Sunday, April 13, 2014

Aloha to Patience Bloom and ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB


How many of us romance fans thought it would be awesome to be a romance editor?   Patience Bloom offers a glimpse in her memoir, ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB:

Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story.

At some point, we’ve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldn’t just take her out—he’d sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries.

Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love.

Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what she’d been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than she’d had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away—they hadn’t seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk?

Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.

I am giving away a print copy of ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about your dream job.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 19, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 20 - Easter.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Patience and her writings, check out her blog at


  1. Oh there are tons of them - working with animals, books or any of the arts.

  2. To be paid to read - I actually dream about this one.

  3. My dream job....becoming a CEO of a publishing company!

  4. My dream job would be to work with children and/or animals.

  5. travel around the world

  6. Getting paid to travel! That would be my dream job. Traveling all around and maybe writing articles about the places I visit.