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Monday, June 1, 2009

Motivation for Monday

Romance novels offer comfort in down economy

That's the headline of a recent article.

In the video clip from the Today show accompanying the article, you'll hear how romance sales are up. In some cases way up. According to the reporter, Harlequin reports an increase of 32% over last year.

So, my romance writing friends, that is good news for us!
Keep on writing!

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Have you changed your book buying habits lately?
Are you purchasing more or fewer romance novels than you did last year?


sherrinda said...

Welllll, since the downturn in the economy, plus our lack of a stable income lately, I have been doing the ACFW book club to get free books. And, as you well know, God has smiled down on me!!! I have a nice stack by my bed for my summer reading pleasure! :)

Jody Hedlund said...

I'm going to have to try the ACFW book club! No, seriously, lately I haven't had time to read. I'm looking forward to finishing up editing my book and having a breather to read a stack of great books by my bed too! And I would have to say even with the bad economy, I still love buying books. There's nothing that can beat a brand new book!

Jill Kemerer said...

At least there's an upside to the economic downturn! It always makes me happy to talk to other romance readers and maybe we'll get quite a few new romance junkies out of this?

I'm definitely buying less books because of the downturn, but I'm buying less everything. I'll still splurge on my fave authors, though.

Keli Gwyn said...


Your blog drawing success has indeed helped you get books to read. Have fun devouring them this summer.


I hope the edits have gone well. And I hear you on finding time to read. I'd love to add a day to my week just for curling up with a good book or two.


I'm all for introducing more women to the wonderful world of romance novels. I got hooked back in high school. How about you? When did you fall in love with the romance genre?

Laura Frantz said...

Good books do bring such comfort in troubled times like these. I first became captivated by romance novels like LaVryle (sp?) Spencer's Bittersweet. She had a remarkable way of making you care about her characters. Then I moved on to Francine River's Redeeming Love and others. Amazing reads! You have a wonderful blog, here, Keli. Your love of reading and writing really shine through:)

Keli Gwyn said...


You're right. I love reading and writing. Some of my favorite childhood memories are the hours I spent curled up with a great book. My mom made my day whenever she said it was time for a trip to the library. I preferred that to a visit to the candy store.

Redeeming Love is one of my absolute favorite novels and Michael Hosea my ideal fictional hero. My Gwynly is a great deal like him. He loves me unreservedly, much more than I deserve. I'm blessed!!

Caroline said...

Hi Keli~
I'm still buying and still reading. I'm so happy that the book business is actually growing in these troubled times. At the moment I'm reading A Passion Most Pure, by Julie Lessman and loving it....

Thanks for the great post.

Keli Gwyn said...


I have all three of Julie's books and can't wait to read them. I've heard such good things about them.

And I'm looking forward to reading your debut novel too. :)