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10 reasons we love
By Catherine Bybee
Hi Fictional Candy… I love your blog name. How fun is that!
It brings up yummy-i-cious images of super indulgent fun. And isn’t that what romance is? Indulgent escape without any calories?
Romance quite simply is fictional candy, isn’t it? I know that every time I sit down to write a scene or read a book I’m in for a treat. Okay, maybe writing the scenes aren’t the same kind of treat…that’s my day job. For me it is work. But in the end it is a sugary mouthful of sweetness.
I think I’ve been asked a zillion times why I write romance. Any writer of romance that I know is one because they love the genre. So let’s go over my ten reasons for loving to read and write romance.
10. It burns calories. I know you’re thinking “Yeah right!” but it does. I read while on an exercise bike at the gym. And when I can’t do that…I’m reading and getting all short of breath at times. That burns calories!
9. I’m saving power. If I’m reading I’m not watching TV. Even if I’m using a charged up e-reader, I’m off the grid. So reading is environmentally friendly.
8. I’m giving people room online. If I’m reading or writing I’m not sucking up bandwidth. And in my home, that’s a good thing.
7. I can have an affair and it doesn’t count. I fall a little in love with every book. Most affairs will cost you half of everything you own. Just sayin’.
6. I use less gas. As a writer, I don’t have to leave home to work, and with an e-reader I don’t even have to go to a bookstore to pick up my stash.
5. I can travel the world in a book. I haven’t seen a tenth of the places I’ve read about. But I feel like I’ve been there. *again, saving gas*
4. I can go back in time without the grime. Let’s face it, sixteenth century Scotland without toilets and running water wouldn’t be ideal…but in a book, it’s fabulous. All those kilts…with nothing under them. Grrr…
3. I can go to work in my bathrobe. Unless you work for ‘Vivid Entertainment’ or ‘Hugh’ you can’t say that.
2. I read romance because I am 100% positive that the boy and girl are together in the end. Life if full of unhappy endings. In fiction, I want happy!
1. And the #1 reason I read/write romance…it makes my heart burst with rainbows and roses every day. How many people can say that about their jobs?
Okay, Fictional Candy readers…tell me, why do you read or write romance?
Helen Adams has a knack for finding lost objects, but the Simon McAllister she finds isn’t what she expected. The missing California teen is now a grown man—a kilted, sword wielding, Highland warrior.
A mysterious Druid book and Helen’s sixth sense send her to Scotland in search of a missing boy. After being attacked by strange men dressed in medieval garb, a handsome, desirable hero answering to the boy’s name rescues her. No one is more surprised than she to find herself in sixteenth century Scotland. Unable to deny the reality of time travel, Helen discovers smoldering passion with a man destined to leave her.
Simon has lived his Druid life in two very different worlds, two vastly different times, and when Helen practically lands in his lap, he knows his life is about to change forever. There are enemies in California lying in wait for her, and an army in Scotland closing in on his family. Simon is the only person who can protect her. But when she learns his most guarded secret, will she still want him? Can Helen love a Highland Shifter?
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee has been addicted to romance since her teens. After spending a decade of her life working as an RN in urban emergency rooms, Catherine is now dedicated to writing happily-ever-afters for the world to love. Catherine is married and raising two sons in Southern California.