In a brand-new eBook original novella, RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox takes her spectacular Camelot series to new heights with a tale of desire reinvented.
A hotel bar. A sexy stranger. A night of passion. There’s a part of Amber Mazzara that wants those things, wants to have a moment — just one — where life isn’t a complicated tangle of house and husband and kids and careers. Then, after a long, exhausting “vacation” with her family, her husband surprises her with a gift: a few days on the beach . . . alone.
Only she won’t be alone long, because a handsome man just bought her a drink. He’s cool, he’s confident, and he wants to take Amber to bed and keep her there for days. Lucky for them both, he’s her husband. He’s only got a few days in Jamaica to make her wildest desires come true, but if he can pull it off, there’s reason to believe that this fantasy can last a lifetime.
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You can see my review of Making It Last here.
I’m SUPER DOOPER excited to have Ruthie Knox on the blog today. I l-o-v-e her. Que to really loud screams.... (Clears throat) Anyway... Ruthie’s latest book, Making It Last recently came out. (If you haven’t already grabbed your copy, use the buy links above.)
As part of her "whistle-stop tour" for Making It Last, Ruthie agreed to stop by and answer one question about the story. She's also giving away a copy of the book, today only! Imagine her standing in the caboose car of her blog tour train, shouting out her answer over the crowd and flinging an e-book and some Tootsie Rolls at the assembled audience. Or not. Either way — here's the question:My husband is ALWAYS complaining about romance books always having some kind of issues and feels that not everyone goes into a relationship with issues. Yes, he's in lala land. Why did you choose to write a REAL marriage romance book?First of all, I'd like to meet these people your husband knows — the ones with no issues. Then I will poke them in the eye. (Smiles)He's right, of course, that everyone in romance books has issues. The reason for this is that romance novels aren't about love, all by itself. They're about the relationship between love and conflict. Without conflict, there's no story. We need to see love acting on people, influencing them, changing their ways. That's what romance novels are all about! And you know, maybe you've never read a romance manuscript in which two people who have no issues meet, are attracted to each other, and fall in love, but I have. And I can tell you, it was boring. Soooooo boooooooring. Conflict = necessary!I chose to write what you call "a REAL marriage romance book" (love that) for a couple reasons. First off, when I started thinking of Amber and Tony, it was as married people. The first story I wrote about them, How To Misbehave, is about their courtship, but in my head, I "met" them as a married couple with three kids, and I wanted to write about them in that spot, the "present day" of the Camelot series.Perhaps more important, I have this bee in my bonnet about romance novel epilogues. I dislike the way that many epilogues present a static picture of perfection, as though, once the novel's primary conflict has been solved, everything's hearts and flowers for that couple forever. To me, the most interesting part of a romance — the fun, the drama, the part I believe in — is the conflict. And I think conflict is ongoing. It's part of life. I cannot imagine any marriage free of conflict. The longer one is married, it seems, the more likely one is to have been through ups and downs, good patches and bad patches. The romance of marriage, I think, is the choice each part of a couple has to make, again and again, to stick with it. To say, "This is the man I choose. Not just once, when we got married, but over and over again. You. I choose you." So when I wrote Making It Last, my purpose was really to show that romance — the conflict that is inherent to so many "real" marriages, and the romance of two people who love each other who have lost their way, finding it again.
Ruthie is giving away one e-book copy of Making It Last to a randomly selected commenter. This giveaway is for today only! Just answer this question to enter:
What do you think about "real marriage romance books" — is this something you want to read, or does it defeat the whole purpose of romance, for you? What about this idea of "issues" — do you think "real" couples tend to have less dramatic stories than those on the pages of romance novels?
The giveaway is open in North America only. (Sorry -- due to geographical restrictions, Ruthie can't buy her own e-book outside North America!)
USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life. Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website at www.ruthieknox.com and drop her a line.