I am pleased to have Melissa Bourbon here today, as she kicks off a tour today with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, for her new book “A Killing Notion”. Melissa, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. She is the Marketing Director with Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. She also has written two romantic suspense novels, a light paranormal romance, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, a practical marketing guide for authors. Melissa has some incredible prizes to give away on her tour. FIRST, leave a comment below to be eligible to win either an ebook copy of of book one in this series, Pleating for Mercy, or book one in the Lola Cruz mystery series, Living the Vida Lola, winner’s choice. THEN for a chance to win either a Nook or a Kindle or a great sewing basket, just go HERE to enter. Now Melissa is going to tell us why she thinks men don’t read books written by women.
I write cozy mysteries, but I read books in many different genres, books written by both men and women. When I began writing mysteries for women, I wondered… do men read cozy mysteries, or are they too soft? Do women read hardcore sci fi? I imagine some do (on both counts), but in general, probably not. Men, in fact, don’t read a lot of books written by women (the very reason JK Rowling went by her initials instead of by her name).
When I came across a list of top books to be read, it sparked a lot of thought in my stress-addled mind so I came up with this list. Here are the Top Ten reasons why men don’t read books written by women.
10. First, let me just speculate: “Maybe they do, at least occasionally, but just don’t admit it.”
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I think may be reasons why men don’t read books by women:
9. Women acknowledge that fiction can give guidance or solace where men…not so much. They keep emotion bottle up inside, right? Every man. Everywhere.
8. Books written by women tend to have more emotion built in and for a man to read such a book would, by association, mean he has those emotions, too, and he just doesn’t, right?
7. Men like novels that focus with an intellectual struggle. So books authored by women are less intellectual.
Oh, I”m getting a little riled up.
6. Men read angst-ridden books in which the struggle to overcome some catastrophic circumstance is at the core of the plot. Again, don’t women write this type of novel? Sure, as long as there’s emotional growth woven in. Ah, emotion, there’s that word again.
5. Rites of passage are, quite literally, part of a man’s experience. Books written by women are less about those rites of passage and more about the choices we make based on circumstances, which is also true in cultures with rites of passage. The boys go out, kill a dear, and become men. The girls, becoming women, are relegated to The Red Tent. Isn’t that still true today? Aren’t all our books about secret women things to which men just can’t relate?
4. Men show a huge lack of interest about personal introspection, family, and/or domestic elements in their book choices. We’re still ingrained with the age old gender differences, and reading choices reflect that. Who’s more introspective, family, and domestically inclined in your household? Man. Breadwinner. Woman. Not. They must think that all books by women have those themes!
3. Raise your hand if you know the gender of Harper Lee. Uh-huh. It’s a top recognized book among men and women, but how many men think Harper’s a man? Okay, this isn’t really a reason, but I’m just sayin’.
2. Men only like adventure and triumphing over adversity like women only like romance and love. God, it’s great to be a stereotype, isn’t it?!
1. Several years ago, Esquire Magazine created a list of 75 books every man should read, and not one is written by a woman, what does that tell you? http://www.esquire.com/the-side/feature/75-books
On a similar list of books every woman should read, there are plenty of women represented. http://jezebel.com/5053732/75-books-every-woman-should-read-the-complete-list
So really it’s the media’s fault for telling us what we should and shouldn’t read and respond to.
And there you have it. We all live in gender boxes. Where do cozy mysteries fit in? Do men read them? What is it about them that make women respond? I have my own theories, but what do you think?
A Killing Notion: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery (Magical Dressmaking Mysteries)
Harlow Jane Cassidy is swamped with homecoming couture requests. If only she didn’t have to help solve a murder, she might get the gowns off the dress forms….
Harlow is doing everything she can to expand her dressmaking business, Buttons & Bows—without letting clients know about her secret charm. When she has a chance to create homecoming dresses with a local charity and handmade mums for several high school girls—including Gracie, whose father, Will, has mended Harlow’s heart—she is ready to use her magical talents for a great cause.
But when Gracie’s date for the dance is accused of murder, Harlow knows things won’t be back on course until she helps Gracie clear the football player’s name. If Harlow can’t patch up this mess before the big game, her business and her love life might be permanently benched.
INCLUDES SEWING TIPS!!
This is not a new series but it was new to me. Which once again means I am going to have to go back and start a series from the beginning because I really enjoyed this. I loved the characters. While the ‘theme’ of this cozy is sewing, and there are sewing tips at the end of the book, you will not be burdened with too much sewing talk during the story although I did read one beautifully worded description of a dress that struck me – I could see the dress. And I learned something – I love when my cozies start me off researching a topic. In this case it was mums. Not the live flower – the ones that they wear at prom time. (Not in New England where I am living, mostly Texas from what I found.) Now in the book they weren’t into X-treme mums and wore them for the pre-dance events but my goodness, some of these mums are HUGE and have backpack type straps to wear them and frankly, I don’t get it as they cover the dress. If I spent hundreds on my daughter’s prom dress and she covered it with one of those things there WOULD be a murder – no mystery – to solve LOL but I digress. I am in love with Earl Grey, the teacup pig. And I loved how within all he cozy elements of the story, the author managed to hide a real thriller of a mystery. Well done. ♥♥♥♥♥
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