10 Things Romance Week Taught Us About Love

Posted by Hayley on February 12, 2016

We loved embracing the romance on Goodreads this week—and we hope you did too! As #RomanceWeek16 comes to an end, let's reflect on what we've learned about love from authors answering questions from readers via Ask the Author:

1. Be a lover and a fighter.

Debbie Macomber, author of The Shop on Blossom Street, says, "While it's important that [the couple] respect each other and can laugh together, I feel it's equally important that they can fight to keep the love they share. "

2. You can never have too much chocolate—or wine.

To get inspired to write books like To Steal a Heart, author K.C. Bateman admits, "Generally some chocolate and a nice glass of wine are extremely helpful!"

3. Take your love story one line at a time.

The Harlequin Group on Goodreads knows the ways to build a romance: "We'll start and everyone can add a sentence. Let's see what kind of Romance we can create!" Read the story (and contribute your own line) here.

4. Time travel is never the answer (probably).

>A Matter of Time author Margaret Locke realizes, "On the surface, it sounds fantastic, doesn't it? To really be there, to see the men and women in their Regency finery, to experience a true Regency ball… But in reality, I don't think I'd have the confidence or chutzpah to attempt something like that. It'd be like me approaching a billionaire in today's world and saying, "Hey baby, wanna date?" I have a feeling I'd get a roll of the eyes and a flat no, if not a call to the police for a restraining order."

5. Soul mates are real.

Author Maeve Greyson found hers: "I absolutely believe in soulmates and as hokey as it may sound, my husband is truly my other half. He asked me to marry him on our second date. Three months after meeting him, I became his wife and we've been married 37 years."

6. So is lust at first sight.

"Attraction at first sight? Yes. Curiosity at first sight? Yes. But love? No. Love takes time," says Jayne Ann Krentz, author of Running Hot.

7. Sometimes you have to move on.

Sylvain Reynard confirms, "Love scenes can be challenging. I write and rewrite and sometimes I leave the scene and write a few more pages and then go back to it."

8. Your one true love will be supportive.

"I tried to hide [writing romance] from my husband at first, because I was embarrassed -- not so much about the subject matter as because I'd never tried to write a book before and I felt like a fraud," says Marie Sexton, author of Promises. "Eventually, he asked if I was having an online affair, because I was spending so much time on the computer, so I confessed, and he was very supportive."

9. Savor the romantic moments.

Eloisa James, author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast reminds us: "When you find yourself loving a romance novel, slow down and ask yourself what is causing that moment of true reader pleasure."

10. Don't be afraid to go big.

Get inspired by Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project: "The most dramatic thing [I've done for my wife] was getting Peter Sarstedt to record a special version of "Where do You Go to My Lovely", his 1969 no 1 hit for her birthday—it was a favorite song of hers. But I have to thank him for being equally romantic in agreeing to do it."


Want to know more about love? A final treat awaits you! Colleen Hoover, author of Hopeless, is answering questions from readers via Ask the Author today. Be sure to follow her to see all her answers.

How are you spending Valentine's Day? Tell us in the comments below!

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message 1: by Francesca (new)

Francesca "Attraction at first sight? Yes. Curiosity at first sight? Yes. But love? No. Love takes time," says Jayne Ann Krentz, author of Running Hot.

Yes! Thank you! This is what I always say. Love at first sight is not a real thing. Lust, yes. Love, no. Love happens over time.


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Probably be spending it popping my antibiotics.


message 3: by Kay (new)

Kay J What a week!


message 4: by Celia (new)

Celia Working.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I completely agree with this -
"Attraction at first sight? Yes. Curiosity at first sight? Yes. But love? No. Love takes time," says Jayne Ann Krentz, author of Running Hot.

I know some people have been exceptions, but I don't personally believe in soul mates. I find that thought depressing. What happens if you don't find the one, or if they die? I believe we can be happy with a number of people who have compatibility with us.


message 6: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Interesting idea, Erin.


message 7: by KOMET (new)

KOMET I plan to treat myself this Sunday to homemade lasagne, garlic bread, mixed drinks (prime ingredient: Brazilian cachaça), and cheesecake for dessert.

FEBRUARY 14th for me = 'I LOVE ME DAY."


message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa 5, 7, 8, 9 are great!! Valentine's Day? Ha! Alone. But, there are books and chocolate. Would be amazing to share those and the day/every day with somebody special........

~*Happy Reading & Happy Valentines Day, Goodreaders*~


message 9: by Marta (new)

Marta There is absolutely love at first sight and it happened to me. Sure you could say it was attraction first that got us talking but then we could not stop talking... so it took maybe a couple hours?

Sometimes you just know. Immediately.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* KOMET wrote: "I plan to treat myself this Sunday to homemade lasagne, garlic bread, mixed drinks (prime ingredient: Brazilian cachaça), and cheesecake for dessert.

FEBRUARY 14th for me = 'I LOVE ME DAY.""


Sounds delicious!!


message 11: by Jeanny (new)

Jeanny Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "I completely agree with this -
"Attraction at first sight? Yes. Curiosity at first sight? Yes. But love? No. Love takes time," says Jayne Ann Krentz, author of Running Hot.

I know some people ha..."


I 100% agree with you!!


message 12: by Jeanny (new)

Jeanny I've no plans likely going to pack going to CA for my birthday


message 13: by Carmen (new)

Carmen "Are you having an online affair?"

"No, honey, I'm writing a romance novel!!!"

LOL Too cute.


message 14: by ♔Insomnia (new)

♔Insomnia I don't believe in love at first sight, but I do believe in soulmates. I just don't think when you meat that other half, you gonna be hit by the lightning and then: surprise! You're in love! And it's not going to be some ground-shattering instant attraction. I do know, though, that it takes lots of getting to know each other and trying to maintain that special relationship. Doesn't sound as romantic as first two, I guess.


message 15: by Joshie (new)

Joshie "How are you spending Valentine's Day? Tell us in the comments below!"

with books. that is all.


message 16: by Gerd (new)

Gerd "Attraction at first sight? Yes. Curiosity at first sight? Yes. But love? No. Love takes time,"

I would like to heartily disagree with that sentiment, if only because I dislike people trying to tell me that what I feel isn't "true".


message 17: by November (new)

November Reading old love letters.


message 18: by Janet (new)

Janet I am going to make a donation to the Bronx Zoo to name a cockroach after an old boyfriend.


message 19: by November (last edited Feb 13, 2016 08:16AM) (new)

November Janet wrote: "I am going to make a donation to the Bronx Zoo to name a cockroach after an old boyfriend."





message 20: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Insomnia wrote: "I don't believe in love at first sight, but I do believe in soulmates. I just don't think when you meat that other half, you gonna be hit by the lightning and then: surprise! You're in love! And it..."

It's "meet," not "meat."

Janet: Cockroaches are Satan's spawn, not the work of God.


message 21: by Janet (new)

Janet Meriamilla wrote: "Janet wrote: "I am going to make a donation to the Bronx Zoo to name a cockroach after an old boyfriend."

"


You're welcome! You made me laugh, too.


message 22: by ♔Insomnia (new)

♔Insomnia Amber wrote: "Insomnia wrote: "I don't believe in love at first sight, but I do believe in soulmates. I just don't think when you meat that other half, you gonna be hit by the lightning and then: surprise! You'r..."

The pun was intended.


message 23: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Amber wrote: "Janet: Cockroaches are Satan's spawn, not the work of God."

Hmm...


If Indy can eat 'em, I'd give it a try...

As for me, hanging out at home with my little girl. No chocolate or flowers for me today, and because of my medical diet, no going out. But that's okay... Equestria Girls is on, I got books and 'Net, and nothing I gotta do today. I'm good!


message 24: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Ouch. You got me, Erma. That image of Indy eating in the impoverished Indian village made me laugh. Good response to what I said about cockroaches being spawn of Satan.

Sorry to hear you couldn't go out. Neither could I but in my case it was because I didn't have money and my BF lives in San Diego but can't afford air/train fare to IL. via St. Louis. And that's ON TOP of the fact I'm on TWO antibiotics for two different infections and felt as rotten as the eggs Templeton accidentally broke open in the animated version of Charlotte's Web!


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