When people ask what I do for a living and I respond, “Author”, I usually get some interesting replies. They vary from “What have you written lately?” to “What are you working on now?” to “Cool! I’ve got an idea!” and so on. But when I clarify and say I’m a romance author… things change.
It’s odd. I’ll get a sideways glance and a shrug, something along the lines of “Well, that’s not REAL writing” to “Oh. Like that Fifty Shades thing?” to “That’s got to be easy to do.” As if suddenly my choice of genres changes the actual work involved and warps reality.
But imagine a world without romance; without romance authors. What a bleak world it would be!
No historical romances – no Highlanders brandishing their swords, no ladies looking for love under the strict social rules of the Ton. No pirates running amok and no steampunk soldiers sailing through the air to save society and the man/woman they love.
No contemporary romances – no women finding their true love under the strangest of circumstances; no coincidental meetings or family interference bringing together two souls who need to be togther.
No westerns – no cowboys. ‘Nuff said.
No… well, you get the picture. Imagine a world where there are no romances, no sweeping love stories to show us the possibility of true happiness when we’re feeling down – the promise that out there, somewhere, is your match. And if not for you, then for your friends and family.
A world without romance novels would be without romance.
And what a bleak, hopeless world that would be.
As for me, I’ll continue to write and read romance. I’ll thrill to Tessa Dare‘s Spendor Cove series where women take charge; I’ll race to the store when J.D. Robb‘s Eve and Roarke set out on another case. I’ll hold our breath for every Julie Kenner new release and I’ll threaten anyone who gets between me and the newest Nora Roberts.
Because I think a life’s not really worth living without romance.
And if I can add my voice to it, give one reader a few minutes of happiness in a world where bad news lurks in every corner and on every screen, I’ll do it.
Because I’m a romance author.
And I love to write romance.
Coming October 20th, 2016
Hooded Pleasures, Book 1
Kate Dubois is a Domme-for-hire for the highly exclusive Hooded Pleasures, a service offering private BDSM sessions to those who can’t—or won’t—risk appearing in an actual club.
Lately, though, she wonders if professional burnout is causing her to have painful flashbacks to a past heartbreak. When her boss insists her next client will be a breath of fresh air, Kate reluctantly agrees to an interview.
Alex Hanson dominates the world of computer game programming, but secretly he suspects he might be a sub in the bedroom. There’s only one good way to find out—hire a professional to show him the ropes.
Their first meeting puts both of them to the test—Alex’s self-control, and Kate’s realization she might just like him a little too much. But there’s no denying their emotions are inextricably entangled…a dangerous step Kate’s not sure her heart is prepared to take.
Warning: Contains a hard-core computer geek with a tender side, and a Domme who can’t afford to expose her greatest weakness—him. Geekery combined with flogging. Enjoy!