Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous

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If the photo here freaks you out, you can feel free to skip this article. If you snapped to attention and said HELLO! when you caught sight of this six-pack packing hunk of male yumminess, then you might be interested in what I have to offer.

As we all know, romance novels aren’t for everyone. Like any fandom, there are hard core followers of the books as well as plenty of people who think they’re stupid. I’m a member of the former group, but it’s not always easy. I for instance, am grateful for the advent of e-readers since now no one can see the half-naked covers of a lot of the books I read. And I’m a romance WRITER. (Or will be come January 2016, when I will publish my fourth book but first in the romance category.)

I reasoned that I wasn’t the only person with this issue, so I created a new Facebook group called Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous.

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Your friends and family might make fun of you for loving romance novels, but here you’ve found a safe place to profess your love for all things romance!

Welcome Message

Welcome to our lovey-dovey, super-sexy romance readers club! You’ve entered a judgment-free discussion zone where nothing is too sappy or sexy.

ALL heroes and heroines are welcome here:

Nice guys, alpha males, bad boys, werewolves, billionaires, vampires, gay, straight, bi, historical figures, aliens, and anything else that can love and/or mate.

READERS – tell us what you’re reading! What do you love? What do you hate?

AUTHORS – please DO post your book links and tell us what you’re currently working on! You might find your next big fan right here.

Life’s not all champagne and roses…but in here it is.

In the first two days of the group’s inception, we had 40 – fairly active – members. It’s a closed group, so only members can see what’s posted there.  Personally, I love the freedom that comes with such a private discussion group. For example, while I may not post a photo of a hot, shirtless guy on my regular Facebook page so as to scandalize my mom, my daughter, past classmates, and current and former coworkers, I WILL post it in RNAA, much to the delight of its members. (My mom does, however, read my blog so she did see Joe-Six-Pack-Abs here. Sorry, mom!)

As I’d expected, romance readers seemed thrilled to have a semi-secret, non-judgmental place to discuss their passions.  What did surprise me was the number of romance writers in need of support. I’m blessed with non-romance reading yet supportive family members, so it’s easy for me to forget that not everyone is so lucky. One writer said she is criticized for writing “that mama porn” and another writer said her family judged her for writing male/male romance. She asked if that kind of thing was welcome in the group (the answer was HELL yes and please post the link…)

It may seem like a silly problem, but nobody likes to be made fun of for the things they like. Of course, we folks in the group have a sense of humor about our obsessions, but we also enjoy talking about them openly in a safe place.

Like a lot of people, I was one of those little girls who loved all those princessy Disney movies and I guess I really never grew out of it.

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So, if you love reading and/or writing romance novels, I hope you’ll join our group.  We have a lot to talk about. And much to look at…..

  • Linda Fausnet

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