Jade Lee – The Joy of Exploring Romance

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A Romance Q&A

Today’s quiz is multiple choice, Jade Lee style. So the topic is The Joy of Romance. GuessFKhbD9k what my first reaction was:

A. Roses, chocolate, sensuous massages and my husband on his knee as he proposed.

B. Book covered with glorious manchest with lots of sex and laughter on the inside.

C. Horrible kitchen flashbacks because honestly, The Joy of anything harkens back to The Joy of Cooking which has never been fun for me.

D. It’s a lie! It’s a lie! There is no romance anymore. It’s all cupids and paper hearts to cover the dark bitterness inside.

Answer: C. Yeah, I know, I’m a romance writer. I love reading and writing books with sex and laughter on the inside, glorious manchest on the outside, and great stories all 50 waysaround. Which would logically conclude that B is my answer. Or if I’m going personal, a sweet memory of how my husband proposed (A). D is a throw away because I’m not that bitter. Well, usually not. But C??? Yeah, cooking was such a traumatic thing for me that anything hinting at that hideous title just clenches me up in a knot of failure. Sorry. I’m damaged. But you can console yourself with the idea that I’m working through my issue by writing fun romances.

So now that we’ve gotten my personal drama out of the way, what makes me spend my life writing about love and romance?

A. A total lack of it in my real life. Come on, don’t you want to experience that perfect moment somehow? If you can’t have it in real life, at least get it in book life.

B. I’m just re-telling the stories of my life. Yup, every day is just one huge romance fest of sweet kisses, tender support, and hot sex.

C. Love conquers all. Fear, damage, pain, loss, everything. Love makes whatever is happening easier to bear and may even provide the solution.

D. It’s a paycheck.

Answer: C. A and B are two extremes of life. My actual existence falls in the middle between the two. I want to both relieve and imagine those perfect moments again and player next dooragain. As for D, that’s a laugh. Given the time and energy that goes into writing a book, I probably could make more money hour for hour working at McDonald’s. And yet, I still write every day (weekends,too). Why? Because of C. Love does conquer all. The hardest hearts, the most broken souls, and all those millions of places in between filled with people just struggling to get by. Everyone deserves love. Everyone can find love. Everyone can embody love. If you don’t think so, then pick up a romance novel.  You’ll see. It’s possible for everyone.

Last question: What do you think my most joyous romantic moment is? Hint: it’s one that happens often.

A. Every time I relive that perfect moment when my husband was down on two knees and asked me to marry him. (I was on the floor at the time, so two knees make sense)

B. The day I told my husband I was pregnant with our first child. He picked me up and spun me around in a circle of joy.

C. Every anniversary, my husband does something special for me. He’s amazing in thinking those things up whereas, I’m usually, so…you wanna make out?

D. Every night when he finds me wherever I am and says he loves me. Then he kisses me (assuming we’re in the same locale) and wishes me a good night. By the way, he also asks me if I want him to make coffee for me in the morning.

Answer: D. It’s the little things that make up a romance and a true love through the years. Certainly the day I told him I was pregnant was a banner day for us. Also, the evening he proposed. But those aren’t everyday romance. Anyone can pull it together for a moment. But every day? That’s hard. As for our anniversaries, he’s arguably more lazy than I am. This year we didn’t do anything at all. But every night he says he loves me, kisses me, and then offers coffee in the morning. That’s true love!

Jade recommends:

Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran – if you like historical romance, this is a flat-out perfect book. Amazing. I cannot recommend it enough.

Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan – This was perhaps the fourth m/m book I’d ever read, and it was amazing. Explained certain sexual games that I had never understood and really developed complex, incredible characters. I can’t recommend it enough. Though…if you’re new to the world of m/m, you might try Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan first. It’s the more gateway book!


Questions for the Author:

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

I play a lot of racquetball. It’s a fast-paced game, totally absorbing, and I can kick guys butts at it! I get a real rush of joy whenever I pull off a great shot in a difficult situation. And if we’re tying this to romance, my husband understands my love of kicking racquetball butt and routinely allows me to trounce him. God, I love my man!

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

The racquetball court. Also Narnia. Just thinking of that place makes me smile.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

There’s a cheer that is half disgust that happens on a racquetball court. It’s when you’re opponent pulls off that difficult shot and hits it perfect. You lose the point, but you admire the skill. I love the sound of that. Either from me or (way better) from my opponent.

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 just discovered Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines. Fun, fun fantasy book. I’m in the middle of book 2 right now Codex Born. The theory of magic is that a libriomancer can pull any item out of a book into the real world. There are lots of limits on this magic–one of them being the size of the book–but it’s a fun adventure filled with non-sequiturs like this:

“What if we projected an e-book onto an IMAX screen? Maybe I could finally make my own X-wing fighter.”

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 like manchest. Yes, that’s my deep dark secret. Love a broad, rippling, muscled chest. Ergo: Chris Hemsworth.

Jade is generously giving away two copies of 50 WAYS TO RUIN A RAKE. To enter, leave a comment here or on the Facebook post (you can find that here). International entries are okay, so international friends, leave comments too. (All comments must be left before Sept. 4, 11:59pm CST) 


jade-leeUSA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early, and her fascination with the Regency began, especially those rakes, rogues, and renegades. Fifty Ways to Ruin a Rake is her funniest book ever! And don’t forget  KATHY LYONS, Jade’s fun contemporary half. The Player Next Door has sexy LOL moments when an NBA player moves in next door.

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