Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cathy Maxwell GuestBlog: It's All About The Boots


Contest!!! Cathy's giving one LCB a copy of "Bedding the Heiress!" And, I'll toss one to a second LCB, only cause I have an extra. No way I'm giving up my copy.



What a great day! Cathy Maxwell's here to celebrate the release of her hot new historical, "Bedding the Heiress!" I remember binging on on Cathy's novels when I first started reading romance, and I recall fondly a crush on a certain roguish Irish hero.
Today Cathy posits a theory about why we read romance, and I for one agree enthusiastically, which is how I know you'll want to offer Cathy your Bella buongiorno this morning...

“It’s the tall boots,” is how I usually respond when I’m asked why I read “those” books.

But it’s more than that, isn’t it?

I love being swept away by a story whether it is about female vampire slayers, sassy career gals, or women taking on society or the prairie. I’ll read anything as long as the story includes a great relationship.

Reading is “my” time. I open a book at night before I go to bed, and my mind relaxes. I get to lose myself in someone else’s problems for a spell.

Besides, someplace between fourth load of laundry for the day and the need to make still another trip to the grocery store where I’ll spend time answering calls from my boss and my mother, it’s at that moment when I need to be reminded why I decided to crowd my life with all these people to love.

You know the answer. It had to do with that first thrill of love and a very special connection with a man who has made juggling it all worthwhile.

And I don’t care if he wears tall boots or not . . .

So what about you? When is “your” time for reading? And why Romance? What draws you to “our” books?


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65 comments:

Carol said...

I read at bedtime and anytime during the day when I have a few minutes. I always carry a book with me. It makes waiting so much easier. Reading makes you forget your problems for a while, too.

I like the HEA endings! :) We all want to believe that everyone finds their true love!

Anonymous said...

Welcome!
The only time I have to read is at bedtime. Which I find the best time anyway. LOL! It is totally quiet and everyone else is asleep, I slip my itty bitty book light on the book and open the pages where I can escape for a little while. That is the only time that I am not someone's wife, mother, sister or daughter. The phone isn't interrupting just as I am getting to a good part and I can breathe. I read romance because I can live vicariously through the heroines eyes. And it rejuvinates me, so the next morning I can face the day that lies ahead. Sort of like recharging my batteries. :-)

Kelly F.

Rhonda Stapleton said...

I love reading right before bedtime...it helps me relax. I also like reading in the tub!!!

Rhonda Stapleton said...

Forgot to answer part 2 - I love romance because I like the escapism...I like reading about other peoples' drama and how they get over it to achieve a HEA. :D

Playground Monitor said...

My time is anytime I can squeeze it in. I love to read romance right before going to sleep. Why fall asleep with memories of the nightly news when you can have memories of HEA?

And the HEA is why I read romance. I love watching people fall in love, especially the alpha hero who swears he doesn't need a woman and then falls hard and fast.

Which reminds me... I've been so busy writing lately I haven't read a book in weeks. :-( I need to remedy that.

Marilyn

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Cathy!!

The answer to question #1 is; wherever, whenever, however I can. I mostly read at bedtime because as a mother of three littlin's, I tend not to have alot of time during the day and early evening. But if I can sneak away for 5 minutes or during soccer practice, I have a book in my hand.
I've gotten in the habit of carrying one in my purse for those just in case moments, like at the doctors office or during a break at work... :o)

I'm going to answer question #2 with a question of my own: Why not? What's not to love?
I love the escapism and fantasy of reading about someone elses trials and tribulations and triumphs in the end. I love to be in love but it has to be a satisfying journey that ends with in a very satisying way. It's all about the HEA and the tougher and rockier the journey, the happier the ever after is, IMO.

amy*skf said...

I think a lot of us are bedtime readers--no interruptions and I agree with Marilyn, much better to fall asleep with alpha males dancing in your head rather than car bombimgs.

Kelly, my husband gave me one of those little book lights--thank goodness.

And Carol, I always bring a book in the car too, waiting in line for anything is so much nicer that way.

I think the older I get the less I want to read anything that is not going to guarantee me a(n) HEA. I still want to cry--bring on the emotion, but with Romance, I know I'm gonna be satisfied...get your heads out of the guttah.

amy*skf said...

Julie, I sneak in reading when family is in front of tv--but everyone is oblivious--Mom, did you see that, Mom, Mom, Mom, look--ooh, you missed it.

Mmm-hm.

Cherie said...

Welcome Cathy!
I read in the evenings when hubby is home and helps take care of our little ones. For me it has to be romance because it is a form of escape and I want a HEA.

Cherie Japp

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Amy!! Of course we know what you mean. Sheesh, to think you of all people would go there... :p

Minna said...

I read in the evenings and I read romance because I like the HEA endings!

Cathy Maxwell said...

Amy*skf said: I think the older I get the less I want to read anything that is not going to guarantee me a(n) HEA.

The HEA--yes, yes, YES! The world is scary. Before I was married and had children, I took things in stride. Now, it's as if my heart lives outside my chest and going off in directions where I can't protect everyone I love. I want justice! I want love! I want peace! And I can have it with the HEA.

kerri1973 said...

Happy Hump Day Cathy and insert frantic waving to all the lovely bellas! xoxo Well, there was a time when I could proudly say that I'd read 5 or more novels per week. I'm a fast reader and I just absorb the pages into my bloodstream faster than my precious caffeine addiction. However, I'm happy to report that I've recently found a little romance of my very own. My new fiance is truly like something out of romance novel himself. He is mucho romantic and since I'm learning to let myself enjoy love and romance again in my life I'm taking all the extra minutes that I can squeeze into my day to enjoy him. Therefore, I usually find myself reading in the bathtub. Yes, girls that is my only quiet time away from my daughter and motherly duties. Away from my work phone and stress of being a single mother...and the only time that my fiance is not sharing my off duty hours with me. I mean he's not usually in the bath tub with me...well most of the time anyway. hehehehe! Anyway, I love romance because I still believe that it exists and I'm living proof that you can find it out there. There are men who are secure enough in their masculinity to give you what you want, need, and deserve. I agree with you Cathy, books are the escape that all of us need. Just like dreaming while we sleep helps our mind to sort through things and relieves the stress of the day. Reading allows us to escape in to other worlds, time travel, relate to other people's problems, be thankful that some of those problems are not our own, daydream and fantasize and therefore improve our own love life, and most of all just enjoy the pleasure of reading the written word. There are few things more amazing than that. Chow bellas!

Carol said...

I always have a book in my hand, too, when I'm watching tv! You have to do something during the commercials! lol

MaryKate said...

Hi Cathy - Welcome to RBtB! I was chuckling as I read the Bella's response. I can't read at bedtime. I end up looking at the clock and it's 2AM, and I have to go to work. I'm lucky enough to use mass transit to and from work, that's an hour and a half of reading every day. I also read during my lunch hour. So I average about 3 hours of reading a day. Which means I finish about 6 books a week. The Bellas know, I'm constantly pimping what I read.

Why do I read romance? It's a guaranteed happy ending, I love that. Plus, I love the dynamic between the hero and heroine.

I especially love strong heroes. I love a well written hero so I can forgive a lot of issues with the book if the hero is well written.

Cathy Maxwell said...

Kerri--How wonderful for you! Love in Spring time, or summer, or fall, or winter. It's all great. Love makes us all beautiful!

Thank you, all, for such a great and warm welcome. I'm enjoying myself here!

Cathy Maxwell said...

MaryKate--
I have a confession. I love to hear a reader say I kept her up all night. When a reader says she couldn't put my book down or that she stayed up till dawn reading--and thought it a great use of her time--I feel as if I've done my job. There is no greater compliment.

Cathy Maxwell said...

I have another confession:

Today is my first blogging experience. I'm lovin' it, but this blogging doesn't go fast, does it?

Someone will make a comment and I want to talk right back to them in real time. :o)

Vivi Anna said...

Welcome Cathy! I read at nighttime right before going to sleep. That's the only time I read.

I read any book that can rip pure gut-wrenching emotions from me, I like stories that make me feel something, whether its love, lust, anger, fear...it's all good to me. I dont' need a HEA.

Julie in Ohio said...

Cathy- I have the same problem. I want that instant reaction that comes from talking face to face or even instant messaging.

Bellas- We have a virgin on our hands. Does that mean we need to be gentle? :p
I'm glad we could be the one to pop your blogging cherry... :o)

flip said...

I read in the bath..honestly, it is only the privacy that I get. Of course, there is that time when my eldest and half of the neighborhood kids walked into my bathroom to get permission for something.

Cathy Maxwell said...

Yes, I'm a virgin, you Wicked Bellas! :oD You must be gentle, and kind, and you are.

I will have to slip away in an hour or so for my daughter's tennis match, and I don't want to go!

Cathy Maxwell said...

Flip--you must tell us the neighborhood story. My kids just stand outside the bathroom door and talk to me. Makes me want to sink under the water to escape!

amy*skf said...

Okay, here's my confession--I grab a book and go in the bathroom, lock the door, turn on the fan and DON'T use the facilities. I just want some privacy.

Of course I still get interrupted, because I'm a mom and since when did closing the bathroom door afford me privacy.

(knock)
(knock)

Mom? Mom! can you get me a glass of water. Mom.mommomomom.

azteclady said...

Buongiorno, Bellas, and welcome Cathy!

I read all the time. The book(s) I'm reading at any given time go with me everywhere (which is why I carry a backpack instead of a purse), so that if there are a few minutes of peace, I can read.

If/when I read in bed, I often find myself blinking when the alarm clock goes off... which is why I try not to read in bed. On the other hand, what's better for immersing oneself in a book than over six hours of uninterrupted quiet?

I read to explore other worlds--even in contemps!--but I read romance for the hope it brings. The HEA doesn't have to be 'perfect' (the whole wedding/first baby/twenty years later epilogue is not necessary for me), but it has to emphasize the potential of these character's relationship.

Does that make sense?

LizeeS said...

Happy Hump Day Bellas,
Welcome Cathy - I lost my blogging virginity on RBTB too - trust me, it's a welcoming and gentle place to "fall."

I'm thrilled to find other "soulmates" who read in the bath. To me there's nothing "steamier" than hot, hot water, a closed door and great romance. And, funnily enough, I don't fall asleep in the bath like I do late at night in bed so I get more pages read in the tub.

But, since you can't carry that with you to the doctor's or dentist's, a book in the purse is good too!

Thanks for coming today!

Sue A. said...

Being a night owl, I like to read at bedtime and in bed where it's comfortable, and absolutely quiet with none of the daytime distractions. The only danger in reading late at night is if I can't put the book down, then I'm in trouble in the morning. But who need sleep!

I read romances because there's real satisfaction with getting a happy ending (not to say that the road is without bumps and detours).

Nairobi Typ0 said...

Hey guys!

I'm back after months of not having internet, travelling and then being mocked with internet so slow it would make anyone back in the Real World cry. Sorry i've been gone so long.

I had to come back today when i saw Ms. Maxwell was here. Hi!! *wave*

I always have a book in my purse for those moments when i grab a page or two in a cafe, in the car, or wherever! But my favourite place to read is in bed - both before i fall asleep and when i first wake up. It relaxes me and puts me in teh perfect mood.

Romance makes me happy and de-stresses me when life is at its worst. I like knowing that even if i cry or yell at the heroine in the end it works out... You know the only books i stay up until 3am to read are romances where you just have to watch that HEA. I read lots of different types of books but romances are the ones i turn to when i want to simply be happy..

Cathy Maxwell said...

Okay, here's a new question:

What do you think of the cover for BEDDING THE HEIRESS?

When I first saw it, I was surprised at how contemporary it appears, and yet, I really like it.

What is your reaction?

Cathy Maxwell said...

Hey right back, Nairobi Typ0! Glad you could join us on my maiden blog. :0D

Maureen said...

I think I read romance because it takes me to another world where no matter how bad things look they do work out. I read mostly at the end of the day but also at other times when I can grab a few minutes.

Lis said...

The last few months I've been reading at bedtime, usually a couple chapters a night. Other than that, I try to squeeze in some reading in the afternoon or when I wake up early.
I'm not sure I could answer why romance. There's so many different sub-genres you could really never get bored reading between them. I think too, its easier to lose yourself reading a romance than it is some other books *shrug*

Julie in Ohio said...

Cathy- I think the cover is gorgeous and the step-back is HAWT!
I, personally, get a historical vibe from it but it would definitely work for either. :o)


Nairobi!! Bella, how's it goin'? Glad to see you back! Hope the internet holds up for ya. :o)

LizeeS said...

Forgot to answer the "why I read romance" question. I think I've loved dreaming about handsome men ever since having a real crush on Mr. Nelson the janitor at my elementary school. I was in third grade and I thought he was the handsomest man I'd ever seen. He never looked twice at any of the kids - (a good thing I'd guess) and he was probably ancient, but I still picture him as super-good looking.

And the first man I ever wanted to see "undressed" was the Lone Ranger. Seriously, I wanted to see what was under Clayton Moore's mask in the worst way from the time I was six. He actually lived in Minnesota for a while and I begged my dad to try and find out where his house was so if we drove by I'd maybe see him out raking the leaves or something ...

Anyhow - it was all high romance to me and the books when I was older just gave me an outlet for all that dreaming -- and then I started writing my own stories ...

It's ALL good!

amy*skf said...

D'oh, my whole comment left.

I was so excited to see Nairobi here.Yay. So good to have you commenting here today--we've missed you.

Nairobi Typ0 said...

Hi Julie! Hi Amy! :D my internet should now be fine (if not fast) for the foreseeable future. As long as i avoid downloading anythign bigger than a half a meg i'm fine. :p

Cathy, i love the cover! It would defintely catch my eye at the bookstore. If i weren't already going to be looking for it that is. :D I can't wait to get back to read world to pick up a copy!

robynl said...

I read in the bath, in bed in the afternoon or evening, whenever I feel like it and can.
I love romance where I can be transported to another place and time and 'become one' with the characters and their situation. It's a time to meet new friends.

Vivi Anna said...

Cathy, I think the cover is lovely, but I wouldn't peg it as a historical. I don't read historicals so maybe that's why it wouldn't register that way. ???

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Heya, Bellas! Welcome Cathy! So nice to have you and everyone here today. And we even have a visit from Bella typ0! I'm the worst hostess ever, because I wrote her after you all kept asking for her, and she wrote saying she was great but had stone age computer service but would visit soon. Then, I kept forgetting to tell you. But here she is! hooray!

Well, Cathy, very pretty cover, yet another lovely,painterly effect from Avon. If you'd like to tell us a little about "Bedding the Heiress," please do. And, how many people ask you whether it's a Paris Hilton tell-all? Just wonderin is all...

OK, I just realized the beauty of reading in the bath. Like, a week or so ago. What a fun way to alleviate stress. Why didn't youz tell me about it sooner?

I'm with you all who read late at night for fun, though if I do it in bed, I usually fall asleep. I mostly read during the day when the kids are at school, inbetween other work.

Now, it seems like ages since we talked about why we read romance. I'm definitely with you on the HEA and the construct. I also love the heartache-y feeling when the h/hn are split up, and the fun of trying to figure out how the author's possibly gonna hook em back up by the end. And I especially love the way good romances make so many wonderful parts of my body sing. :)

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Michelle! I didn't put the Paris Hilton connection with the book but now that you mention it...

Angel said...

I'd definitely fall into the "reading in the bathtub" category. I usually try to avoid reading for days while I'm writing, then when I can't stand it any longer I stop everything and read for hours in between handling the kids.

MaryKate said...

Yeah, but Michelle, your job is to read romance! We should all be so lucky!

Nairobi! I'm so glad to see you here Bella! Glad to know that everything is fine with you, as we were worried. Stay in touch!

Cathy, I think the cover is lovely, and very evocative. That's just how I look when I lie in bed. SNORT! But no, it's lovely. I love the script on it. Can you talk a little about the story? I don't believe I've read anything by you.

Jen in WA said...

I read whenever I can. At my previous job I was able to read at work and was averaging a book a day. These days I'm lucky if I get through 2 a week. But I still try to read in between my job and editing responsibilitis (of course, editing is reading too!).

I used to avoid romances, but after reading my first one (about 5 years ago), I was hooked. It's all about the HEA.

Oh, and I love the cover. Quite tasteful, yet eye-catching.

Gram said...

I read when I waiting for my better half to go to the post office, the bank,etc. I read at bedtime and any time I can grab a minute or two.

Lois said...

I mostly read in the evening, but I simply pull it out whenever I can. :) Gotta use up those moments when they come along! :)

And I read romances because of the Happy Endings, first and foremost! :) The other half of my library is science/astronomy/physics related. . . and romances, you know what the answer is going to be, but it's the following the adventure to get there the best part! :) (now in science, you don't always get an answer at the end of the book. . . LOL)

Lois

CrystalG said...

I read in the evening before bed. I love romance because it provides an escape into a world where true love really happens.

Teresa said...

Hi Cathy glad to have you here today! My favorite time to read is when I go to bed for the night. I usually lay down with my current read and spend anywhere from an hour or so reading depending on how long I can keep my eyes open or how good the book is. I also take a book to work with me everyday and usually read it on my break. Love the cover of your new book.

ev said...

I read whenever I can and never leave home without a book. Who knows when I can slip in a few pages or have to wait for someone?

I read romance and sci-fi/fantasy for the same reasons- to escape!! I don't like to read non-fiction for that reason, although occassionally I will find a story I like. But I want out of the 'real' world and into something where my problems don't exist and the h/h problems get solved.

Mona said...

Any time is a good time to read. I read romance because it's another world where all endings are the best ever.

catslady said...

My favorite time to read is at night, in bed with no interruptions and where I can totally be taken away. Other than that, I still read whenever I can.

As to the why, I also agree it's wishing for that same fantasy in our own lives.

Carol said...

I think it's a beautiful cover but it doesn't really say historical to me. However, I do think it's a big improvement over the clinch covers! I've never cared for them.

orannia said...

Buongiorno Cathy, Michelle and Bellas :)

I read anywhere and everywhere I can...in bed, waiting in queues, over lunch, etc. I always have a book with me...usually two, just in case I finish one early and then don't have anything to read. My old flatmate told me once that he always got REALLY worried if I didn't have a book to read..as in for his life :)

Reading is my form of escapism from life. I can be somewhere else, be wanted just for me. I have to say sometimes it it hard to do so when the heroine is so perfect inside and out - I'm not. I love the heroines that aren't gorgeous, aren't perfect, but have a good soul. And as for why romance - there is always a HEA :) It often isn't an easy path, but it's there! And it keeps me believing that one day I'll be lucky enough to find my soul mate and have a HEA...

orannia

KimW said...

I always have a book with me and read every chance I get. That's in the car, waiting for an appointment, at home. Any time I can fine a few spare minutes. I read romance because I love the stories and the happy endings. They help with a tough day, upsetting news or whenever I want to escape away for a little while.

Problem Child said...

I read romance because there's enough bad stuff in the world...I want a HEA, darnit! And the vicarious thrill of falling in love, or the little clutch of my heart at the black moment...nothing else pulls me in that deeply.

Shannon said...

I love to read in the bathtub. It is quiet and I know that I won't be disturbed. Romance has always been my favorite genre. I love to read about the of finding and falling in love with "the one".

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Cathy Maxwell said...

I'm back! Had to step out for a bit to attend my daughter's tennis match. She won doubles and lost singles. Tennis is such a tough game. It's all mental. You defeat yourself before your opponent ever has a chance. Let me catch up on what I've missed . . .

Cathy Maxwell said...

Ok, covers!
I heard a cover author speak at a conference years ago. He told about the time he was in art school and the art director of Avon Books came to speak to them. The director was a woman then (it's the very talented Tom Egner now). She walked into the class room and without preamble started posting covers on the board, one right after the other. And when the board was full, she faced the students and said, "A good cover is one you want to lick."
That's always stayed with me. Sometimes I'll look at a stretch of books on the bookshelves and, you know, she's right!

Cathy Maxwell said...

Michelle said: And I especially love the way good romances make so many wonderful parts of my body sing. :)

And what octave is that, Michelle? (Inquiring minds want to know!) :o>

Cathy Maxwell said...

Ciao, Bellas--

It's time for me to call it a night. Thank you for letting me spend the day. You were completely gentle . . . and generous . . . and fun!

Laurie said...

I started to read romance when I had 4 children aged 7 & under. It was my "BREAK". I fit in reading anytime, anywhere, anyhow way I can. I ALWAYS have a book with me in my purse, my car etc for anytime I have to wait. It's still my favorite way to explore other countries, cultures, experience new activities, jobs, states and cities. Why romance? there's already too many bad news events.... why would I want to read about more? Romance makes me feel good!!!

Stacy~ said...

Hey Cathy, thanx for joining us (okay, I know you're long gone). I love the cover, and the stepback (I believe that's Nathan in all his glory there ;) )

I only read at night. I get too distracted reading in public places or at work - I'm too aware of what's going on around me to get lost in a book. Attention span of a gnat.

I read 'em for the HEA, the emotional intensity (which is too frequently missing, sad to say) and for the hot sex! I love steamy love scenes, not all the time, but a lot of times I love how they are so "inspiring".

Maggie Robinson said...

Blogger ate my comment twice yesterday, but today's a new day! First, Cathy, I want to tell you thank you for participating in Avon FanLit. I also loved your interview on Romance Novel TV.

I always carry at least one book in my handbag so I can read anywhere, anytime. Burying my nose in a book keeps me out of trouble and my tongue in check when I listen to the people in the lunchroom argue.

Stefanie D said...

When is my time for reading? Well, that's a very simple question: ALWAYS!
I read just before I go to bed, when I wake up (those 5 minutes before I have to leave for school :P), on the train, when I come home,...
I even read at the toilet!!
And why romance? That's not an easy question. I just adore those love stories, I don't know why.

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Cathy! Lickable covers? I'll have to remember that when I'm in a bookstore next.

I've read some lickable heroes. If the cover art is true to the book, bookstores will have to start putting up plastic shields to protect them... :p

Kalen Hughes said...

If/when I read in bed, I often find myself blinking when the alarm clock goes off... which is why I try not to read in bed.

Me too! I rarely read in bed, cause I gotta sleep. LOL!

And I read romance cause the news is freaken depressing enough. I don't need my fiction to come with a dose of depression as well. I don’t read just romance. I read mystery and sci/fi as well, but I’m more careful with those, cause I don’t want to accidentally find myself reading a reincarnation of the Thomas Covenant series, or reading one of those authors who spends hundreds of pages getting me invested in a character only to kill them off because that adds verisimilitude to the story. Ugh.