Beth Vogt – The Changing Face of Love

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My understanding of romance has changed through the years. Not that I’m saying I know everything about romance. Yes, I write inspirational contemporary romance novels, but I’d classify myself as a life-long learner when it comes to love.

When I was 10 years old …

… romance was found in fairy tales, where wishes came true, thanks to the magical kindness of a fairy godmother and the just-in-the-nick-of-time arrival of Prince Charming. Good always conquered evil, which was usually found in the form of an evil stepmother or a dragon or a troll. Of course, multiple readings of Little little womenWomen, my favorite childhood book, taught me that love doesn’t always go according to plan. Jo marrying Professor Bhaer? Laurie marrying Amy? What was author Louisa May Alcott thinking, criss-crossing the romantic heroes and heroines that way? 

When I was 20 years old …

… romance had transitioned through the teen years, accompanied by a soundtrack of FullSizeRender-5love songs on the radio and heartfelt, angst-ridden journal entries. In real life and in fiction, love lost it’s untarnished glow. I’d delved into romance novels on my aunt’s bookshelves – with never a “what are you reading?” from my parents. Fictional characters acted in ways I’d never imagined – and dating relationships, such as they were, broke my too-trusting heart. I watched friends break up, get back together – a sort of unrehearsed dance where no one seemed to know the steps … and I realized a perfect romance was an illusion. But I still believed in falling in love and happily ever after. (That’s me at sixteen – and let’s not talk about the hair color. It was my mom’s idea.)

When I was 30 years old …

… romance happened within the context of marriage – if there was time for a Hallmark FullSizeRender-6card and flowers moment. I’d met and fallen in love with the man who became my husband – but only after surviving a disastrous two-year relationship that left me with no desire to date anyone. Ever, ever again. Our joy-filled, idealistic “I do’s” were quickly replaced by parenthood – three children by the time I was thirty – and a husband intent on pursuing a medical career. Where’s the time for romance when you’re both exhausted? (He did send me some Hallmark cards, though.)

When I was 40 years old …CantBuyMeLove_5bLRG

… romance became intentional because that’s what it takes to make a marriage work – to make a marriage last. There’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us – there’s real life. The daily struggles of parenting … or infertility. Of juggling a two-career relationship … or trying to figure out how to survive when you’re struggling paycheck to paycheck. Sickness strikes you or your spouse … or your child … and life becomes all about visits to the doctor, and too-long stays in the hospital, and waiting for the next lab test. And then there’s the day you wake up and realize you’re living the movie about the married couple who doesn’t know each other any more – and you have to decide to fight for your own “and they lived happily ever after” – or not. You’re no longer looking for joy – you’re looking for hope.

When I was 50 years old …

… romance was a sweet blend of memories and dreams come true. Of hard-fought beth & husbandvictories and forgiveness both accepted and received. Watching my children fall in love and embrace their own love stories … and watching friends wait for Mr. Right or Mrs. Right to show up, promising them that life is good when romance is a waiting season. Love is a deeper, abiding joy – a return to what was promised, even as it’s something new altogether.

Beth Recommends:

Melissa Tagg – She is with Bethany House, writes contemporary romance with a strong comedic thread, and is so talented. We met before we were published, and have cheered one another on since then.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

My son, Josh, is also a novelist and he released not one but two debut fantasy novels this josh vogtpast May. It’s wonderful that my son and I can connect in the writing world – deadlines, editors, plot struggles, even the “hey, would you read this?” moments. Because he lives just up the road from us in Denver, I’ve been able to watch the entire process up close, from his signing the contract to submitting the manuscript – everything. But the moment of greatest joy came when I walked into a book signing and there was my son, sitting at a table, copies of his book piled on the table in front of him. It’s one of the best moments in a mom’s life – to see her child living their dream. Laughter. Tears. Sheer Joy.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

I live in Colorado, and I love the chance to escape to the mountains. But … given the beth beachchance to walk along the beach gives me such a sense of quiet joy. I sense God there like no other place. I prefer early morning walks or evening walks when the sun is setting over the water. The quiet whisper of the waves … the touch of the breeze against my face … letting the water wash over my bare feet … It’s peaceful. And I can connect with that quiet place in my heart where gratitude and yes, joy, wells up.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

My favorite sound is laughter. And the best kind of laughter is when my house is filled to Beth & grandbabyoverflowing with family and friends. People are in the kitchen – somebody’s tossing together a salad or prepping the dessert. The guys are in and out, manning the grill. My two GRANDgirls are needing attention – to be held or to be read a book. Someone’s talking with my 96-year-old-mother-in-law. And in the dining room, there’s an impromptu card game or board game. And woven through it all? Laughter – joy out loud.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

I’ve read all of Rachel Hauck’s books in her Royal Series. They’re a beautiful blend of beth & rachelcontemporary romance, royalty, and faith. I’ve always loved following the British royalty – Diana and Charles, William and Kate – and Rachel created believable characters, want-to-read-it-again romances – and her heart of joy came through all of the novels.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

I just read this list out loud and my 14-year-old daughter said, “Chris Evans!” She’s a diehard Captain American fan. I have to admit, he’s a favorite Avenger for me too. He certainly knows how to wield that red, white, and blue shield, doesn’t he? He’s all-American and naïve in a cute way. And Chris Evans and Chris Pratt had a great SuperBowl bet last season that benefitted two children’s hospitals. I admired how they honored that bet with a sense of humor and a willingness to bring joy to sick children.

Beth is generously giving away  2 copies of her e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love – one domestic, one international. 

Also one lucky reader  will win a  copy of Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the first novel in her Destination wedding series and another one will win a copy of Somebody Like You, her recent RITA-nominated novel. 


beth-vogt laughing pro photo hi resBeth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2015 and 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014.

In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).

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