Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Hop International Giveaway (August 31st - September 3rd)

Hosted by Carrie Ann

What is your favorite thing about Romance? Well, we authors are ready to share our romantic tips and favorite romance reads! Starting on Friday, August 31st, over 100 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about romance, reading romance, and dating.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE Grand Prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those 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 Above Swag Pack!

Yep. ALL of that! Whoot! Be sure to check out all the blogs over the weekend to enjoy some stories and facts about our favorite Romance events and reads and enter to win!

How do you qualify to win one of the Grand Prizes?

Each time you leave a comment on a blog (NOT via Rafflecopter) you are entered. Meaning you can comment on ALL blogs. 

What do I love about romance novels?

I read just about anything under the sun when it comes to books, but you'll notice a heavy slant in the direction toward romances. Why? Well, I've always seen romances as my comfort reads. Some are lighthearted, some include more suspense, some include devastatingly handsome characters which sport pointy fangs or fur, but one thing they all have in common is that they all include something we all covet--LOVE.

They say love makes the world go round and I believe it. Whether it be love of money, family, friends, significant other, children, or even one's own self, I believe it is a crucial part of what makes us who we are. I've been reading romance for years and while I'm not a hundred percent certain what the first love story I ever read was, I'd wager it was either Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.

Over the years I've been teased about my love of romances. My mother once banned me from reading them when I was in high school. She was going through her second divorce at the time and was of the mindset that they would poison my head with thoughts of fairy tale endings. Believe me, after watching my parents go through a divorce I was under no delusions that every marriage ends in a happily ever after. What I like about romance novels, however, is that they cater to the thought 'wouldn't it be nice if they did?' Well, most of the romances I read tend to gravitate toward that kind of ending.

With romances I can live a million lives and love as many times. I can be transported back in time to see how I might have been courted in Elizabethan or Victorian times. I can travel the world or stay right where I am. One thing is for sure, even if a person has a fairy ring growing in their backyard (like me) there's no guarantee that it'll magically transport them to another time or place, but a good book will. 'The Great Escape'  (which, incidentally, is the name of the book I'm reading below) is just a book away. 'Have book, will travel' is one of my mottos.

My favorite kind of romances are those of a historical or supernatural nature. When the two are combined (which sadly is not very often) I am in a state of utter bliss. Some of my favorite authors are Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, and Christie Craig. Believe me the list goes on and on and I will probably wish later that I'd included more of them on my list. Once I latch on to an author I pretty much devour their books and love anything they've written. I love reading their early work as much as their later work and seeing how their writing style has varied and developed over the years.

I don't think I'd be very good at giving tips on dating (I've been married 20 years this past June), but here is some advice handed down to me about the secrets to a happy marriage:

- Nobody's perfect (not even you) so don't expect your spouse to be.
- Never go to bed at night angry with each other.
- At times you'll be tempted to, but try not to let yourself go. Make sure to wear make up and dress up every now and then.
- Never sweat the small stuff. Life too short to spend your time worrying over the little things. Leave that for the big things that come along.
- Always attempt to make 'we' time to keep the romance going.

So to enter my giveaway and the Grand Prize giveaway hosted by Carrie Ann, make sure you're a member of my blog and leave a comment about what your favorite things about romance novels are and  why.
(Yes, mushrooms have been growing all summer in my backyard in rings.)

My Giveaway:
I'm giving away a romance novel worth up to $10 (US Dollars) of the winner's choice from The Book Depository

Rules for Eligibility:

Only residents 18 years of age and from the countries included in the following list created by The Book Depository are eligible:

Additionally, some books from The Book Depository may not be available to be sent to your country and/or sent from the US. If this situation is encountered, the winner must choose a different book. Sorry, I had this happen with someone.

Please leave either your email address or a link to your Goodreads profile so I may get in contact with you to get your mailing address. No P.O. Boxes, please.

Become a follower of my blog, if you aren't already.

Winner will be randomly chosen. Giveaway ends September 3rd, at midnight Eastern time. Winners will be posted on my blog and notified by email or message posted to them via Goodreads. Winners will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. Good Luck!

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  1. My favorite thing about romance... i gues those books give me hope that one day it will be me even if i'm not perfect at all^^ and yes they help to keep hope in the world

    i also love jeaniene frost and nalini singh books ^^


  2. My favorite things about romance books are the themes about there actually being people who love each other unconditionally.


  3. I love the happily-ever-afters. It's nice to know love and rule :)


  4. I love romance novels for the happy ending and the fantasy.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  5. My favorite things about romance books are that they can be like arm-chair travel & I love the HEA's.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  6. The chemistry and the intimacy. {not sex}
    Thanks for being part of the hop and the chance to win.

  7. When a book is 'romance-less', I'd become 'sprit-less' ;)
    I just can't get out of romance.

    lady_milano3 at yahoo dot com

  8. I love all the different kinds of romances, historical, western, paranormal, etc, there is just so much variety and places to go with it.

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  9. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

  10. My favorite thing about romance novels is the different settings, and I am always looking for the happy ending. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  11. I love the chemistry between the characters. I enjoy living vicariously through them ;)


  12. My favorite thing is that there is always a HEA.

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  13. I like the relationships - the characters all are developed to give multiple options of my reaction TO them

    thanks for participating

  14. Oooh I think I might just be the 500 th GFC follower ! Yay for the love !
    ptitpupuk at sky dot com

  15. I love romance novels because I love the guaranteed HEA :D

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  16. I love reading romance novels because I look forward to the HEA.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  17. I love all the twists and turns and surprise in developing relationships. You shouldn't sit in fairy rings. They get upset. LOL.

  18. Romance novels give you the opportunity to indulge. In real life you don't always get a HEA.


  19. 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!!

  20. Thanks for the giveaway. I love men's vulnerability in romance books.

  21. I love romance novels because I like seeing the hero and heroine fall in love and get their HEA at the end :)


  22. I like to read a love story with a happy ending.
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  23. I love romance novels, because they let me experience things that would probably never happen in real life.
    Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. I love the guaranteed HEA endings. I don't want to read anything that has a sad ending.
    castings at mindspring dot com

  25. I love the struggle and journey they go through to make it work and show true love can conquer all obstacles :)
    Thanks for the awesome and amazing giveaway!

  26. My favorite part of a romance novel is the build-up of the relationship.

  27. My favorite thing is the strong feelings between the characters! It's pure and beautiful!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. My favorite things about romance novels are the happily ever afters because I LOVE to see two people fall in love and stay that way. I also like the gradual falling of love as well because it makes for a better, more enjoyable story in my opinion. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    Crystal Craig

  29. My favorite part about romance books is hearing about the characters journey to love. Plus I like the sex scenes. LOL Thank you for the giveaway.

  30. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  31. I love reading romance books because it is an escape away from real life, knowing in the end that the girl gets the guy and they live happy ever after....I have met my Love and we do have a Happy Ever After...

  32. I love the connection between the characters and the HEA.

  33. 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!

  34. 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’m 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.

  35. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite thing about romance is the HEA. We don't always get the HEA in real life so I need to have it in my romance books.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  36. 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!

  37. The character journeys and HEA

    Thanks for being in the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  38. My favorite thing about romance is the chemistry between the H/h.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


  39. I love the chase and the HEA.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  40. tomance novels are a fun way to escape for a few hours
    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  41. My favorite thing about romance novels is the HEA, the path that leads to it, and a strong alpha male that I can fall in love with! The are a great escape from daily life, and a way to dream of "the perfect man".


  42. I love romance because I get to fall in love over and over. Just such a wonderful feeling.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  43. I know I love to read romance books because I will always get a happy ending and that makes me very,very happy...

    koonie2888 at

  44. Thanks for the post!
    I like that there is always a process. They meet, they fall in love, they overcome something and fall in love more and live happily ever after. :-) I like the true love in the stories!!

  45. I love the HEA in romance books.
    Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


  46. I love that romances have HEA guaranteed!! They are my mini mental escapes from reality(when my 2 yr old is sleeping atleast and 6 yr old is either in school or sleeping)!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  47. I love the HEA. That's one of the main reasons I read romance another is it's a great escape from reality.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  48. I love the HEA (HFN) endings. They give you a happy way for the book to end.
    Thanks for the giveaway: :)
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  49. I enjoy the escape romance novels bring. I'm dealing with family illness and romance relieves the stress.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  50. You and I find our heaven the same way, give us a historical with some paranormal and I am happy for days! Historical is my favorite sub genre, I keep coming back to it inbetween everything else I read. It is romantic in a way nothing else is, then when you throw in some paranormal you never know what you will get!!!

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail

  51. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for the marriage advice. I totally agree with don't sweat the small stuff (not that I don't agree with the rest) and am always telling the hubby the same. Love the picture too. ;)
    trb0917 at

  52. I'm a gfc follower. My favorite things about romance novels are the happy endings, the light reading (don't have to think about it so much, the feelings and so much more. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great Labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com


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