This is the month where we all count our blessings, and although I have many things to be grateful for, I would like to pay homage to those at the top of my list: my readers. I have the best in the world. They reach out to me in so many ways, and make writing a much more rewarding experience for me. There's something special about romance readers in general. They are an incredibly loyal group of people, dedicated to particular stories and authors. So I put together a list of characteristics that I've observed over my years of writing that they seem to share as a group:
You know you’re an avid romance reader if…
Walking into a room covered in flowers and candles makes you weak in your knees.
You have sex more often with your partner (I can’t recall the percentage, but it’s been documented that women who read romances have more encounters than those who don’t.)
The sight of the New Romance Releases shelf in the bookstore makes your heart pitter-patter.
Your library card is frayed about the edges, worn in the middle, and frequently needs to be replaced.
You have a tender heart (you wouldn’t be reading romances otherwise).
You start to write your own books. (There can never be too many.)
You start a blog where you share your love of romance books, because you are too excited to keep your thoughts on the books you’ve read only limited to just close family and friends.
You recoil at the phrase, ‘bodice-rippers’, because romances have evolved so beyond that archaic term, that whoever uses it obviously hasn’t read any.
Even if you haven’t read all the classics yet, you recognize the names: Austen, Heyer, Bronte…and you’re itching to add to this list.
Moonlight is for stolen kisses, a quiet pond is for a boat for two, a rainstorm is for taking shelter in a gazebo, a tree-lined path is for walking hand-in-hand, satin sheets are for…well you know.
You love animals. Not sure why this is a general trait…I think it has something to do with the tender heart.
You firmly believe that without love, life isn’t worth living.
Chocolate is high on your list of favorite foods.
As long as they have a good heart, you remain fond of men, even when they are behaving badly.
You are kind to authors, and other romance readers, because you know that they share your passion.
Of course, the only reason I could put this list together is because I’m an avid romance reader myself. It takes one to know one. :} If you would like to add to my list, please feel free to share!
Wishing my Fellow Romance Readers all of my Best! And a very big thank you to all my special readers!
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