Romancing the Blog: Romance Book Craze

Romance Book CrazeHello everyone, this is Leagh Christensen, aka Romance Book Craze Blog, aka Author’s Assistant. Today I wanted to talk a bit about how I have managed to make my dreams come true and how it all started with blogging.

About 3 yrs. ago, I was given my very first romance novel. I don’t remember the name but I do remember it was by Nora Roberts. I was quickly taken by the romance and stories. I just kept picking up book after book. I never realized how many romance authors and books were out there. This love quickly grew from Nora Roberts to Lora Leigh, to Lorelei James.

Before I knew it I was reading everything from paranormal to historical to erotic romance. I was absolutely addicted, like “Hi, my name is Leagh and I am addicted to books” addicted. My family suffered, my kids felt left out, and my housework and womanly duties fell behind. I know, this sounds like a bad story but it gets better, I promise. I then decided that I was going to take this addiction and do something with it. I started playing on the social networks and friending authors and that soon turned into me starting my own blog. Now, when I started my blog, I knew nothing about blogging. I didn’t even realize there were so many blogs out there. I was overwhelmed and started putting more time and money into blogging. I was having the time of my life, for the first time ever, I found something that I loved and that I was good at.

I soon realized that this was an outlet for me. It was a way for me to talk to people who loved the same things as me, who understood how I felt. It was the best discovery ever! I don’t have a lot of friends around where I live, I have been with my husband since I was 15 yrs. old so I never developed female companionship so when I started becoming friends with my fellow romance lovers, it filled a void that I didn’t realize existed. I soon found myself getting deeper and deeper into the romance community.

I started working with authors to help them promote their books and that quickly turned into me becoming the Personal Assistant to numerous authors including Kallypso Masters, Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey, Cherise Sinclair, and many more. I finally feel like I am important and I finally feel like I belong. This is what I was meant to do in life and this has made my life complete. I am a happier person. I am still working on balancing family, being a wife, and my soon to be career so it is still a struggle but it gets better every day.

Thank you to Romancing the Book for having me here today. I really appreciate it!

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23 thoughts on “Romancing the Blog: Romance Book Craze

  1. Maria D. says:

    Hi Leagh! I don’t remember my first romance – I know it was a Barbara Cartland book (I was very young). I love reading romance books and like you have since branched out into reading pretty much every subgenre out there…lol….Great post!

  2. SheriV says:

    My first romance was an Amanda Quick, though I can’t tell you which one.I started at 13 and haven’t looked back, now I read much more erotic stories. I too found myself way happier after I found the romance online community and love helping run a chat site so other romance readers can’t meet and chat with their favorite authors online. 🙂

  3. Becki Wyer says:

    My mother gave me a Harlequin Romance when I was about 13 and I’ve been hooked ever since.
    I’m Canadian so I don’t qualify for your US only prize packs 🙁

    rmwyer@shaw.ca

  4. Diane Sallans says:

    It’s been such a long time that I don’t remember which specific book, but it might have been one of the Cherry Ames Nurse series (which is very lite on the romance), but after that were Harlequins my mother got from her sisters.

  5. Angie Ellis says:

    HI Leagh!!! I have been reading since i was oh 11 or 12… Of course i started with very MILD harlequin romance. Over the years my taste have developed and I have to say the FIRSTH author i ever REALLY loved and was obsessed with was Nicholas Sparks… My friend Kimmie turned me on to Twilight and Black Dagger Brotherhood series…..I met some incredible ladies on JR Wards page. Those ladies suggested Cherise Sinclair and Kallypso Masters and well I”M HOOKED…………I love Love LOVE to read. My hubs got me an ereader for Christmas and It’s the most used (other than my cell) electronic in our house.

  6. Hi Leagh!!

    I was late coming to romances too, probably about 7 years ago. I got so tired of reading books on ADHD and bipolar disorder, trying to learn everything I could about my son and how best to help him (and myself in the process), that I needed a break. I started roaming the isles as Barnes & Nobles and came across a book that had a great cover and catchy title, “The Wilde Side.” It was by Janelle Denison, and I fell in love! With both Janelle and Scott Wilde (the hero). I went on a search for everything else I could find written by Janelle, and then everything by her Plotmonkey pals. Before long, I was ignoring family and housework in favor of reading. That eventually led to my writing, and, like you, I finally feel like I’ve found my home.

    I’m so glad we both made it here and that we met!!!

  7. Jen B. says:

    My first romance? It was a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. I think it was Night Pleasures but it’s hard to remember because I just dove into the deep end and started reading everything by Sherrilyn Kenyon that I could get my hands on.

  8. erinf1 says:

    thanks for a fun post! I can’t remember what the title was, but the first romance I read was a Laveryle Spencer that I had snuck off my grandmother’s bookshelf when I was 12/13 🙂

  9. JoAnne says:

    My mother and aunt used to read Harlequin romances and I used to pick them up when they were done. I also remember them reading Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer books. Have no clue what the first romance book is I read since it’s over 40 years ago.

  10. Linda says:

    I think mine was a Barbara Cartland too which I’d sneaked from my older sisters! I know what you mean about being sucked into a book & not being able to put it down. What fun to be a PA to authors!

  11. June says:

    I remember reading some romances (mainly VC Andrews) during my teen years, but then did not read them again until about 3 years ago or so. I got back into romances through PRN then moved to historicals, contemporaries, sci-fi, erotica, etc. Now I can not imagine not reading romances. 🙂

  12. Maureen says:

    Hi Leagh,
    Congratulations to you for finding something you love to do. When my kids were little we were in the library for a program so I was looking at books and picked up one by Lavryle Spencer and have been reading romances since then.

  13. Jeanne Miro says:

    I just checked out your Book Crazy Blog and I think I’ve fallen in love! I loved your reviews and “found” a few new authors while I was there I hadn’t “met” before so you can be sure I’ll be checking back!

    When I was growing up I was fortunate that my Dad loved to read so much he built a small addition on our house for his library. It was my favorite room and we spent many hours sitting in comfy chairs while we both read. My mother and sisters could never understand why we loved to read so much!

    The very first “historical” romance I read was actually required reading in my High School English class and it was by the master of romance Cervantes and the book was Don Quixote de la Mancha. I’ve often felt sorry for some of the authors of mainstream romance I read after that because of Cervantes’ work I had set the bar high!

    It wasn’t until after one of my first jobs working at a newspaper that I fully understood the skill and dedication it takes for an author to write their wonderful stories. I soon learned my limitations and realized that when it came be creativity I didn’t inherit the correct genes! With age as I’ve realized my own short comings my admiration for authors has grown knowing the dedication and time they must put into their craft and the hours they sacrifice with their families and friends to meet their goal of writing the one perfect book – and then doing it again and again and again because we all want “just one more” of their books to read!

  14. The first romance I can really really really remember would be a Julie Garwood book. It was a scottish romance but I can’t remember the exact title. I was like 14 or 15 and hid it from my mom but I was just in love. The romance, the new world…it was magical to me. 🙂 Now I’m into a bit naughtier books than a classic Garwood but I still love to read romance in any shape or form!

  15. Marlene Breakfield says:

    The first romance that I remember reading was Shannon, when I was in junior high school. It was my mother’s copy and I sneaked around and read it.

  16. donnas says:

    The first I remember reading was Flowers in the Attic in High School (in the library of a catholic private school none the less).

    Then I switched more to horror and suspense for a while before coming back to romance with MJ Davidson and Annette Blair and Lynsay Sands.

  17. Crystal Newman says:

    Well I got into reading romances because I would see my grandma reading them. She loved the one’s about Indians. So I seen her just sit there and read and I said to myself when I get older that’s the books that I’m gonna read. That was over twenty years and I can’t remember the author I just know it was one of her Indian books.

  18. The first romance I remember reading and wanting to re-read again and again was The Passions of Chelsea Kane by Barbara Delinsky when I was about 15. I then started on the romance novel path and have never looked back! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  19. Linda Mc says:

    I read some teen romance books when I was about 12 or 13, and then moved on up to Danielle Steel novels. They were my first romances and I fell in love with the genre because of them.

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