ROMANTIC PICKS VIEW ON #HARRYANDMEGHAN #ROMANCEREADERS

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Romance writers and readers love Happily Ever After. 

We write stories with alpha males and strong women who find their soulmates for their HEA. Most of our heros are rich and powerful. We weave a fantasy to let the reader escape reality for a moment. More importantly, we try to make every woman…and man feel their is someone special out there for them.

Our imagination soars when it comes to the British royals. Historical romances are filled with the aristocrats of England. Romance writers have used princes, dukes, earls, and viscounts for years, making them the heros that the heroines yearn for. But remember, we write fantasy.

In reality for us Americans, there was a little thing called the American Revolution. We Americans fought for the right that anyone, no matter their birth, could make their own path in the world. We don’t fully understand the Royal Family of England. Sure, we get up early to watch every royal wedding on TV. Sure, we go ga-ga over every royal baby picture. But its not personal to us. We are appalled by the scandal that Prince Andrew brought on the House of Windsor, but not anymore than we are by anyone connected to Jeffrey Epstein. We don’t feel the shock of Prince Andrew’s association with the monster.

As long as I can remember, tabloids have followed royalty. It sells. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would buy every magazine with Princess Grace of Monaco in it. I’m the same. I keep up with what’s going on with the royals. The way I looked at them changed when Princess Diana got engaged to Prince Charles. Honestly, my first thought was that poor thing has to wake up every morning to those ears. Diana looked so innocent, so viriginal. (Just a little tid-bit, did you know that Romance novelist, Barbara Cartland, was related to Princess Diana by marriage?) Diana was according to the papers a virgin because before she become Prince Charles’ wife, she had to be checked by a doctor to make sure she had never been with a man before. Now, I don’t know if that’s true. It was just something I remember reading at the time. I do remember watching the wedding. Diana looked so beautiful and happy. We all know how that ended. You can probably tell that Prince Charles isn’t my favorite royal. I don’t see how anyone could treat his wife in the manner he did. A gentleman? Not in my eyes. Remember ‘Tampongate’. Who talks like that? It was disgusting. What makes it worse to me is that he never loved Diana. Prince Charles was doing what he was instructed to do by the ‘crown.’ Marry a virgin of acceptable lineage. At the time, he wasn’t allowed to marry a commoner…you know the ones that aren’t born into privilege. Now, I will say I don’t know what would have happened had he been allowed to marry who he wanted from the beginning, but the way he treated Diana was unforgivable.

Because of Diana, the Royals have changed. We have seen Prince William marry the person of his choosing. Prince William has grown up in the public eye and has emerged as someone that the public can look up to. He has brought back the dignity that the Crown demands…along with his brother, Prince Harry. Prince Harry has been known for his charities and goodwill.

Which brings us back to Harry and Meghan. According to the headlines, he has resigned from being a senior member of royalty. What do I think of that? I think I need to write a romance using Harry as the hero.

As an American, I admire his choice because as being a royal he never had one. He’s not complaining about being born into wealth and privilege. What he is saying that he wants to make his own way. This is not a crisis. What was he? Like seventh in line for the throne. He’s not hurting anyone. He’s choosing to live his life on his own terms.

I’m just going to say—what does the monarchy want? For Harry, to always be in the background of his brother…always putting the needs of Will and Kate before his own family. I don’t think Harry is quitting his family. It’s just time for him to leave the nest so to speak and become the man he wants to be: a loving husband and father.

The consequences of his choice are his, but I personally don’t think he’s making a mistake. I love Meghan. (Yes, I watched her in Suits.) If they do move to Canada, I don’t think that’s a mistake. I have visited Canada a few times. Last year, my daughter and I stayed a week in Nova Scotia. It was just lovely and the people were so kind. Why is living in Canada taboo for a Royal? Isn’t Canada part of their commonwealth?

Love is a voice that echoes in all our hearts. Harry is listening to his.

Harry and Meghan’s happily ever after starts now!

 

ROMANTIC PICKS #HOLIDAYREADS #FREE #FANATSYREADS Plus #Giveaway

61vb7jNp-WL._SX260_THE CHRONICLES OF KERRIGAN ~ FREE

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?
Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family’s history. Her mother & father died when she was young; it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.
Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?
As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It’s up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family’s past and have a ray of hope for her future.

51cXGuv5FML._SY346_RISE OF THE DRAGONS ~ FREE

“If you thought that there was no reason left for living after the end of the Sorcerer’s Ring series, you were wrong. In RISE OF THE DRAGONS Morgan Rice has come up with what promises to be another brilliant series, immersing us in a fantasy of trolls and dragons, of valor, honor, courage, magic and faith in your destiny. Morgan has managed again to produce a strong set of characters that make us cheer for them on every page.…Recommended for the permanent library of all readers that love a well-written fantasy.”
–Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos

5103g7Q9HoL._SY346_A THRONE FOR SISTERS ~ FREE

“Morgan Rice’s imagination is limitless. In another series that promises to be as entertaining as the previous ones, A THRONE OF SISTERS presents us with the tale of two sisters (Sophia and Kate), orphans, fighting to survive in a cruel and demanding world of an orphanage. An instant success. I can hardly wait to put my hands on the second and third books!”

–Books and Movie Reviews (Roberto Mattos)
From #1 Bestseller Morgan Rice comes an unforgettable new fantasy series.

51QZt6JNN1L (1)PAST OF SHADOWS ~ FREE

Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life…to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny, fate has dictated to her.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive, peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the danger that awaits her–an evil like no other–Asmeodai!

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ROMANTIC PICKS #INDIEBOOKFINDS #LOVEANDLIES

LOVE, LIES AND OTHER DECEPTIONS

Love can be quite a trip! Whether it’s that first magnetic encounter with a fascinating stranger, the desperate wait for a call that never comes, or even the lies and deceptions of an illicit affair, there’s nothing like the power of attraction to have us acting like crazy fools. Many of these twenty funny, twisty or thoughtful short tales by bestselling novelist Ellie Campbell, (aka sisters Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell), were first published internationally in top women’s magazines like That’s Life, Bella, Take A Break, Woman, Woman’s Own and Chat. So grab a glass of wine, fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a bumpy ride along the rocky road to romance. It may be turbulent but it’s still a whole lot of fun.

ROMANTIC PICKS #Hugsfromhollyday

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Join us this Wednesday, May 3, as we honor and celebrate #hugsfromhollyday.

Holly was known to give the best hugs, and her love for everyone and everything in life was contagious.  Let’s spread this joy as we scatter sunshine in Holly’s honor on her birthday.

Here’s how YOU can get involved on Wednesday, May 3:

  1. Wear PINK in Holly’s honor
  2. Make a plan to share hugs and spread love & joy through random acts of heartfelt kindness for those in your community.  Smile more.  Compliment somebody.  Write a kind note.  Share treats (or chicken nuggets).  Do a free lemonade stand.  Leave a bigger tip than usual.  Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru.  Donate a book in Holly’s honor.  Turn up the music and dance… the list is endless.  Be creative!
  3. Capture your family spreading joy and post your pictures using the hashtag #hugsfromhollyday

Share this! Shout it from the rooftops! Let’s spread kindness and love and make Wednesday a HOLLYday!

In Holly’s honor, I will give away a print version of my book Broken Legacy-it has a pink cover- to a random reader…

Please Tweet out #Hugsfromhollyday

This story touched me when I first read about it. My heart goes out to this couple. But I have always felt that there is a purpose to everyone’s life…no matter how short it may have been. Spreading kindness is a wonderful legacy.

A little bit of kindness goes a long way.

ROMANTIC PICKS #FREEBIE SPOTLIGHT – Love by Beth Boyd

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“ ***** The most romantic book you will read this year. I couldn’t put my kindle down until I found out whether Karen and Adam would find happiness and true love.” Ann Stephens

“I could not put it down and definitely suggest it to everyone! A true captivating page turner!” Michele Brasher

“This was a lovely, easy, couldn’t put it down read. Really enjoyed it”

“This is a very well-written, funny, romantic novel. Karen, the main character, is very believable and realistic.” W.B

LOVE is a charming, funny and romantic novel which you won’t be able to put down

The achingly romantic story of Karen’s search for independence AND love. Karen meets Adam when she goes to look after her grandmother’s adorable dog and beautiful Cornish seaside cottage. Adam is Karen’s childhood sweetheart now fully grown into a dashing but inscrutable travel writer. Their love seems to be written in the stars, but events and a pushy estate-agent called Nick come between them. Will they end up together, and will Karen work out whether she can pursue her artistic dreams and succeed in love?

Beautifully written and evocative, this full length novel will delight you with its wonderful romance, humour, and stunning setting.

 

Saturday’s Romantic Picks Spotlight FREEBIE- Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past

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WHISPERS OF A LEGEND, PART ONE- SHADOWS OF THE PAST

by Carrie James Haynes

Spotlight Free eBook!

WHISPERS OF A LEGEND, VOLUME I
A semi-finalist in THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW’S BEST SCIT-FI/FANTASY OF 2012!

Whispers of a Legend saga: Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life…to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny fate has dictated to her.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.

Shadows of the Past, Book One of the Whispers of a Legend is the first in nine installments of the saga. It is a journey of a young woman’s battle to embrace her destiny. Whispers of a Legend follows Kela along this conflicting path, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

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