I saw this one on Under the Covers blog and thought it was perfect to showcase my heady book love for the romance genre. The tag was created by Romance Queen of Booktube and Not Just Romance Novels
1. How old was I when I started reading romance?
I picked up my mom’s White Indian series by Donald Clayton Porter at age 12 and I read all her historical romances and then set aside romance to get deep into mysteries and general fiction for over twenty years or so then picking right back up in the historical romances before broadening my horizons to other romance genres.
2. If I could pick one hero from a favorite romance to meet, who would it be and why?
This is tough. There are many, but I’m going with Wu Kaifang from The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin. Like most of her male heroes, he is respectful of the ladies and has no trouble treating one as an equal even back in the day of the Tang Dynasty. Plus, he solves crimes in medieval China. I’d love to hear him talk about his cases.
3. Who are my favorite romance authors and why?
Seriously?!? Well, we’re limiting this to three and that’s about killing me here.
Carolyn Brown because I like her down home country charm and ability to make me laugh with her sassy heroines and jaw-dropping cute cowboys in their jeans and boots oozing charm.
Mary Balogh because I love her ability to bring historical setting and social issues to life while delivering a soft and yet sensual romance.
Patricia Briggs because she makes me love her characters and feel the every-day aspect of Mercy and Adam’s or Charles and Anna’s romance even in the middle of a paranormal world.
4. What is my favorite romance to re-read?
That would be Georgette Heyer’s classic Regency Romantic Comedies. If I need comforting or I feel sick then I grab a Heyer. The banter and crazy situations paired with detailed historical backdrop are abso-fab.
5. What would I recommend to non-romance readers?
This would depend on what their reading interests are when they are approaching romance. My simple answer is to say that they should read romances with the elements they enjoyed from before like if one likes historical fiction then grab historical romance.
But, to give some specific examples:
For dipping the toe into contemporary from women’s fiction, give the Cadillac, Texas series by Carolyn Brown a looksee.
For trying steampunk, I’d recommend a steampunk-paranormal series like Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk.
From thrillers to romantic suspense, go with Karen Rose’s Closer Than You Think.
For those not sure about either sci-fi or urban fantasy, give Ilona Andrews’ the Innkeeper Chronicles a whirl.
6. Which is my favorite genre and why?
Again, I don’t have one favorite and pretty much read anything with romance as an element. But, to narrow it down, I’ll say that I love sci-fi because there are usually some incredible worlds created and I get some good action and also, urban fantasy for similar reasons and because the romance and story plot is given plenty of room to develop and expand.
Now, I’m feeling all swoony and romantic and need to get back to my latest. Tag, you’re it! Chat with me about your take on these questions.