Katharine Ashe – The Romance of New Beginnings

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The Joy of Starting Over

Starting over can be full of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Let’s face it; new beginnings KA_AML_125dpiRGB_Cvr_thumbare nerve racking. Fingernail biting. Cold sweat producing.

But new beginnings are adventures of a sort. In any new beginning there can also be great joy.

Like everybody else, I’ve started over plenty of times in my life. The first was in fifth grade after my beloved elementary school closed and I had to get used to a new school, new teachers, and new kids for a single year before heading on to that special sort of torture we call middle school. The next was when I moved away from home to go to college. Then on to the working world. And graduate school. And marriage. And a major career change. And parenthood.

Here’s the wonderful part: Amidst the uncertainties, nervousness, and downright terror of starting something new and wholly unknown, in every one of these new beginnings I fell in love. In my new school in fifth grade I fell in love with acting. In college I fell in love with the scholarly life. In my working girl years I fell in love with Washington, D.C. In graduate school I fell in love with my husband-to-be. In marriage I fell in love with sharing my life intimately with another person. In changing my career to writing romance full time I fell in love with going to work every day. And in parenthood I fell in love with my pups and my son and also with the act of caring for someone who needed I loved a lordme entirely.

Starting over — whether it’s a new job or a new stage in life — is never simple. It means letting go of the past and learning to walk into the future with your chin high, chest out, and stride confident. It means setting out on an adventure where you just don’t know what’s going to happen next.

The greatest of all human adventures is love.

And falling in love is the biggest Start Over. It’s new. It’s scary. It’s fingernail biting. It’s heart pounding. It’s exhilarating. And the potential for joy is limitless.

Every romance novel offers a new beginning. Sometimes it happens at the beginning of a novel when a character decides to jettison her former life and set out on a new adventure. Sometimes it happens in the middle of a novel when a character realizes he’s fallen in love with the last person he imagined he could possibly fall in love with—but there it is, love staring him in the face. Sometimes it’s at the end of the novel, when the mystery is solved, bad guys are defeated, inner demons are conquered, and overflowing hearts are finally ready to say “I love you!”

Lately I’ve been loving writing love stories about couples that meet again after years apart: a vicar’s daughter sets out on the road with her first love to solve a mystery (I LOVED A ROGUE); a woman determined to change her very rough life gets trapped in a country inn with the man who broke her heart (AGAIN, MY LORD); and an heiress is forced to work with the one man she could never have (THE ROGUE). Each is a story of new beginnings, starting over, trying again but this time better, stronger, with honesty and passion and a thirst for the greatest human adventure of all.

When love is at the heart of starting over, it’s all about joy.

Katharine recommends:

I recently read a fantastically good contemporary romance novel about the courage it takes to make a new beginning: THE BRIDGE by Rebecca Rogers Maher (rebeccarogersmaher.com) I devoured it, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. It was so, so, so good.

Questions for the Author:

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

When I first saw my baby boy.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.IMG_2807

The Atlantic coast beach. I spent my childhood summers there. I wrote my first romance novels there. My husband proposed marriage to me there. When I’m there, I feel utter joy.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Birdsong. I don’t know what they’re singing about (“Check out this berry, dudes! It’s HUGE!”, “Hurry, we’ve got to get to the feeder before the squirrels!”, “My darling hawk babies, there’s a mouse down there with the word breakfast written all over it.”), but every morning when I walk my dog, listening to the birds chatting away, I am completely filled up with joy.

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?

Paolo Coehlo’s The Alchemist, which I actually mentioned in my RARM post last year and I happily quoted in my novella The Day it Rained Books. It’s a story of love and adventure and hope and the human heart and it is beautiful beautiful beautiful.

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)

Tie! Christopher Plummer (because he’s such a fabulous villain and yet… CAPTAIN VON TRAPP sigh!!!) and Chris Hemsworth (because he finally made me fall in love with Thor — fall in love really, really hard).

Katharine is generously giving away three signed copies each of a book from her backlist, winners’ choice, to U.S. and international readers. To enter leave a comment here or on the Facebook post (you can find that hereor both by 11:59 pm CST on Sept 5.

Katharine Ashe author photoKatharine Ashe is the bestselling, award winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including 2015 RITA® Award Finalist MY LADY, MY LORD. A professor of history, she writes romance because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too.


You can find her at www.KatharineAshe.com and on Facebook

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