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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  • Anna

    Meredith is now on my list twice – thanks for the recommendation!! 🙂

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    I loved your essay. Thanks for all the hours of reading joy you have given to me.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Great essay! It really is the little things that make the romance.

  • mariannewestrich

    It is the little things that keep love alive!

  • catslady

    I agree – although grand gestures are nice, it’s the little things that really count!

  • jcp smith

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Rose K

    Coffee in the morning? Now THAT is the dream 🙂

  • Molly

    I actually haven’t read one of your books before but I will really soon.

  • Carol Luciano

    I lovee your ansering style. 🙂 I love your books Jade. I haven’t read 50 Ways To Ruin A Rake yet. But looking forward to it. Thanks for your post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Ren

    What an awesome-sweet post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win!

  • Kareni

    What a lovely post! Wishing you many more years of good night kisses, morning coffee, and vanquishing opponents at racquetball! Happy writing!

  • May

    Oh so fun! 🙂 I can’t wait to read your next book! 🙂

  • Deana Dick

    Great post. Can’t wait to read your books.

  • Debbie Fuller

    You are to cute and funny. Thanks for posting.

  • Pamby50

    It is the little things. Sept 8 will be 34 yrs and I still get an I love you and a kiss. That is after he goes and makes sure the doors are locked.

  • Dawn Anderson

    I loved playing racquetball when I was younger. Wish I could still play.

  • Quinn Fforde

    That was a great quiz! Totally agree with you.

  • LSUReader

    I like that your joyous moment happens over and over again. I enjoyed your post. Thanks for visiting today.

  • sj1384

    That was great. LOL I love the rose picture! Gorgeous. It just needs some manchest behind them to be perfect… O:-)

  • Kim

    Thanks for the book recommendations. I read Fool Me Twice and enjoyed it.

  • Marissa Yip-Young

    I love rakes~

  • Cindy A

    My hubby retired before I did. When I came home from work, almost everyday he had supper going. Talk about wonderful!!!! I love the way he makes up meals. That is romance!

  • So funny is your post! Thank you so much!

  • marypreston

    Loved the post thank you. Enlightening.

  • Sue G.

    Funny post. I love your questions and choices you always do!

  • Emmel

    I love a man who’ll make me coffee in the morning (as mine does)!

  • Erin F

    Thanks for such a fun post! Love Ms. Lee’s books! Thanks for sharing!

  • Gretchen Miller

    So much fun,cute and funny

  • Carlene Reeves

    This was fun post. I loved the quiz style.

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    nice interview!!! Thanks for the chance

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Thanks for insight to you. And thanks for a chance at your book!

  • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

    I enjoy your post. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

  • Jennifer C

    Thanks for sharing your essay with us, so funny! 🙂

  • Bernadette Long

    What a fun essay!

  • Diane Sallans

    I’ve never tried playing raquetball – that may have to go on the to-do list

  • Connie Reynolds

    I enjoyed your ideas although mine are quite different (except for Chris Hemsworth).

  • Range Girl

    Don’t enter me; I already have it but had to comment. So much to say! Where to start?

    The first C: aren’t you forgetting “The Joy of Sex”? Or does the trauma from The Joy of Cooking (or the lack thereof) trump The Joy of Sex.

    Your last D and main point: crosses paths with Elizabeth Hoyt’s blog. I guess it’s not a surprise that you’ve started thinking alike.

    You handled this assignment with your usual humorous aplomb. I met you at RomCom 2011. You were a new-to-me author, but I was struck by your wit and your joie de vivre. I instantly liked you.


  • Texas Book Lover

    Thanks for the fun quiz/post. There is no way I’d survive playing raquetball. I’m the last coordinated and clumsy person ever.

  • Alyn Yang

    Bummer, I got the first question wrong. Thanks for the fun quiz though!

  • Marcy Shuler

    I really liked your fun quiz. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Janie McGaugh

    I always like your quizzes, though I don’t always guess correctly. I was three for three tonight, though!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Jade! I enjoyed your post! Don’t enter me for the book – I already own a signed copy – thanks for that! Loved it!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Your post made me laugh, which is a good thing. I agree with you that love, and romance, are the everyday things. The kisses goodbye and making sure we tell each other “I love you” everyday at least once. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • Glenda

    Your posts are always lots of fun! My husband makes coffee for me every morning too. Though some days I think it’s because he doesn’t want to face the non-caffeinated version of me. ;-D

  • Carin Shaughnessy

    You’re right, the everyday things are the romance. My husband always comes to find me when he gets home from work to give me a kiss hello. Then he can do other things, but first thing is the kisses hello. Yep, true romance.

  • Joanna Moreno

    Yes, the HEA! But also the way they got there makes the perfect romance. As for daily romance, I keep hearing it’s the daily details that count. At least that’s what my married friends keep telling me 😉 And manchest all the way!

  • Michele Hayes

    I love your books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Christyna

    That’s the best multiple choice exam I ever took! 😉

    • Jade Lee

      Hi Christyna,
      You’re the lucky winner of my giveaway. Please send your email address to my assistant at barbara.jade.kathy@gmail.com

  • Rebecca James

    I’ve only read your books writing as Kathy Lyons, I think it’s time I check out Jade Lee too! 🙂

  • kirsten west

    Clever interview–loved it! My dad and I use to play racquetball together.

  • I always kiss my husband and tell him I love him every day before I leave for work! And he does the same for me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Great interview! I’m dying to read 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake!