Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee – My Road to Romance

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Romance is the Answer

Because I’m…er…unique, I’m going to write this blog in my usual audience participation style. In this, you get

as rich as a rogueto guess the answer. Hint: it could be more than one!

Guess how I first discovered romance novels.

  1. My mother was a big fan and I stole one of hers.
  2. My mother HATED what she called trash books, and so I read one out of spite.
  3. I was being punished with no TV! So I grabbed one of my sister’s books out of boredom
  4. My punishment for misbehaving was to read a Reader’s Digest abridged version of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Answer: 4 – I was in trouble for something (I don’t remember what) and my mother made me choose a book as punishment. Not the way to get a child to enjoy reading. In fact, books were torture for me until I found The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien in high school. But I digress. I chose The Scarlet Pimpernel as my punishment book and secretly enjoyed every word. Which was ironic because my mother actually despised romance novels. She thought they were trashy books of no value. I never told her that Pimpernel was indeed a romance and she started me on my career path.

Many years later, I did steal some of my sister’s Harlequin novels. Guess what I thought about contemporary seducing the skepticromance.

  1. People much older than I were doing things I didn’t care about.
  2. Amazing! Fascinating people that were part of the real world falling in love.
  3. Sex without the details. I wanted to know how you-know-what worked.
  4. Much, much, much better than the Nancy Drews my relatives kept giving me. I’ve never liked mysteries. Much prefer magic.

Answer: All of the above!  At my tender age (a young teenager), there were some professions and stories that I had little interest in. Since I was stealing my sister’s books, I couldn’t pick things I wanted to know. I was stuck with her tastes. But she did have a few gems, and I remember them to this day. Beautiful books. Sadly, the sensual ones were incredibly frustrating. This was before the explicit details of the internet age. Euphemisms did not work for me! As for the last option, I have never enjoyed mysteries. I wanted to know the ebb and flow of the romance which was completely absent in those annoying Nancy Drew books I kept getting. Nancy never even had a boyfriend!

So how did I go from a love of romance novels to a writer of them?The-Bear-Who-Loved-Me-by-Kathy-Lyons-197x300

  1. I read one bad book too many and just started writing one.
  2. I was a failed screenwriter. Couldn’t manage to sell any screenplays, so I thought I’d try my hand at a romance novel.
  3. I knew from the moment I read The Scarlet Pimpernel that one day I would write and publish books like that.
  4. My mother dared me to write a book and out of spite, I wrote what she called “a cheap, trashy romance.” And guess what? It’s a great, great book! A sweet regency that is still a fan favorite. Rules for a Lady by Jade Lee.

Answer: 1 and 2 – I got a master’s degree in screenwriting (MPW from USC) but couldn’t manage to sell a screenplay. So after reading one too many bad romances for fun, I decided I’d do it right. I sat down and started writing. I wish it was my first published book. It was not. My first novel was called All Gentlemen Gamble and will never, ever see the light of day. It was terrible! But I kept at it and eventually sold my first regency, Rules for a Lady. As for answer 3, I’ve never, ever known early what I wanted to do. In fact, I’ve just decided I want to write paranormal romances as Kathy Lyons. See? I can’t decide on anything! Or maybe I’m just continuing to change and grow as an artist!

Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee recommends:

I have so many favorites it’s hard to pick a few. But here are some:

I love Julie Ann Walker’s series    –    julieannwalker.com  (at Amazon)    –     both the Black Knight Inc books and her new The Deep Six series.

Don’t miss Piper J. Drake’s    –   piperjdrake.com    (at Amazon)    –     True Heroes series

And for some historical romance, Gina Conkle’s     –  ginaconkle.com  (at Amazon)     –    Midnight Meetings Series is fabulous.


Questions for the Author:

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

The first time I heard my husband laugh. My to-be husband was a serious young man who was prone to smiles, but not laughing out loud. He balanced my crazy moods with his steady common sense. I remember so clearly the first time I said something that made him laugh out loud. I stopped everything and stared at him, seeing how happy he looked and thrilled that I had brought that out in him. OMG, I love everything about that moment. Then to top it off, he blushed fiery red and kissed me.  

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

My sister is the only one in my family with a deep love of romance novels. The rest of my family reads, but romance isn’t their favorite genre. So she and I trade books often and can usually be found in some corner discussing the latest books. Our tastes are a bit different. She adores manga and YA more than I do. I like military guys a bit more than she does. But we definitely share an intense love of romance.

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

A low, sweet purr. My husband loves waking me from a nap by sliding his hand gently down my spine. I usually arch and purr. And…well, let’s just say that he enjoys hearing that sound as much as I like making it. It’s both contentment and arousal. And that only happens with the love of my life.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

I’m a fickle woman. My favorite is always whomever I’m reading at the moment. I just finished Piper Drake’s Extreme Honor and really loved it. Though I have to admit this couple includes a great dog.

Tell us about your dream date. 

A great movie, and then a café afterwards for great coffee, a great dessert, and conversation about what we just saw. We’d laugh a lot, argue a little bit, and then hold hands on the way home. If there’s more in the bedroom after that, well then, that’s amazing. And also absolutely perfect whether it’s a hot night of sensual delights or snuggle and snooze.

Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee is generously giving away a copy of 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade Lee for a US reader and a copy of The Player Next Door by Kathy Lyons for an international reader.  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST Aug 14, 2016 . Good luck!

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jadeleatherKathy Lyons is the wild, adventurous half of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. A lover of all things fantastical, Kathy spent much of her childhood in Narnia, Middle Earth, Amber, and Earthsea, just to name a few.  There is nothing she adores more than turning an ordinary day into something magical, which is what happens all the time in her books. Winner of several industry awards including the Prism—Best of the BestRomantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, andFresh Fiction’s Steamiest Read, Kathy has published over 50 romance novels, and she’s just getting started. 

USA 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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  • Carol Opalinski

    Wonderful post!! And as it just so happens, The Scarlet Pimpernel was my first foray into romance! I loved it. I was pretty young when I first read it and it was until later readers when I was a bit older did I get the significance of the ending with them going into the cabin. lol!!

    • Hi Carol! You’re Kathy/Jade’s winner. I think I have your email, but I’ll confirm by sending you one. :o)

      • Carol Opalinski

        Wow!!! Thanks so much!!

  • Linda Henderson

    I discovered books at the school library first and then the public library. Sadly my mother never bought me any books. Actually I never saw her read any either. I was lucky to read at an early age and we moved to within a few blocks of the public library when I was eight. I walked to the library every day and checked out books. I love the smell of the library. I kind of miss small town libraries. Now it seems like they are just too cluttered with other stuff. Just give me rows and rows of books and a few tables and chairs and I’m perfectly happy.

    • Jade Lee

      lol! I loved the smell of our library too!

  • Pamby50

    My mother never encouraged me to read anything. I never saw her read, which makes me sad now. My kids always saw me reading. My son would never read romance but my daughter doesn’t read it either. Both are more into music. I enjoy your books and have read Julie Ann Walker’s books and Piper Drake’s. Will have to check out Gina Conkle.

    • Jade Lee

      Thanks for telling me you enjoy my books! I’m so glad! As yeah, one of kids much prefers music to reading, but I figure that’s ok too. Though it’s hard to discuss it as enthusiastically as I do books!

  • catslady

    I did not know you were one and the same lol. I loved reading from the moment I learned how. My mom never paid much attention so I was able to read whatever I wanted and she would bring me to the library in summer when school was closed. I read A Tale of Two Cities in 6th grade for fun lol.

    • Jade Lee

      Oy! I tried a tale of two cities in high school and couldn’t get through it. Too many other distractions! Kudos to you!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I started reading romance books because I couldn’t find any other books that I hadn’t already read. I’m glad to know that I”m not the only one who wondered why Nancy Drew didn’t have a boyfriend. Thank you so much for sharing your post. I’ve read at least one of your Jade Lee books. BTW, I knew I was going to be a teacher since I was 5 and retired 3 years ago after 37 years of teaching math.

    • Jade Lee

      It took me a lot more than 5 years to figure out my life! Awesome that you knew so young! And I hope you enjoyed my Jade book. Hopefully you’ll like Kathy too!

  • Beautiful post, it makes me laugh! And your answers about romance are so tender and endearing…
    (Marinella from italy)

    • Jade Lee

      Thank you! And btw, I vacationed in Italy last year and absolutely loved you country!

  • Heather Roach

    Fun post!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Love your books and I’m just discovering some of your author recommendations. Thank you

  • Meghan Stith

    I didn’t know that Jade Lee and Kathy Lyons are the same person! The things you learn!

  • rebecca moe

    I really liked the Piper Drake book too–romance is always better with a dog!

    I love your multiple choice answers–and that you don’t make us wait for the answers 🙂 Cute idea!

    I hope you didn’t have to wait too long to read the unabridged version of The Scarlet Pimpernel–I love that book! When he kisses the railing where her hand had just been…swoon!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Ellen

    What a fun post. There is something special about being able to make your loved one laugh. One of the things I like best about my husband is his laugh. We enjoy movie dates, too.

  • Molly

    I didn’t know they were the same either. Great to know.

  • Mary McCoy

    The uniqueness that is Jade/Kathy never fails to delight!