Sunday, September 2, 2012

Romancing the Hop - Day 3

The Calgon Moment ~ Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Romancing The Blog hop. I’m catching up on everyone’s comments, so don’t forget to come by and see what I say to you personally! Today is also Six Sentence Sunday where I put up six sentences from a current work in progress. It’s right below this post...and for those who post on’ll be entered into a special drawing where you’ll get a $10 gift certificate from Amazon AND a copy of my book The cool is that?!?

The first thing I need to do is to award the $20 gift certificate to Amazon...the winner for September 1st is...throuthehaze! Come on down and claim your prize. I will email you at the address you provided. Congrats!

I want to thank each of you for sharing your favorite authors...they are some of mine as well...but being a writer, you’d think it would be hard for me to read. Well, sometimes it is hard for me to read a book especially if I want to get my red pen out...LOL! No, really, a lot of the times I have to turn off the editor in me because I want to read for the pure enjoyment of reading. It’s what I call my Calgon Moment...remember the ‘Take Me Away’ commercials? Yeah, reading is that moment for me.

All writers started as readers. We wanted to write a better story, something more intense, something in a different world. We wanted the story to take us away to far off places so we could see how the rich or famous live. I learned many things reading books. I’ll never forget the day while I was in college and a group of friends got together for dinner. Afterwards, we decided to play Trivial Pursuit...remember that game? Well, we went head to head, girls against boys and both teams were on the verge of winning. Just one history question stood between us...argh...history! I knew the two girls I had with me were a little lax in that area and as for myself, well let’s just suffice it to say a lot of my learning came for reading books for pleasure.

The conversation went something like this:

            “When did the Battle of Hastings occur?”
            I look at the girls and shrug my shoulders thinking as I didn’t want to give it away. “Do you think that’s recent history?”
            Girl 1 nods. “Absolutely sure it’s World War II. I remember my father talking about it.”
            At this point I want to scream but that’s another story. “Really? You think so?”
            Girl2 frowns. “Don’t look at me. I didn’t even know there was something called the Battle of Hastings.”
            Great. That means the decision is mine. I could win or lose this game based upon my answer. “So you think we should go with World War II?”
            Both girls nod and I see the boys across the board leering at me. This was going to be so fun. “Ok.”
            Boy 1 grins. “So your answer is World War II?”
            I shook my head. “I didn’t say that and since it’s my turn I’ll answer the question.”
            Boy 2, who just happens to be my future husband. “Fine. So what’s your answer? I’m sure you don’t know it as you aren’t a history buff.”
            I scowled. “Really.” I look back at the girls and give them a wicked smile before turning back to the guys. “The Battle of Hastings happened in 1066 when William the Conqueror  came across the English Channel and whipped King Harold’s butt.” The guys look was priceless. “Don’t ever tell me I don’t learn anything by reading romance.”
            Boy 2 is speechless. “What book? I’d like to know what book had that information.”
            I smiled. “A book called The Wolf and the Dove starts right after the battle and explains why the knight in it is going off to conquer new land for the king. I’ll go find it if you want.”
            Boy 2 frowns. “I believe you. I’ll never say anything again about you reading those books.”
            “Good because I want to write them.”

Never again am I questioned about my reading of romances. That event occurred over thirty years ago and I’m still with the guy.

Now today, I read for a different reason because personally if I want to learn something I do research on the internet or pick up an ebook to find out what I need to know. I read every day to escape into someone else’s world that they’ve created. Most days, I’ve been in one of mine all day and it’s nice to see just how another author has taken something thus making their own. I want to relate to their characters like I do my own but I want to do it for the sheer enjoyment of the written word.

I can remember, and I still do this, taking a book with me while I lounge in a bathtub full of hot water, soaking my cares away. I have a book with me everywhere I go today as there are many train rides for me getting to a final destination in Vienna. I have one to read as I wait for the doctor. Sometimes it’s an ebook, sometimes it’s a print book but there is always some sort of book in my hand.

How about you? When do experience your Calgon Moment? Do you have a story about reading romance? Can’t wait to hear your answers!

Remember, there will be another give away of a $20 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky person who comments today. Don’t forget to leave your email!

Again, here are the details for the blog hop. Hope you all enjoy!

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  and ending on September 3rd, over 200 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 200 giveaways,  one from 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 200 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 following Swag Pack!

Yep. ALL of that! Whoot! Be sure to come back here on Friday and over the weekend to enjoy some stories and facts about our favorite Romance events and reads and enter to win!

Now, there’s only one way to enter...and that’s to leave a comment...don’t forget your EMAIL address because we need to get hold of you should you win.

Here’s the list of who is participating in this blog hop. For every comment you make, you will get an entry for the fabulous grand prize. Can’t wait to see you’t forget to answer the question, what is your favorite thing about Romance?

See you all tomorrow!



  1. The trivial pursuit story was great. I love how you used those romance novels. Thanks for sharing.

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  2. I don't have any special stories abut reading romance, only that reading it made me more of a romantic:)

    Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  4. I love reading romance because of the rollercoaster of emotions that you feel while reading them. Thanks for the amazing giveaway.

  5. Romance is a great way to escape your life and 'become' someone else.
    Thanks for the giveaways!

  6. I've enjoyed romances since I was 11 and picked up The Princess Bride, and Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Been hooked ever since.
    Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win, and share our stories.

  7. Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm loving this blog hop!

  8. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! I love romance because of the love, the romance, the characters, story line, etc. Its a great way to escape, find happiness, hold a smile, even if its for a few hours of reading.

  9. I love reading romance because I love happy endings.

  10. I dont have any special story... I just love to read and romance is one of my fav subjects. havebookwillsurvive at

  11. I love reading romance so that I can fall in love again and again and again! I love being a part of the characters lives. A great escape.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  12. I love romance because it's so UNLIKE real life...LOL. It's true escapist reading. I'm pretty new to romances, but my hubby is sure glad that I've discovered them. It certainly revs up the libido!!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  13. No special story... just that my mom is always exasperated when she sees me with my laptop or phone, the standard question:"You are reading, aren't you?"

    thanks for the giveaway!


  14. 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!

  15. I love reading romances because all of my problems seem to melt away when I read a good story.


  16. the Happily ever after of course!

  17. My Calon moment would be any moment that I can read for the pleasure of it. Everyday I have a little bit of time where I read. Right before I go to bed is a good time for me to have it but I try to have it as many times a day that I can. I love romance and it's my first go to books. The trivia pursuit story was awesome. when people mention something and you are like, I know about that and they are flabbergasted, it's a great feeling (if not a blushing one). Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great Labor day weekend.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  18. Great post - very entertaining:) Enjoy the hop!

  19. I like the spice sometimes!

    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  20. American Dreamer is my all-time favorite romantic movie. It's so funny and just wonderful.

    I read romance because the emotions take me deep into the characters. I grew up reading hard SF where sometimes the characters are almost interchangeable. I always wanted to know more of what they were feeling.

    doxisrcool at

  21. Thanks for the giveaway and interesting post.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  22. The happily ever after.


  23. Thank you for the great giveaway! I love this blog hop romance is my favorite with happy endings!