Monday, September 3, 2012

Romancing the Hop ~ Day 4

In Pursuit of Happiness

Welcome to Day 4 of the Romancing The Blog hop. I swear it will take me days to catch up on all the comments...LOL...but I plan to do it today. Thanks for those who dropped by my Six Sentence Sunday...that was awesome. I’ll be announcing that winner on my next Six Sentence Sunday.

Again, the first thing I need to do is to award the $20 gift certificate to Amazon...the winner for September 2nd is...Jessica! Come on down and claim your prize. I will email you at the address you provided. Congrats! Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the final winner even though today is the last day of the blog hop.

I want to thank each of you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about romance. Thanks for letting me know about your favorite’s amazing just how much we all read and how many of the same authors we all love.

There seems to be one theme that has gone through these last few days and it’s what I call the pursuit of happiness. We read books, specifically romance, because it makes us happy. Sure, we use it as a form of escapism, to take us away of the dreariness of everyday living. Sure, we love those happy endings and can’t wait ot see even more of them.

Some days it is hard to find one good moment. We all have them and romance reminds us that somewhere, some place there are people living out their dreams. Romance takes us to faraway places where life is different and always tensions free, or so it seems. LOL! Romance also takes us to different times where life was vastly unlike what we experience today. We all have to admit, modern conveniences like running water and toilets are wonderful. Still, it’s interesting to think of life without things we take for granted.

Ever see the movies American Dreamer and She-Devil from the ‘80s? If not, you should as they are very interesting takes on romance. In American Dreamer, a normal American housewife lives out her dreams through the romance she reads because her life is so very boring. When she gets amnesia and truly believes she is the character in the books she loves so much, life gets really exciting. She-Devil takes on the other side of romance, where a romance author takes herself way too seriously and has many affairs, eventually decided on another woman’s husband. The wife is bent on revenge and while she finds it to be sweet, it is unfulfilling in the end.

While romance does many things for us, each of us need to remember that life is what we make it. Happiness propagates happiness. Read more romance, be happy and enjoy life...a life full of books, romance and lots more.

What, besides romance, makes you happy? How do you pursue happiness? Can’t wait to hear your answers...see you all tomorrow!

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. Hi Lynn! I agree with you that romance is all about escape. I also think it's about recapturing that falling in love feeling. You can only fall in love once with the man of your dreams, but in romance novels, you get to feel it all over again.

    Thanks for being in the hop!

  2. Romance is about the love we have now,about love lost, love found, and second chances.I wish everyone would have romance in their lives, and that love could prevail no matter what the odds.

  3. What else (other than romance) makes me happy? Yarn :) Sock yarn in particular - I love to knit, and finding a new skein in a pretty colour makes me happy.

  4. Always forgetting to add my email...

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  5. I love romance books because you can escape reality for a little while and fall in love all over again and again and again!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  6. Romance is definitely about escape. What makes me most happy is getting to fall into someone else's world for a while and knowing no matter what happens there will always be a HEA.

    lindsayavalon (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. I agree! Romance is to escape the everyday life and live in the perfect lives of our characters and their HEA.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  8. It's hard to find a book that is devoid of romance. I like some mystery added in and love a historical setting. The historical plot line is especially good for the escape aspect
    thanks for the hop win opportunities
    tjandbcd at optonline dot net

  9. Besides romance, what makes me happy is doing things for my family. And it's usually the little things that matter. I also enjoy volunteering in my community.

  10. 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!

  11. haven't figured out what makes me happy anymore, everything's a struggle nowadays - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  12. Things that make me happy are putting a smile on someone's face, playing with my kids, talking to people about life, and of course...reading, especially romance! There are other things as well, but I just wanted to state a few. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    trb0917 at

  13. I love you positive message, life is what you make it. Romances make me happy but also having a great family does too

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  14. I love to read romance books because they are a wonderful escape from everyday life.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  15. Romance stories gives the reader a sense of what love is, could be, would be, or always have been...
    Its give the reader a moment to recapture of the special feeling
    Great blog hop and thanks :)

  16. Opps for got my email addy

  17. Besides reading romance and experiencing it the things that make me happy are family and food...both cooking/baking and eating :).

    It's great in our electronic world that we can maintain daily contact with those we love when we can't reach out and hug them ( haha or punch them in the arm :)

    loved reading about your trivial pursuit experience... I almost remembered correctly..I was thinking 1088 :)

    Looking forward to reading you and am following you now .editch344

  18. Chocolate


  19. Thanks for the giveaway. I love Amazon.
    I love romance books for the escape from daily life and the HEA (or HFN) endings :)
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  20. I love Romance for drama of working towards the HEA . as for pursuit for happiness I recently found it again with my true love.


  21. What makes me happy besides romance? Easy my 2 dogs, family, random people doing nice things and books. Lots of books to be more on point. :D