Day 29 Roxanne St. Claire – Cheering for Romance

Stand Up and Cheer…for Romance

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Not long ago, a reviewer described one of my books as having a “stand up and cheer” kind of ending that made her want to burst into spontaneous applause.  Wow, what a compliment! I hold that comment near and dear to my heart because, without a doubt, my favorite movies and books are those that make me want to clap my hands together and wallow in an overdose of feelgood.  That doesn’t mean the ending has to be cheesy or patriotic or covered in confetti.   It just means that the happy resolution for beloved characters is so hard-won and deserved, that I can’t help but fist pump for the victors who’ve found love.

I do consciously build to an end that isn’t just going to make the reader sigh and (maybe) cry, but also one that lifts the spirit and the heart , giving readers a big gulp of hope and optimism.  To me, that’s the true celebration moment of a great romance novel and that’s the promise I make and fulfill for every reader.

I’m certain I get this from some of my favorite romantic movies.  I love a film with such a satisfying ending that I spend at least five minutes staring at the credits with a loopy grin until the theater is empty.  Movies like A Cinderella Story (the kiss in the rain!), Overboard (with the boys making their Christmas lists!), Jerry McGuire (the three of them hand-in-hand), and one of my all time favorites, New In Town (if you missed this gem, rent it, you’ll thank me) — all of them celebrate the ultimate victory of romance.  Whether it’s Richard Gere scooping Debra Winger and carrying her out of the factory or Richard Gere climbing the fire escape to rescue Julia Roberts or Richard Gere…wait a second.  I see a pattern here.  But you get the idea — it’s a fight to the finish and when the good guy/girl wins, we can’t help but clap our hands as if the victory is our own.

I believe there’s a reason why we want to “root” for characters as though they are competing — because in a truly memorable romance, our main characters are locked in battle against loneliness, heartbreak, and the fear of missing out on a lifetime of love.  When they beat the odds and conquer their inner demons (along with external powers against them), we can’t help but celebrate that triumph.

A celebration is a time to feel great, a time to let your heart soar with a sense of success, a time to stand up and cheer.  A round of applause for every book, movie, and moment that makes you feel that way!

Recommendations:

If you haven’t read Lily Everett yet, you really should. Also, I love everything Gena Showalter writes.


 

Questions for the Author:

Describe most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did:

Raising teenagers.  Not daring enough?  Okay, I climbed out of a helicopter and was dropped onto the Na Pali Coast where I hiked to a deserted beach for a picnic. Dream date!

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer:

Always a romance reader, I closed a particularly amazing book in August of 1999 and decided that I had to try to make someone else feel the way I felt at that moment.  (It was NOBODY’S BABY BUT MINE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.) I had always written “love stories” for fun, but never dreamed I could actually write a novel.  But that book “put me over the edge” — in a good way.  I simply had to see if I possessed the skills, imagination, and discipline to write a romance novel.  I finished my first draft a few months later, writing pre-dawn while the little ones slept.  I entered RWA contests, found an agent, wrote another book that sold, and completed my fortieth published novel this week.  My goal is to hit 100 before I retire!

 A book that changed your life:

See above! But going way back to childhood, I remember reading MY BROTHER MICHAEL by Mary Stewart when I was about eleven or twelve, and experiencing that first jolt of Book Boyfriend Love and realizing that I could actually fall in love over and over and over again just by reading novels about love and romance.  I never looked back and have been in love thousands of times because of romance novels!

Roxanne is generously giving away a print copy of The Barefoot Billionaires anthology and Barefoot In White, first of a new trilogy.  Domestic only, apologies to international friends (entry below).


 

new promo shot 1-1Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of about forty romance, suspense, and young adult novels.  A six-time RITA nominee and one-time winner, she has also been awarded the National Reader’s Choice Award three times, the Booksellers Best, Bookbuyers Best, and many others.  Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, optioned for film, and appear regularly on a number of bestseller lists.  Like her on www.facebook.com/roxannestclaire, follow her on www.twitter.com/roxannestclaire, or visit her web site at www.roxannestclaire.com.

 

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  • Make Kay

    Yes, that is totally why I read romance- that feel good ending!

  • mahi

    Sounds great ,excited to read this book 🙂

  • Laurie G.

    I’ve been reading Rocki’s books for many years and love them all. If you like suspense, be sure to check out her Bullet Catchers and Guardian Angelinos series. You can’t go wrong!!

  • Liza Brown

    I love Rocki’s books so much! Found her books when the Bullet Catchers had about 6 books out and then started looking for backlist books.

  • Erica H

    There is nothing like finishing a book or movie and sighing in happiness 🙂

  • Martha B

    You’ve described perfectly, the joy I feel finishing books and movies that make me smile, laugh and cheer out loud (unless I’m reading in a library). I just watched New Town (again) last week. LOVE that movie (because I was born and raised in MN). Thanks for giving us those hard fought, well deserved happy endings

  • Robin Driscoll

    I loved this article and totally agree with it!! Love that feel good feeling.

  • pamela paterakis

    I love when a book or movie leaves me cheering and clapping. I have two grandkids who now do the same thing when we watch a great movie together.

  • LisaVH

    I love to wallow is some great ‘feelgood’. I love that feeling when you finish a book and you have to turn to the person next to you and share your joy. My husband has learned to just humor me 😉

  • TrishJ

    Love, love your books. I love the warm and fuzzy feeling I get. Great comfort books. Romance, humor, sometimes suspense and of course, the happy ending. Sigh, perfect way to lose yourself in a book.

  • Sue G.

    When you had Richard Gere twice, I was thinking the same thing…then I read what you wrote! LOL!

    Rocki….I am so glad you became an author! I just adore your books. You are certainly an auto-buy for me!

  • Tammy H

    You like the same kind of movies that I do!

  • I love me some feelgood too, and Rocki always delivers that. I watched Under the Tuscan Sun recently and love the ending — Frances got what she wanted: a wedding and a family in the house. And she had a new man in her life. Will have to look for New in Town. Maybe Netflix has it.

  • Debbie Oxier

    Enjoy your work. Thanks!

  • alisha woods

    enjoy Lily everett too

  • Rita Wray

    I’m a huge fan of your books.

  • Dawn Anderson

    We have something in common, I jumped out of a helicopter too, although I landed on a glacier in Alaska!

  • Krysten Mich

    Whenever I find a really good book, it’s very hard to keep my thoughts quiet! I remember once I was bawling my eyes out and someone asked me what was wrong. Of course when I explained to them what was happening in the book, they were like wait what, you’re crying over a book!? This also happens with laugh out loud moments or aaaawww comments. 🙂

  • Connie Saunders

    I agree with you that Richard Gere is SOME kind of hero. I wish you continued success!

  • M Kuxhaus

    I’d say raising teenagers is adventurous enough. 😉

  • Anna

    I love stories where I just beam at the end of the book, because the ending is so poignant that it resonates with me. Can’t wait to give your stories a try! 🙂

  • C-Jay M

    I’m the same way – laughing, crying, whatever – over books. Just yesterday I told my son ‘thank you’ because he didn’t steal the car and go down to the river and get into trouble with friends, as happened in the book I’m reading! They don’t understand what emotions I’m going through 😉

  • Quinn Fforde

    I love a good reason to do a happy dance!

  • Susan Jane Parkes

    I just love Roxanne St Claires books, x x

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Loved your essay and love your books!!

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for your post. I love rooting for the characters in the books and crying when I feel overwhelmed with happiness (and sometimes sadness). I loved it when Richard Gere climbed up the fire escape to rescue the princess with roses in his mouth. 🙂

  • Ellen

    My Brother MIchael was one of my favorites, too. Love your HEAs.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • LSUReader

    Hi, Rocki–
    It’s so good to have you participating in R-A-R Month. Love your books!

  • Connie Bocci

    Great story and interview!! I’ve loved all of Roxanne St.Clares books..some awesome series’. Mulitalentied, from Bullet Catcher’s to Barefoot Brides! I mean…she loves Richard Gere so what’s not to like about her?!?

  • Briana Hammonds

    I get emotionally involved when I read and I love the books that make it easy to do so! Books that take and sweep you up into their world are just amazing!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love your romantic suspense series so much!

  • Erin F

    I totally agree!!! I spend a lot of time lol and my family have learned to stop asking 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  • Brenda E

    Great post. Love the idea of celebrating or cheering at the end of a good book or movie; I’ve felt that way many times.

  • Sharon Forbes

    I enjoyed your post, I love that we, as readers of great(and maybe some not so great) romances, can cheer at the end and think ” Yay! They made it!”, and thoroughly enjoy HOW they got to the HEA. I also liked your list of great movies, I’ll have to watch a few of those soon!

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love your writing, Rocki! Now I must read Lily Everett. 🙂

  • donnas

    Great post. Many people don’t understand the emotions books build in you.

  • Sheila M

    OK, now not only do I have a whole bunch of new books to read, but I have movies to watch as well 🙂

  • Emmel

    Right with you on NBBM. That book put a lot of us “over the edge,” and we never could look at a Lucky Charms box the same way again!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I love this line: “…I could actually fall in love over and over and over again just by reading novels about love and romance.” Truth! And then I can appreciate the very best qualities of that same love in my husband every day.

  • Julie Nieves

    Your books absolutely lift the spirits and leave a lingering feeling of hope. Love them all!

  • Vickie P

    Reading Barefoot in White now…will Barefoot in Lace also be coming out in paperback?

  • Shari

    I am excited when you said, I want to write 100 books, that makes a happy reader her, 60 more books to come from Rocki!!

  • Karen Harvey

    I thought I had already commented…but I guess not…I’ve been reading Roxanne for years and can’t get enough…what more can I say? she’s a fave!

  • Kortney

    I would have to agree with Roxanne that if a movie has a great ending I tend to like and enjoy it better! It to me is the same with a book too! A book with a bad ending tends to not make me want to read any more of that series or from that author.

  • Ruth

    Lifting spirits is a great side effect of romance 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Pamby50

    Just finished Barefoot In The Sand & look forward to reading all the rest. Love all the movies you were listing. I even have my daughter now watching them.

  • I agree with Roxanne. I always love happy endings but it does have to be realistic. I don’t like the instant love and happily ever after that some books have. Loving someone takes time and understanding. I love her Barefoot series and thank you for this giveaway!!

  • Cheryl Hastings

    That’s exactly the kind of book I love…stand up and cheer/ feel good all over. Thanks for writing them!! And Richard Here in Shall We Dance, too…swoon 🙂

  • Rochelle

    It is fun to fall in love over and over again through the joy of reading. Great post!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I refuse to watch a movie or read a book unless I am sure it will have a happy ending! I love that kiss in A Cinderella Story, too!

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I love your books and I definitely know that feeling of wanting to stand up and applaud at the end of a book. I adore the entire genre of romance and can find books I love in almost every subgenre, but what makes me go to an author’s backlist and read every single book is that incredible happy ending for the compelling characters that you find with authors you love. I’m currently working through your back list (and I have to thank you for your Kindles and Wine giveaway for the 2 year blogiversary because I was the winner for your beach bag filled with goodies). I hope you make it 100 books and I promise to read every single one of them!!! Thanks so much for all you do and I love following your posts, interviews, etc wherever they pop up.

  • Toni Linenberger

    I love a happy ending also. Thank you for giving us so many to choose from.

  • Gretchen Miller

    Yes those are the best kinds

  • Glenda

    I do so very much hope you make past that goal of 100 books, Roxanne!

  • Joan Varner

    I read romance for escape and to enjoy the feeling of hope and love that is found in each one. Thanks, Roxanne, for your post.

  • What is it about Richard gere?? He does not seem like the friendliest person in real life, but geesh, sexy romance, he has it covered. haha
    And I agree on the stand up and cheer endings!!
    When you are so glad they got there. 🙂

  • rebecca moe

    Oh, Richard Gere! Not a bad theme to get into 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Judy Goodnight

    I just love that feeling of closing a book with a sigh and a great big goofy grin because the couple got to their HEA. Then you open the book & read the last few chapters over again just to savor it a second time!