Day 23 #Rombklove 2018
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5/23/2018 13:08:27@BookThingoKatPODCAST EP58: We’re hosting #RomBkLove! @rudi_bee, Gabby & I share our first forays into romance fiction … and we w… https://t.co/ZBJXwCkEKL999192822791061504
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5/23/2018 13:10:04@BookThingoKat@rudi_bee P.S. Elvis did not actually win the Pulitzer. At least, not for what we talk about in the podcast. #RomBkLove999193230485811200
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5/23/2018 15:35:15@anacoquiAna CoquiIn a #RomBkLove first, @BookThingo , @rudi_bee & Gabby kick-off Day 23: Gateway books with a podcast! See their s… https://t.co/b5vGVpq2Nx999229765897932800
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5/23/2018 15:48:11@anacoquiAna Coquiand the website is deciding to act up right now, so if you are getting weird errors, bookmark:… https://t.co/dgSE9kOa6U999233018836455424
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5/23/2018 16:01:24@anacoquiAna Coqui#Rombklove I was a lifelong Mystery, Sci-fi & Fantasy reader, who loved romantic storylines in those genres, I tumb… https://t.co/7AAMhf5obB999236347591299072
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5/23/2018 16:03:57@BookThingoKat@rudi_bee If you’re having trouble accessing the #RomBkLove shownotes on the blog (I think I broke it!) you can sti… https://t.co/be82EJSMmb999236986740260864
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5/23/2018 16:04:46@anacoquiAna Coquiand Meljean Brook's Iron Duke. These books touched the part of me that had loved so many YA romance series like Tw… https://t.co/6CoZDQP9A0999237193544667137
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5/23/2018 16:08:08@rudi_beeRudi B.#RomBkLove Day 23: Gateway books!! in which I reveal that I grew up in an entirely different universe to Gabby and… https://t.co/wmh95d99NI999238040735301632
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5/23/2018 16:10:54@rudi_beeRudi B.According to Kat my first romance novel (Faking It by Jennifer Crusie) was “too good” and has set me up to be an et… https://t.co/VB3vy1zme8999238735744061440
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5/23/2018 16:19:59@lawless523lawlessI read Phyllis Whitney as a preteen. Does that count? My journey to reading romance is long and winding and needs… https://t.co/LDdvP0QgLY999241022742941696
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5/23/2018 16:24:53@ros_clarkeRos ClarkeFirst romance: Charity Girl. DNF. Second romance: Simon the Coldheart. Fell in love with Heyer from that moment on.… https://t.co/wT89wo1qfn999242255566327808
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5/23/2018 16:27:34@anacoquiAna CoquiSecret baby romances are polarizing but a surprising number of people even those who claim to hate the trope had re… https://t.co/5T835ZL4X6999242929448288257
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5/23/2018 16:28:53@BookThingoKat@anacoqui Vaginal Fantasy has brought so many readers to romance, I feel (at least, anecdotally). I wish they would… https://t.co/e0KfutBvo3999243263704948737
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5/23/2018 16:31:23@ros_clarkeRos Clarke@MargueriteKaye I read it again later and it was okay, but it's never going to be my favourite. Lynne Graham, FTW!!! #rombklove999243893295198208
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5/23/2018 16:32:50@anacoquiAna Coqui@BookThingo They have a great site though with their youtube playlists: and a big GR group https://t.co/EaECZzbrDQ… https://t.co/4FsmU60giC999244255599177728
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5/23/2018 16:33:44@mutendorfMelindaOooh! I LOVE podcasts, Kat’s is great. Definitely listening this morning. #Rombklove https://t.co/Ll5N49QZ0C999244484796960769
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5/23/2018 16:33:47@BookThingoKatI feel like readers (like me!) who start by loving the cheesiest, most likely to not stand the test of time romance… https://t.co/u8LuSvTzxs999244497123856384
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5/23/2018 16:35:49@BookThingoKat@ros_clarke Lynne Graham! I have special admiration for romance readers who appreciate category romance. #rombklove999245006375284737
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5/23/2018 16:37:06@BookThingoKat@anacoqui I’ve seen some of their videos. I just don’t have time for video replays, sadly. I need a medium where I… https://t.co/fx8ESUrfbX999245332335681537
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5/23/2018 16:37:47@BookThingoKat@mutendorf Thank you! 💜 Looking forward to your gateway to romance story. :D #rombklove999245504394362881
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5/23/2018 16:37:49@anacoquiAna Coqui#Rombklove A romance origin story! https://t.co/KMDebhc7ac999245511222808577
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5/23/2018 16:39:08@BookThingoKat@anacoqui They were the first GR book club I had heard of who were able to do something beyond GR. And they might b… https://t.co/uYqwq22lsV999245842576896006
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5/23/2018 16:40:54@BookThingoKat@lawless523 That really is a meandering path to romance but I love that it started with fanfic. It’s such a breedin… https://t.co/cSRjP3NhL4999246287701618688
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5/23/2018 16:45:22@TL_SchaeferTL_SchaeferI read Mom's @HarlequinBooks subscriptions as they came in, but the first one I remember really hitting me, the one… https://t.co/w2wivzxOJs999247412186279936
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5/23/2018 16:45:39@GrowlyCubGC#RomBkLove my first was Heyer's Arabella at ~11, then all her others. Lots of Am rom in translation followed and Co… https://t.co/aaWBa71uwu999247483216818176
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5/23/2018 16:49:22@booktoselfRobinOooh, listening to this in a few. I love gateaway book stories. #RomBkLove https://t.co/OiPy1MztKv999248417585954818
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5/23/2018 16:52:26@lawless523lawlessI forgot the hashtag! #RomBkLove https://t.co/ebf0EJcES5999249187244998657
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5/23/2018 16:56:47@ros_clarkeRos Clarke@BookThingo @rudi_bee I'm very glad you didn't call it "Not Your Mother's Romance", because all my gateway roms are… https://t.co/aNr5GtKWyB999250282772160513
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5/23/2018 17:01:08@BookThingoKat@booktoself Hope you enjoy the show, and let us know your own gateway book story. :D BTW, if that link doesn’t work… https://t.co/RB6HF5MPQh999251379762823168
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5/23/2018 17:01:48@BookThingoKat@ros_clarke @rudi_bee Yass!!! I was actually surprised that Rudi, Gabby and I had totally different experiences. I… https://t.co/5tddY10VGS999251546226311168
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5/23/2018 17:05:12@BookThingoKatFolks, I’m gonna have some pizza now that we have shownotes again. But I’ll be back a little later to read the #rombklove tweets. 🤗999252404007723008
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5/23/2018 17:10:35@elisabethjlaneElisabeth LaneI *think* my gateway book was The Bride by Julie Garwood. Or The Secret. I'm not exactly sure which of hers it was.… https://t.co/dzLjQZiUl9999253756641505282
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5/23/2018 17:12:14@Kaetrin67KaetrinI started reading romance twice. The first time I was about 12 and a friend of my mum's gave her a box of books. My… https://t.co/ELwUlaRub8999254170078142466
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5/23/2018 17:12:14@Kaetrin67KaetrinI moved on to reading fantasy and then thrillers and just...stopped reading romance. Then for a while I didn't real… https://t.co/9lEiwFjmqY999254172875685889
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5/23/2018 17:12:15@Kaetrin67KaetrinThen, in 2007 I had my second miscarriage. I was devastated. I could barely get off the couch and couldn't apprecia… https://t.co/MB16s3qnsB999254174884773888
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5/23/2018 17:12:15@Kaetrin67KaetrinA friend of mine brought me a care package. It included chocolate, a family sized lasagne, some flowers and a book:… https://t.co/La5tjTdcFm999254177682345985
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5/23/2018 17:12:16@Kaetrin67KaetrinIt's an angsty read but it has a happy ever after. All the pain and heartache turned out alright in the end. Unlike… https://t.co/xNobCqW09q999254179800432640
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5/23/2018 17:12:16@Kaetrin67KaetrinI'll be honest, for a while there reading romance wasn't very healthy for me. I was almost obsessively reading beca… https://t.co/E8hsU6LAds999254181666959360
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5/23/2018 17:12:17@Kaetrin67KaetrinI got some treatment and gradually I came out of the pit of despair. Because romance novels aren't a substitute for… https://t.co/FyR7ZM5ixS999254183705427970
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5/23/2018 17:12:17@Kaetrin67KaetrinBut for a while there, romance novels were the bridge I needed to get me from where I was to a place where I could… https://t.co/ptMrVa79s9999254186012196865
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5/23/2018 17:12:18@Kaetrin67KaetrinWith treatment and time and the love and patience of my husband and the unconditional uncomplainung love of the chi… https://t.co/OIHRE0QHYT999254188260376577
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5/23/2018 17:12:18@Kaetrin67KaetrinAnd through it all I had romance novels. I had examples of people who struggled and got their happy, who made it th… https://t.co/b0AIFxRcVr999254190294646786
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5/23/2018 17:12:19@Kaetrin67KaetrinNow my life is better balanced and my need for romance novels isn't pathological. Now I just like reading about HEA… https://t.co/o2yISjb3vm999254192152719361
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5/23/2018 17:12:19@Kaetrin67KaetrinBut I'll never forget how they got me through the toughest time in my life and I'll always be grateful. (I'm pretty… https://t.co/2aIcqoxs1w999254194023354368
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5/23/2018 17:12:42@elisabethjlaneElisabeth LaneAnd what brought me back to romance a few years ago was the government shutdown and Fifty Shades. I finished it, re… https://t.co/vGeZhP4loG999254287669710848
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5/23/2018 17:16:25@elisabethjlaneElisabeth LaneI know Fifty has its issues, but as a former reader of old school romance (and Twilight), Christian & Anastasia wor… https://t.co/NPn3BWeTAu999255226136883200
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5/23/2018 17:16:26@Lori_EllaElla Drake#RomBkLove Gateway books. I don't know what my first romance was. I know that as far as gateways, I loved Nancy D… https://t.co/p9wulMXrYt999255227730661377
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5/23/2018 17:17:30@LynnAARLynn SpencerMy gateway came from my mom's old gothics. Window on the Square by Phyllis Whitney was one of the first I remember.… https://t.co/EFV1jbRL66999255498418466817
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5/23/2018 17:18:07@Lori_EllaElla DrakeAnd of course, Pride and Prejudice. Which I read alongside Stephen King books. I was definitely a bookworm with g… https://t.co/TMDp0tqGPP999255651070234624
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5/23/2018 17:19:20@BookThingoKat@elisabethjlane The Bride would have been a good book to start with. And it’s still enjoyable now, which is pretty amazing. #rombklove999255957224931330
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5/23/2018 17:21:03@Lori_EllaElla Drake#RomBkLove I read my aunt's romance series books from a basket she kept for them. I have no idea what titles (or au… https://t.co/lkYukBilIo999256392610516994
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5/23/2018 17:21:23@LeoRosannaRosanna Leo 🇨🇦I remember my gateway book. The Troubadour's Romance by Robyn Carr, first pubbed 1985. Historical shenanigans, a se… https://t.co/Hv3QPtKyKp999256473845813248
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5/23/2018 17:23:54@ladrianaherreraAdriana Herrera 🇩🇴🧚🏾‍♀️Gateway books! My auntie and cousins read romance and when I came to visit them in NYC from DR in the summer in the… https://t.co/kkkQmRmXnS999257107391229953
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5/23/2018 17:24:44@BookThingoKat@Kaetrin67 Oh! I went through similar phases: romance, then fantasy, then crime fiction, then I went back to romanc… https://t.co/Mb6V4DPxMX999257316628221952
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5/23/2018 17:25:13@RubeLangRuby Lang#RomBkLove Day 23 Gateway Bks: I read romances (HQNs mostly) occasionally as a teen, abandoned them, then as an adu… https://t.co/zrAUuY6w9l999257440972570630
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5/23/2018 17:26:31@BookThingoKat@Kaetrin67 I wonder how common this is. I feel like romance was a crutch for me, too, for quite some time. Not to t… https://t.co/SqpS3hFegt999257766685360128
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5/23/2018 17:27:02@rudi_beeRudi B.@BookThingo @ros_clarke To be fair, I misspoke in the podcast and it was going to be Not Our Mothers' Romance becau… https://t.co/dJVaVaKXVB999257896025124864
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5/23/2018 17:27:33@Lori_EllaElla DrakeBut the genre really got its hooks in me in the mid-2000s when I found small publishers combining SF/F with Romance… https://t.co/5qXQ9vhF5G999258025440481280
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5/23/2018 17:29:34@Kaetrin67Kaetrin@BookThingo There is something intensely comforting about burying oneself in the pages of a romance novel after a hard day. #RomBkLove999258535752941569
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5/23/2018 17:29:48@BookThingoKat@Kaetrin67 ((Hugs)) Thanks for sharing your story, Kaetrin. I’m so glad you were able to get through the tough time… https://t.co/7R8x8IdiYc999258594490003457
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5/23/2018 17:31:28@BookThingoKatPretty sure there are quite a number of us who first became attuned to romantic subplots through Nancy and Ned. Ned… https://t.co/NCxDsT7pwq999259012011978752
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5/23/2018 17:31:42@SaniaPlumSania Plum#rombklove Day 23 Gateway books When I was a kid, I subscribed to Harlequin. My parents found out, and my papa wrot… https://t.co/UFYnHlyAUA999259069398515713
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5/23/2018 17:31:43@SaniaPlumSania Plum#rombklove Day 23 Gateway books In middle school, my mama was a roaming medical specialist, she often went to nursi… https://t.co/EAQ4DOFu4i999259073278230528
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5/23/2018 17:31:43@SaniaPlumSania Plum#rombklove Day 23 Gateway books My 6th grade language arts teacher had a rather inappropriate Silhouette novel in h… https://t.co/OkeWgH51HM999259075949969408
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5/23/2018 17:31:44@SaniaPlumSania Plum#rombklove Day 23 Gateway books I was really all about the Regency; I wouldn't touch anything contemporary for a lo… https://t.co/wn1UqaCJQC999259078412058624
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5/23/2018 17:31:44@SaniaPlumSania Plum#rombklove Day 23 Gateway books For sure it was Charlotte Stein's Sheltered that cured me of my dislike of 1st pers… https://t.co/bxfjlikQvP999259080534339585
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5/23/2018 17:32:12@racblogBrieAre we talking getaway books for us or the ones we recommend to people who want to try the genre? Because my introd… https://t.co/Tm64OSJeCl999259198461538306
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5/23/2018 17:32:33@BookThingoKat@Lori_Ella Um. I read all the sex scenes in It. Does that count? 😅 #rombklove999259285660942337
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5/23/2018 17:33:42@ErinSatieErin Satie#RomBkLove Gateway -- for me it was THE DUCHESS by Jude Deveraux, which not only got me into romance but ALSO spurr… https://t.co/90mozQcWuU999259573801406465
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5/23/2018 17:33:43@laceliteracyalexis💘, buy a princess in theory by alyssa coleTwilight!! and it was my gateway book to reading in general. I truly got into reading Romance 24/7 in high school… https://t.co/5mPU1sMI3z999259577374814208
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5/23/2018 17:34:09@BookThingoKat@ladrianaherrera I glommed Elizabeth Lowell’s backlist around 10 years ago. I LOVE medieval romance and hers are si… https://t.co/H36qoolBz6999259687328468993
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5/23/2018 17:34:39@kmmaherKelly MaherMy #RomBkLove gateway book was The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare because I realized while refl… https://t.co/ddcCygrw0A999259813900103680
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5/23/2018 17:34:46@rudi_beeRudi B.@racblog Both for sure! But also if you're willing share the story/ies of how you started reading the romance we're… https://t.co/1o1q56lzSa999259842698080256
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5/23/2018 17:35:27@racblogBrieI don't think there's a universal getaway book that will magically turn anyone into a romance reader, but I think S… https://t.co/Yw69PTpkAz999260016036204544
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5/23/2018 17:35:58@ErinSatieErin Satie#RomBkLove I appreciated the book more as I learned more about Burton, too. There are great details that cross over… https://t.co/ycEq8wPafT999260145128476672
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5/23/2018 17:36:06@BookThingoKatThose a freaking HIGH bars to begin with. I feel like you and @rudi_bee would like similar books based on this. (Bu… https://t.co/pjNHzWP8eG999260178179485696
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5/23/2018 17:37:03@ErinSatieErin SatieHOWEVER--THE DUCHESS is an Orientalist mess and while once I'd reread it constantly, these days there are pretty hu… https://t.co/3yXp3COMP2999260419092033536
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5/23/2018 17:37:07@rudi_beeRudi B.@BookThingo @ladrianaherrera I think I read just about every Elizabeth Lowell book my library carried, and I still… https://t.co/bhbEGSuXmf999260433243553792
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5/23/2018 17:37:12@normajeanesaysNormaMy gateway books: Nora, Nora, Nora. #RomBkLove https://t.co/kg8dUUF4cK999260452948410368
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5/23/2018 17:37:23@e_savovaEllie ReadsI came to romance through YA. I was English major in University and used to devour any kind of fiction. I stopped r… https://t.co/jA4qnO7rOd999260499631067137
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5/23/2018 17:37:51@ros_clarkeRos Clarke@BookThingo Not Nancy Drew for me, but I do remember that when I first started reading a lot of romances they were… https://t.co/wHGpgziamI999260617688088577
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5/23/2018 17:38:59@romanticparvenuRenae PérezMy first romance was PLEASURE ME by Monica Burns. I stumbled on it by chance & was intrigued by mentions of the her… https://t.co/VbVGvIs6sl999260902154260485
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5/23/2018 17:39:09@ErinSatieErin SatieAnyway, I'm glad I started with THE DUCHESS because it imprinted on me. I've always believed that Romance can point… https://t.co/DWgOfV4Qvk999260947012358144
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5/23/2018 17:39:13@BookThingoKat@racblog Hidden Legacy or Kate Daniels? 😄 #rombklove999260960610123777
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5/23/2018 17:39:15@minavesguerraMina V. Esguerra#RomBkLove Gateway romance! My own, in stages: Wrong Way Romance by Sheri Cobb South (Sweet Dreams). Fake dating.… https://t.co/armyldAqKb999260971553120256
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5/23/2018 17:39:24@e_savovaEllie ReadsI went back to reading with The Hunger Games followed by Melina Marchetta's and Gayle Forman's, Katie McGarry's boo… https://t.co/4Q0XOdAnSx999261008345608192
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5/23/2018 17:39:58@ros_clarkeRos ClarkeI generally don't recommend my absolute best favourite romances as gateway books for non-rom-readers, because I thi… https://t.co/Q3G1CK2wEJ999261149442043905
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5/23/2018 17:40:39@Kaetrin67Kaetrin@ros_clarke @BookThingo Me too! #RomBkLove999261324340219906
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5/23/2018 17:41:00@ros_clarkeRos ClarkeBut I do try to recommend something adjacent to their existing preferred genre - historical, funny, mystery etc. I… https://t.co/Nwlm3I5vTr999261409337856000
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5/23/2018 17:41:03@romanticparvenuRenae PérezAside from that, my first romances were Dare’s Spindle Cove series and MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels. Then I kind o… https://t.co/5EXm0rJcg9999261423204265985
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5/23/2018 17:41:11@ErinSatieErin SatieI went on to read just about every book by Deveraux and a lot of them can be described in the same way--they're sti… https://t.co/xCP2XMvs4k999261456616042496
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5/23/2018 17:41:59@Lori_EllaElla DrakeFor gateway books for readers new to romance, that's so hard. So many sub-genres! If historical fiction is your t… https://t.co/SYdcjSlYD2999261659674955777
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5/23/2018 17:42:04@BookThingoKatMelina Marchetta 💜💜💜 #rombklove https://t.co/tajyTupZYG999261679853625344
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5/23/2018 17:42:49@FarrahRochonFarrah RochonI’d read a few of my aunt’s Harlequins, but my true gateway book was SEPARATE BEDS by LaVyrle Spencer. I think I was maybe 15? #RomBkLove999261869452988416
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5/23/2018 17:42:53@BookThingoKatThis should be the tagline for our genre. #rombklove https://t.co/HezNFcIT7i999261884359430144
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5/23/2018 17:42:55@SusanCliffSCSusan CliffGateway books... #rombklove I was a voracious reader as a preteen. YA wasn't a thing back then so I read adult book… https://t.co/VJesfyzrgV999261894568427520
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5/23/2018 17:43:24@minavesguerraMina V. Esguerra#RomBkLove Day 23 A Whole New Light by Sandra Brown. Player type and his best friend's widow. Forced proximity whe… https://t.co/Y1hgjwri90999262016693878786
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5/23/2018 17:44:15@e_savovaEllie ReadsI think my first adult romances must have been books by Jill Shalvis. From then on I was like a kid in a candy stor… https://t.co/ihVk7uKcVF999262229273997312
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5/23/2018 17:44:16@SusanCliffSCSusan Cliff#rombklove I also read Sweet Dreams, which were like YA category romances, and Sweet Valley High. I read a TON of those999262233954676737
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