Monday, July 22, 2013

Life-Changing Books

Congratulations to Kai and Jonetta, the winners of Theresa's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’d like to thank Just Contemporary Romance for having me today.

I recently attended my first Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City where I met Jude Deveraux. I'm not one to get excited if I see a celebrity during my travels, but when my husband pointed out that my idol, Jude Deveraux, was signing books not too far away from where I was signing on Saturday May 4th at the Sheraton in Kansas City, I ran off to meet her.

And I’m so glad I did. I feel as if my writing journey has come full circle. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I never read A Knight in Shining Armor. Would I have become a writer?

"The moment I read the last page, I knew I wanted to be a romance writer." 

It all happened over twenty years ago when I was pregnant with my fourth and last child and on leave of absence from work. My sister handed me Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor and for the next few hours I was taken away to another world. The escapism and the joy I felt while reading AKISA was something I had never experienced before. I was so connected with the characters, Douglass and Nicholas. I cried and laughed and the moment I read the last page, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I loved watching the heroine, Douglass Montgomery, slowly develop a backbone. Douglass was not a cardboard character. She seemed real to me and she grew right before my eyes. I knew whatever life tossed her way, she would be okay. Douglass found true love once, and she would find it again. There are so many great scenes, simple everyday events like making brownies come to mind, and seeing Douglass fall to her knees, overcome with emotion.

It's a special writer and a special book that can do that to a reader--cause them to conjure up feelings so strong they are literally life-changing. That's what happened to me. 

How about you? What life-changing books have you read?

I will be giving away two digital copies of HERE COMES THE BRIDE to 2 commenters. 

You can find Theresa at:

Samantha Johnston, a reporter for the LA Beat, is determined to attend the wedding of one of America’s hottest actors in hopes of learning the identity of his mystery bride.

Not only does Samantha manage to sneak inside the church, she ends up saying, “I do.”

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  1. A Knight in Shining Armor is my favorite book of all time. I sleep with the book under my pillow since I was read back in high school. I just love Douglass and Nicolas. I did cried when I got to the middle to the book and than at the end of the book. I love it when Nicolas saved Douglass and than Douglass saved Nicolas.

    Another memorable book is Mimosa Grove by Dinah McCall. I just love Laurel and Justin. I also love the scene when she was trying to save her father.


  2. Life changing is such a big statement but for me it was Naked in Death and the whole In Death series by J. D. Robb. I had no idea this was Nora Roberts' pseudonym and went on a pursuit to find others who loved these books. It lead me to Shelfari and then Goodreads. Friends had me read the Gallaghers of Ardmore series and I fell in love with contemporary romance. I've been on a three-year journey where I've discovered some great writers and titles. And, my bookshelf grew from a paltry 200+ books to now almost 3,000! I'd say this has been pretty life changing.

  3. I had the opposite reaction after I read the book that made me want to become a writer. I was like, This was CRAP! I can do so much better!

    Yeah, not as easy as you think... :)

  4. Hi Theresa,
    My "I want to be a writer like she is" author was LaVyrle Spencer. When I read "The Gambler" and "Hummingbird"--I just knew I wanted to make people feel the way LaVyrle had made me feel. When I got to meet her in person it was a pivotal moment, even though it took me many more years to realize my dream. It remains to be seen whether I ever touch someone's emotions with my books--but those old idols of mine really stayed with me along this path! Great post--lots of fun to remember the giants who've come before us!


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