All my books are novels for adults with romance as their primary theme but exploring other aspects of life from history to fantasy with people sometimes caught in dangerous situations who must find their way to a safe landing. Some are connected books, with continuing characters-- where a secondary character might show up in a new book as a hero/heroine. Each book stands alone with no cliff hangers.

Because mine vary for the 'heat' level, I devised this chart. If you find a book that interests you, look for the hearts. Some books with strong language or mild profanity.

♥ ------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Romance novels and some questions

Do we need romance or is it a foolish wish for something that doesn't last long if it ever exists? If we need it, then why?

For a writer to reveal that they write romances takes some nerve especially in certain circles where romances are seen as not only demeaning but also damaging to women and relationships. Give a book a tragic ending and it's great literature. Give it a happy one and it's schmaltz. What's that all about?

It's okay to write about zombies, future worlds, fantasy adventures, detectives, who always solve the crime, but writing about the coming together of a man and woman in a mythic way, no soap. 

The essence of the romance novel will always be the story of two people attempting to make a relationship work. Although the books can involve sex, it's not a requirement.

There are many genres within the broad category of romance.  Here it seems will be a good place to discuss some of that as well as what a romance novel is intended to accomplish-- hint, it's not to get a woman to run off with the first tall handsome stranger who crosses her path. 

Although the purest of romance novels are mostly read by women, there is an example in the film RED where the hero, Bruce Willis, asks the heroine what she is reading so he can get the books and find out what her fantasies are. It's not as though only women can have romantic yearnings.