Why Books Over Money…

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…to change your life, that is.

Think about it. Examine the threads of your life and ask yourself, “What really affected me?”

The answer is easy for me. Books. By a mile in fact.books

Pivotal, life affecting moments from the big to the small came with a book in my hands. Sometimes change came slowly with microscopic tweaking to my character and intellect, but other times, books shifted my course with seismic force.

And romance? The genre has been a constant friend since my earliest years.

From Disney’s golden books to fabulous fairy tales, I was entrenched in the power of love Abstract photo of love conceptand the beauty of romance. Even now, book discussions with my teenage sons reveal basic truths. Their reading tastes veer toward military memoirs, zombies and dystopian worlds, but both grudgingly agree romance deserves its position of prominence in the reading world.


iStock_000011015681MediumBecause romance brings life back to the fundamentals. My sons enjoy their books with undercurrents of societal change, but romance takes the reader through an ancient rhythm: the journey of a man and a woman falling in love.

We’re all seekers on love’s path, no matter where we are in life. One-to-one human understanding never gets old and never truly gets mastered.聽And money? The stuff is nice and necessary, but like the old saying goes: Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime.

So, if love from sweet to scorching is what you seek, you’re in the right place.

Embracing Romance is for the book-minded. We’re looking to connect with readers who crave other times, other places, and romance….lots and lots of romance.

Come join us!聽~Gina Conkle

Before you leave, why not share a comment on a pivotal book in your life, and please tell me why. Maybe it was a romance, maybe not, but I’d love to know what books touched you. And please, spread the news to your friends about Embracing Romance …one book at a time.

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A writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, Gina loves history, books and romance鈥he perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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40 Responses

  1. sarahballance

    This is a fabulous post, Gina! One of my most pivotal reads was Crime Scene on Cardwell Ranch by BJ Daniels. It was my first Harlequin Intrigue and I absolutely fell in love with romantic suspense as a result. No matter what genre I tackle as an author, threads of suspense infiltrate…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    • Gina Conkle

      Hi Sarah,
      Thank you! I think that’s really interesting about the impact of suspense on you as a reader and writer. Someone in my local RWA chapter told us Sylvia Day has a constant theme throughout all of her books: survival. No matter the genre, she has the common theme of survival, almost like an unspoken brand or promise to her readers. And happy writing to you in the wee hours of the morning.

  2. Maggi Andersen

    Great post, Gina! I’d have to say Georgette Heyer’s novels. Regency Buck, Arabella and many others. Heyer’s books vividly described a Regency world I came to love. I loved spending time there. I still do.

  3. Gina Conkle

    Hi Maggi,
    Thanks! I keep hearing about Georgette Heyer’s influence on many, many writers. Is she the reason you write Regency? I discovered my grandma’s box of Barbara Cartland romances when I was 12 and went through them one after the other. Funny, as I type this, I love to read historical romance of all eras, but at least half my romances are Regency! That’s an enduring sub-genre.

  4. Maggi Andersen

    It is Gina. It was Heyer – although there’s been many excellent authors since – who set me on the path of writing Regencies and Georgian stories, while Victoria Holt influenced my Victorian mysteries.

  5. hollybushbooks

    To Kill a Mockingbird was a pivotal book for me. Lee put me in the story, in the place, so vividly and realistically, that Jem and Atticus and the rest were real to me. I was able to see/feel the relationships between characters and their dependencies on each other. There is no greater challenge to a romance writer than to make the relationship between the hero and heroine feel genuine. Great post Gina! Books rule!

      • Gina Conkle

        My youngest son is in 8th grade and To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the books to read before summer break. Must be an 8th grade standard.

    • Gina Conkle

      Yes! Love it when others feel so passionate about books. To Kill a Mockingbird is also the rare story that translated well from book to movie. Since that doesn’t always happen, yet in this case, both are well done, enjoying critical and commercial success. Sometimes it’s a challenge for me to put the reader in the character’s shoes (I think because I keep myself at a safe distance from others, emotionally speaking). I’m guessing a strength in your books is building empathy between the characters and your readers. And thanks Holly!

  6. Jessica Jefferson

    When I think of pivotal books in my life, I always come back to Judith McNaught’s Paradise. It was a romance but it really was the first book of what became my favorite obsession. I was always a reader, but romance is what really opened up the possibility of possibly making writing a career.

    • Gina Conkle

      My first memory of being read to was a poem from a compendium my mom had when she was a little girl. She read poems like “Humpty Dumpty” and “The Cow Jumped Over The Moon” but then she turned to “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes and I was hooked. Talk about torrid romance! And I was only 5. I asked her to read “The Highwayman” to me over and over again. I think that means I was a goner for romance. I’m glad you felt encouraged by Judith McNaught’s book to write. For me it was the movie ‘Gladiator’ that prodded me. It’s interesting this progress on our writer’s journey.

  7. B.J. Scott

    Great post! Like you, I started with Little Golden Books and other children’s stories and fables. But the pivotal point I remember is when read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis when I was in grade 4. Love the book and think I signed it out every month for the remainder of the school year. The librarian kept suggesting other books, but I just had to read it one more time. 馃槈 Been a fan of CS Lewis ever since. From that point on I was hooked and could not get enough. When other kids were outside playing tag, I was in my room devouring a book. As I got older, I discovered romance in the books I read and found myself gravitating toward historical based books like Little Women, Gone with the Wind and Jane Eyre. Timeless love that conquers all

    • jessicajefferson

      C.S. Lewis, Gone with the Wind! My favorite part of this post is the comments section taking me for a trip on the way back machine!

    • Gina Conkle

      Thanks BJ. There must be something about 4th grade, because for me I kept checking out the 101 Dalmatians story. I’d finish the book and then start all over again. Then in 5th grade I made this big jump to Gone With The Wind and Katherine by Anya Seton. In fact, 5th grade was the year I knew I wanted to be a writer, influenced directly from those books. I had no idea the genre, but I knew writing was for me. I haven’t read CS Lewis but my boys have. But, I’m guessing the biggest draw for you is in your final words: Timeless love that conquers all. And that’s probably what readers find in your stories…a great thing to read.

  8. Sandra Owens

    Lovely post, Gina. My earliest memory of books is being read to by my mom out of a large red-leather book full of children’s stories. That was the beginning of my love of books. Once I could read on my own, it was Nancy Drew. I devoured those books, and was terribly envious of her adventures. Since, there’s so many favorites on my shelves, I couldn’t begin to name them all here. Have never understood anyone who doesn’t like to read. 馃檪

    • Gina Conkle

      Thanks Sandra. Moms play such a great role in book love, don’t they? I had a lot of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books on my shelves growing up, but I leaned more toward the Disney stories. Could there be some adventure story writing in your future? I think realizing your dreams with your book being published is a pretty great adventure, too.

    • Gina Conkle

      I know, I LOVE history in stories, whether reading or writing them. That must be why you put so much passion into your DeVere series, showing the hero’s change through his life’s adventures.

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