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What is Romance

Many people look for romance in their lives. Books are written about it. Movies are made showing how romance changes people and their lives, but what is romance?

 

It can be defined in simplistic terms as a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love, or a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life. But that doesn’t really give one a sense of what romance really is.

 

What I have found is that romance is different things to different people. For instance, romance can be a warm drawn bubble bath by your significant other; a candle light dinner; dancing close to romantic music. Romance can be anything that gives someone that feeling of love or mystery. To me it is anything that makes the butterflies soar in your belly. It is anything that makes you feel giddy and brings a smile to your face when you think of a special someone.

 
 

August is national romance month. To celebrate the love in the air, all of my books are on sale for $0.99 through the end of the month on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo, with the exception of Heart Waves which is free on Kobo.

 
 

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Danielle-Sibarium/e/B009WV7LMS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1409019407&sr=8-1

 
 

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/danielle-sibarium?store=allproducts&keyword=danielle+sibarium

 

But what I’d really like to know, is what does romance mean to you?

 

 
 

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Author’s Purpose

What is the author’s purpose? As a student I hated this question. The first thing that would come to mind was, “How should I know?” The next thing that would come to mind is “How do you know?” I hated trying to get inside someone else’s mind and using facts to back up an argument I didn’t want to make. Aside from the grade school choices of to entertain or to enlighten, we have no business pretending we understand and know the inner workings of an author’s mind.
 
Since the release of Regret Me Not I’ve thought a lot about this. After reading some of the reviews I’ve realized most people don’t know what my purpose is. Of course the simple, obvious answer is to entertain, but I’m talking about the deeper more subjective answer. It doesn’t really matter to me if you know what my purpose is, just that you get lost in the journey and enjoy the book. But I do wonder how we can justify grading students in high school and college on something as subjective as the author’s purpose. Unless the author has given an explanation of why they wrote what they did, how can anyone be so sure they are right that they can grade someone else fairly. Of course it should based on the argument made, but often that is not how people judge others.
 
So I’d like to hear from you, what do you think the author’s purpose was in writing Regret Me Not? And do you think this is a fair question used in classrooms? Why or why not?

 

 

Regret Me Not Blog Tour Information

So sorry I’ve been MIA since Regret Me Not has been released. I’ve been somewhere between losing my mind and falling off the deep end. I’ve had some personal drama. Not anything too crazy, but my family has needed my attention, and when I have had some free time, I’ve been working on posts for the Regret Me Not blog tour, as well as trying to fix formatting issues to get Regret Me Not up on iTunes and Kobo.

I’d like to take a minute to thank everyone who has had a part in helping out with the release, spreading the work, or reading Regret Me Not. You all rock!!!To celebrate the kickoff of the tour as well as my birthday later this week, I have reduced the price of Regret Me Not to $0.99 for a limited time. Here’s the tour information. Stop by and follow along!

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July 21:

• What’s Beyond Forks? Tour Kick-Off!

• The Sub Club Books – Guest Post!

July 22:

• Between Reality and Fantasy – Review

July 23:

• The Book Lover’s Report – Guest Post

• Paperback Cowgirl Reviews – Review

July 24:

• Books Ahoy – Review

July 25:

• Book Club Sisters – Guest Post/Spotlight

• My Secret Romance – Review

July 26:

• I Read Indie – Guest Post/Spotlight

• This Girl Loves Books – Review

July 27:

• Bookaholicsxoxo – Review/Interview

July 28:

•The Ultimate Fan Blog – Review

July 29:

•Donnie Darko Girl – Review

•Scandalous Book Blog – Review

July 30:

•Three Chicks and Their Books – Review

 
 
 

 

My Top 5 Book Couples

    ONE MORE DAWN, ONE MORE DAY, ONEDAY MORE!!!!! Regret Me Not will be live tomorrow! Woo Hoo!!!

     
    Today I bring you my top 5 Book Couples!
     
    5 Tic-Tac Tess and Toby Morrison from Boys of Summer by C.J Duggan
      
    The Boys of Summer (Summer,...

    4 Jess Jordan and Gray Porter from Almost by Anne Eliot
     
     Almost
     
    3 Bianca and Lucas from Evernight by Claudia Gray 

    Evernight (Evernight, #1)
     
    2 Skye and Dean Holder from Hopeless

     Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
     
    1 Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
     
    Twilight (Twilight, #1) 
    Who are your favorite book couples?

     
     

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    Dont’ forget to take a look at Maria Monteiro’s Top 5 Book Boyfriends

     

    Maria and I would love for you to come join us for our pajama Facebook release party on June 17th. We’ll have prizes, guest authors, and a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

    Facebook Release Party.

     

     

Brayden and Kenzie’s Favorite Things

Two days until Regret Me Not is released. I can’t believe it’s almost here! I hope you are as excited as I am. To get to know Kenzie and Brayden better I thought we could ask them to reveal some of their favorite things.

 
What is your favorite sport?
Brayden- Football
Kenzie- Football, but only if Brayden is playing. Otherwise gymnastics.
 
Do you have a favorite band or musical group?
Brayden- The Beatles, only the best band ever.
Kenzie- Billy Joel. I think he’s a great story teller.
 
What’s your favorite movie?
Brayden- An oldie but goodie, Top Gun.
Kenzie- All the Twilight movies, but especially Breaking Dawn, both parts.
 
Favorite Television show-
Brayden- 24.
Kenzie- Dancing with the stars.
 
Favorite car-
Brayden- Corvette
Kenzie- Audi R8
 
Favorite book
Brayden- Anything by Stephen King
Kenzie- Les Miserables

 

Add Regret Me Not to your TBR list on Goodreads .

 

 

Dont’ forget to take a look at Maria Monteiro’s Top 5 Book Boyfriends

 

Maria and I would love for you to come join us for our pajama Facebook release party on June 17th. We’ll have prizes, guest authors, and a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

Facebook Release Party.

 
 

 

My Top 5 Book Boyfriends

Woo hoo, three days until Regret Me Not goes live! Since I hope you will find Brayden Turner totally swoon worthy, I thought it might be nice to share some of my favorite book boyfriends.

 
5. Gray Porter From Almost by Anne Eliot

  

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4. Kellan Kyle From the Thoughtless series. Although he was incredibly “HOT” in Thoughtless, I really fell for him in Effortless
 
 Thoughtless (Thoughtless, #1)
 
3. Doug from Forget You by Jennifer Echols
 Forget You
 
2. Edward Cullen From the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer Team Edward all the way!
 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
 
1. Dean Holder from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
 Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
 
Now that you’ve seen mine, who are your top book boyfriends?
 

Add Regret Me Not to your TBR list on Goodreads .

 

Dont’ forget to take a look at Maria Monteiro’s Top 5 Book Boyfriends

 

Maria and I would love for you to come join us for our pajama Facebook release party on June 17th. We’ll have prizes, guest authors, and a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

Facebook Release Party.

 

 

Character Profile

Just four days until Regret Me Not is released!
 
You’ve been hearing a lot about Kenzie and Brayden lately, so today I thought it might be nice to get to meet some of their friends.

 
 
Let’s start with some of the guys on the football team- 

 

Handsome trendy young man in black shirt, portrait of sexy fashi

 
 
 
Scott Stephens- a running back on the football team and heart breaker. Aside from football, he loves to party. Scott’s used to getting his way with girls and moving on. He dates Kenzie before Brayden.
 
 
 
 

 

American Football Player Holding Helmet
 
 
 
Josh- one of Brayden’s friends and teammates. He’s also dating Kenzie’s best friend Olivia.
 
 
 
 
 
Muscular Built Man With A Dog Tags.
 
 
Carlos- one of Brayden’s friends and teammates, player with the girls and host to the team’s parties.
 
 
 
 
 
Now let’s look at a few of the important women in Kenzie’s life.
   
teen girl beautiful cheerful enjoying isolated on white backgrou
 
 
 
Jessica-Kenzie’s drug addicted sister. Jessica is the catalyst behind Kenzie’s worries and fears. Kenzie believes Jessica is the favored sister, and resents her for the mess she created of her own life, and the lives of the rest of the family. When Kenzie is at her lowest point Jessica is the one she finds by her side.
 
 
 
 Beautiful smiling high school graduate
 
Olivia- Kenzie’s best friend since elementary school. She’s the only person Kenzie trusts with her secrets. After she started dating Josh, she convinced Kenzie it would be fun to date friends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dont’ forget to take a look at Maria Monteiro’s interview with Chase and Piper’s friends

 

Maria and I would love for you to come join us for our pajama Facebook release party on June 17th. We’ll have prizes, guest authors, and a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

Facebook Release Party.

 

 

Fashion Show

Do clothes make the man? How about the woman?

Today I am doing something a little different. To get a better visual of Kenzie and Brayden I’m giving you a quick peek into what you might find in their closets.

 
 

 Here’s a little something you’d find Brayden wearing with a pair of jeans while walking through the halls of school. 

  
  
Jersey
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
And here are a few outfits Kenzie would wear to school and then later to a party on friday night.
 
 
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So do these help you get to know Brayden and Kenzie? What do they tell you about them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Regret Me Not to your TBR list on Goodreads .

 

 

Dont’ forget to take a look at Maria Monteiro’s interview with Chase and Piper

 

Maria and I would love for you to come join us for our pajama Facebook release party on June 17th. We’ll have prizes, guest authors, and a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

Facebook Release Party.

 

 

 
 
 

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My Top 10 Romance Movies

regretmenot2 coverCan you believe Regret Me Not will be released in less than a week?  Continuing with the countdown, I have something special for you today! No matter what topic(s) I attempt to handle in my books, I can’t write a book without romance. In the spirit of falling in love here is a list of my top 10 romance movies. I’m sure once I post this, three more movies that I absolutely adore will pop into my head.
 
10. A Walk to Remember
 
9. Love and Other Drugs 
 
8. Titanic
 
7. The Vow
 
6. The Time Traveler’s Wife
 
5. The Lucky One
 
4. 50 First Dates
 
3. Romeo and Juliet (2013)
 
2. Dirty Dancing
 
1. Ever After
 
Are any of these movies on your list? What is your favorite romance movie?
 

Add Regret Me Not to your TBR list on Goodreads .

 

 

Dont’ forget to take a look at Maria Monteiro’s interview with Chase and Piper

 

Maria and I would love for you to come join us for our pajama Facebook release party on June 17th. We’ll have prizes, guest authors, and a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

Facebook Release Party.

 

 

Character Interview with Brayden and Kenzie

The countdown to the Regret Me Not release continues.
regretmenot2 cover To continue with our celebration Brayden and Kenzie have agreed to stop by and answer some questions so you can get to know them better.

 

1. If you were a superhero what would be your name and what would you’re power be?
 
Kenzie- Can I answer for him? He’d be The Heatonator. Besides being “hot” as in incredibly good-looking, he always has heat radiating off him. Just being close to him warms me up.
 
Okay, then Brayden, what would Kenzie’s superpower be? 
Brayden- Queen Courage. She gave me courage to take chances, and most of all to stand up to my father. And she gave Jessica courage to do her best every day.
 
2. Which would you rather possess? Why? Cinderella’s glass slipper, the Beast’s magical mirror, or Michael Jackson’s sequenced glove?
 
Brayden- These are the choices? How come you don’t have choices like the Heisman trophy or Aladdin’s lamp?
 
Please just answer using one of the three choices you were given.
 
Brayden- Fine. I’d want Cinderella’s shoe so I could get down on my knees and place it on Kenzie’s foot so she knows without a doubt she’s my princess and I’m her Prince Charming.
 
Okay, Kenzie, stop blushing. 
Kenzie- I would want the Beast’s magical mirror. That way I could keep an eye on all the people I care about no matter where I am.
 
3. Describe each other in one word. 
Brayden- Exquisite. Not just in her beauty, but all around.
 
Kenzie- Inspirational. Brayden inspires me to take chances and be the best I can be.
 
4. Who in your life has had the greatest influence over you?
 
Brayden- My parents, but specifically my father. My father literally molded me, like a lump of clay, to be just like him. My earliest memories of him involve football, watching, holding it. I think he started tossing it to me when I was two. Not hard or anything, just nice and easy from a foot away. I don’t blame him, it’s what he knew and what he loved.
 
Kenzie- My sister, Jessica. She was older, so I looked up to her when we were kids. And when she fell apart, it threw me for a loop. I started to think if someone as smart and together as Jess could lose herself, what chance did I have? I made a lot of decision in my life for the sake of not making the same mistakes she made. And then when I was lost, she helped me find my way.
 
5. What is your favorite kiss? The first kiss? The drunken kiss? or the makeup kiss?
 
Kenzie- That’s easy, our first kiss was by far the most amazing kiss of my life.
 
Brayden- Really? Better than a make-up kiss?
 
Kenzie- Do you remember our first kiss?
 
Brayden- Of course, but I also remember some amazing kisses after we broke up.
 
Ok, guys, I think we should move on to the next question.
 
6. What is the first memory you have of each other?
 
Brayden- I remember the first time I saw Kenzie. She came to practice one day. Totally threw me off my game, because I couldn’t take my eyes off her.
 
Kenzie- My first memory of Brayden is the night he drove me to the hospital. I watched him play earlier that night, but until then we’d never spoken, and I never got a good look at his eyes or his smile.
 
7. If you could go back and change anything that happened the night of the Homecoming dance would you? 
 
Brayden- (taking Kenzie’s hand)- Sometimes I try to play the “what if” game. But if one thing changes, everything changes, and I don’t think we’d be where we are today, so no. I wouldn’t change anything.
 
Kenzie- Neither would I. the consequences of that night made me question everything I thought I wanted and believed. It really forced me to grow and become my own person.
 
8. Favorite type of movie: comedy, action, or drama
 
Brayden- Do you really need to ask? Action of course.
 
Kenzie- Comedy. Life is serious enough. It’s good to have a reason to laugh.

 

Thanks guys for stopping by

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 Add Regret Me Not to your TBR list on Goodreads .

 

Dont’ forget to take a look at Maria Monteiro’s interview with Chase and Piper

Maria and I would love for you to come join us for our pajama Facebook release party on June 17th. We’ll have prizes, guest authors, and a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

Facebook Release Party.