What's up Wednesday!

Phantom of the OperaAs you read this today, I’m on a train bound for New York City. A friend of ours is singing the role of Christine in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway, so we’re making a quick trip down to hear her.

I love this story and we’ve seen it before when we were in London. The score is lush, the production so richly imagined with period costumes and special effects. But after we left the theatre last time, my DH was shaking his head.

He didn’t get it.

The story didn’t make any sense to him. I told him that’s because it’s about female sexuality. Phantom of the Opera is a story of the ultimate bad boy and even though I avoid bad boys in real life, I thoroughly understand their allure.

A bad boy is attractive because no matter how bad we may want to be, he’s “badder.” We can’t shock him. He’s often deeply wounded and we ache to make it better. He’s exciting in the same manner as a hurricane or volcanic eruption. There’s no controlling him. The bad boy is often emotionally distant and unable to commit. His allegiance is always in doubt.

So why in the name of all that’s sensible would a woman want one?

Because we think we can save him. We think we have the magic that will heal him, reform him, mold him into the kind of man we can launch our souls on… but still enjoy the excitement of the forbidden.

There’s a reason why romance is, in some ways, fantasy.

So I’ll go to see Phantom of the Opera tonight. I’ll sigh a bit over the desperate, consuming love the Phantom offers Christine.

But I’ll be ever so grateful to be running away afterward with my DH. Maybe I’ll be able to explain the story to him this time…

Improper Gentlemen

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Mia’s own bad boy story is coming soon in IMPROPER GENTLEMEN. Rosalinde Burke must marry a respectable gentleman or her great-aunt won’t settle her father’s gambling debts. The last thing she needs in her life is a scoundrel. Aidan Danaher has ‘the Knack,’ the Celtic gift of planting a thought in another person’s mind, but he also has a knack for trouble… the kind of trouble every woman secretly wants.

Do you have any escapes planned for this summer? Any special evenings on your calendar? I’d love to hear about them.

6 thoughts on “What’s up Wednesday!

  1. Mia Marlowe says:

    Yay,Barb! We need to connect next week at rwa. Email me & let’s swap phone #s.

  2. Barbara Britton says:

    I’m off to NYC for the RWA National Conference. Hope to see you there Mia!

  3. catslady says:

    Oh, I saw the Phantom twice – in Pittsburgh. Bad boys – I married one. We just celebrated 42 years yesterday and I don’t know how lol. Exciting, yes, not boring, yes, easy to live with – no lol.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      That’s why I like my bad boys to be fictional!

  4. My summer consists of our last few months on contract here in Kuwait. Then I will be heading home to the UK at the end of August. Until then and on wind-down here I will be finishing off another book.
    Hopeful that I will find an agent at some point although I am in no rush, I just want to get it right.
    Cant wait to get back to Manchester to my 3 sons and all my totally barking mad friends.
    Then a vacation in Kefalonia is planned with the ladies – oh Yessssss.

    Roll on August 31st.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Stay safe till you get home! Where I
      s Kefalonis?

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