It’s Valentine’s Day today. Ironically, despite being a romance writer, I can’t stand this holiday. I heartily dislike the idea that my loved ones must be forced to tell me they love me once a year (and vice versa). Please explain why this isn’t happening naturally throughout the year? It’s a retail driven holiday that puts pressure on singles and couples alike, and it … Read More Why Romance?
As a romance author, the entire point of my books is to create a romance between two (fictional) people which ends happily ever after. But what does a great romance look like? Romance and all things romantic can be different for different people. Some think of romance as gifts and dinners. Some think of it as supporting each other through the daily grind. There’s … Read More 14 Signs of Great Romance
Guest Post Re-Post: Originally posted 6/30/2014 as a guest post on Coffee Talk Writers – part of my Black Orchid blog tour organized by Masquerade Crew. *** I have a theory about who loves and who hates insta-love. I have been reading romance novels of various sub-genres (contemporary, paranormal, teen, etc.) since I was about twelve years old. My theory is entirely based on my own personal … Read More Insta-Love: Love It or Hate It?
Guest Post Re-Post: Originally posted 6/25/2014 on Getting Personal as a guest post – part of my Black Orchid blog tour organized by Masquerade Crew. *** As a reader of romance for the last 25 years (I started young, what can I say) – one of the trends that I’ve found particularly interesting is the evolution of sex in romance. When I first started reading romance at the … Read More The Evolution of Sex in Romance
Guest Post Re-Post: Originally posted 3/24/2014 on LOVE. WITHOUT YOU as a guest post. Part of my Andromeda’s Fall blog tour organized by Masquerade Crew. ***** My love affair with romance has stayed strong and developed over decades. It started, of course, with Disney princesses. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty. I loved watching them find their princes (still do). Even better… as I’ve grown up, the princesses have … Read More My Relationship With Romance
Frozen Hot Chocolate from Green Pastures in Austin, Tx (Yes… I take pictures of my desserts!) Anyone else out there a dessert-a-holic like me? Seriously… it’s a problem. I don’t have favorite dishes at restaurants, I have favorite desserts. In particular, I’m a chocolate junkie. But there are times when I could go for a good fruit dessert or maybe flan. While I’m generally … Read More Romance is My Chocolate
To write the love scenes or not, that is the debate today… One of my big self-debates lately is whether or not to include some racier s-e-x scenes in my upcoming series of books. Con – People Who Know Me Would Read It My genre is paranormal romance. When I wrote my first book, Blue Violet, I decided to aim it more at the … Read More The Love Scene Debate
Writing romance scenes is possibly one of my biggest weaknesses as a writer. So this blog entry is not a “how to” by any stretch of the imagination. This is more of a “come commiserate with me” moment. The ironic thing is that romance books were my first love when it comes to what I prefer to read. My mom had an entire bookshelf … Read More Writing Readable Romance