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Wednesday Working It (And a Susan Mallery Giveaway)
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Greetings! Sorry I’ve been a bit blog negligent. I’ve been working on my Silhouette Special Edition series, Harbor Town and trying to enjoy my summer before it blows by in a hot breeze!

How familiar are you with the Silhouette Special Edition line at Harlequin? It’s a line that I chose because of the strong emotional romances and family themes involved. Such romance greats as Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, Susan Mallery and Linda Lael Miller are Silhouette Special Edition authors.

Next Monday, I’ll give away these three books in the Susan Mallery Hometown Heartbreakers Collection from Sillhouette Special Edition.




To enter, just complete the sentence: The first romance book I ever remember reading was….

17 comments to “Wednesday Working It (And a Susan Mallery Giveaway)”

  1. Mary G
      · June 16th, 2010 at 8:37 am · Link

    Hi Beth
    Glad you came up for air. That’s an easy one. My first romance was The Flame & The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss & it took years for any book to surpass that one. Until a few years ago I reread it once a year. I’ve replaced it 3 times – the first copy cost $1.75 LOL. Don’t enter me, I have read most of Susan’s books. Just liked the topic.

  2. Amelia
      · June 16th, 2010 at 9:04 am · Link

    My first that I remember was “Ashes in the Wind” by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I know I read Barbara Cartland too, but I can’t remember any of her titles.

  3. Andrea Becraft
      · June 16th, 2010 at 9:37 am · Link

    The First romance I remember reading is one by Nora Roberts. I don’t remember the exact title but I remember it was her I was reading.

  4. Danielle D
      · June 16th, 2010 at 1:34 pm · Link

    Easy question for me: Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers.

  5. Jackie P
      · June 16th, 2010 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Valerie Sherwood’s “Lovesong”.

  6. Estella
      · June 16th, 2010 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Was over 55 years ago. Don’t remember the name, but it was by Barbara Cartland.

  7. Andrea I
      · June 16th, 2010 at 7:11 pm · Link

    The first romance book I remember reading was one of Victoria Holt’s books. It’s been so long ago that I don’t remember the name.

  8. blodeuedd
      · June 17th, 2010 at 1:16 am · Link

    I remember it like it was yesterday, I was ten, and I had found a Harlequin book somewhere in the house, even though my mum doesn’t read. But I took it, it had this blonde woman on a bed, and this guy with black hair, dressed as a sheik. Yup desert loving and I was shocked and amused. There my love began for Harlequin, and that lead to other books

  9. Beth C.
      · June 17th, 2010 at 4:36 am · Link

    The first one I can even remember ready was titled Lily of the Valley(I think). No idea who the author was. It was in junior high(long time ago). It was about a guy in the perfume business who had lost his sight. He and his lady fell in love while trying to get work done and figure out who was responsible for the ‘accident’ that had blinded him. No sex that I can recall, just some kissing near the end.
    The next one I read wasn’t til I was an adult(early 20s). That one was Savage Storm by Phoebe Conn. Set in the time of the wagon trains across the Old West. Still have that one even though it’s been more than 20 years now.

  10. Carol L.
      · June 17th, 2010 at 6:36 am · Link

    Like someone else mentioned, my very first romance book was Sweet Savage by Rosemary Rogers. That was the beginning of my love of Romance reads.
    Carol L.

  11. Leni
      · June 17th, 2010 at 8:58 am · Link

    Words Of Silk by Sandra Brown. For some reason I was drawn to this book and it surprised me because people would talk about romance novels as not being good books, so I stayed away.
    I read that book in one sitting and have enjoyed romance novels from that point on.
    I am familiar with Sillhouette Special Edition books and the stories do grab you.

  12. CrystalGB
      · June 17th, 2010 at 9:42 am · Link

    A Harlequin Presents by Anne Mather. It was so long ago I don’t remember the title.

  13. Gabrielle J.
      · June 18th, 2010 at 2:17 am · Link

    It’s difficult to remember my first romance novel, I’m starting to think that it might have been a historical by Cassie Edwards called Savage Persuasion. Again I’m not entirely sure anymore.

  14. Beth Kery
      · June 18th, 2010 at 6:27 am · Link

    Hi everbody! Thanks for the great responses. I’m always struck by the fact that the first romance novel women read, often in their teens or earlier, is a really, really sexy book like Woodwiss. I THINK mine was a Woodwiss novel too. I don’t remember the name. It was when I was around twelve and would devour everything on the shelves. I remember it was super sexy, though. lol.

    Leni–I loved Words of Silk. Most people around here know that to this day, I adore Sandra Brown. I love the way she’s so primal in her writing style, and yet manages to have the voice of a pure lady at the same time.

    Thanks for the great comments, everyone!

  15. Fedora
      · June 19th, 2010 at 4:23 pm · Link

    The Special Edition line is definitely a favorite, Beth–I love how their stories are a little more family/community connected while still focusing on the couple’s relationship. As for first romance, I can’t remember–I started out reading all kinds of YA stuff (including Sweet Valley High and all that), but a geometry classmate introduced me to the wonderful world of grown-up romances. For the life of me, I can’t remember what the book/author was. The book that re-hooked me after a break in college though was Jennifer Crusie’s Crazy for You–she is a HOOT!

  16. Fedora
      · June 19th, 2010 at 4:23 pm · Link

    Oops, no need to enter me, BTW–thank you much!

  17. Rylee
      · June 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 am · Link

    The first romance book I remember reading was one of Victoria Holt’s books. It’s been so long ago that I don’t remember the name.

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