Saturday, November 28, 2009

RBTB GTFR Day #3: What Friends R 4

CONTEST TODAY - SUNDAY!!! Tell us why you're thankful for romance in the comments in any post today thru Sunday -- or in Becke Davis' "The Perfect Murder" feature -- 4 chance 2 win BIG in BRENDA NOVAK'S PERFECT THANKSGIVING CONTEST! Deets below. *

Back in '06 when my husband's harried statement of, "Why don't you start a blog about romance so you can talk to someone else about RBTB and romances for a change?" inspired this spot, I was bowled over by how many women were searching online for fellow lovers of romance -- and how many didn't have friends who enjoyed the genre.

Soon, I was caught up in the phenom of the cyber-friendship. Two readers who've spent time at RBTB in the past, now are part of the RBTB team, and I'm so pleased to have their expertise and enthusiasm. And the coolest part? Well, sure, they love heroes and naughty bits as much as we do. But today they're sharing a few of their fave things about romance reads.

Gannon Carr says: I could wax rhapsodic about the many reasons I'm thankful for romance, but there's only so much space. So I'll just say that I'm very thankful for the variety of books available. There is literally something to suit every taste. And I'm always thankful for discovering a new author. It's like finding buried treasure -- keeping the secret to myself and savoring such an amazing find and then finally giving into the urge to shout it from the rooftops, "Look what I found!"


And Gannon's certainly hipped us to a few. Gannon's pal and ours, PJ, also is a great go-to, and is someone whom I'm thankful for because she always fills in the blanks for me when I say something like, "There's this romance -- what's the title, again? -- and the hero -- who's name I forget -- and this thing happens -- oh, what was it?" PJ's gettin' pithy and straight to the heart of a couple reasons she's grateful for romance:

PJ Ausdenmore says: I'm thankful for newly discovered authors and long-time favorites who fill my heart and soul with the beauty of their words. And I'm thankful for a resurgence of rough and (always) ready cowboys. Yee-haw!

Tell us about the cyber friendships you've made at online romance spots, and why you're grateful 4 'em!
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37 comments:

Jane said...

So true. There is something for everyone and it's exciting to discover a new author or awaiting the next release from a tried and true one.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

amy kennedy said...

Well said, both of you. And, "Yee-Haw!" indeed, PJ.

I waxed-on (and off) about friends at the tail end of yesterday's post, but what I will say again: I love the Bellas. Love them. Always have, always will.

RBTB is my touchstone, I can always come here to feel connected, and for that, I am truly thankful.

Kara said...

I am thankful for the connection with others that share the same passion I do about romances. It is nice to log on and know that my Internet friends are out there, ready to chat, and increase my TBR mountain!! LOL

kaisquared said...

Romance warms me up on a cold winter's day, and leaves me full of calorie free satisfaction!

Gannon Carr said...

PJ, we could use the phrase, "save a horse, ride a cowboy" here, right? *vbg*

Gannon Carr said...

Amy, that's perfect about RBTB being your touchstone! I love it!

Gannon Carr said...

Kara, I can totally relate on that TBR mountain!! :)

Becke Davis said...

Yeehaw> PJ, you crack me up. I'm slowly being converted to the cowboys -- geesh, soon there won't be any sub-genres I don't read.

Gannon, I totally agree -- when I find a new author I like I want to shout it from the rooftops, too.

I'm so glad I got to meet you two in person at RWA in DC this summer. You are both every bit as fabulous as I thought you'd be, and that was before I knew about PJ's chocolates!

I hope I'll see you again in 2010. It's soooo cool that Michelle has brought us all together at RBTB!

Gannon Carr said...

Romance warms me up on a cold winter's day, and leaves me full of calorie free satisfaction!

kaisquared, that's great!! I think you should put that on a shirt or a coffee mug. Of course, I could really use the calorie free aspect right now. ;)

Gannon Carr said...

Thanks, Becke! Meeting you in DC was such a pleasure, and I look forward to seeing you in Nashville. I see more crazy cab rides with Michelle, Rosie and PJ in our future. ;)

QLady48 said...

I actually haven't made any friends except reader-writers. I love being able to comment to authors and they comment back. I've learned about soo many authors new to me since I've been following blogs and twitter. Thanks, Sue


suehussein@aol.com

Mitzi H. said...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I don't know about you all, but I'm stuffed....it was oh so good and worth every calorie.

I've met many great fans of romance in cyber space. I started out looking for good romance novel recs at amazon.com, where I not only found fans that liked the type of books I do, but also found the rec for goodreads.com where I now keep an up to date list of all the books I've read or want to read....or at least try to.

That is also where I found out about romance book blogs. I follow several now and have found even more great authors and fans alike.

I am very thankful for this new cyber world.....And I Love My Hot Cowboys Too!!! Hehehe.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Becke Davis said...

It has been so much fun to read about all we are thankful for in the world of romance. It gives me chills to read your comments, and makes me even more thankful for all of you!

Virginia said...

Your are so right about there being a little of everything in books, a person has their chose of what to read. I switch around a lot myself so I don't get bored reading the same thing all the time, and I am very thankful for this.

LisaK said...

Cyber friendships are oh-so-important for me (never thought I'd say that one day) since the romance community in Germany is practically non-existant. I have to admit that I've never actually searched for German romance boards, but I know that there aren't any.

I like the English books better, anyway, and I love having found people with whom I can talk about them. I just think it's so amazing that there are folks who know as many romances (or often even more) as I and to whom you only have to say some key word concerning romance and they can tell you a story about it.

My fave places are several author websites, The Goddess Blogs (which was the spot that introduced me to the romance world and all you great guys!), The Odd Shots, The Romance Dish *waves at Gannon and PJ* (how I love that some part of RNTV lives on in this one!), H2H and - of course - RBTB. Michelle, I don't wanna brownnose or anything, but you're the one who treated me the most cordially of all when we first met and I'm ever so thankful for that!

Monica Burns said...

Tell us about the cyber friendships you've made at online romance spots, and why you're grateful 4 'em!


I've made LOTS of friends via cyberspace. Too many to name, although there are some who have almost overnight become like sisters to me. All of my friends are terrific women AND men. These are people I might never have met given the physical distance between so many of us, yet the Internet brought us together.

I would LOVE to live in OH so I could be closer to Becke, Stacy, Rosie, Michelle, and others so we could at least have a bawdy girls weekend every six months or so!! But at least my daily fix of bawdy can be done here on RBTB blog.

Great post Gannon and PJ

PJ said...

I've made so many wonderful friends at cyber-romance sites and have had the pleasure of meeting many of them in person.

Becke, I'm looking forward to seeing you (and your wonderful smile) again in Nashville!

Amy, I know exactly what you mean about RBTB being your touchstone. From the very first time I visited, Michelle and the Bellas made me feel cozy and warm...and welcomed!

PJ said...

It is nice to log on and know that my Internet friends are out there, ready to chat, and increase my TBR mountain!! LOL

Oh, Kara, I know! My TBR is threatening to take over the house! LOL!

PJ said...

Romance warms me up on a cold winter's day, and leaves me full of calorie free satisfaction!

Kaisquared, I agree with Gannon. That has perfect tee-shirt/mug/book bag potential. I love it! :)

PJ said...

The Romance Dish *waves at Gannon and PJ* (how I love that some part of RNTV lives on in this one!)

Thanks, LisaK! We love that you're one of our regulars!

PJ said...

PJ, we could use the phrase, "save a horse, ride a cowboy" here, right? *vbg*

Most definitely! :)

PJ said...

I love being able to comment to authors and they comment back.

Me too, Sue. I've discovered many new authors through "chats" at Twitter and Facebook as well as guest visits at various romance sites.

Mitzi, I use Goodreads too. It's a great tool for tracking what I've read and finding new recs.
Glad to see I'm not the only one who loves those hot cowboys! *vbg*

PJ said...

I switch around a lot myself so I don't get bored reading the same thing all the time, and I am very thankful for this.

Me too, Virginia. I'm now reading in modern-day Alaska after spending the past week in Regency England. It keeps the stories fresh and interesting for me.

Gannon Carr said...

Sue, I love chatting with authors online, too. It's one of the best things about the romance community. :)

Gannon Carr said...

Mitzi, goodreads is an excellent source of great book recommendations!

Gannon Carr said...

Virginia, it is great to be able to "switch it up" a little, isn't it? I never get bored!! There are so many great reads, so much variety, how could that possibly happen?

Gannon Carr said...

*waves at Gannon and PJ* (how I love that some part of RNTV lives on in this one!)

Lisa, what a lovely compliment! We love having you as one of our regulars at TRD!

Gannon Carr said...

I would LOVE to live in OH so I could be closer to Becke, Stacy, Rosie, Michelle, and others so we could at least have a bawdy girls weekend every six months or so!!

Oh, Monica, how much fun would that be?!!

Rain Maiden said...

I have not made any close cyber-friends yet, but I feel I am a new bloger. The contest is awesome, I have yet to read Brenda's books.

jnmt3@hotmail.com

Laney4 said...

Romance books generate such warm and good feelings. Discussing them in the blogs with our "cyberfriends" is a bonus that was totally unexpected but definitely welcomed with open arms.

Thanks for offering a blog that reinforces these feelings, plus offering a great giveaway too!

amy kennedy said...

Monica -- a bawdy girls weekend sounds so great...
Everyone here is great.
Rain Maiden, you may be new to blogging, but I bet it won't take you long to make connections.

Vanessa Kelly said...

I've made so many friends through romance websites - Michelle, Becke, PJ, Gannon, Monica, the ladies over at the now-defunct Romance Vagabonds, not to mention the BBs of authors like Eloisa James and Candice Hern. And what's truly spectacular is when you get to meet them in person at conferences. Last year's RWA was particularly memborable, as was Michelle's breakfast. These friendships have become so important to me, and are a real support and inspiration for my writing.

Thanks, all!

Becke Davis said...

Vanessa - Little did I know how many future friends I was meeting when I attended Michelle's Bella breakfast at RWA. I'm so glad I met you!

Pat L. said...

Am thankful for all the nice cyberfriends I have met on various blog sites and for all the contemporary romance authors.

Pat L. said...

Darn forgot my email.
patoct@yahoo.com

flchen1 said...

It's been wonderful making so many book- and romance-loving friends on-line--I love knowing there's a community of people whose recommendations I can trust and who'll squeal with me over someone's latest engrossing story or over a bookstore find! Plus, they won't tsk over the size of my TBR! Definitely issues we can bond over!

--Fedora
f dot chen at comcast dot net

robynl said...

there seems to be someone almost any time at blogs, chats, forumns that shares your love of romance and you can read what they think or are saying or even at times talk to them. they have become very good friends.

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