Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Hop Blog Hop

What is Romance?

ro·mance - a love affair. ardent emotional attachment between two people. a strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something.

Personally, I believe the dictionary term does not capture the magic of true romance. So what is romance really? Is it a feeling or an act between two people? Is in an art that lures a mate?  Is it the magic created by hearts that yearn to be together?

Hmmm. What do you think romance is? 

I believe romance is a multiple of many factors and is enhanced by how our senses are affected. A corn dog on a beach with your girlfriend is not romantic, but it could be with a dream man while walking barefoot in the sand as waves crash over your feet. A quarter in a gumball machine for a fake piece of jewelry isn't romantic unless said dream man puts the quarter in and reveals a faux diamond and proposes on the spot because he can't live without you. 

Romance is subjective and it is different for everyone. So, I want you to define romance in a comment below. I think everyone will be surprised to see how very unique and different we are when it comes to affairs of the heart.

Just as romance can be defined differently by different people, so too can writers of romance. I personally love cowboys with down to Earth values, whereas some other writer may write about corporate types with a penchant for the extravagant. The list can go on and on just as different individuals will define romance. 

The prizes for this blog hop are just wow, awesome! Not only do you have the chance to win prizes from each author or blogger on this hop, you also have the chance to win....

1st prize: A Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet.
2nd prize: A $130 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
3rd prize: A large swag pack. 


The grand prizes will be awarded by the host of the event, Carrie Ann Ryan. All comments posted in all participant author sites or blog's are counted and entered for these above prizes! Yah! With there being over 100 participants, you have the opportunity to enter over 100 times for the grand prizes! Use the Linky List below to visit the other participants in this hop.

For my personal giveaway, simply define romance in a comment. I will randomly choose a winner at the end of the hop.  My winner will receive either a $25 Amazon gift card or a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

Okay, get your brain in gear and leave a comment below along with your email address so we can reach you if you win! Be sure to get more entries by visiting the other participants as well! 

Happy Hopping!


  1. I love romance and love this blog hop. I'm a true romantic at heart.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  2. Terrific post :) I love all sorts of romance, so I'm pretty excited to find some new websites to follow in this hop.

    Thank you for your generous prize!

    liz at fictional candy dot com

  3. Romance is what we all strive for.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and this chance to win.

  4. I love your description, that is what I love about the genre, there are so many different definitions it keeps thinks interesting

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  5. Romance is knowing more about someone than you do about anyone else in the world, but still getting happily surprised from time to time.


  6. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  7. Romance:
    that peculiar feeling that gives a warm glow in knowing someone has thought of you..and created something special with you in mind.
    that's all I've got. Thanks for participating!!

  8. Thank you to all that have posted so far! I love blog hops and hearing what others have to say. I'm all gushy, sentimental like that :) *hugs self* I enjoy writing erotic romance and telling my characters stories. I couldn't imagine not putting my words down and sending them out into the world for readers to see and enjoy. ;)

  9. Romance is all those little things that we do for our loved ones, a backrub or a foot rub when we least expect it.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  10. Romance: moments that make your heart go SQUEE!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  11. I love escaping into a book. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

  12. Romance is a unique connection between two people that stimulates your whole being.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  13. Romance is finding that someone who accepts you as you are and doesn't want to change you.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  14. A romantic gesture can be something as simple as my husband taking me out to dinner because he knows I don't like to cook!
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  15. To me romance is no matter how long you've been together you can still bring that spark back and you don't doubt their love :)
    Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!

  16. Thanks for the chance to win.. I used the definition too.. looks like a lot of us like to start with what things are defined as and then move from there. :0)


  17. I love romance books both historical and contemporary, they are a great way to escape

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  18. A romantic gesture is something that makes a person feel special!

  19. Romance is something done on a spark of the moment, caring and loving moments..

  20. I want that emotional connection and over the top sexual chemistry in a romance story that I read. When the couple complement each other and are better together than apart.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  21. Romance makes you feel whole :) Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  22. Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

    thanks for the contest!!

  23. Romance to me is showing your partner that you love you in any way possible. It can be extravagant or it can be small and simple, it's the planning and the thoughtfulness that truly counts. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

    Crystal Craig

    1. woops, I meant to put *that you love THEM haha

  24. Romance to me is holding hands after being married for 40 years. I don't agree with the dictionary explanation. It makes it seem kind of sterile. Romance is fun and flirty. It is winks and kisses and holding hands. Not a boring explanation. lol Romance is an unpredictable whirlwind and that is what makes it awesome.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  25. Thanks for being part of the hop

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  26. For me, romance is surprising each other even if you think there are no more surprises left.

    Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. Romance is about building a lasting relationship :-) Fun hop! Great blog!


  28. I love reading romance books because of the emotions and feeling between the characters! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. I love reading romances because I live the build up in the relationship and the HEA. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. For me, romance is the chase and the HEA.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  31. I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, HOT love scenes and a perfect HEA!
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  32. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  33. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!

  34. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

  35. For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

  36. I think romance is just sweet little things you do to make the other person happy. A massage, making dinner, or snuggling on the couch watching a movie. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  37. romance makes every story fun! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  38. I like the happily ever after.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  39. I like a hard won happily ever after


    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  40. Romance is about putting another before yourself. Wanting to do the little things so that that other person is happy, thus making you happy.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  41. Romance is making that other person feel like the most important person in the world. Romance doesn't have to be about sex, it could be making the other person feel good in other ways!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Meg G.

  42. For me romance is the little things that make a big difference. Love that fights and stays together.

    Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


  43. Romance is making sure you and your partner are sharing everything, the good things and the bad. I think people underestimate how important and romantic it is to have someone to go 50/50 with in life.


  44. Romance is about expressing and sharing love with your partner. It's not in a fancy dinner or in flowers. I think it is just being with them and holding them.

    Crystal (

  45. Romance is the journey of falling in love from the little things to that first kiss.

  46. Putting your partner first and the joy of learning about them.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  47. Doing everything for the love of your partner!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  48. I think that romance is when people are able to make their worlds work together and still be happy (trust me, it isn't as easy as it seems!)

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  49. Communication and finding a balance of the differences that each person brings to a relationship is how romance bloom and grow.


  50. I think romance is laughing together and spending time together. Essentially, I think romance is having a relationship together.


  51. I have absolutely loved reading everyone's take on the definition of romance. It varies from person to person, but I think we can all agree that romance starts with someone special. Thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting. I will pick a winner randomly for the $25 gift card tomorrow, September 4. I will post the winner here and when I find out the grand prize winners, I will post them as well. The grand prizes will be will randomly chosen by our wonderful host, Carrie Ann Ryan. Thanks again! :)

  52. romance to me would be defined as loving someone for who they are and being there for them whenever they are needed. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great labor day weekend.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  53. Romance is a friendship with passion.