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Friday, August 12, 2016


Romance writers have a higher calling, as my dear friend and co-author Rose Anderson recently pointed out. We are here to remind readers that love endures, rifts can be healed, and there is such a thing as happily ever after. In a world beset by division and hatred, where everyone thinks only their viewpoint is right, it seems like a twisted irony that our love-themed novels are fiction. Yes, illusion. Take a quick glance at our non-fiction lives, and perhaps you--like me--may prefer to live in fictitious lands and enjoy being where love always wins out at the end of the day. Yes, where love conquers all. At this stage, I find the thought blissful
And now for some shameless self-promotion... a wonderful example of uplifting romance stories is the new anthology Letterbox Love Stories, Volume I. This project is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. As one of the nine authors, the international theme appealed to me from the start, because some places on this planet are more romantic than others. Another big plus is the timeline--there are historical, contemporary, and futuristic stories, with dashes of science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal sprinkled throughout the pages. And the theme tickled my adventurous streak-- each story starts with a letter that ends up changing the lives of those in the story. 

In this very fast world, where we can hardly keep up with ourselves, the short novella -- or novelette-- story length has much to offer. It's long enough for a story to have some depth, and short enough that a story can be read in a single sitting. It's a sad fact that the market for tomes is dwindling overall. Many people have less time to read them these days.

We're running more promotion for Letterbox Love Stories on August 15th. We're excited that this anthology has already made it into the Amazon Top 100 in both the USA and Canada. We're hoping to push it even further with this next cycle of promotion!

Most of you probably know a few of the authors of Letterbox Love Stories Volume I:

Rose Anderson w/a Madeleine Archer
Denyse Bridger
Lynn Crain
Gemma Juliana
Cara Marsi
Helena Fairfax
Marie Laval
Lindsay Townsend
Jenny Twist

So, let's do what we can this month to remind people to read romance because it is a "feel good" activity. It's as uplifting as a summer day at the beach, or an exciting day skiing the slopes. Choose your genre, your location, and your story style, but whatever you do, try to read at least one romance this August! 

This photo of the magnificent Mediterranean Sea is at the coast of Sardinia, where my story, Abandoned Treasures, takes place.

We romance authors love to know the weaving of our story magic is appreciated and is making people happy. Each and every author at RB4U is immensely grateful to all our readers for your support and interest in our books. Without you, what would be the point of spinning worlds of enduring love?

Enjoy the rest of your summer, preferably with a stack of romances beside you for a bit of love-spiced escapism!

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An eternal matchmaker, Gemma greatly enjoys creating love stories where two hearts end up beating as one. She has traveled the world and enjoys adding the extra spice of international settings to her stories, which are set in many genres. She lives with her true love in a cozy Texas cottage along with their teen son and a crafty dog who rules them all. Her muse is nourished with the finest creativity fuel – chocolate and coffee.




Krista said...

Congrats to all the authors, this set looks very interesting and I would love to be on that beach

Denysé Bridger said...

Well said on all fronts, Gemma. The stories in this collection are diverse, dramatic, and as you said, very romantic... I'm so happy to be part of this group of special writers and people. Cheers and Hugs, D

Melissa Keir said...

Romance is what makes life so much happier and I'm proud to know so many others who believe that and work hard to make it a part of their daily lives! All the best on the set!

Rose Anderson said...

I didn't know we have a read a romance month. Romance delights all year long!

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Krista, Thanks for visiting today. Yes, the beach looks very inviting. That's what I love about a good book--armchair travel! :-)

Cara Marsi said...

I'm delighted to be part of this international anthology with such talented authors. Every story is wonderful, and I mean that. I love reading romance. It's escapism from the sometimes awful real world. I love the uplifting message of love conquers all.

Gemma Juliana said...

Cheers and hugs to you too, Denyse! We have a lot of fun weaving our stories!

jean hart stewart said...

May you all have smashing sales!

Gemma Juliana said...

Thanks, Melissa! I so agree with you! The only thing better than reading romance is writing romance. :-)

Gemma Juliana said...

You are so right, Rose! Romance is a 12 month delight! Perhaps someone decided August is Read A Romance Month because it is vacation time for many, so they have more time to read. :-)

Gemma Juliana said...

Thanks, Jean! Holding that thought!

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Cara, Love Conquers All has been a favorite phrase of mine since forever. In fact, in my epic fantasy I may finally finish one of these days, it's the final line in a 125,000 word novel. Meanwhile, all I need to conquer is my rewrite and editing!

Helena Fairfax said...

Great post, Gemma. I'm delighted to be part of such a talented group of authors - and it's great to have a month solely devoted to singing the praises of romance :)

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