by Samantha James
I pondered long and hard on what to write about in today's blog. Makeovers was my first choice, since ONE MOONLIT NIGHT has a fabulous brand new look. Then, I remembered I'd already blogged about makeovers last year.
So I had to go to my next choice, which happens to be...who got you hooked?
On romance novels, of course. What author and book made you into a die-hard romance fan? I thought I'd share mine, then realized I couldn't cite just one. So, I've decided to give you a few of my early favorites that turned me into a rabid romance fan.
Gothic romances were my first foray into romance. I loved Virginia Coffman's MOURA and Dorothy Eden's RAVENSCROFT. I'd have liked a little more sex, though I know my mother wouldn't have approved, since I was only about ten or so--good thing she didn't know I was reading them.
When I was in my teens, I discovered Anya Seton. Her book KATHERINE came into my hands and never left. This is one of my all-time favorite books. Some call it historical fiction rather than historical romance. Either way, it's a fantastic, heartrending story. It gave me my love of history and my love of romance.
Have a box of tissues ready if you haven't read KATHERINE--you'll need them. GREEN DARKNESS is another gem, but keep the tissues ready for that one, too!
When books started getting a little meatier (read: sexier), I was in heaven. I adored THE FLAME AND FLOWER by Kathleen Woodiwiss, MOONSTRUCK MADNESS by Laurie McBain. Who wouldn't fall for a guy named Lucien, Duke of Camareigh?
Another early favorite was GYPSY MOON by Shirlee Busbee. All of these are oldies but goodies. They may not be considered P.C. these days, but all of these authors got me hooked on romance. Eventually, I decided I needed my own Gypsy--enter Dominic St. Bride of ONE MOONLIT NIGHT.
So, what books and authors got you hooked on romance?