Thursday, August 30, 2012

Romancing the Hop - Defining Romance

Thanks to everyone who stopped by during the hop! 
The winner from my blog is...
Beckey W.

Beckey won a lovely pink Crystal Paperweight by Oleg Cassini.

Here are the Grand Prize Winners:

Grand Prize Winners:

Kindle Fire Winner:
Laurie Goudge
(from It's the Journey that Counts's Blog)

$130 Amazon Gift Card:
(from Carrie Ann Ryan's Blog)

Swag Pack:
 (from Dana Delamar's Blog)

You would think a romance writer could easily define romance, but that isn’t the case – at least for this romance writer. After giving it much consideration, I decided romance means something different for everyone, but most of us can agree that there are some universal symbols that represent romance in our minds. Who doesn’t see a bouquet of red roses or a diamond ring and not think about romance?

After thirty-four years of marriage – to the same guy – those things are nice gestures, but an offer of dinner out after a long day at the computer is likely to generate the same response from me as a big bouquet of flowers. When it comes right down to it, it’s the thought that puts romance in the gift – not the gift itself.

Not that I don't think diamonds are a girls best friend, but these days, I'm more about baseball diamonds than the carbon kind! Check out the new cover for my baseball themed menage, INSIDE HEAT.

Megan’s quest for an autograph turns into a proposition to play with the sexiest twins in baseball, and it’s all fun and games until someone falls in love.

Read an Excerpt here.

Look for the second book in the series -
 GOING DEEP, October, 2012. 

Inside Heat is available at these retailers –
Amazon – eBook and print
Barnes & Noble – eBook and print
Apple iBook Store

Connect with Roz-

What says romance to you? 

Leave a comment below (with your email address) for a chance to win one of the great Grand Prize items listed below...
or a romantic Oleg Cassini pink crystal  paperweight from me. (US residents only)

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Large Swag Pack

Here's a peek at the awesome Swag Pack you could win.

Increase your chances of winning by visiting and commenting on any of the participating blogs listed here.


  1. Wow. This may give me a whole new perspective on the World Series this year. :)

  2. I'm right there with you on the 'thought that counts'. Although diamonds (stone AND baseball are my least favoured) there is something about a man in tight pants :)

    thank you for participating

  3. For me it is the little things that make me smile, not that I don't like flowers, etc. Wow do like that cover on your book, pretty yummy looking.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  4. Romance to me is coming home and finding my husband has done something sweet that just makes me life a little easier. It doesn't have to be fancy just thoughtful

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  5. i do agree its all about the small things that count. i do love flowers and jewelry but a pile of clean dishes also counts lol

  6. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

  7. The little things mean the most.


  8. Romance for me is anything my husband does or says that is just for me, no one else. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

  9. Romance to me is when your husband does a small surprise that makes life easier even if its just bringing home dinner.

  10. Romance to me is the little things. Nothing makes me feel more special that my hubby holding me hand. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. J.F.A
    Hi! thanks for hosting the giveaway! Romance to me is little gestures of affection and love.

  12. Romance is when that special someone does something to let you know you're never alone whether its helping with the laundry/housework, making breakfast/ordering in dinner, texting 'I love you' or 'miss you', or hugging you when you get home.

  13. It is help with the everyday things that mean romance to me. Helping me fix breakfast for my Mom. Picking something up from the store on the way home from work. I am not a person who likes big showy gestures. Just be there for me.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  14. Romance means the things you do to make your significant other feel special.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  15. Entering for the grand prize (I'm not eligible for your giveaway). I love the post!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. There is nothing like coming home to a hot bath and a massage, that says romance to me. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  17. I'm with you- take me out to eat!
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  18. Thanks for the chance to win!


  19. The little unexpected sweet gestures says romance to me. Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!

  20. For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

  21. All the little gestures the partners do for each other without asking.
    Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win.

  22. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven!
    My husband while on a cross country trip with his family (we were dating at that time) made them stop in several small towns so he could get me a coffee cup from each of them cause he knew I collected obscure/different coffee cups. That is romantic to me.
    I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, hot love scenes and a perfect HEA!
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  23. When you do things for your loved one when it is least expected.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  24. Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

    thanks for the contest!!

  25. I love when my husband touches the nape of my neck , it is his way of showing me his love for me...I also love when he set's up our massage table and calls me to our bedroom to give me a full body massage....that is romance...

  26. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all! Whats romantic is when your loved one does little things for you. I dont need a grand gesture. The little things are what count.

  27. A rubbing of the shoulders or a kiss on the cheek says romance to me. The little things is what counts for me! :) Thank you for the giveaway. :)

    Crystal Craig

  28. To me it is all about the simple things like fixing the cupboard, helping my boy with a craft or woodworking project. I se these things and am overwelmed with love. omahablack at yahoo dot com

  29. Thanks for being part of the hop

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  30. Anything that says he is thinking of my comfort or well being is so romantic :)... we've just had our 35th anniversary!

    maryjooller [at] yahoo [dot] com

  31. Making me feel special by doing something unexpected is really romantic. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  32. What says romance to me is thoughtfulness. When doing something or picking out a gift, the thoughtfulness of the gesture is key. Thank you for joining the hop and for the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  33. One thing about romance for me is trust. I trust him to be faithful to me and me with him. he travels more with his new job and it means so much to me that we trust each other to respect each other and make effort to think of the other when we are apart. sex texting is a new way to express our separation.

  34. Thanks for the great giveaway!! Romance is trust and being kind to one another not to mention doing sweet things for your partner.

  35. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  36. I love this hop. I am a sucker for a good romance so this is really fun!

  37. I agree. It's definitely the thought behind the romantic gesture that makes it romatic.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

  38. Twin baseball players? Now that sounds hot! Thanks for the giveaway!
    My husband has been very romantic the last year. I was diagnosed with breast cancer, luckily for me it was caught very early and was small. So right after Christmas last year he gave me a pink ribbon necklace for my radiation. And it wasn't so much the necklace but the thought that went into it. A way to keep my spirits up during the treatments. I had radiation every week day for 6 weeks. And he went with me for most of them, I always told him he didn't have to go. He said he wanted to be there for me. He helped me apply creams and other treatments to help with the skin irritation from the radiation. On my last day of radiation, he had a dozen pink roses sent to me at the office. Being romantic isn't about all the big gestures but what is done in between them. All I can say is I'm so lucky to have my husband.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  39. Romance is about putting another before yourself. Wanting to do the little things so that that other person is happy, thus making you happy.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  40. Caring about someone more than yourself

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  41. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

  42. I have to say I like your vision of baseball!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  43. I love that book cover!! Romance to me are all the little gestures that take little effort but have such a loving impact. Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway!

  44. romance is the 'i love you for who you are' and the 'i'll be there for you no matter what'. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  45. Romance is laughing and doing things you like to do together.


  46. Romance is the little things that others don't notice but for some reason no one else notices but that person does. The little details and special times together doing nothing special but that for some reason mean the world.

    Thank you for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway. :)


  47. Thank you very much for the great giveaway! I love reading about romance Fun blog hop!
    Latisha D

  48. Romance for me is my husband getting a babysitter and taking me out! Usually as a surprise for no reason!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  49. What I find romantic is that my husband and I have been married for 15 years now, and we can still sit around and talk for hours.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  50. Romance is like a dream state of mind like finding the kitchen untouched after cleaning it (which is a miracle to stay clean for 15 min) or not finding 2 additional loads of laundry after you think you finally got it ALL caught up...
    hence my need for escaping into the covers of a book.


  51. thanks for participating
    tjandbcd at

  52. Little things say romance to me. Picking up a pizza when you don't have time to cook, running errands to help each other, little gifts/notes, etc. To me, a small gc for a favorite book seller is perfect :)
    Thanks for the giveaway: :)
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  53. Romance to me is putting your partner before yourself.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com