Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nickel Nasties Series #18: My Momma Made Me Read This by Lindsey R. Loucks

Welcome to the Nickel Nasties series! In celebration of my first scathing Amazon review for A Ranger's Tale (1 in 58 ain't bad), I've decided to devote February to the stories that garner so much stereotype and ridicule, but still comprise one of the world's best-selling genres: ROMANCE! I hope you'll enjoy this series. Please leave comments for the wonderful contributors. And...don't forget to check out their books!

My Momma Made Me Read This

I blame my spotty memory on pouring bags of sugar down my throat, but as I recall, my first romance book I ever read was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I didn’t read it willingly. My mom, who was doing her best to feed my book addiction, told me I should read it. One look at the cover and the copyright date, and my preteen self said, “Oh. Yay.” But because I love my mom, I read the book.

And whoa! I wasn’t expecting Jane and Mr. Rochester’s love story to twist my heart so thoroughly into a pinwheel of emotions. Ouch! By the time I finished the book, my clothes were tear-soaked. Up until that point in my life, I’d never read anything that touched me so deeply.

You would think that I would start a romance reading spree after that, but I didn’t. I think I needed a long break to recover. That, and lots and lots of sugar.

Now, nearly every book I read and write has some kind of romance in it. None of my characters are Janes or Mr. Rochesters, but if I can create a fraction of their love story for my characters, I can recapture that feeling I got when reading Jane Eyre, minus all the tears.

So, I guess I can blame a literary classic and my love for my mom that led me down a dangerous path filled with nickel nasties. Oh, well. I’m cool with it.



Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.

Her debut YA paranormal fantasy romance, The Grave Winner, releases from Crescent Moon Press in May. Check out her website for more information.


  1. Cool post, Lindsey. I guess I should give the classics more consideration when deciding on my next book.

    1. Jane Eyre inspired my love of romance! I read it at least twice in my young teens and have seen a few of the movie renditions. It never gets old :)

  2. Mine was also a Bronte - Emily. How I loved Wuthering Heights. Mind you, it might have been the ghost bit that got me rather than the romance. My reading has been eclectic and tends to be mainly crime fiction and horror rather than romance but, like you, it has to have some romance in it to make it satisfying.
    Keep up with the chocolate regime. It is full of essential vitamins and minerals!

  3. Hi Lindsey,I know I wrote a response to your post earlier, but some glitch seems to have removed it.

    Your remarks on Jane Eyre gave me a trip down memory lane. The Bronte sisters wrote books that forever etched their way into your mind.

    I read a wide variety of books, but romance is my mainstay to relax with.

    I enjoyed reading your post.

  4. I've always loved the story of Jane Eyre. It's one of the only classical romances I do like. I'm with Jenny...eat lots of chocolate. :)


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