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  1. Those were the authors I was introduced to, but at a much older age. I read Dean Koontz and Stephen King type books as a teen. When my grandmother died I inherited her books, which were mostly romance. That’s when I fell in love with Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. I was 21 when I started reading romance. :)

    • Amber – I read a few King books in my teens, but never the horror, just the ESP type books. And I didn’t find my way to Koontz (whom I LOVE) until my 30’s.

  2. My mother never read romance novels but I found them at the local library anyway. My first was MM Kaye. Here was a mystery with a romance! I was hooked. Give me a happy ending anytime.


  3. The first ‘romance” I remember reading was in Anne of Green Gables- then quickly to the Laura Ingalls Wilder series… and I’ve found it nearly everywhere else in most of the books I read… I’m not sub-genre specific at all – the storyline with plot is something that I can get into – it can have purple polka dotted main characters..

    thank you so much for participating


    • Gaele – Oh, I read a lot of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, but not until later when I read them out of curiosity. I loved that series. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. Kelsey S.

    I love the Thornbirds. I read it when I was 15 and fell in love. I also loved the mini series with Richard Chamberlain. Great book to get started with. I’ve read and loved all the authors you mentioned.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

    • Kelsey – When Richard Chamberlain played the priest in the mini-series I was totally, madly in love with the priest!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. Okay, Nina, I’ve got my coffee. Loved your post and your newest book sounds great!

    I think romance novels were forbidden when I was growing up along with anything that might contain any sort of sexual connotation or reference. How did I emerge from that family? Really! I was raised that you only had to do *it* until you got pregnant and then you didn’t have to do *it* again until you wanted another baby.

    Yeah, that man stuff is radioactive poison! Keep night clothes on at all times and cover everything from your chin to your toes. Done laughing? Fortunately, my husband had other thoughts about what I should wear to bed – my skin and only my skin!


    at ayersbooks.com (Put it together)

  6. lisa w

    I started with so many of the same authors and know I’m getting my daughter hooked on them also!
    I think the desire for happy endings and forever love is what brings people back to romance over and over.

    • Lisa – I just can’t seem to get away from romance. There’s something about that journey to forever love that pulls me in. Of course it’s probably the romantic in me just looking for a fix! 😉

  7. I love romance novels. I started with Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, Kathleen Woodiwiss and Judith McNaught then progressed to Nora Roberts. I read all genres of romance, but contemporary is my favorite.

    • Janna – Somehow I missed Kathleen Woodiwiss and now I’m going to have to go back and check out her books. I understand they’re classics. Thanks for sharing your favorite authors.

  8. JeanMP

    I probably came into reading romance novels later in life, because my mother wasn’t a fan of that sort of story. I do remember reading the Thorn Birds as a teenager though. I tend to go through phases where I read only one kind of genre, then move onto another after awhile.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  9. Victoria Zumbrum

    I love romance novels. I found them on my own. My parents didn’t read books. I love happy ever after and I am hopeless romantic. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

    • Victoria – Both my parents are readers, but Mr. Nina isn’t really a big reader. It’ll be interesting to see where my kids fall in the reading spectrum when they’re out of college. There’s something about having all the course work that kept me from picking up pleasure books for years.

      You’re entered … thanks so much for stopping by. 😉

  10. Rosanna Leo

    Hi Nina! My first foray into romance was Jane Eyre and Georgette Heyer’s historicals. My tastes have moved on since then, but I’ll never stop loving these books and the way they make me feel. Happy hopping!

  11. Shannon

    I love books across the spectrum as well but I do have a weak spot for historical romances

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    • Shannon – I think because I’m so terrible at history that historical novels are some of my favorite. It’s one of the genres I’ll probably never write. (Too many errors in the historical accuracy will drive readers insane. 😉 )

  12. laurie g

    i started romance stories when i was in my twenties. i especially adore historical and paranormal romances


    • Laurie – I’m definitely on a paranormal streak. I was just looking at my TBR pile. I haven’t read an historical for a long while though I thoroughly enjoy that genre, especially Susan Wiggs.

  13. Diane Sallans

    I started with Harlequins in my teens and in my thirties “discovered” Nora Roberts and so many other authors – I’ve been insatiable ever since.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  14. Delphina

    What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

  15. I love almost any sub genre of romance. :-)


    • Diana – I seem to be stuck in a paranormal loop at the moment. I think I have to look around for something different. LOL!

  16. DeeDee Griffin

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Healer’s Garden sounds great!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

  17. Lisa Walker

    I started reading romance novels in my teens and have always been hooked on the happy ending.

  18. susan platt

    My first romance author that I remember reading was Karen Robards. Followed closely by Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. I am a huge fan of HEA!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  19. I love a strong paranormal in contemporary world.


  20. How fantastic! I started reading VC Andrews in 6th grade and never went back to “kid books” (as I deemed them) after that. So fun!


    • Danielle – Oh my! I completely forgot about that series. I can’t even remember how old I was when I read it. LOVE them all! One of those series on my “keeper” shelf!

  21. Trix

    I love m/m best!


    • Trix – Of all the romance I’ve read, that’s one sub-genre I can’t seem to get into. I have a couple m/m authors that I love and every once in awhile I’ll pick up a book they’ve released. Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. Kaylyn D

    I started out stealing my mother’s historical romances. Now I read more erotica, but I do read it all. My favorite sub-genre is probably romantic suspense. I think the danger elements adds to the emotions and to a point adds more sexual tension. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Kaylyn – If you like erotic suspense, try any of the books in my “Shifting Bonds” series. And I agree with you, the suspense makes the tension between the h/h so much more intense!

  23. I started out reading historical romance, and more traditional romance (Danielle Steele). Now I read a lot of paranormals. But, I read across the spectrum. I am not a big fan of BDSM, or really hardcore erotica, though. I like the story, the HEA and the road to it. An alpha male that I can fall for. I don’t need all the descriptive sex stuff.

    Thanks for the chance to win and for being part of this fun hop!


    • Barbara – The wonderful thing about romance is that there are enough sub-genres for my mood. Sometimes I really enjoy the explicit sex and sometimes I’m not in the mood for it. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!

  24. J.F.A

    Hi! thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  25. Michelle Bledsoe

    I was introduced to romance by my grandmother and her sisters. These were the very early Harlequins that were sex free. I then graduated to Nora Roberts, Diana Palmer, and Jude Deveroux. Romances are the only books I read.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

    • Michelle – I’ve only read a handful of traditional harlequins. I very rarely go for “beach reads”. I like something with a little more suspense.

  26. JanD

    I read all sub-genres for variety but I tend to pick historical and paranormal stories.

    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  27. Veronika

    I just checked out the book on Amazon! Sounds awesome! Thank you for offering a GC to win!
    I love reading romance book! Every genre actually!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. Crystal Craig

    I enjoy the way I feel whenever I read a good romance story. I get all smiley and feel so mushy and lovey-dovey myself, haha. My favorite sub-genre would be paranormal romance, but I like all kinds of romances. :)

  29. Well my favorite sub-genre is historical romance, but my mood often changes and then I will go to paranormal or sensual (I don’t like to call it erotic ’cause then it gets dumped in with the hard-core stuff). I also love a good romantic suspense and lately I’ve enjoyed steampunk and sci=fi romance too.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

    • Monica – I haven’t read any steampunk yet, but I have a favorite author who writes in that genre. I just haven’t picked up any of her books yet. I’ve got to give them a try. I have no doubt I’ll enjoy them. I’m a sci-fi geek from way back!

  30. Love the excerpt, Nina!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Cassandra

    I can’t pick just one sub-genre from romance since I love them all :) Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!

  32. I flit across the spectrum, but tend to gravitate more toward BDSM romances than anything else because I love the edge…It could also be that one of the first adult romances I read when I was 12 had a scene with the hero, the heroine, and her bullwhip. And I never had to swipe my mom’s books, she always just gave them to me. Her philosophy about the graphic nature of some scenes (which a friend’s mom complained about) was “If she has any questions, she’ll ask.”

  33. Krista

    I read a little bit of everything, but I am currently obsessed with urban fantasy! I’ve always loved vampires and werewolves, and I just love the deeper character development that you get with urban fantasy.

  34. Great excerpt!
    Paranormal Romance, or military romances are my all time faves.
    Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win.

  35. I love paranormal shifters, highland romance, and anything in between. If it has a HEA and a fun exciting journey, it’s for me. krystalshannan@yahoo(dot)com

  36. Renee B

    What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

    I started with Harlequin in my teens and haven’t stopped reading romances yet. My favorites are the PNR of the shifter variety.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

    • Renee B

      Oh and I picked up the freebie “Blind Her With Bliss” too. Thanks for that. :)

    • Renee – There’s something amazingly sexy about a shifter … I’m with you on that one. And thanks for picking up Blind Her With Bliss. I hope you enjoy it!

  37. Nina , my 1st visit to your blog and enjoyed reading your post.
    I also wanna let you know I really your article Description In A Novel, which I’ve saved. I love the way you expanded the short paragraphs with deeper description etc. The articel will help me improve my writing a lot.

    Jerry Race

    • Jerry – It’s nice to know that some of my blog posts are helpful. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you come by again.

  38. I don’t think I have a fav genre of romance. it all depends on my mood. I love a good historical by authors like julia quinn and johanna lindsey and hannah howell. But I also love Jessica Andersen’s paranormal romance or Kristan Higgan’s contemp.

    • Christina – I seem to get on reading jags and stick to one sub-genre for awhile. You’ve named some wonderful authors, all of whom I’ve read. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

  39. cathy m

    The first romance I ecrr read was The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and I have been hooked on the genre ever since.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  40. andrea

    Romance doesn’t always have to be something elaborate. It could be having your loved one bump your knee with his under the table while you’re at the restaurant with relatives.

  41. Susan Smith

    I started reading romance novels when I was a teenager, I don’t remember the first book I read but I continue to enjoy them today.

  42. Tracey D

    Oh goodness! The Thorn Birds! I loved the book and the mini series.


    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  43. Foretta

    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!!

    • Foretta – It seems publishers are looking for series these days. Which works for me, because like you, I hate leaving characters behind after only one book.

  44. Kelly R

    I love Nora Roberts….


  45. Joy F

    I love historical romance.

  46. This book sounds incredibly interesting, and I don,t usually go for romance. I tend to be a Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz fan.

    I will admit, Nora Roberts and Danielle King are the reasons I do not care much for romance. All their books seem to be too much the same.

    • Angel- I think you might want to take another look at romance, the books are as varied as the authors who write them. You should try Jessica Andersen or Nalini Singh if you enjoy Koontz and King.

  47. Vanessa N.

    My favorite is paranormal romance. Thanks for the giveaway.


  48. Shan M

    The first “grown up” book I read was Little Woman when I was 8. I know that may sound nerdy, but I have always loved books as long as I can remember. As far as romance goes someone gave me a Harlequin romance when I was in the 8th grade and thus my love affair with romance began. In 9th grade someone introduced me to my first mystery by Patricia Cornwell that book had me so scared I had to sleep with the lights on for a few nights.lol.

    Anyway, I have had the pleasure of reading Blind Her with Bliss and I loved it. I can’t wait to read more


    • Shan – I enjoy Patricia Cornwell also, her books are definitely intense.

      And I’m so pleased you enjoyed Blind Her With Bliss. The other two books in the series feature the other sisters. And of course you get to seem more of Julie and Damon.

  49. Shadow

    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!

  50. Evie T.

    I really like historical romances just like Outlander :)
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  51. Thanks for chance! I love discovering new authors, thanks for being part of this hop.

  52. Stephanie

    I read a bit of everything, but my favorites generally involve some mystery/suspense and the best have some paranormal/urban fantasy in them.


    • Stephanie – I like the challenge of figuring out the mystery or who the villain is in suspense novels. I think that’s why I’m drawn to.

  53. donnas

    My favorites are paranormal and romantic suspense

    Thanks for being part of the hop

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  54. Mary Jo

    Thanks for the free read and the great prize!!

    maryjooller [at] yahoo [dot] com

  55. winnie

    I love reading in all sub-genres of romance. What I love most about romance novels is seeing how the two main characters fall in love and how they come to their HEA in the end :)

    Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in the blog hop!


    • Winnie – A great romance author makes us wonder how the hero and heroine will ever come together to find their HEA. I definitely love that about romance too!

  56. Eileen

    I pretty much like to read a bit of everything. contemporary, suspense, westerns, historicals, paranormal. I switch between subgenres just to keep it fresh.

    thanks for the hop and the intro to your free book.

  57. Dovile

    I read a lot of genres, mostly sci-fi, paranormal and fantasy, except for horror and christian fiction. Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Dovile – Wow, you’re sort of all over the place aren’t you? LOL! I do like reading across the sub-genres as well. (And I’m no fan of horror either … gives me nightmares!)

  58. Elizabeth H.

    Well, I didn’t start to read leisurely until I was 30. I hated reading at all when I was younger. First it started with Twilight then I read other YA novels. My first romance was J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover. From then, I was hooked. I explored other authors in the paranormal romance genre and I eventually branch out into contemporary or fiction, but PNR is my one true love. Thanks for the hop and the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    • Elizabeth – You can’t go wrong with JR Wards Brotherhood series. All of them are so wonderful! And yeah, my science mind loves paranormals and sci-fi!

  59. Patti C

    I started to read romance when my best friend gave me one of her books on vacation and I loved it! Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!


  60. havebookwillsurvive

    The first romance I was read was over 30yrs ago. It was called The Black Swan – dont remember the author :(

    havebookwillsurvive at gmail.com

  61. I only started to read romance recently not sure how long ago!

  62. AnnaM.

    I realize I read my first romance when I was a kid but didn’t know that’s what it was. I’m pretty sure Mom didn’t intend to give me The Diviners but she did. LOL. I didn’t start reading it regularly until a few years ago when I discovered Linnea Sinclair’s books. Been reading it ever since!

    doxisrcool at aol dot com

  63. Patti C

    Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!


    • Patti – So glad you enjoyed the hop! Oh and I haven’t read Xhex’s story yet, but I do love her character!

      And it sounds like you have a great romance in your own life! You’re a very lucky woman.

  64. Sally L

    I love reading M/M romance stories. My first experience of the genre was JL Langley’s My Fair Captain. I loved it and have reread it many times. I have to thank my dearest Laurie for that!


    • Sally L

      I should add that I am not adverse to reading M/F or other vairiations of that. Its just that my first dip in was M/M and so thats why I enjoy it so much!

    • Saly – I have a couple of friends who write m/m. It’s one of the few sub-genres I don’t read very often.

  65. I switch around. Sometimes I read contemporary, sometimes historical and other times westerns. I also enjoy time travel.

  66. Mel Bourn

    I read all kinds of romance. I have recently been all about shifters and urband fantasy as well as BDSM. Depends on my mood.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  67. Molly F.

    I used to read nothing but paranormal romance, but then I discovered contemporary and I’m addicted.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

  68. Amy S.

    My favorite genre in romance is paranormal and contemps. I also like romantic suspense books. I have read Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts, Lisa Jackson, and Catherine Coulter.


  69. Daniel M

    sounds like a fun one, thanks for the giveaway!

  70. bn100

    I like all genres.


  71. Nat

    Awesome post! I simply love romances, historicals is my favorite genre!
    Thanks for the giveaway =)

  72. KIM D

    Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

  73. Michele L.

    I remember carrying around big juicy romance novels in high school…good times!

  74. Brandi S.

    I don’t really have a favorite sub-genre, if its romance I love it :) The HEAs draw me to romance novels. I love how the hero and heroine can make it through anything together and get their HEA. Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway!

    • Brandi – I’m having a wonderful time chatting with all the people visitng during the blog hop. It’s been great fun! Thanks for stopping by.

  75. Jessica B

    the happy ending, feelings, and the ‘lightness’ (not having to think too much) brings me to romance. I like to flit across the spectrum. I do tend to lean more towards the fantasy/scifi more than anything tho. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great labor day weekend.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  76. Nancy Goldberg Levine

    I started writing when I was seven and they were romances about princesses and celebrities. I started reading romance in 1983 when I bought a romance novel by Irma Walker (I think I got the name right — it’s hard to remember) after I got my first paycheck from my first “real” job. Now I don’t right about princesses or celebrities, but regular, quirky people who aren’t always typical romance hero/heroine material.

    Love your excerpt for “Blind Her with Bliss.” Hero of my e-book that will (hopefully) come out this fall rides a motorcycle.

  77. Yazmin Rangel

    I love the HEA in romances, the feelings and pretty much everything about them. I read across the spectrum but mainly Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance.
    Thank you for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway. :)


  78. I’m all about Historical, but I have to admit that Romance isn’t top of my list. Give me an adventure, an impossible situation where the lovers have to reunite or rescue each other, and I’m in. But keep the “thrusting” down, please.

    • Genevieve – LOL! What you described is romance (even if you say it’s not at the top of your list). If it has two characters going through adventures and coming together … that’s a romance. Heat levels (and the amount of thrusting 😉 ) vary.

  79. It was always romance for me – I think I was 10 when I ‘found’ one of my sister’s graphic romance novels :) I soon graduated to Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsay, Anne Rice…

  80. Jo

    I like paranormalromance the best – but if it is a story that can make me laugh out loud as well, so much the better!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  81. Melissa Becker

    I’m almost 35 and what brought me to reading romance was after I read the Twilight books. I read the first 3 before the movie even started to film. I read them 4 times in a row in order back to back. After that I couldn’t get enough romance. I’ve been reading like mad ever since. My fav sub genre is contemporary but I really love military and suspense too.


    • Melissa – The Twilight series brough a lot of people to romance. I do love those books. (Not so sure about the movies though.)

  82. Beckey

    Thanks for the blog hop and I enjoy meeting new to me Authors (thanks for the link for the ebook)

  83. Betty

    I read a lot of mystery and thrillers, but love romantic historicals
    tjandbcd at optonline dot net

  84. Tammy Turner

    Why I like Romance Novels….The reason I like Romance Novels so much is because it is one place where I can be anywhere like England, Scotland, Rome, Ireland, or anywhere in the US. I can also be in any time like 1200’s Scotland, 1500’s England, 1900’s Chicago. I can be anyone like a princess, a servant, a werewolf, a duchess, a vampire, or a lost soul. But no matter what I get the privilege and the experience to overcome many different obstacles and find love. I am a mother of three teenagers as well and there are many days when I need an escape and my heart needs a rest from the trials of being a parent and trying to do what is best for everyone but yourself. I have overcome cancer, loss, and financial problems and Romance Books let my heart soar and feel free. Let me tell you in this world, and during this time where life can have so many struggles it is great that you can be, have, and do so many things to find love and romance and still be yourself!


    • Tammy – I didn’t even think of the places we get to visit when we’re reading … that’s a wonderful point. And yeah, sometimes it’s just nice to be taken to somewhere else and have a chance to live through our characters.

      Congratulations on beating cancer. Every author who’s ever written a romance would love to know their story helped you through a difficult time.

  85. Mary Roya

    I love your work. I think I have read everything you have written. I love romance with HEA endings. Life can be so hard, I love the escape the romances give me. I love suspense, paranormal and hot mind blowing sex. Just like you write.

    Keep writing so I can keep reading. Mary


    • Mary – Thank you for the compliment on my writing. There’s nothing like knowing readers are enjoying my stories.

      Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  86. Tina B

    My favorite sub-genre is paranormal. Though, I do love erotic romance and historicals as well. :) Loved the excerpt!
    trb0917 at gmail.com

  87. Sherry S.

    I read pretty much anything I wanted when I was growing up. I fell in love with books by Kathleen Woodiwiss. My favorite sub-genre is paranormal (shifter).
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

    • Sherry – So many people have mentioned Kathleen Woodiwiss and I know she’s one of the founding authors of romance. I’m definitely going to have to check out her books. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  88. June

    I love a variety of romances….historical, paranormal, futuristic/sci fi, BDSM, suspense, etc.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com