staab
Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving, and right now I’m finishing up the third book in my Evergreen Grove new adult series, I’m thinking about two things: turkey, and romance. So when I was thinking about his blog post, why I’m thankful for romance seemed like a natural topic (a post about romantic turkey didn’t quite seem to work).
But gosh, it’s not an open and shut question. I mean, in a way it is. I’m thankful for romance because of the happy endings. I guess that’s the bottom line, right there. Whatever literary snobbery might get bandied about with regard to how romance is formulaic, that one inevitability is the reason romance remains my favorite genre. I can have the world’s worst day or I can be sick as a dog, and cracking open a romance novel guarantees me an escape where I’ll find something good at the end. Sometimes, in this world, we need all the good we can get.
I’m grateful for romance because it teaches me. I’m a better writer when I read, sure. More than that, I’m more patient, because I’m exposed to fictional stories about characters whose lives (if well-drawn) feel like they could be true. They remind me that when a guy’s an asshole at the gym or a waitress is snarky, they might not be bad people, but good people having a bad day.
Romance novels can be educational, hilarious, and even cathartic. Some of my favorite books, like The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon, and Carry On By Rainbow Rowell, were the ones that made me sob like there was no tomorrow, and then at the end everything felt lighter again. I was reminded of what it was like to fall in love. With the characters, with a good story, and with love itself.
I’m grateful for romance because as writers and readers it’s a place for us to pour all our hopes, dreams, and emotions when we’re feeling good or when we’re not, and it’s a way to go on a journey without having to burn any gas or use any skeevy rest stop bathrooms. I’m grateful for big books with big words, and also short stories that I can use to keep from getting anxious while I wait at the dentist office.
Romance novels are like an age appropriate woobie that I can take anywhere, and I read them because I know I can always find a happy place. I write them because of all those same reasons. I love the emotion, the characters, the journey, and most of all, the happy ending. Now and again, I hope I get it right.
How about you?
Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance about vampires and werewolves and emotionally wounded boxers (oh, my!), she enjoys date night with her husband, reading with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. Keep up with all the latest shenanigans by following her newsletter, stopping by ElisabethStaab.com, or finding her on Facebook and Twitter.
Blog Hop Calendar
Lynne Silver: Nov 28
Meredith Bond: Nov 29
Lynne Silver, Nov 28
Joanna Bourne, Nov 28
Cristin Harbor, Nov 28
Kimberly Kincaid, Nov 28
Rachel Rawlings: Nov 29
Elisabeth Staab Dec 15
Wendy LaCapra Dec 15