Monday, April 29, 2013

Guest Post with Fiona Druce!


WELCOME TO THE BLOG, FIONA! :)


Fiona Druce and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest with two daughters and a large neurotic dog. Her interests are singing, triathlons, molecular biology, qualitative chemistry, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and writing fiction. She’s positive there is somehow a connection in all that but she hasn’t found it, yet. Suggestions welcome.



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Love is a Funny Word

 

The word romance usually brings to mind flowers, chocolate, Parisian nights, soft candle light, and various shades of red. Unless you’re me, of course. In that case, it’s an entirely different picture that comes to mind.

Romance, as I see it, is acceptance of another person’s faults and the ability to see past the weird farty noises they make in the middle of the night. Not that I make those noises, of course.

That last paragraph was funny, wasn’t it? I may have made that weird snort-that-never-leaves-your-throat sound while re-reading. And while writing it. Probably will, again, later, too.

It wasn’t a lie! But it was still funny.

Why?

Defining humor is easy: it’s life. Life true, plain, and simple with a dash of hindsight and an appreciation for the strength to get past whatever obstacle is currently in the comedic limelight.

For example, this morning, my older daughter was late for school. This is the norm, rather than something we all freak out about.

Regardless, my sweetling asked me: “Mom, could you grab my belt?”

Me: “Where is it?”

Her: “Well, it’s either on the stairs or somebody moved it.”

Me, with a stoney glare: “So…. It’s either on the stairs… Or it isn’t.”

Her: *nods sagely*

Me: “…….”

Why was this funny? Simply because people can relate. I’m aggravated and millions upon millions of mothers who are obviously reading this post are sitting in their chairs nodding slowly with each progressing line of dialogue, thinking knew that was going to happen.

Humor in romance is no different.

We all envision this perfect coming together (pun intended) where you and your partner all but read each other’s minds, knowing right where to go and how to mash your mouths together without knocking teeth.

Reality?

You knock teeth.

And make weird sounds that would disturb you if you were capable of paying attention objectively. And, at the moment, I’m just talking about the weird sounds that skin makes when it’s covered in sweat and has managed to glue itself to your partner’s flesh. Then you try to separate.

This is funny! Why? Because we’re all embarrassed by it. It’s funny because someone is willing to not only speak about the embarrassment, but to emphasize it, too! And to be honest about it!

That, in and of itself, is why we like humor, to begin with. Because it speaks on those topics that we don’t have the willingness to speak about, ourselves! Humor is gracelessness, acne in your twenties, the inability to speak when you’re talking to a crush, forgetting key lines in the middle of a speech, dreams of forgetting to wear clothes to school or work.

Why are those funny?

Because they are honest and real fears.

Love requires a level of trust that is utterly terrifying.

So it makes sense that romance and humor would hand-in-hand, doesn’t it?

During your next read, just keep this in the back of your mind…

…They’re so knocking their teeth together.

For some more awesome examples, check out my latest release, Aces Wild, where Ace Stanning relies on her comedic interpretation of the world in order to survive her fledgling relationship with a handsome and suave businessman.

Who is also a dragon.

More snarky-than-sweet Southern girl Acacia “Ace” Stanning has never been anyone’s ideal anything. Not for a lack of trying, of course.

Dark, mysterious, and utterly frustrating hottie Val Draig has always been quite the opposite. Without even an attempt at trying. Except that whole being-a-dragon bit. And the violent bloody war bit. And the fact that simply by knowing him, Ace is now drawn kicking and screaming into a secret battle between two warring dragon factions.

Then Val told her she was his ideal everything.

Now, because he loves her, a whole group of dragons want her dead. And those are the good guys.

The bad guys want both Ace and Val’s entire clan wiped from existence. To stop the bloodshed, she and Val will unravel a hidden past only to discover a future together is the key to their survival.

Ace may not be ideal, but who she is may just be wild enough to work.

 




And, because I have a love of comedy, please, please, please, let me know what you find funny! Physical humor? Snarky sarcasm?? Maybe the accidental moment of comedic genius??

 

Or, even better? Found any good funny reads, lately??


~Fiona Druce

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Aces Wild by Fiona Druce
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing (March 28, 2013)
Series: Hand of Fate, 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
More snarky-than-sweet Southern girl Acacia “Ace” Stanning has never been anyone’s ideal anything. Not for a lack of trying, of course.

Dark, mysterious, and utterly frustrating hottie Val Draig has always been quite the opposite. Without even an attempt at trying. Except that whole being-a-dragon bit. And the violent bloody war bit. And the fact that simply by knowing him, Ace is now drawn kicking and screaming into a secret battle between two warring dragon factions.
Then Val told her she was his ideal everything.

Now, because he loves her, a whole group of dragons want her dead. And those are the good guys.

The bad guys want both Ace and Val’s entire clan wiped from existence. To stop the bloodshed, she and Val will unravel a hidden past only to discover a future together is the key to their survival.

Ace may not be ideal, but who she is may just be wild enough to work.


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Thank you for the laugh today, Fiona! :) I'm dying to read Aces Wild now! I'm all for humor in books, romance or otherwise. Any kind of humor--light, slightly dark, sarcastic...and I think we can all laugh at some of the jokes more appropriate for a young teenage boy once in a while, right? :)


Don't forget to answer Fiona's questions!

And, because I have a love of comedy, please, please, please, let me know what you find funny! Physical humor? Snarky sarcasm?? Maybe the accidental moment of comedic genius??


Or, even better? Found any good funny reads, lately??




Enjoy! 





Until Next Time,


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