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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Interview with THE Romance Man


Today, I'm very excited to have The Romance Man at Lady Scribes. I first learned about RM through a facebook post by author Jessica Scott. Nosy person that I am, I clicked on the link and started reading the most hilarious book review evah. Seriously.  The line that killed me was: The hero kept appearing out of nowhere; I think the author confused Navy SEALS with ninjas.

Don't be fooled (and  DEAR LORD don't read his blogs at work or church--if you work at a church, you're just plain screwed.), RM takes romance seriously, even his approach to reviewing and sharing too much information has a serious bent.  And it's because of this approach that he has amassed a serious following.

Usually, RM is doing polls and asking outrageous questions to get into the mind of the female reader, but today he's revealing all for us.

Marquita Valentine:  I read on your blog that you came out to your wife, Lexie--about reading Romance Novels, that is.  How exactly did *that* conversation go, and does she support your addiction?

Romance Man: It wasn't so much coming out as getting caught. She walked into my office while I was reading and I had to tell her. When she got done laughing I told her about the book I was currently reading and some of the others I had read. She was shocked simply because I am not the kind of guy you would ever think reads romance novels but she loves it. We read them together at night while we are in bed and it is great quality time together. I think every man should do this with his wife. It will improved their relationship and their sex life.

MV: Have you spilled the beans to any of your friends about your alter ego? 

RM: No, I have not told any family or friends about this. Since you have read my blog I'm sure you can understand why.

MV: What do you think a guy could learn by reading a romance novel?

RM: Romance novels are a blueprint for what women like and want and I can't believe more men haven't figured this out. I can't believe it took me so long to figure out. These are books that are written by women for women so they are filled with things that women like and find attractive. They are like an instruction manual and I have learned so much about women reading these books. 

MV:What's your favorite type of heroine? 

RM: Strong and feminine. I believe women can be strong and feminine and most writers do this well. I have read a few books where the writers mistake physical strength as the only kind of strength and sometimes they wind up writing women that are macho. I don't like that. I like women that are mentally and emotionally strong. That is very sexy to me. 

MV: Now that you're a pro at reading romance, do you have a favorite genre? 

RM: I am far from a pro but so far my favorite is Military mainly because I was in the military and I can relate to alot of the things in those books. I have not read a Historical yet and I don't really like Paranormal because they aren't normal. I like Contemporary though.

MV: Everyone loves your blog and it's become very well known in such a short span of time. How are you coping with your new found anonymous fame?

RM: It's bizarre in a lot of ways. I have a lot of new authors asking me to read their books and I get emails asking my opinion. It is strange that anyone would care what I think, my wife doesn't even care what I think. I wrote a blog called "Men and Marriage", it was geared toward men and was just some things that I thought men could easily do to improve their marriage and the response I received was huge. I got incredibly emotional, sad emails from women talking about there marriages and their problems and I realized that even though I am just a blogger what I write can effect people and that is a strange feeling for me. 


MV: Are you surprised at the welcome you've received by the romance writers' community? 

RM: Stunned is more like it. When I started my blog I really thought women would hate it because of my language and content but it has been the complete opposite women love the site. Everyone from readers to authors have been so kind to me and I never expected that. I have developed close friendships with many of these women and I think the romance community has some of the nicest people in the world in it. 

MV: Is there any situation you'd like to see written in a romance novel? 

RM: Yes I want to see a romance novel that does not have a happy ending, just once I want to see that. I also want to see a hero who is a war hero, vampire and shape shifter who falls in love with a heroine who is an alien.

Thank you so much for blogging with us today, RM! I hope you'll come back!

You can find The Romance Man on Twitter, facebook and at his blog.


What book would you suggest RM read next? 

137 comments:

  1. This is a great interview! I started reading Romance Man’s blog after Dakota Cassidy posted about it on her Facebook page and I was hooked. Romance Man you are just awesome! We love your blog and your perspective, you make us laugh and you even make us cry. It is such a cool concept that you are creating with your blog.

    As far as book recommendations go, my taste generally lean towards Paranormal Romance, but a series I really enjoy that your might like since it is Romantic Suspense is the Edge Novels by Shannon Butcher (I really love her PR series The Sentinel War Series). I am still looking forward to your review on Dark Lover by JR Ward.

    Thanks for the fun interview Marquita Valentine and Lady Scribes!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Alix. It's one of my favorite things about being a Lady Scribe--interviewing really cool people.

      And RM is funny and cool. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Another great interview RM. The warnings for your blog are rather tame. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! He does not sugar coat it and most of the posts are rather open, carefree and infused with colorful language.

    I love your POV and willingness to open yourself up to us. Thank you again for starting this blog. Your insight is refreshing and I love every minute of it. I have met some amazing people and we have some great discussions about books and relationships.

    Thank you ladies for having RM on your blog. Great questions!

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    1. I think you've hit the nail on the head, Toni. RM is open and his POV is really engaging.

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  3. Never read a historical? I am shocked RM.
    I feel like I need to take your arm, and walk with you thru that beaded curtain into a whole new world. You know, wave my hand flexing my fingers as the women used to on the old Bob Barker show.
    "You have finally reached it, Romance Man. The promised land of romance. Oh yes, and it is good. You may never look back." As the original historical snob up until about a year ago, it makes me weepy to think of you, a historical virgin, RM. And though you have claimed before that you use 7 positions in one night, I doubt you have ever attempted some of the positions you will find in historical romance. Oh RM, you are gonna love this. mwahahaha

    Good interview.

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    1. You had me giggling, krazymama! Give RM some book suggestions!

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  4. This feels like stalking or like being an RM groupie. Which reminds me of rock star groupies and war groupies (now these were a revelation to me). Hadn't known there were military groupies. Read about that in historicals by the way. Do they still exist today? You would know RM.

    Good interview :). Two comments. A romance MUST HAVE a HEA. secondly, try Nicholas Sparks - he writes books without HEA.

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  5. Welcome to LadyScribes! Loved the interview. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and insights with us today!

    As for what to recommend... Well, I read and write historical romance, and sometimes I write paranormal. So anything I would recommend, wouldn't be up your alley, so to speak. As I am headed for the airport and on my way to New Orleans in about an hour (where I'll get a mix of both historical and paranormal fixes) I will wish you luck with the blog today.

    And thanks to Marquita for such an awesome interview!

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  6. Great interview.
    RM, it is nice to see you restrained! We all now how much you liked it! Lol
    There are so many different kinds of Historicals to choose from. From Regency, medieval, early American, etc. I think Lexie would like a good strong Highlander. The Chief by Monica Mccarty comes to mind. It has military intrigue, spies, and its the start to a great series of a secret elite team of soldiers.

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  7. Thanks Alix!

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  8. Really Krazy? I will have to try one but which one?

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  9. Luci, I can't read Nicholas Sparks.

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    1. Nicholas Sparks is under the misconception that he doesn't write romance though. So, imho it's probably for the best. And I agree a romance must have a HEA or a HFN. It's the draw for romance I think.

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  10. Because he's a man?

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  11. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Romance Man!

    I'm still quivering--haven't read a historical? If you like strong and feminine then historical heroines will be right up your alley. I highly encourage you to try one!

    Liz Carlyle writes fabulous strong women and dark heroes. Jo Bourne writes a wonderful series about French and British spies. You have some great reading ahead of you!

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  12. Great interview.
    You need to read a good Historical. They have some of the best tension between the H/H. There are so many different kinds to choose from Regency, Medieval, early American,etc.
    The Chief by Monica McCarty comes to mind. It has military intrigue, spies and an elite team of soldiers. And of course it has the Highlanders. Nothing beats a man in a Kilt and wielding a broad sword.

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  13. Good morning RM and Marquita, great interview. I will freely admit I am a groupie!! Been there since the beginning! I enjoy Military romance, but yes, it HAS to have a HEA.
    Luci, I'm sorry, can't do Nicholas Sparks. They are always so sad, and to me, never a happy ending.
    It's hard to come up with a favorite genre. I usually love whatever I'm reading, or I don't read it!!!
    Thanks again Marquita for a great interview.

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    1. So happy you liked the interview, Pat. The only Sparks book I liked, besides The Notebook, was The Lucky One--that actually had a HEA.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. No Luci, cause he sucks.

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  15. Thanks Deb, everyone keeps saying that but no one tells me which book to start with.

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    1. Check out the two authors I mentioned and see what appeals to you. You can't go wrong with either one!

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  16. Thanks Granny, I will look into that since you are the only one who actually mentioned a book. I wear a kilt to, with no underwear

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  17. Thanks Pat and thanks for the recommendation on a good historical....oh never mind you didn't give one :)

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  18. Do you also carry a broad sword?

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  19. Thank you for visiting us at LadyScribes. I've been following your blog since I discovered it by a Twitter link. My husband reads paranormal romances. It was quite by accident the first time. He found it on a sales table and it looked and sounded like a good vacation book. He didn't realize he was buying a romance. I still remember doing a double take when I saw what he was reading. I am also fairly certain that if and when he is discussing books with his friends, those aren't mentioned. But, he continues to read them.

    I have no recommendations since, like Ava, I read and write historical. You really should try one sometime.

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  20. Do you also carry a broad sword?

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  21. Hi, RM!
    We're very happy to have you as our guest today. And thank you, Marquita, not only for the great interview, but for introducing me to a blog I hadn't found yet.

    I'm with you on Nicholas Sparks. I don't know your reason for not being able to read him, but I feel like he's an emotions puppeteer.

    I write historical and rarely have time to read these days, so I don't know who to recommend. I've wanted to pick up Cherry Adair, though. She's really funny in person, and to hear her talk about her stories, they sound like they have some well thought out intrigue. I like books with a little mystery I can't figure out in the first chapter.

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    1. Oh, I loved Cherry Adair when I met her last October! Fabulous author! I've loved every book I've read by her so far. She totally fills my action junkie cravings. And her class was awesome! She really knows her craft.

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  22. Thanks Jane and a Historical recommendation is what I am looking for.

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  23. Yes Granny, a very BIG sword

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  24. Thanks Samantha, do you have a historical recommendation. Nicholas Sparks is lame. You said it best he just tries to toy with your emotions. If you have to do that it is to cover for lack of good writing in my opinion

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    1. Try "Yours Until Dawn" by Teresa Mederios if you like a little humor. It's about a war hero who has returned with an injury that leaves him blind and the nurse that's hired to care for him. He's not an easy patient either. I wasn't as crazy about the last fourth of the book, but I still enjoyed the story overall.

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  25. Hi RM,
    Thanks for doing this interview with our fabulous Marquita! I'm going to back up Samantha and suggest Cherry Adair. I've been reading her books for years--and I'm tickled to say she is as delightful in person as she is on the page.
    Now that you're fluent in the language of romance, stud muffin, did you do something romantic for your wife on Mother's Day?

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  26. Cheryl Holt, Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, Julianne Maclean, Nicole Jordan, Stefanie Sloane, Lila Dipasqua, Grace Burrowes, oh I could go and on. AND Mary Balogh. Marys Slightly series is six books, family series. One of the best romance reads and another has one of the best endings ever. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
    By the way, RM, its me, Kiki...and I am with you on Nicholas Sparks. He does suck. I think maybe Luci was saying he has unhappy endings. Not that he is great. haha

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    1. The Bastion Club series by Stephanie Laurens
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    2. I love them too, Crazygranny. They are on my read/keep shelves. Stephanie & Julia each have more than a shelf. Have you ever read Mary Baloghs Slightly series? The Bedwyns?
      I have more of all these authors on my tbr shelves too. And Victoria Alexander, Paula Quinn, Julie Anne Long. And you are right, Crazygranny, I adore highlanders books! Do you think RM can pull off a kilt, commando? :-)

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    3. No. I haven't read any of Marys. My mom likes her though. I may have read Victoria and Paula not sure. Old age and all. Will check them out.
      I posted a kilt for Rm. Its definitely for going commando!

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    4. You always have a good picture. You and Nancy... haha

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  27. As for recommendation, I am loving the series I am currently reading by Sabrina Jeffries: Hellions of Halstead Hall. Oh, and another favorite of mine would be The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. Her books have both contemporary and historical.

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  28. RM says: I also want to see a hero who is a war hero, vampire and shape shifter who falls in love with a heroine who is an alien.
    Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress series is very close to this. Enter a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining and a seductive man undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman..."
    First book in the series Awaken me Darkly.

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  29. I haven't actually read his books because i cannot take unhappy endings but his books seemed on the lines of what you wanted.

    I have not only suggested historicals more than once i even offered to send you a copy of The Chief. If you would like offer is still open.

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  30. RM- good morning to you and just to let you know that I do this on my free will and not because you yelled at me on Twitter. I actually read this last night right before bed and thought it was a great interview. I do enjoy reading your post and think they are hilarious.

    To be honest I'm really surprise you haven't read a historical novel. Wow. Anyways, Sabrina Jeffries books are really good. I also like Mary Balogh's the Huxtable series.

    I think that is all, because I'm really getting up now, because it's 7am here. I hope that you have fun Marquita and RM today with all your responses.

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  31. Andris if you read my blog you would know what i did on mother's day. Geez.

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    1. It was a very sweet post for your wife. And I still hope you bought her something chocolately. ;}

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    2. I think they prefer, vanilla, Andris. *snort*

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  32. Kiki, why do you keep changing your name?

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  33. Really Luci? Sorry i don't remember that. OK, I will start with that book. I think I actually have it

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  34. Thanks Melody. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  35. Great interview RM! And uh yes, you did Mothers Day very special!

    Keep those posts coming. They truly do help me kick off my mornings with a laugh.

    :)

    D. Dye

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  36. Great interview, RM. I'm going now to check out your blog!

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  37. Why do you keep mixing me up with other people? :-) And dont forget about Mary Balogh! :-)
    Been Krazymama_98 way longer than there has been The Romance Man.

    Kiki/Krazymama_98

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  38. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Romance Man! Here at Lady Scribes, a number of us write historical romance, so I think we'd love it if you'd give them a chance. You might be surprised by how much you like them. Historical heroines tend to be very feminine, and the ones written today are also strong. You'd probably enjoy them. Thanks so much for joining us today.

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  39. Kiki, I didn't mix you up with anyone but it's hard to keep track of all your different names

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  40. Thanks Catherine, I will give on a try. The one Luci recommended.

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  41. I am sorry, poor RM. I wasnt trying to fool you. Krazymama_98 came up as my name on here. Didnt think about it til after I posted. You do a great job keeping people straight. Well, not that you are keeping them from being gay. But you keep their names straight. Even if some of us dont come very often. Well, I come often enough, ;-) I just dont comment very often. You have made me smile this morning, RM. Thanks. Read Historical!

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  42. Thanks for joining us, RM! I loved your interview, and while I haven't read your blog yet (yes, it appears I'm the only one!) I will definitely go check it out. And I'll send it to my dh, too. Tho, I'm not holding my breath that he'll ever read a romance novel. Not even mine!! ;D

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  43. Thanks Cynthia, look forward to seeing you there. To get your husband to read romance is easy just say this "if you read romance you will get laid more". It works every time

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    1. This might be why Hot Builder read a historical novel for me...

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  44. RM - I am not a fan of "Historicals" so I can't suggest one. If I read anything not contemporary it is something set in the west with cowboys with low slung gun belts.

    Nice interview - and nice to see you get some recognition. You have a very honest point of view and I am sure you have some closet male readers who are taking pointers. You are the conversation starter for some couples. Not where you thought you would be a few months ago huh? Just don't wear that cape outside - then people will know who you are

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  45. Good advice Mceckk and thanks.

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  46. Thanks for a great interview, RM. I'd like to recommend Carly Phillips as an awesome contemporary author read. Her latest series Serendipity was/is awesome. :))

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  47. Good morning from California, RM. I haven't seen one of my favorite historical authors mentioned--Elizabeth Hoyt is a wonderful writer. Her "Legend of the Four Soldiers" series is really well done, all dealing with military men returning from war, set in 1760s England.

    She's another of those authors who has a rhythm to her writing that really captures a reader. Plus, she's a real sweetheart.

    Have a great time here today--I'm going back to the book. Didn't finish that scene I was telling you about last night. GREAT way to start the day!

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    1. Elizabeth Hoyt is a great recommendation, Kate! I love her books. :)
      Happy writing!!


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  48. Thanks for the interview! I'll have to check out the RM blog. I recommend that RM read a historical. They are the absolute best!! But I could be biased... : )

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    1. Read RM's blogs with Bromance (your bromance not mine, lol). He'll love it.

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  49. RM it's so awesome to have you here today! We love you here! I've lurked on your blog for a while and btw I think the comments are as funny as the blog honestly. Your groupies (if I may steal the term) crack me up! I'm a huge fan of your wife because I love her attitude.

    I write action-packed historicals. I read a lot of men's adventure thrillers so my goal when I started writing some twenty years ago was to bring that kind of breathless action the historical genre. I hope I've succeeded at any rate.

    But I love history. It's what's made us who we are today and there are so many secret, fascinating stories hidden within the folds of time that you always find a gem if you really look for it.

    I suspect you're an action junkie like I am and my suggestion for historical romance would be someone who's influenced my career and my writing: Marsha Canham. She writes vivid action scenes and she can get pretty realistic with her scenes. Some people love it and some people don't. I personally love the realism. If you're in a sword fight on a pirate ship then it better be a little bloody. I love her pirate series better than her medieval series honestly. Extremely well written and she has fantastic characters.

    Awesome interview, Marquita, as always you do such a wonderful job with the questions! Love the RM! You rock! Now I'm off to go get my gaming fix and blow stuff up. Have a great day folks!

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    1. Aww Melody! You're awesome and thank you! I am so glad you liked Valkyrie's Vengeance! Now I'm really not going be able to concentrate today lol. And here I am instead of writing like a good little writer should, I'm goofing off here lol. Procrastination is thy name.

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  50. Thanks Suzie, I will have to check out your books since you are my new favorite person.

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    1. RM- I have read some of Suzie's books and they are a lot fun. I really like her Viking novel.

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  51. LOL awesome! I'll send you whichever one interests you most, RM. Is it wrong that I got a little tingly because you said that?? I think hubby might say so LOL. He's a military, too. Calvary. And the funny thing is he helps me plot and plan out my fight and battle scenes. I can't tell you how many times he's told me "You can't do that. It wouldn't work." LOL so he choreographs my fight scenes for me. Anything that you think is over-the-top or not done probably came from me secretly inserting it LOL. I'm lucky he's read every single one of my books. He doesn't read much though so he hasn't ventured into the romance genre but maybe I can convince him otherwise. Have a great day, RM. And email me at suziegrantauthor(at)gmail(dot)com if you find a book of mine you'd like to try. My latest release Valkyrie's Vengeance is probably the most action-packed so you might enjoy that one.

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  52. Suzie that is so cool. I want to read one. Can you send me the one you like the best?

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    1. Oh, absolutely! You've just made my day! I'll be on cloud nine now and no one will be able to get my attention. I had a terrible day yesterday where I couldn't focus because I was working out a plot issue with my current wip and totally put my underwear on outside of my yoga pants *rolls eyes*...And now I'm going to be distracted all effing day today, too? I haven't heard the end of all the ribbing from the hubby from yesterday's little blonde moment so we'll see well I fare today lol.

      Thanks RM this is really awesome! And now I'm nervous, too.

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  53. LOL I can't wait to read it and that's why I don't wear underwear

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  54. I was wearing underwear when I said that Marquita, now I'm not wearing anything

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  55. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Romance Man! You know, when I finished my first book, my husband reluctantly agreed to read it. About halfway through, I asked what he thought, and he said, "It's... *good*. Like, really good."
    LOL - he was so surprised that a romance could be something enjoyable to read. Sometimes I wonder how many more readers the genre would have if people dropped their misconceptions and actually *tried* one. Anyway, it makes me very happy that there are men like you out there that have come to the dark side ;)

    Thanks again for joining us - what a treat!

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  56. There would be a lot Erin because they are good books written by good writers. The problem is partly they are so geared towards women which is understandable. But alot of men are reading 50 shades and I think alot of it has to do with the cover to be honest. If romance wants to attract men and they should they need better marketing

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    1. Serious question: what would you suggest for marketing?

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    2. Ditto! I'd love to have more male readers.

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    3. Oh my, if only you knew how much wailing and gnashing of teeth went into the brainstorming we do for marketing! We spend HOURS trying to come up with effective, original, and far-reaching as possible marketing ideas - all within our paltry budgets. As Marquita and Suzie has said, any suggestions you have would be great!

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  57. I think you start with the covers. There is no need to have a hot guy or girl for that matter on the cover. Everyone knows what a romance novel is. The covers now a days make the book and the writers look cheap I think. To me they say "my writing isn't that good so I will distract you with a picture". The cover of 50 shades was brilliant. It really was and I think that's why a lot of men are reading it. Men aren't going to pick up a book with a naked man on the cover. So if it is a military romance emphasize the military and so on. That would be a start. Second emphasize the story over the romance on the back and in the blurbs.

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    1. Changing publishers' minds about these things is as easy as controlling the tides. They think these covers sell books to women, which is the target market. But how great would it be to open it up to a wider audience?

      I have half naked men on the books I write, but I don't chose my covers or have any input on marketing. I know the covers aren't going to appeal to most men. (The men in my life have been giving me a hard time about one guy's "twelve pack" for months.)On the other hand, the cover drew quite a few women to my table at the RT book signing that ended up buying my book.

      So, do I have a point??? Nah. Or if I did, I've lost it.

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  58. I want to start a marketing campaign on my blog geared towards men but I haven't figured out how to do it yet. Because the bottom line is this: If you read a romance novel with your wife YOU WILL GET LAID EVERYTIME. i just have to figure out how to get that message to men cause I don't have many male readers.

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    1. I think that's awesome and if I can help in anyway, let me know. I'd love to see more men reading romance. I think we should all team up and make it happen.

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  59. Hi Romance Man! Welcome to Lady Scribes!! So great to have you :)

    I lurk on your blog and I have to say, it cracks me up. Your POV is hilarious and quite poignant. I especially loved your post on Vanilla Sex...glad to hear we aren't the only ones. Ha!

    My hubby totally reads romance -- usually mine, but he's read some others and he collects books at my romance conventions like our closet collects dust bunnies!

    As for recommendations, I'm with Jane on Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series -- so good -- very funny, lots of swashbuckling!

    I'm also going to go out on a limb and suggest Catherine Coulter's Sherbrooke Brides series. It's from the early 90s, so it's much less PC than romance novels are today. But the tongue-in-cheek machismo of the men and the sheer "wild" feeling you get from the books makes them a really intriguing read.

    Thanks again for joining us!

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  60. But I think inevitably it is going to have to be women that get men interested. If you want your spouse to read romance and all women should then you should do what my wife did. She wanted me to read a romance book with her but it wasn't one I was interested in so she said "every time we come to a sex scene we will act it out" I said "get the book".

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    1. Of course I'm right Suzie, I have a cape.

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    4. Good Lord, I can't type today! What I meant to say is I throw the clean laundry on the bed and then ask my hubby if he wants to mess around when I want help folding clothes.

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  61. Loved your answers to the questions, RM. Also your comments to our comments. Those gems are even funnier than the blogs. Well, maybe equally funny.

    No one has suggested Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is a time travel where a British nurse visits Stonehenge at the end of World War Two and lands smack in the Battle of Colloden. It's an amazing story, richly detailed and highly emotional, no punches pulled. You have kilts and broad swords and blood and romance and intrigue and some other stuff that you, RM, would love.

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  62. That sound cool Cris. How the hell amd I going to read all these books

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  64. Michele SerabianMay 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Hey RM! Good job on the interview, but I must say I like you better when you are a little more feisty =).
    The only Nicolas Sparks book I have read is The Notebook. I completely adored it, but did sob uncontrollably at the end and decided then not to read any more of his books. I want to feel good after reading a book, not worse. I haven't even seen the move version of The Notebook because I do not want to put myself through that again!
    I am in the minority here because I do not read historicals. I tried to read one of Pamela Clare's historicals because they are so highly recommended, but I just could not get into it. My favorite genre of romance books is romantic suspense. I would highly recommend Cherry Adair's Cutter Cay series, Catherine Mann's Hot Zone Series, Stepanie Tyler's Shadow Force Series, and ANYTHING by Cindy Gerard. Cindy's books are about hot, military men and strong women and I think you would really like them. I also love contemporary romance and my absolute favorite author here is Jill Shalvis. You HAVE to read her Animal Magnetism Series. The. Best. Ever. She has also written 2 books with professional baseball players as the heroes--Time Out and Slow Heat. Really hot! You cannot go wrong with any of her books! Happy reading =)

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  65. Hey Michele, Marquita said if I didn't behave she would cut my ba....never mind

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      Marquita would never do that because she likes you. And anyway your faithful BBL have got your back =).

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  66. I love RM's blog! It makes me laugh and think and gives me a sense of community with the other commenters. And we're all going to Vegas! Right!?

    The only historical writer I have read so far is Tessa Dare, she writes Regency romance. RM, I recommend One Dance with a Duke. It is especially different because the heroine is not the perfect physical specimen. I learned alot about Regency England after I started reading these; it was quite interesting :)

    Lady Godiva

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    1. Oh, my favorite of Tessa's is A Week to be Wicked. Colin! *dreamy sigh*

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  67. My Lady: Wow, I have yet to read Mr. RomanceMan's blog but I guess he's my kind of superhero: He reads romance novels.(And he has a cape and doesn't wear underwear, so I´ve read)
    He could read: The Bargain, by Mary Jo Putney, Love in the afternoon by Lisa Kleypas, What happens in London by Julia Quinn, Pariah by Catherine Gayle. All books with my favorite historical war heroes.

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  68. Grettel why haven't you read my blog? That hurts man.

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    1. Oh, don't. I'll remedy it right now.

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    2. I read one of your blogs about a month ago and today read this interview which made me go and read some more of your blogs. I have never laughed so much, you are awesome! I will be reading your blogs from now on. I love all kinds of books, but I guess my favorite is military romance, my husband having been in the Marines probably has something to do with that, my own personal romantic hero. lol We have been married almost 40 years and he wishes I had read romance books when we were younger lol.
      Great interview!!
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  69. Thanks Gwen I am a big fan of Military Romance as well.

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    1. That's my Momma!:) I'm sure when my dad get back from the Saudi Arabia he'll be reading your blog, too, RM.

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  70. Marquita, you can't let your mom read my blog what is wrong with you?

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  71. Yes, that's my momma. She puts the V beside her name just in case I think it's another Gwen Valentine. o.0

    I can't stop her, dude. :D

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  72. Ok, I can no longer be on here. I am embarrassed.

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    1. This I don't believe for one second.

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    2. Rm, We are wives, mothers, and grammas. Get over it and put your big boy superhero undies back on!

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    3. Too Funny, hey at least I didn't put mom by my name. lol

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  73. Mrs. Valentine, I am a good boy.

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  74. Mrs. V. You are not allowed on my blog.

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  75. Lol. Gwen, don't listen to RM, his undies are obviously to tight. Hope to see you soon at RM's.
    P.S. Just use a different name and he will never know! Bwahahah

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  76. LOL. Gwen, don't listen to RM,his undies are obviouslt to tight. Hope to see you soon at RM's.
    P.S. Just use a different name and he will never know! Bwahahah

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  77. Great job MV - just what I expected an excellent interview.

    RM: I would recommend The Cynsters - start with Devil's Bride by Stefanie Laurens - heroes are to die for (figuratively)

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    1. You called me a girl. I haven't gotten over that.

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    2. You called me a girl. I still haven't gotten over that but thank you for the recommendations.

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    3. Oh Sue, A Secret Love is one of my all time favorites. He won't read anything I recommend. Maybe he will take your advice about Stephanie Laurens.

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  78. My real self comes out to play on your blog, RM-Remy (as you know) so I will give you some historical book suggestions. Not that I think you will have time to read them all but I'm hoping you're at least making a list for the future (cut and paste, Dude;)

    First, I agree with those who have suggested Diana Gabaldon. Her talent for storytelling is incredible and she's one of those authors that's in a special class. Her books run roughly 1,000 pages each and she's so good, that I've been known to read two of them back to back. Think about the kind of writing it would take to be able to hold a reader's interest like that. I hope you don't deprive yourself or freak out because of the number of pages in this author's books. It would be a shame not to experience at least one book by Diana Gabaldon if you love history. I see Cris has also recommended this book.

    Outlander Series (the first four):
    1. Outlander (also titled Cross Stitch)
    2. Dragonfly in Amber
    3. Voyager
    4. Drums of Autumn
    5. The Fiery Cross
    6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    You want an older historical to read --- try Catherine Cookson (a British author), The Tide of Life, published in 1976. It's superbly written and a masterful story of a young girl’s life in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. I was easily pulled into the story by her characters.

    How about a male author --- Leigh Greenwood aka Harold Lowery

    "Leigh Greenwood is a man! He knows men aren't supposed to write romance, but he does and he doesn't intend to quit. Leigh didn’t know what romance was when he got married in 1972, but suddenly romances started collecting all over the house...."

    Try his Cowboy series: Jake + Ward + Buck + Chet + Pete + Sean + Drew + Luke + Matt + The Mavericks (Hawk and Zeke) + A Texan's Honor (Bret) + Texas Tender (Will)+ Texas Loving (Eden)

    I haven't read the whole series yet but I will. I have read about 11 of his books. He has other series as well as stand alones.

    I could go on and on with list but for now I'll just include one more: The Lady’s Tutor by Robin Schone. Another unique historical author that you can google for more information on but here's a taste: "Robin Schone writes sensual, explicit stories...about characters who are frequently older and less beautiful than most romance protagonists. Her history is impeccable; the storytelling is straightforward but emotionally driven."

    You could use the hours you spend on twitter to read. Just sayin' You know, it's that priority thing:) I don't know where Lexi stands on historicals but if she likes them at all, her new hero will be Jamie in Outlander.

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  79. Thanks Nancy I will check that out.

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