Monday, November 12, 2012

VBT: Guest Post with Sophie Barnes + Giveaway (US/CA)

We've had the lovely Sophie Barnes on the blog before promoting her debut book, How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back. Today she is stopping by the blog in celebration of her back to back releases and wondering why people think they don't read romance when they obviously do. Isn't that the core of most books? First let's welcome Sophie back to the blog and see what she has to say about this subject.

WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG SOPHIE!

Meet Sophie:
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

Connect with Sophie: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




So you don’t read romance – allegedly

First of all, I’d like to thank Romancing the Rakes For The Love of Romance for inviting me here today – it’s great to be back!!! Things have been really busy lately with my two upcoming releases so it’s nice to just hang out a bit =)

After writing The Unfortunate Persecution of the Romance Novel on a whim back in January, I was surprised by how much attention it got and by how many people responded to it. Many posted comments relating how difficult it can be for them to be taken serious by others simply because they like reading romance novels. Some of these people were even too embarrassed to admit to friends and family that this is the genre they prefer. Unfortunately, there will always be ignorant people in the world who will snub their noses at something based on preconceived ideas and without actually knowing what they’re talking about. If you ask me, nobody should have to be ashamed of the books they read, and those who are most biased, are usually those who are most ill-informed.

I’ve thought this over many times in my head since writing that first post, wondering what I could possibly do or say to make everyone realize that romance novels are not dumb reads that fail to challenge the mind. They are not inferior to any other fiction books out there, and they should not be dismissed on any basis whatsoever.

Well, I’m only one person and frankly I have no aspiration of changing the whole world’s opinion, but if I can just reach a few and perhaps put some “closet readers” at ease, then that’s good enough for me =)

So, back to my pondering…I eventually started considering the books I myself had read before turning to romance, going over all of my favorite authors until I realized something important – many “non-romance” novels center around a romantic plot! I kid you not – it’s true!

For instance, have any of you read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, or the sequel, World Without End? (Huge blockbuster books which were read by men and women alike) How about The Physician by Noah Gordon, River God by Wilbur Smith or any other Wilbur Smith books for that matter? How about Sydney Sheldon? I’ve read many of his books and if memory serves, most of his plots had romance woven into them. Cathedral by the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones is another example, not to mention Jan Guillou’s Knight Templar trilogy which has a strong romantic subplot.

My point is that I’m sure there are many “anti-romance novel enthusiasts” out there who have taken great pride in reading these books or others like them and then recommending them to friends and relatives, praising them to high heaven. Well, guess what – romance is at the core of each of these books. In fact, the only difference in many cases is the cover. So next time, think twice before you snub your nose at a category romance novel, because chances are that you’ve read similar books without even being aware of it, and as for my fellow romance readers – take courage! At least you’re not living in ignorance, and when someone dares to frown at the book you’re reading, just ask them about their last read or favorite book. I bet you can find a romance there somewhere =)

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ll be popping in throughout the day to chat with you and to answer any questions you might have. So feel free to leave a comment or two – I’d love to hear about non-romance books you’ve read that screamed romance from the get go.

If you’d like to follow my tour, I’ll be back tomorrow at Not Another Romance Blog to introduce the characters from There’s Something About Lady Mary and The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda

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There’s Something About Lady Mary:
Genre: Historical
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (November 13, 2012)

Mary Croyden lives a simple life . . . and she likes it. But when she inherits a title and a large sum of money, everything changes. Forced to navigate high society, Mary finds herself relying on the help of one man—Ryan Summersby. Determined not to lose her sense of self, she realizes that Ryan is the only person she can trust. But Mary's hobbies are not exactly proper, and Ryan is starting to discover that this simple miss is not at all what he expected . . . but just might be exactly what he needs.
Pre-order A Copy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | Powell's
The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda:
Genre: Historical
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (November 20, 2012)

Lucy Blackwell is desperate, reckless, and maybe a little bit crazy. That's the only possible explanation for tricking a man she doesn't know into a dance, a kiss, and an engagement—all in the middle of the biggest ball of the year! But Lord William Summersby is the final piece of her grand plan, and she'll do what it takes to make this marriage of convenience work—as long as it's convenient for her. She just never counted on falling in love . . .
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Okay, time for the giveaway. Sophie's blog tour coordinator is giving away two(2) ebook copies of the titles. Also, Sophie is giving away some swag at each blog stop so there's two giveaways.
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Thanks to Sophie for stopping by and to Melanie for coordinating.

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