Let me start my first post with Romance Readers’ Cafe’ with a welcome to you, the reader, and a thank you to the authors who have made this place a reality. 🙂
My name is Loraine Nunley and I am a romance author, but I am always first a romance reader.
For me, the journey of romance reading began at a young age. Probably from the moment I discovered that boys made me feel all giggly inside. I have been a reader from the time my mother took me on regular trips to the library. She had to carry me in because I hadn’t learned to walk yet.
Here’s a fun fact about me: Did you know that I learned to write my first name just so I could get my own library card?
No kidding. I still have that first card. I love that story. 🙂
As a child, I read just about everything I could get my hands on. I would even read the cereal box at the kitchen table while I ate my breakfast. My favorite reads, though, were always fiction.
Then I began to think of boys. And my tastes in reading shifted. I went from reading about girls having adventures to girls having adventures with boys to girls falling in love with them.
Our city library had a busing system that allowed me to ride the bus every Saturday to the library without my mom. I rarely missed a Saturday trip. I would get on the bus for the first run early in the morning and blissfully spend the day at the library. The last bus home was my ride and my arms would be full of books to tide me over until the next week.
Okay, so I read them all long before the next Saturday, but I digress.
Spending every week in our small library gave me the opportunity to explore all of the bookshelves. That’s when those covers grabbed my attention.
You know the ones. The man and woman embracing under the Harlequin logo.
Yes, they were too old for me. But I couldn’t resist looking at them. When I fancied myself to be more mature, I actually pulled one off the shelf and read it. Reading one of those was an eye-opener to say the least. If only they had cleaner versions. Then I stumbled upon the ones for young adults. First Love from Silhouette.
I had come home.
Like the adult Harlequin lines, there were several new titles released every month. I haunted our young adult section waiting for the library to acquire the latest ones. And I devoured every single one of them. Several times over because our library didn’t have a large budget.
They made me happy – those romances. The idea that there was someone special for me out there gave me hope, especially when the world wasn’t hopeful.
That is what I love about fiction and romance in particular. It represents our hope for a better world.
When did you discover romance books? Did you find them early in your life or later?
Do any of you remember the first romances you read? Does anyone remember the First Love from Silhouette romance line?
Loraine Nunley is an author and blogger who grew up near Detroit, Michigan and now lives just outside of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of ACFW and writes inspirational romance. In 2017, she was honored to be a finalist in the suspense category of the ACFW First Impressions contest.
Being a romantic at heart, Loraine often finds inspiration for her writing within her own marriage. She has been blessed to find her own real life romantic hero with her husband. Her writing career has included a self-help book about remarriage and a series of children’s books about military aircraft.
When not writing furiously and dreaming up stories, she can be found reading, adding books to her over flowing bookshelves, homeschooling her children, and enjoying time with her family.
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