Catherine Bybee – The Joy of the Journey

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The Joy of Romantic Discovery

The joy of romance, reading it, writing it, living it, is all about the discovery. The chanceTreasured 400x600 meeting, or the not so chance meeting, of two people who look into each other’s eyes and pause. It’s the excitement of the first time a couple acknowledges their mutual attraction. The first phone call…the first text. With each page in fiction, we experience the Goosebumps the characters feel with the simple holding of a hand, or the butterflies of a first kiss. We remember the times in our own lives when we were in the same beginning stages of a relationship. Even more than the physical, romance is the moment in the story where the hero or heroine does something selfless for the other person that makes the reader sigh with uncontrollable delight.

We can’t talk about romance without talking about love. While they are two different things, we all anticipate love being the end result of every book we read or write. Again, like in fiction, in life, there are times when a man and a woman want to find that one person to lift their heart every day. There is joy in romance even if it doesn’t end in love and a trip down to the jewelry store and minister.

Love is the cultivation and harvesting of romance. Romance, if done properly, will grow and spread like seeds in fertile soil. With kind words and a happy heart, it will flower and bloom until giant pink hearts are blooming all over the field. When the sun is too hot, or life becomes complicated and attempts to wilt the romance, two characters shelter the other, or hold hands and weather the storm making them stronger in the end. Like with every plant, not every romance is meant to be. The joy becomes watching the romance and discovering if the love is going to last.

The joy is the journey of romance, to love, to happily ever after. 

Questions for the Author:

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

I’m sure many people would respond to this question with the topic of their children…as in giving birth… Which is BS… that shit hurts. Babies don’t sleep, and being a personal feeding bag might sound fun for a while… it’s not. Not at 2 AM… so sheer joy?

I think I need to give you a few times where I can say sheer joy happened. Let’s start waaaay back. I remember a slumber party when I was probably nine. The cool kids I invited showed up, and we had a really great time. Sheer Joy!

I remember TPing a neighbor’s house with a group of friends. (We all were hit that summer so don’t go thinkin’ it was anything but clean fun) We managed to do quite the epic job without getting caught. Sheer Joy!

I won’t say my first kiss…cuz the act was a blur…but the talking about it with my BFF’s, Sheer Joy! Let’s skip ahead… Getting into the nursing school I wanted! Getting a “B” in Professor Boring’s Anatomy class you had to be there Sheer Joy! Walking on stage and delivering a speech to said Nursing class, nerve racking…but walking by the Pasadena Civic twenty plus years later with my BFF from nursing school and remembering… Sheer Joy!

Life is a series of Sheer Joy…it’s the reason we start each day with coffee, tea, or water, and look forward to the adventure. Your next Sheer Joy is just around the corner.

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

I don’t have a place…but scent. The scent of pine reminds me of Christmas with family and mountain breezes. The smell of rain reminds me to bake cookies and of reading a book.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

The sound of a jet taking off is attached to traveling and adventure.

The sound of snow falling. It’s silent, and peaceful…but it has a sound to it.

Music is my personal time machine. I’m suddenly 16 again when the radio plays that certain song.

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?

You’re asking me for a favorite, and I don’t have just one. Are You There God, it’s me Margaret made my young self realize I wasn’t alone. There was joy in that. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe forced me to think outside the box. There is joy in knowing a trip through a closet could be so adventurous. Any book, romance or other, that takes me away when I need escape is a complete joy.

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)

Oh…well now… I happen to know a man by the name of Chris…and I’m keeping him ALL to myself. However, if Hemsworth needs a red carpet date… I’m just sayin’.

Catherine is generously offering two copies of Treasured by Thursday, domestic only (apologies to international readers).

Bybee PhotoNew York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her teenage sons in Southern California.  

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  • Aye Lopez

    Thanks for the chance! I love the Weekday Brides series! 🙂

  • alisha woods

    chris pine

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed reading your essay.

  • Karen Mikusak

    Loved “Taken By Tuesday”!

  • Linda Henderson

    I haven’t read all this series yet but I’m loving the ones I’ve read. This one has been on my wish list so I can’t wait to pick it up.

  • Rochelle

    Love your books! And indeed the joy is the journey.

  • Sheila M

    I really liked your line that the next sheer joy is just around the corner. Great perspective.

  • cheryl c.

    Yes, romance is all about the discovery and the journey.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Catherine! It was so great meeting you at the RWA book signing in NYC! Loving the Weekday Brides & looking forward to the new one!

  • T. Rosado

    I’ve read your Not Quite series and enjoyed them so much. Now it’s time to read some of your bride/wedding stories.

  • Kareni

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Enjoy your Chris!

  • Pamby50

    I know what you mean about snow. You think those big flakes falling would have no sound but the peacefulness resonates. Love your books. You were on Bookbub. I saw your name and that was it. My BFF’s last name was Bybee. The crazy things we got into in high school. So Pamby was a nickname she gave me. 40 yrs later and she is still my BFF.

  • Dawn Anderson

    Wonderful essay. I loved that you have several moments of joy. I remember some of my childhood antics as being pure joy too.

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love all aspects of reading romance

  • mariannewestrich

    WOW! Loved your post. It is all about the expectation of joy, the journey! Thanks so much!

  • Bernadette Long

    Your books are on my TBR list. I can’t wait to read them.

  • Jennifer C

    I enjoyed reading your essay! I love how scents bring back memories and feelings of sheer joy, too.

  • Had to pop in to say hello! You know I love your books. Great post, hon. XO

  • Carol Luciano

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m looking forward to reading your books. Like you scents have more memories for me. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Emmel

    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is a book that helped countless girls!

  • Lisa Hutson

    ……to happily ever after. Yes!!!
    That’s what I know, is there will always be a happily ever after. That certainty feeds my addiction.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    You put into words my feelings & thoughts when I reading a romance book. I really enjoyed your post and the way you have with words. Joy is the journey and we never know when we will encounter ir. I own all of your Weekday Brides series on my kindle and can’t wait to finally read them all. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on JOY.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love that you said “Life is a series of Sheer Joy…” So true!

  • Angela H

    I enjoyed reading your moments of sheer joy – they are some good ones

  • Sue G.

    LOL! Love your comments about having a baby! Love the covers of this series by the way!

  • Kim

    The cover of your book is quite nice.

  • kirsten west

    I enjoyed the moments that you experienced sheer joy!

  • Mary McCoy

    I am sure Chris will be calling you! 🙂

  • Diana O’Steen

    I’ve never heard anyone else express two of my favorite things until you did: the smell of rain and the sound of snow falling. I have to also admit a preference going back as far as I can remember for the sound of a steady rainfall and the smell and feel of the wind that often precedes a storm. For years I could only sleep to a tape of occean surf rolling in or a quiet stream bubbling by. I have always found rain to be calming and a sleep inducement also.

  • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

    Almost every book I read is sheer joy because it takes me away for awhile and gives me an adventure of one kind or another. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

  • Texas Book Lover

    So true about labor…I love my girls but having them…

  • Kai W.

    My sheer joy is feeling the breeze blowing and the sounds of rain.

  • Glenda

    Certain scents do have an amazing power to take you back into memories!