Please welcome my guest today, uber talented, Cynthia Eden!
The Beauty of Escapism >(And a little contest!)
Hi, everyone! First, a big thank you to Karin for inviting me to her blog. 🙂 It sure is nice be here.
Today, I thought I’d talk a bit about the absolute joy of escapism. Come on, you know what I mean. When you open a book and you slide into that story—you escape and begin a whole new adventure.
Don’t get me wrong. I really like my life, but sometimes, well, I want to get away from the mile-high pile of laundry or the broken air conditioner troubles or the worries about the engine light that is flashing in my car or—well, I think you get the idea.
When I open a book, I get to escape. Sometimes I go into worlds populated by vampires or demons—and sometimes I find myself in the Middle Ages. And I forget my everyday woes for a while and just enjoy myself.
For a very long time, reading was my perfect escape—and then I started writing and realized that crafting my own world—oh, yeah, now that’s a perfect escape. I can make my world any way I want, with any characters I want, and I can have myself one wonderful time.
I sure had a wonderful time when I wrote HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT, my May release from Kensington Brava. This was a story that I wrote for me—it wasn’t contracted, wasn’t due on anyone’s desk. It was just a story that stirred up in my mind, and it was one that wouldn’t let me go. So I wrote this story—I wrote about Dr. Emily Drake, my psychologist who only treats paranormal patients (and I sure had fun creating her patients!) and Colin Gyth, the wolf-shifter police detective who slowly steals her heart—even as the two of them fight to catch a killer. Oh, yes, this story was pure escapism for me—and truly one of the best adventures I’ve had.
But what about you? Do you feel the need to escape every now and then? And do you escape into a good book or is there another method of relaxation you enjoy? Leave me a comment and one winner will be selected to win an autographed copy of WHEN HE WAS BAD (my June 08 Kensington Brava anthology with Shelly Laurenston).
HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT—Available now from Kensington Brava
WHEN HE WAS BAD—Available May 27, 2008 from Kensington Brava
Believe in monsters. They believe in you.
From Karin:ps, I would have posted Cynthia’s beeuteeful cover, but cyber retard that I am, I can’t figure it out. Go check out her site!