Okay the winner of the copy of WWW is MsHellion. However, because I still have a few ARCs left of the book, I'm going to give away two second place winners. And the Krisgils33 and Refhater. Send me your snail mail address at Christie (at) christie-craig.com
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Friday, June 18th, was the official release day for WILD, WICKED & WANTON: 101 WAYS TO LOVE LIKE YOU’RE IN A ROMANCE NOVEL, the humorous self-help/relationship book I co-wrote with Faye Hughes. We really enjoyed writing this book, and I can honestly say that I embrace its message that real women can learn a lot about men and relationship from reading romance novels.
I recently ran a contest through Dorchester Publishing for the release of my sixth humorous romantic suspense novel SHUT UP AND KISS ME. I’d asked readers to send me a short essay describing what they had learned from reading romance novels. Today, I’m posting the winning entry and the honorable mentions. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Winner: Virginia C
Romance novels offer the hope that true love is attainable, and "Happily Ever After" can be ours. They also provide an escape from everyday life. We can view the romantic entanglements and sensual experiences of the characters and imagine ourselves in their place. Some "romance stories" go much further. They present a more realistic look at characters with physical and emotional problems, financial difficulties, abuse situations, unplanned pregnancies and so much more. Sometimes, I want to read about life scenarios which are similar to my own. Other times, I want to be completely involved by characters and life stories far outside my everyday world. You can find all of these things by reading romance novels. Whether you search for the familiar or the exotic, chaste love or deep sensuality, you will find it all in "romance novels".
Honorable Mention – Zita
From romance novels I have learned that love is universal and worth fighting for. I have learned that showing someone you love them is not an embarrassment. And that it’s okay to love, even if it’s not returned. In fact, I have learned that love doesn’t need reciprocation at all, it just is, and it’s a good thing. I have learned that loving myself is vital to being loved, which only makes sense. I have learned that sex is not necessarily love and vice-versa. I have learned that love comes in all shapes and sizes. And that romance can be funny, sweet, serious, painful, hard, easy, emotional, dreadful, heart-breaking, renewing, rejuvenating, justifying, and the biggest mistake of your life. It can also be the best thing that’s ever happened to you, and that is the lesson I learned the most from romance novels: that happily ever after exists and to not be afraid if it comes knocking at my door. No matter how many romance novels I read, I will cheer for the spunky heroine and the misunderstood hero. I will root for their relationship through all the trials and tribulations authors force them through. I will laugh with them, cry with (and for) them, and celebrate their victories, because I have learned that life really does imitate art and the more romance novels are written and read, the more romance is released into the world. And there ain’t nothing better than that!
Honorable Mention – Joy
What I learned is some of what I learned in kindergarten:
1. Play fair.
2. You had better share your feelings.
3. Clean up your own messes and sometimes those of others.
4. Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody and forgive yourself.
5. Have a good sense of humor and forgive yourself.
6. Have fun and laugh a lot.
6. Judge others by their actions and not their words.
7. Love can hurt.
8. Don't be afraid of the dark-you can have a lot of fun in it.
and I learned that I need to read faster-too many books and not enough
Honorable Mention – Michele
I have learned that when you sit down to read a Romance Novel it takes you to another place, you can put aside your troubles. I’ve learned that lost love is not always lost. I’ve learned that the hero always has chiseled features and rock hard abs. I’ve learned that either one or both characters first fight or hide the attraction then the sexual tension builds things go well before things go wrong then things work out. I’ve learned that the “ordinary” girl can get the hot high profile guy. I’ve learned that someone always seems to have money. I’ve learned one or both characters will have another conflict besides their love life to overcome. I’ve learned that the guy always gets the girl in the end or the girl always gets the guy. I’ve learned that if there are interesting enough they will get their own book and finally what I’ve learned is that there is always a happily ever after
Honorable Mention – Colleen
Romance Novels, The one thing that stands out most for me is that I am addicted to Happily Ever Afters. No matter what romance genre, what type of hero or heroine there are, the settings or situations, I want to go along with the characters' journey to find their Happily Ever Afters! The variety of characters and their situations create a world in which I can follow along and experience their pain, anger, misunderstandings, adventures, and learning experiences all to lead to their Happily Ever Afters. The whole journey is a wonderful way to see a character develop and grow, but oh my should I even say it again, I WANT THE HAPPILY EVER AFTERS! ;)
Honorable Mention – Carolyn
What I learned from Romance novels is: The man that I most hate will be the one I end up with. I am most likely to meet him either when I look the worst or am in dire need of life saving. He will have a name like Dirk Bensen or Sir James Winchester. Our relationship will just be getting good, when we will have a huge fight due to the fact that I appear to be more interested in his best friend, who is a loveable rake, or due to gossip given him by my seductive female rival. He will apologize to me just as I am about to flee the castle for parts unknown. We will live happily ever after!
Congrats to all the winners!
TWO NEW CONTESTS:
I’m also running two contests right now – one is at www.WritewithUs.net to celebrate the release of Wild, Wicked & Wanton. It’s an essay contest in 250 words or less about the craziest, zaniest or worst romantic disaster you've ever had and what you learned from the experience. One entry will be drawn at random and will win the following: $50 Visa gift card (use it to pamper yourself with a pedicure/manicure/facial), a $10 gift card at Victoria's Secret (treat yourself!), a massage oil set (treat you and your special someone), a copy of Shut Up and Kiss Me, some chocolate and more. The deadline is August 31st. You can read more about it here.
The other contest is open to everyone who comments on today’s blog. To win, just post a comment and tell me why you enjoy reading romance novels. Do they uplift your day, make you smile, make you feel sexier? What’s the appeal? One lucky commenter will receive a copy of Wild, Wicked and Wanton, so don’t be shy. Post away.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Posted by Christie Craig at 3:30 AM