Escapism and Why We Love Reading About Magic by Barbara Monajem

(And there’s a #giveaway. No, two giveaways!)

Why this topic? Because it’s Release Day for Lady of the Flames, which is as escapist as I get.

Lady of the Flames Cover LARGE EBOOKI know some people think of escapism as a dirty word, but I’m not one of them. I read for pleasure, for a break from real life. Don’t get me wrong – I have a good life – but I think everyone wants entertainment, escape, to be transported to somewhere different, whether through reading or TV or movies or games or whatever. We can be the fictional characters in our minds, live through their hopes and fears and triumphs, feel their satisfaction.

I’m addicted to magic, both writing and reading. Doesn’t have to be Harry Potter type magic, although I loved those books; it can be science fiction, time travel, vampire mysteries – anything that contains an element we don’t *usually* see in real life. (Note that I never, ever say never.) Even regular historical romance is magical to me, because it takes me to a time and place so different from the here and now. Distance is what I want, and with magic, that’s what I get.

I think one of the reasons I find it so hard to stick to one genre is that I want to write about all the things I love most in genre fiction—at the same time. Romance, mystery, suspense, magic, history…

I managed to slip everything but mystery into Lady of the Flames. (OK, there’s a wee bit of mystery, but it’s easily solved; this is in no way a whodunit.) I even slipped a hobgoblin in there, just because.

What do you want most when you’re reading for fun? Do you want some magic, like me, or do you prefer something closer to real life? One lucky commenter will receive an e-copy of either two of my novellas or one of my Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries, winner’s choice. Also, there’s a Rafflecopter below for a gift card giveaway.

Lady of the Flames e-book is available now for only 99 cents. (It won’t be that cheap forever.) Here are links to various retailers.

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Barbara Monajem started writing at eight years old. She has wandered from children’s fantasy through mystery to paranormal and historical romance. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

31 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    My first two loves as far as what I like to read are contemporary romance and Regency (maybe why I write both? 🙂 ) However, I do enjoy paranormal – time travel, shape shifters, vampires. Not a big fan of science fiction. (Don’t put me in the drawing, Barbara.)

    • Barbara Monajem

      Sandra, I don’t read much contemporary fiction, possibly because it’s too close to reality for me. I’m in awe of authors who can write it and write it well.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Holly. I love the cover — so glad you like it, too.

  2. Linda

    I like magic, romance & as far away as real life as possible which is why I like reading fantasy romance & historical romance best & steer away from contemporary.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Linda — Yep, that’s what I like, too. :~))

  3. allybroadfield

    Happy Release Day, Barbara! I don’t necessarily need fantasy in my romance, but I do want to read something that takes me out of my life for a while, so it needs to not be too realistic.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Ally — I think this is why historical romance doesn’t have to be perfect with regards to accuracy. There’s a whole spectrum from gritty realism to pure fantasy, and they’re all good. 🙂

  4. dholcomb1

    Congrats on the new release! I love reading-it’s my escapism from the everyday life.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Denise! And three cheers for escapism. 🙂

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Ann! I’m looking forward to reading your contribution to the series, too. Soon, I hope!!

  5. Sandra Carey Cody

    Lady of the Flames sounds intriguing. Good luck with it. Personally, I don’t find escapism a dirty word. I think it’s healthy, even necessary.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thank you, Sandra. I’m so glad there are others in favor of escapism.

  6. jessicajefferson

    I know I said it before, but I love this cover! I’ve actually been reading more books with magical overtones and I think it’s just like you said – it’s about the escapism. I’m just so impressed by authors that can create these worlds. Congrats on the new release.

  7. bmonajem

    Thanks, Jessica. I’m so glad you love the cover — I was involved in designing it, and since I have no artistic ability, it’s good to know the artist did a great job in spite of me!!

  8. Joye

    I really like the cover and the story line sounds intriguing.

    • Barbara Monajem

      I’m so happy people like the cover. I love warm colors, so I’m prejudiced in favor of red and yellow.

  9. Barbara Bettis

    I enjoy reading about magic, Barbara, and this story sounds terrific. Looking forward to reading it!

  10. Glenda

    I still think this is an amazing cover, Barbara! I’ve got my copy on my Kindle. 😀

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks so much, Glenda! I hope you enjoy it.

  11. Julia Justiss

    Wonderful cover, Barbara! I’m a straight mystery/romance/historical fan–no magic for me. But it certainly delights many, and what better way to escape the mundane than REALLY escape?

    • Barbara Monajem

      Thanks, Julia — it’s escape upon escape.

  12. montanagail

    Congratulations, Ann! I love the cover, and I can finally read the story. I couldn’t follow a better entry into the series.

    • Barbara Monajem

      Looking forward to reading To Tempt a Thief, Gail. 🙂

  13. Deborah Hale

    Congratulations on Lady of the Flames, Barbara! I definitely read for escapism and love stories with magical elements. There does seem to be an affinity between paranormal/speculative fiction and the Regency era. Quite a few of the big sci-fi/fantasy conventions have Regency teas. 🙂