May 22, 2010
Welcome all my wonderful peeps to Day #5 of JoJos 30 Day Birthday Bash. Today we have Melissa ( MiMi ) from Dangerous Women Writing Group! Melissa Runs the Dangerous Wmen Writing Yahoo group, and is here to talk about The Wonderful World of Romance Lovers, and has a special giveaway for one lucky commentor! So head down, check out Melissa's Post, then join the giveaway!
When JoJo asked me to blog, I had NO idea what I was going to blog about. I'm not an author, or even an aspiring author ~~ I'm a Reader!! And a true lover of all things about the romance community online ~~ so I decided that's exactly what I was going to blog about, how wonderful The World of Romance Book Lovers truly is!!
When I first got online, wow, I can't even remember the year, but I somehow stumbled onto the AOL folders ~ do you remember those? They were great, and the mods had chats a few times a week. I was lucky enough to meet some awesome friends in those chats and folders, friends that I still have so many years later, and still haven't met face to face!
I've been lucky enough to attend Lora Leigh's RAW, and Lori Foster's Reader event, and just a few weeks ago RT!! It was so wonderful at all these events to meet so many people who love books like I do, who measure time by the release dates of their favorite books, and to meet some of the wonderful authors I've loved over the years.
And to put faces to many, many friends I've made online for years!! Everyone is so friendly and fun, and whether you know anyone or not, you immediately feel right at home, because everyone is just as book crazy as you are! I'm constantly amazed at how lucky I've been.
About 7 years ago, my downstairs and garage flooded. It was awful!! I lost books I'd had since I was a teenage, and so many of my keepers ~~ I mentioned it to a friend online, and before I knew it I had books coming in the mail faster than I could shelve them to replace the books I'd lost! From authors, other readers ~~ it was so wonderful, and just so touching that people I'd never met face to face could care so much that I'd lost something precious to me. I've heard countless stories like this over the years ~ readers who have lost books to fire, flood, Katrina, and now Nashville ~~ and every time something like this happens, from an individual to a huge disaster, I see the Romance community, authors and readers alike, step up to the challenge and donate and try to help those in need out. It just makes me proud and happy to be able to say, Hey, I KNOW those people, I am a PART of something that solid and caring.
It makes me that much prouder to tell the world there is nothing I like better to do than to read a romance book, proudly!!
Here are a couple I know of right now that are wonderful causes ~~