Cathy Maxwell – Romance Readers, Happy Readers

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

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The Best Thing About Romance . . .

The readers.

They are true Book Lovers.  They don’t just love to read, they devour books.  They care about the writers, fairest of them allsupport them, and lay in wait for the next book.  In fact it is these characteristics that eventually led them to the Romance genre—they just needed more good books to read.

Many bookstores, especially the Independent ones, do not understand the Romance Reader.  They assume that like Mystery, Literary Fiction, and Nonfiction readers, the Romance Reader will stay close to her favored genre.  Their margins on a paperback novel are not that large when compared to a trade paperback or a hardcover book.  They do not believe they will make money stocking Romance because there is so little profit to them for commercial paperbacks.

They are wrong.

The Romance Reader is a promiscuous reader.  She is always on the search for the next great read whether she finds it in Romance, Mystery, Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction.  She values books. She tracks them down.  But what she won’t do is go into a store that doesn’t carry Romance because—why?  If a bookseller isn’t going to stock all of what she wants to read, well then, she will go to a bookstore that does. There are plenty of them:  big box stores or the Internet or retailers who carry Romance novels where she runs other errands.  It is no surprise that one of the country’s largest general retailers is also one of the largest booksellers.

In fact, I’ve never entered a store with a group of Romance readers and left without each of packing at least THE MATCH OF THE CENTURYone bag of books.  We buy for ourselves, for the children in our lives, and for our significant others.

Plus, we have a grand time doing it.

And those booksellers who we trust to carry what we like to read are very happy we came.


Cathy recommends:

Lorraine Heath    (at Amazon)   THE EARL TAKES ALL

Sonali Dev      (at Amazon)      THE BOLLYWOOD BRIDE

Alyssa Cole       (at Amazon)        LET IT SHINE

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

The day after my first child was born. My husband visited the hospital over lunch from work. He held out daughter and in that moment, I knew life could never be more complete, or I could never be more in love. 

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

I share romances with my daughters.  Just as I expect it is my duty to introduce my kids to good rock, I want them to read the books I love as well.  I owe it to them.  Both girls are Romance readers.  I tried to get my son to read one . . . not much luck with that.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

Yes, the sound of waves in the Caribbean night.   And a big sky covered with stars.  Heaven.  Just heaven.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

I don’t think I have one.  Let’s face it, being romantic all the time is a chore.  However, I’ve met many people who share a wonderful friendship—and that is far better than “being” romantic.  I love witnessing small courtesies and kindnesses between couples.

Tell us about your dream date. 

My dream date is anything that involves cooking and laughter. I enjoy taking dates to my favorite studio cooking classes.  I can learn a lot about a man by the way he stir fries.


Cathy is generously giving away one title (winner’s choice of her available titles) to a US friend and one to an international reader.

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#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

cathymaxwellCathy Maxwell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty historical romance novels.  She never minds spending hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” To her, it remains the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

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  • Sue G.

    “I can learn a lot about a man by the way he stir fries.”!!!!!! Love it! 🙂

    • Cathy Maxwell

      Maybe I should make this into a quote card! 🙂

  • Molly

    I can’t really cook but I think the class and the laughter I could do. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda Henderson

    I don’t understand book stores not carrying romance books. I don’t go into ones that don’t. There is a used book store here where I live and he keeps trying to phase out Harlequins and I’m like WHY? The woman that works there says she keeps telling him that women, and men, read Harlequins and he needs to keep stocking them. I buy a lot of books when I go in there and I always yell out to him, “Bob, I’m buying some Harlequins” just to give him a hard time.

    • Cathy Maxwell

      I love you! What a great moment, him knowing you are coming into the store and you ready to shout out. Thanks for being such a wonderful fan of our genre.

  • Patty Vasquez

    My husband cried when our daughter was born. He was there in the delivery room and later told me he was overwhelmed with joy and love for the two of us. I agree with you: that was a perfect moment of romance.

    • Cathy Maxwell

      “Overwhelmed with joy” That describes it all. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • cheryl c.

    Having a child together IS terribly romantic!

    • Cathy Maxwell

      Yes, and making it through the teenager years means that love has staying power. 🙂

  • Ann Mettert

    What I hate is when a store carries the kind I like forever. Then I go in and they are gone. I may like a certain author who writes one kind of thing. If I can’t find her in the store, I just might online. Then we lose. Because I prefer to look at and read a cover. Sheesh.

    • Cathy Maxwell

      I reach a point where I just go on line because, why bother? I always try to support local but I want to find what I want when I do so.

  • Christine Colburn

    I love independent bookstores and it’s too bad that most of them don’t carry romance novels. But they will carry mass market sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, etc., so why not romance?!

    • Cathy Maxwell

      The best thing to do is walk up to the cash register and ask. If enough of us do that, eventually the store owner will realize the cash register isn’t ringing with sales. Not that I’m starting a movement or anything . . . but, the indies that do carry and develop a Romance customer base do hear that cash register ring.

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you for sharing and posting here.

    • Cathy Maxwell

      You are welcome! I love what Bobbi does. She’s built a wonderful community of readers and writers.


    OK – exactly what you have said about book sellers is something that many of us realize to be true. So, readers know it. And writers know it. Why in the world are there book sellers who are unable to figure it out?

    Thanks for the post. Loved it.

    • Cathy Maxwell

      You are welcome. As to your other question . . . it is a mystery.

  • catslady

    You did better than me on getting your daughters to read romance. My youngest is an artist so I forgive her lol but my oldest loves to read like me but I haven’t been successful with romances (big sigh). I haven’t given up though!

    • Cathy Maxwell

      Eventually she will come to the dark side. lol. I’ve lost count of the number of avid romance readers who started off skirting the genre, and then one day, well, they were hurting for something to read. Once we have them, there is no going back.

  • Pamby50

    Well I failed at getting my daughters to read romance let alone my son. It cracks me up that my daughters friends on twitter say your mom reads a lot of romance. Is it any good? I just laugh when she tells me. I can give you a list to tell them to read. She just gives me the eye roll.

    • Cathy Maxwell

      I love the eye roll. Overtime I receive it, I think, “Score!” 🙂

  • Thanks so much for your post! We truly are promiscuous readers!
    (Marinella from Italy)

    • Cathy Maxwell

      Yes, yes, and YES! 🙂

  • May

    I love the Carribean too! 🙂 Love the waves…


    • Cathy Maxwell

      And sun in winter. Love it.

    • Ada H

      Hi May, this is Ada and I’m helping with the RARM drawings. You have been chosen as Cathy Maxwell’s winner. Please send a message with your email address to me at and we’ll put Cathy in touch with you. Thanks and Congrats!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    The sound of waves is sooooo romantic. They are also my source of calmness and serentity, peace. My daughters found my collection of romance books and devoured them. They’ve even shared them with their friends. Thank you so much for your post.

    • Cathy Maxwell

      Thank you for bringing up romance readers!

  • Melissa Williams Herrin

    Mrs.Maxwell, you where one of the first authors that I read when I wanted to try historical romances. Since then I have been a loyal HR Reader. Thank you for your wonderful books.

  • Diane Sallans

    Going to a studio cooking class sounds like great fun – I’ll have to see if I can find one!

  • Kareni

    I’m another ardent lover of reading and reading romances. I haven’t enticed my daughter into romances yet, but I’ll keep working at it!

  • Janie McGaugh

    I’m always terribly disappointed when I find a bookstore in another town, and it turns out not to have a romance section, or it has such a small one that it might as well not have one at all!

  • Mary McCoy

    We do have a grand time doing it!