Monday, July 22, 2013

A Visit with Ruthie Knox (MAKING IT LAST tour)

(This tour is part of the Making It Last book tour by Ruthie Knox. I really enjoyed this book and you can see my review of it HERE.)

Also be sure to answer Ruthie's question in the comments for your chance to win a copy of her book!

A Quick Visit with Ruthie

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:

You're married. Is it different for you to be writing about a marriage than about courtship, which we can assume is safely in the past for you?

It is different. It seems like it shouldn't be, in the sense that all my earlier books aren't about my courtship, and this one isn't about my marriage. But of course we write from out of our own lives, our experiences and those of our friends and loved ones, our empathy for situations and people who we've known or thought about, read about. And I think there is a way in which marriage is so quiet, compared to courtship. Even with close friends, with whom one might occasionally complain about one's marriage, there are subjects that one doesn't talk about, and in public forum, the interior of marriage is often reduced to sound bites, sitcom scenes — it isn't celebrated in the same way that courtship is, or studied, or interrogated unless it's falling apart, and then we're talking about separation and divorce, which are a different thing entirely.

So there was a way in which, writing this book, I felt like I was drawing secrets up out of myself. Not, let me emphasize again, that I was telling the story of my own marriage, but that I was telling a story that contained so many of the hardest moments, the worst thoughts, the most discouraging things I've felt, or have seen others feeling, have imagined -- and that this story was made up of secrets that shouldn't be secret.

I hope, in telling it, I manage to open at least a little bit of conversational space for why we don't see more stories of this sort in romance -- and about women and marriage, what we're willing to speak about, how romance and marriage fit together, those sorts of things.


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:

Do you like reading romances with married protagonists, or is courtship the whole point for you?

The giveaway is open in North America only. (Sorry -- due to geographical restrictions, Ruthie can't buy her own e-book outside North America!)

About the Book

Making It Last by Ruthie Knox
Camelot series, book 4
Releases July 15, 2013

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.

E-book. 136 pp. ISBN: 978-0-345-54929-7.

About Ruthie

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 and drop her a line.


flchen1 said...

I actually love stories where the characters are already married--I think it's reality that marriage is not an endpoint but a milestone, and I love reading about other people's journeys as they work to keep it fresh and loving and joyful. There isn't a magic HEA, so it's fun to see how others can keep creating the HEA moments :) Looking forward to Making It Last!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

I loved your review for this book Christi and I love the authors response. It is very true that many authors will use experiences that they have had or family members or friends or just random thoughts that come to each of us. I still think it would be a wonderful change to read about a couple who have been married for a long period of time instead of our usual courtship to love stories that I am so use to! Count me in. :-D

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Susan T. said...

Hmm,a very interesting story line. I don't think I've read about married couples. Looking forward to this book!

Krista said...

I love reading about married couples. They seem more unique than your average love at first sight/courtship story.

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Ooh, cowboy! He just needs a big, red bow...