Saturday, September 26, 2009

Author Guest Post - Cathy Maxwell (& a Giveaway!)

* Congrats to lucky winner - Bridget*

Readers, it's my pleasure to introduce today's guest blogger, Author Cathy Maxwell! Cathy is the NYT best-selling author of twenty adventurous historical romance novels. Her latest book is The Earl Claims His Wife from Avon Books (Oct ’09) and is part of her “Scandals and Seductions” series.

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And She Looked Longingly in His Direction--

Ugh! Blah!

I don’t understand people who think “romance” is nothing more than heated feelings between a man and a woman. How boring is that? How long can it last? Eventually someone smokes that mental cigarette and we are d-o-n-e.

A new reader to Romance commented to me that she was surprised by the action, the adventure, the fun she’d discovered in romance novels. And I said, “Of course, it’s romance.”

And she didn’t get it. A lot of people don’t get it (and a good portion of them are reporters).

Romance isn’t something that just blooms between two people and then disappears, lost in the daily drudge of work, bills, and laundry. (Or it shouldn’t because that is the recipe for divorce.) Romance is that which captures our imaginations, what makes us happy to be alive, that makes us realize we are alive.

It’s opening ourselves up to possibilities, to putting thought to action and breaking away from the ordinary. Or it’s making the ordinary, extraordinary--the little note tucked in a lunch bag, the dinner on the table, the phone call reminder.

Romance can be the Big Idea. There is romance behind the desire to solve the problems of this world, even behind the heated debates. Certainly there is romance in the valor of men and women who step forward to willingly place their lives on the line for an ideal--freedom, justice, honor. Wonderful words packed with purpose.

I find romance in adventure. In forcing myself to try something different. In never allowing myself to grow bored with life. Or fearful. Or sad. I actually take pilgrimages in search of romance. I went to Machu Pichu thinking I would find something miraculous. All I found was a pile of stones, but then I turned in the opposite direction and was blown away by the setting. I understood why those ancients had chosen this place for their homes and temple. I was humbled by their magnitude of their vision and absolutely charmed by the grace, intelligence, and spirit of the modern day Peruvians themselves. Hmmmm . . . I did find something miraculous, didn’t I?

Yes, we write about romancing dukes and princes, grocery store magnets, cops, robbers, men in kilts, and women with fangs. It’s fun, it’s passionate . . . but it also speaks to what is true--having someone you love who loves you with equal passion, in spite of the your flaws and maybe because of them, is a precious gift. Love adds romance to every single day.

And, my friends, if that isn’t worth reading, I don’t know what is.

Cathy Maxwell is the NYT best-selling author of twenty adventurous historical romance novels. Her latest book is THE EARL CLAIMS HIS WIFE from Avon Books (Oct ’09) and is part of her “Scandals and Seductions” series. You can find Cathy at www.cathymaxwell.com or visiting the Taj Mahal (the next adventure!).
You said it, Cathy! Romance has to be nurtured, like all the better things in life. Well, there you go readers. Pick up a romance novel and be proud of it! And now for the interesting part, the...

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GIVEAWAY

The Prize

A copy of The Earl Claims His Wife will go to one lucky reader!

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  • Just leave a comment with your email address in the body of the comment itself telling me : what does "Romance" mean to you? If that's too complicated, describe your dream date with the hero/heroine of your dreams!
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Deadline   Midnight CST of October 26, 2009.

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  1. Romance is the small subtle things done a lot to show someone you care

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  16. What does romance mean to me? I think romance is a couple who, after 40 years of marriage, still hold hands, and giggle together. A husband who still, after 40 years,brings his "bride" (as he calls her) flowers once a week. This is my grandparents, this is romance.

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  44. Romance is an overwhelming feeling of caring more for someone than you care for yourself. You put their needs above your own. You don't want to go a single day without seeing their face and hearing their voice. Your loved one's smile makes life worthwhile. You melt at their glance, their touch and their whispered word. Without them, you would not be complete.

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  48. To me, romance is never being alone. Even when you are alone, your not in spirit because you are well loved. It's someone caring so deeply about you that they don't care what other people think or say about it. And that you feel completly the same. It has to be two sided or it's stalking not romantic. ;) It is so much and so significant there really aren't words to descibe it, I think the only way to describe it is turning to your lover and saying "I love you."

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  56. Romance is when another person does something totally unexpected for you for no good reason other than they love you. It's all the small gestures - the flowers, doing housework without being asked, going out of the way to get you your favorite pizza.

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