Saturday, September 1, 2012

Romancing the Hop - Day 2

HEA versus HFN

Welcome to Day 2 of the Romancing The Blog hop. I’m just getting to many of your comments today as I’m on the other side of the world. The majority of you love those happy endings, so I’m going to be talking about those here in a moment.

The first thing I need to do is to award the $20 gift certificate to Amazon...the winner for August 31st is...Liese2(! Come on down and claim your prize. I will email you at the address you provided. Congrats!

I can see some of you scratching your head...HEA? HFN? Whatever is that woman talking about? Happily-ever-after versus happily-for-now is the topic of the day. Now, in my honest opinion, I don’t buy the happily-for-now and feel cheated. Those are the books where the hero and heroine end up together but you aren’t sure they’re going to stay together.

The main genre I see doing these endings are Urban Fantasy and rightly so. Those books aren’t romance and shouldn’t even be seen as such...but still...there are moments where I feel cheated even though I know the story isn’t a romance.

Romance is all about the happily-ever-after and I want to see those people together. Period. I don’t want to think that they may be going through more of the same negative stuff in another book. It was one of the traits that made me give up on Rosemary Rogers after the first book. I mean, really, how many times can you pull a couple apart, throw them back together and NOT have your readers heads spinning. I never knew what was going to happen next and I didn’t like it one little bit because the book was a romance not a saga.

Some of my favorite romance writers of today are those with me here on this blog hop. People like Carrie Ann Ryan, Melissa Keir, Nina Pierce, Felcity Heaton, Jenna Jaxon, Jennifer Lynn, Lexi Ryan and Ella James to name but a few. I also love Lisa Mondello, Debra Holland and Cynthia Woolf. There are so many great authors to choose from, my head spins daily as I look at my ebooks to decide what’s next from my own to-be-read pile. The great choices are many, so none of us should be hurting for our happily-ever-after.

Who are some of your favorite authors of today? Why do you like them? Do they provide the happily-ever-after you’re looking for? Can’t wait to hear from you!

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. I'm definitely the happily-eve-after type of girl :D I love happy ending and reading about people falling in love in books. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. HFN's kill me! I feel it leaves the story unfinished somehow and when there is room for doubt...that's when the couple's story goes downhill from there. Hence, the saying...When it rains...well you get the idea! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and for joining the hop!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  3. I love the HEA. i want my characters to be together forever.

  4. I can handle both HFN and HEA as long as they're believable.

  5. For a standalone I want HEA everytime. I need the closure that that gives.
    For a series I can stand HPN for a little while as long as when the series ends I get my HEA.

  6. Gena Showalter is on of my favorite authors of today. She does provide the HEA I'm looking for :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  7. 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! I have so many favorite authors. Some are Laurann Dohner, Diana Palmer, Christine Feehan, Maya Banks, Shayla Black, etc.

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  9. I love Vicki Lewis Thompson, Susan Mallery, Lori Foster...the list goes on, what I look for is a story that is a total escape from the everyday

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  10. Hmm, I love Nalini Singh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas and many others. I think I love them for the humor that they blend with the story, it's very important for me, and for their great characters and believable HEAs. Besides providing the HEA, they show in the other novels of the series(I usually go for those, not the stand-alones) how the characters keep staying in love and are happy, even though they have fights or misunderstandings in their day-to-day lives.

  11. I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, my favorites are historical and contemporary romance novels, I don't have a favorite author.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  12. Thanks for sharing! It really is all about the HEA. It gives hope for RL.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  13. I love HEA's. I want to believe in that forever, grow old together love.

  14. 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!!

  15. I love feeling the emotions of the h/h as they find their way to their HEA.... a must for me. Love series, so you can revisit previous HEA's and love epilogues for the same reason...seeing the HEA evolve :)

    great post, great prize!

    maryjooller [at] yahoo [dot] com

  16. I prefer a HEA ending but if all I can get is a HFN ending I can take it. I hate books that don't have a very happy ending because I read to escape the real world.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  17. The happily ever after.