Hey fellow Christian-romance-novel-lovers! Krista here! I’m SO EXCITED to host my good friend and fellow author, Angie Dicken, on InspyRomance today! She has TWO books coming out this fall, The Outlaw’s Second Chance releasing from Love Inspired Historical in just THREE DAYS!!!, and My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice releasing from Barbour in November, so I invited her here to share some of HER thoughts on romance with us to celebrate her ROMANCE book releases!
Savoring the Moments of Romance We Once Knew
I still remember the glimmer in his blue eyes, capturing me across the crowded room. And then on our first date, the leap in my belly when he spoke of his interests that aligned with mine, and his sweet smile when I had his full attention.
As we dated, I recall how much my world was filled by him, how my heart was trained in erratic beats at his nearness, and how a sad wash would overcome me when we were apart.
For over twenty years, I’ve enjoyed the dance from a budding romance to a bloom-filled marriage with my college sweetheart. Sure, we’ve had our moments of gloom, our seasons of valley-walking, but when I look back and think on the moments which set my emotions rolling and my heart tripping, then I find myself ready to write a sweet romantic scene, or enjoy a good romantic read. When I read romance (as well as write it), my heartstrings pull and reverberate with all the love feelings I’ve ever felt. As I read, nostalgia mixes with the joy of a good story describing what I once knew for myself.
Doesn’t a good romance awaken our sleepy memories of what it once felt like to be in love?
Whether true, fulfilled romance or unrequited love lies in our past, the feelings and heartbeats were real. The reason I find myself wrapped up in a good romance time and again, is because my memories awaken and hook me to the heroine’s journey.
There’s an old cliché among authors…I’m sure that even some readers have heard it: “Write what you know”. And the wonderful thing about romance, is that nearly every adult human has had their share of it…whether it ends in heartache or elation, we’ve all felt the swoosh in our belly and the tingles on our necks. Romance appeals to our deepest desire to be loved, and to revel in love as the overarching force of good in life.
After reading romance, we are inspired, aren’t we? Perhaps, a dream has bloomed in your heart, one that entices you to savor the beauty of love and apply it in your own life now. Or maybe, you are being called to reapply love to a relationship that has grown stale and dull?
Romance is at the human core, it’s in our bones. As you read and encounter a meet cute or a first touch, stop and remember when you were a real, live heroine. Rediscover what it felt like. Find yourself in the pages, and cling to what you might have in common with the heroine of the story. Romance is a root in all of us, so why not revel in the art of it on a page?
Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in Cambridgeshire, England. Now living in the U.S., she’s an ACFW member, a blog contributor to the Writer’s Alley, a baseball mom, and a self-proclaimed foodie. Two of her historical romance novels comprise her Fall 2017 debut: The Outlaw’s Second Chance, in September, and My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah, in November. She also writes historical and contemporary fiction. You can connect with her on social media and learn about upcoming releases at www.angiedicken.com.
Krista here: LOVE THIS!! Readers — what is one of your favorite “romance” memories (keep it G or PG please!) from your young-love stage? Mine was that moment that I first received flowers from my man. It was just 3 red roses, but I remember feeling like I was going to faint straight away right there. A BOY SENT ME FLOWERS. I married that boy less than a year later :-)
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