Friday, 17 December 2010

Spotlight on Romance: Guest post by Sabrina from About Happy Books + Giveaway

Dear readers today I have the honour to welcome one of the connoisseurs (French for those who really really know what they are talking about) of romance novels: Sabrina from About Happy Books! I have been following Sabrina's blog I guess even before this new craving for romances started because not only do I love to stare at her cute blog design but because her reviews always make me feel good and Sabrina's love for the characters and their HEA (=happy ever after) shines through and works better than chocolate ;-p So if anyone knows romance novels and the genre, and if you are looking for happy love stories, Sabrina's your girl! And she was sweet enough to stop by and give us a huge list of recommendations, so ready steady take out your papers and pens, and start to take notes! :-)

About Happy Books

Hello everyone - waves - I'm Sabrina from the book blog "About Happy Books" and I'm excited to be here. I want to talk a bit about why I love romance and some of my favourite authors.

Whenever I think of my romance books I start smiling and feel happy. Reading a romance is like going on a holiday. While reading I’m able to relax and just enjoy my time.

I read my first real romance when I was about 15. During the summer vacation from school I was looking for something to do. So I looked through my mother’s books and spotted a romance called "Verborgene Gefühle" by Nora Roberts (German version of Hot Ice). I had never heard of Nora Roberts before this day however I grabed the book and started reading. After only a few pages I was enthralled by the book and the romance in it.

After finishing "Hot Ice" I immediately bought new books by Nora Roberts in a local bookstore (there were no big online bookstores at the time) and I also picked up romances by a then unknown to me author called Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I loved her books and after that started reading more and more romances in German and in English.

Today I'm in my twenties and  romance is still my favourite genre. I love all kinds of romances and read mainly contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical, steampunk, paranormal and erotic romance.

I enjoy reading lovely happy ever afters and how two people fall in love with each other. And I love developing relationships with the hero and heroine and sharing in their happiness and love.

When it comes to straight contemporary romance Nora Roberts (my queen) and Susan Elizabeth Phillips are still two of my favourite authors. I also enjoy reading Linda Howard, many of her books are all time favourites.

I also love contemporary romances with sport themes for example by Rachel Gibson, Deirdre Martin, Erin McCarthy and especially Kate Angell. Angell’s book contain the right mix of light-hearted romance, great characters, fantastic love stories and I’m always excited for her upcoming novels.

I have been reading many of my favourite romance authors for years but from time to time I discover new and amazing ones. Last year for example I fell in love with „Leaving Unknown“ („Good Luck Girl“ in the UK) by Kerry Reichs. This book is the perfect mix of romance and chick-lit. And about two years ago I discovered authors Marie Force and LuAnn McLane. So far I have loved all of their books.

Trying out books by authors I haven’t read is alsways exciting and more often than not worth taking the chance.

Lately I’m reading a lot of cozy mysteries for example by Jenn McKinlay (aka Lucy Lawrence), Wendy Lyn Watson and Diana Killian. Their books are perfect to relax, have fun and I love the comfortable pace of the romances.

Hilarious books with extravagant heroines by Rhonda Pollero, Dorothy Howell and Gemma Halliday manage to make me laugh out loud and also contain wonderful romances.

In the last few months I have discovered more and more great authors in sub-genres like steampunk romance and erotic romance. Gail Carriger and Meljean Brook entertain me with fascinating steampunk worlds. Authors like Eden Bradley (aka Eve Berlin), Shayla Black and Maya Banks offer the perfect mix of romance and hot sex scenes.

And sometimes I love to read old-fashioned books by Betty Neels and Roberta Leigh. Whenever I want to enjoy a quick romance fix their books are my choice.

Reading romance is not only about day-dreaming and about taking a break from real life. Reading romance is also about believing in happiness and great couples that want to share their life together and are willing to work for it. And it's about believing that there is someone in this world who can make your life even more lovely, exciting and beautiful.

Thanks to the wonderful Stella for inviting me to write about romance and I want to end my guest post with a quote from "Happy Ever After" (I completly adore the bride quartet) by Nora Roberts.

Carter about his love for Mac

"When you find somebody you love, all the way through, and she loves you - even with your weaknesses, your flaws, everything starts to click into place. And if you can talk to her, and she listens, if she makes you laugh, and makes you think, makes you want, makes you see who you really are, and who you are is better, just better with her, you'd be crazy not to want to spend the rest of your life with her".

Sigh, Carter is so adorable.

Thank you so much Sabrina for all the great recommendations, these will keep me busy for some time :-)

And you dear romance readers: who are your favourite authors or novels? What would you recommend us and why? And those who are new to romance novels, look around, I'm sure there will be plenty of fantastic books to check out.

ps: and Sabrina, I also love the Bride Quartet, I've been saving Happy Ever After for the holidays :-))


For every meaningful comment you leave on any "Spotlight on Romance" post (like this guest post by Sabrina) you receive 1 entry into the Mystery Romance Giveaway which will be revealed later. Giveaway is open worldwide.

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