XOXO After Darkcast #6: Romancing The Tome


The ladies of XOXO discuss their introduction to Romance and the books that started it all.  After much searching, we found Abby’s first romance, Surrender To Ecstasy but unfortunately it’s only in paperback.  Look at those covers!

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Read Lauren, from Christina Lauren’s Bustle piece “Romance Novels Are Primed To Make An Impact On Society, So Stop Calling Them “Trashy,” Ok?” and shop our Gems From the Vault in our shop and can even read select titles for free, yes free (!) in our Free Reads section.  Enjoy!

 

Abby interviews blogger Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches,Trashy Books.  The ladies discuss why Romance and why Smart Bitches?  Plus, Kate asks Sarah for a real time “Help A Bitch Out!” (If you know the book Kate’s thinking of, tell us in the comments!)

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Don’t forget to follow Sarah and the smart bitches on Twitter and listen to their hilarious podcast!

 

Finally, the ladies wrap up with Game On – First Line Showdown!

Tell us in the comments which was your first Romance Novel! 

This is a calm 2 Balls of Fire episode and remember–the best conversations happen after dark.

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Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels

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A Rose In Winter

A Rose In Winter

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The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the enchanting, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. Charming, spirited and exquisitely lovely, she is beset on all sides by suitors, any one of whom would pay a king's fortune for a place in her heart. But Erienne has eyes for only one: the dashing and witty young Yankee, Christopher Seton.

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Charlotte: Prowling for Enchantment

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7 comments so far


  1. My first romance novel was a historical romance featuring a woman that fell in love with a Sheikh (I’ve long since forgotten the name!) and I was only about 12. I think it may have been an Avon book. I was completely smitten with romance after that. Some people might say that’s too young to read romance but oh well, my parents didn’t care what I read as long as I was reading 🙂

  2. Rivercat0338

    in 1979 when I was about 10, we moved into a new house and the movers left us with a couple of boxes that didn’t belong to us, one of which was a bunch of romance novels. In the chaos, my mom shoved it into my closet to deal with later, so naturally I had to check them out, and the one I picked to read was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss with the day glo orange cover. It was so horrifying I didn’t really touch the genre til years later when I became addicted to Harlequin Intrigues and the occasional Presents in college.

  3. Ha! Rivercat, 10 does seem a little precocious for SHANNA. I can see why it wasn’t the right fit then! And Bookliaison, I’m with you–12 is a great time to start :).

  4. My first romance book was from Danielle Steele. I was 19 and on my way to my first jury duty summons and I just grabbed one of my mom’s books. I don’t remember the title but I couldn’t put it down! Now I enjoy reading all romance books from YA and Adult!

  5. This is so embarrassing but I never actually read romance until I was well into my thirties. And, it was a paranormal romance by Jaeniene Frost. After that I was totally hooked though. In retrospect, I was a total soap opera junkie. I remember my best friend and I being glued to the TV all summer long in middle school. And I think I listened to the soundtrack of Grease like a gazillion times.

  6. While A Rose in Winter wasn’t my first romance, oh how I love that book!!! The first one I remember was Johanna Lindsey’s Captive Bride, loaned to me by a friend in 9th grade geometry class. I had to hide THAT from my mom and would sneak read it in classes, holding it in my desk or behind my textbook lol.

  7. tammybean04

    When I was in high school, a friend introduced me to Historical novels and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss became one of my all-time favorites. She was my first real read of this genre outside of Harlequin. I remember spending hours in my room devouring her work. Many of her books sit on my shelf today, well-worn from plenty of rereads.

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