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Turn It On: Six Ways Authors Can Participate in Romance Week

Posted by Cynthia on February 3, 2017
We’re turning up the heat all over the site and our social to celebrate the stories that set our hearts aflutter: it's Romance Week! Any author is welcome to participate in Romance Week on Goodreads, February 6 – 14. Here are six simple things authors can do to get in on the action:

1. Enable Ask the Author. Don’t just tell your fans you love them; show them how much you do. Readers jump at any chance to interact with their favorite authors, so tell them to submit questions to you via Ask the Author on your profile page.

Find Ask the Author on your author dashboard when you’re signed into your account. It’s ok if it’s your first time: read Best Practices here.

2. Use #RomanceWeek in all your activity. This allows readers to discover your content across social channels, and gives you the chance to amplify your message to all those participating. Romance Week Kiss

3. Tell us a love story in 14 words. We've compiled a few of our favorites for the launch, but we always want more! Post yours to Twitter, on your Goodreads blog, or in your writing section.

4. Tease us with something new. Excite readers by sharing an excerpt of your upcoming book in your writing section, or a glimpse at your next cover on Goodreads via your blog.

5. Vote on your favorite fictional couple. We want to know: Which characters have the best love story? In addition to answering the question via Ask the Author (check your Author Dashboard), add your candidates here. Remember, you can’t add or vote for your own books, but you can choose between Katniss and Peeta, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, Romeo and Juliet, Gideon and Eva, and many others!

6. Browse our list of top 100 romance books and shelve the books you want to read! Romance authors were readers first, so show off your passion.

Of course, these guidelines don’t mean savvy romance authors should limit their creativity. We love to see what you come up with to make the most of this opportunity. Let your readers vote on their favorite cover model, share the most romantic line you’ve ever read (or written), or recommend your favorite romance books. Pretty much anything goes!

Keep an eye on the Goodreads Blog, check out our growing list of Featured Authors taking questions, browse the romance giveaways, and join the conversation on Twitter all week using #RomanceWeek.


Romance Week Kiss

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message 1: by Erica (new)

Erica Obey I'd be happy to share my next cover to celebrate Romance Week, but I can't figure out how and where to do it. Any help, please?


message 2: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Crouch I don't see where to post our favorite couple?
Is it okay if unpublished tease with a few words from a work in progress?


message 3: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Pearson Billionaire's Love by Brenda Pearson .. www.bpearsonbooks.ccom


message 4: by Laney (new)

Laney Zukerman Self-Compassion during Romance Week.

Kick-up your confidence and inspire love all year long!

Lessons for an Urban GoddessLaney Zukerman


message 5: by Kathy (last edited Feb 11, 2017 12:39PM) (new)

Kathy Crouch I'm going to list the ones I enjoy reading about.
Lucy Kincaid and Sean Rogan - Allison Brennan books
Eve Dallas and Roarke - J D Robb
Those are the only series couples that I can think of.


message 6: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Wiley Erica wrote: "I'd be happy to share my next cover to celebrate Romance Week, but I can't figure out how and where to do it. Any help, please?"

I agree! 4 needs a link to where to post!


message 7: by L.M. (last edited Feb 13, 2017 08:14AM) (new)

L.M. Schukraft Even Halos Can Be Crooked
Even Halos Can Be Crooked by L.M. Schukraft
Hi All!

#romanceweek My novel is a paranormal mystery romamce that was just released February 7th! I'd love it if people added my book to their shelves and gave it a try, reviewed it and share it!! It's something new and fun to read. Why not give something new a try? Supernatural fans should check it out as well ;) *holy cow, I think my autocorrect is possessed! Fixed the errors


message 8: by L.M. (last edited Feb 13, 2017 05:46AM) (new)

L.M. Schukraft Erica wrote: "I'd be happy to share my next cover to celebrate Romance Week, but I can't figure out how and where to do it. Any help, please?"

Hi Erica, usually there's a link above a comment box that is in green 'add book/author'. I think you need to add the pending release to goodreads first to use the link because they have to be able to find it. If the book is on goodreads, search for it and then select either the link or cover options at the bottom of the search window once you select your book. Be sure your cursor is where you want the image or link to be added in your comment or it will show up in the middle of a sentence when you click on 'add book'. Hope this helps!


message 9: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Garland The White Hart: A happy ghost story, if there can be such a thing! The White Hart A happy ghost story, if there can be such a thing! (A Red Grouse Tale) by Leslie W.P. Garland
“Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him.” - St Thomas Aquinas.
Told by a likeable male chauvinist, bachelor and keen fell-runner, Pete Montague recalls three strange incidents which he initially thought were unconnected. The first is his encounter with a little albino deer which he found in the forest when he was out for a jog. The second is that of a chance meeting with a beautiful, young but somewhat enigmatic girl in a remote chapel, and of their conversation in which she told him of the tragic story of the daughter of the family which built it. And the third incident …...
A happy ghost story, if there can be such a thing!


message 10: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Murata This sounds intriguing, Leslie. What's the genre?


message 11: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Garland Victoria wrote: "This sounds intriguing, Leslie. What's the genre?"

Paranormal, with a hint of philosophy and religion, a touch of ghost and a dash of love. It is a Red Grouse Tale - stories for adults who like to think about what they are reading. So although it is a fairly light story and meant as a bit of fun, I hope it gives food for thought. Check out the two reviews here on Goodreads, and give my website a visit - www.lesliegarland.co.uk


message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Kibble From Reality Break, a YA fantasy/adventure:

I look into Kasiff's eyes and I know that he is sorry for everything that has been going on. I also see that he is scared. Not for himself, but for me. His eyes are sad but they hold a glimmer of promise.

I feel a jump in my chest as I lift my chin so I can give Kasiff a kiss.

My words come out as a jumble once we part. “Sorry, that was so cliché of me and I know we have to,” Kasiff cuts me off with a kiss of his own.

Reality Break (Phoenix Element Book 3) by Jennifer Kibble


message 13: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Murata Leslie wrote: "Victoria wrote: "This sounds intriguing, Leslie. What's the genre?"

Paranormal, with a hint of philosophy and religion, a touch of ghost and a dash of love. It is a Red Grouse Tale - stories for a..."


thanks--I'll check it out


message 14: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Kathy wrote: "I don't see where to post our favorite couple?
Is it okay if unpublished tease with a few words from a work in progress?"

Erica wrote: I'd be happy to share my next cover to celebrate Romance Week, but I can't figure out how and where to do it. Any help, please?


Hi both! Real quick, there's no official tool to share a cover on Goodreads - authors have used their blog in the past and shared in on Goodreads, or shared it via the hashtag. Regarding writing excerpts, you can add them via your 'creative writing' section and link them to your book, and share the link again via the hashtag. These are just some ideas so feel free to get creative, but hope this helps clarify! #RomanceWeek


message 15: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Kathy wrote: "I don't see where to post our favorite couple?"

Woops, missed this one :) There's a Listopia list we have going for favorite fictional cover (but remember you can't vote or add your own book, so be liberal with your love). Plus we sent out a question via Ask the Author, where it's fine to be a little more self-promotional if you like (if you love the characters you wrote in your latest novel, why not share that love with the world).

Looking forward to whom you choose! My personal favorite: Noah and Allie from The Notebook. Loved the way the old Noah kept telling Allie their love story!


message 16: by Mia (new)

Mia Jo Celeste I'd like to celebrate romance week, too. My first novel Other Than was just released and it reads like a Gothic romance. It's as dark as a chocolate heart. Other Than by Mia Jo Celeste


message 17: by Elissa (last edited Feb 13, 2017 02:51PM) (new)

Elissa Talley I just read this book by an author that is close to where I live (Sedona, AZ). This book surprised me on many different levels. A very different kind of romance. I would almost consider this a book about self-discovery. Mature readers will enjoy this book! Natural Disasters, A Love Story by Geraldine Cantrell #RomanceWeek


message 18: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Lauder margaret l Lauder

Glen Haven romantic drama


message 19: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Lauder This is my first book an am trying to get to grips with the technology.My first book called Glen Haven about family issues mostly within a Scottish Castle with what I think are interesting characters. Help by reading the book. Details of the book can be found on www.glenhavencastle.com


message 20: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Garland The White Hart A happy ghost story, if there can be such a thing! (A Red Grouse Tale) by Leslie W.P. Garland
One of the stories in "The Red Grouse Tales", adult tales for readers that like to think about what they are reading.

"The White Hart" is a Happy ghost story, if there can be such a thing! It is a love story with a difference, together with a dash of paranormal, a hint of religion and philosophy, and oh yes, it has a happy ending!

The blurb:-

“Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him.” St Thomas Aquinas.
Told by a likeable male chauvinist, bachelor and keen fell-runner, Pete Montague recalls three strange incidents which he initially thought were unconnected. The first is his encounter with a little albino deer which he found in the forest when he was out for a jog. The second is that of a chance meeting with a beautiful, young but somewhat enigmatic girl in a remote chapel, and of their conversation in which she told him of the tragic story of the daughter of the family which built it. And the third incident …...

If you're interested in reading and reviewing, I'd be pleased to hear from you. Alternatively, the tale can be found on amazon.


message 21: by Hoangtran020891 (last edited Apr 30, 2017 08:54PM) (new)

Hoangtran020891 Paranormal, with a hint of philosophy and religion, a touch of ghost and a dash of love.
Urchance Review


message 22: by Brian (new)

Brian Suiter The Recusants - Amazon Kindle Store. Give it a read and let me know you thought, would love to hear them.


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