Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Musings on Reading and Writing Romance Novels...

Why Read and Write Romance Novels?

Why write and devour romance novels? Simple, it always ends happily. Apparently I’m not alone according to a recent survey of more than a thousand readers. The poll was an eye-opener for me. I discovered that 81% of the readers polled choose romance as their favorite genre. Wow! That blew me away. A further 80% bought from Amazon. And nearly 58% had not been in a bricks and mortar store in the last year. Contemporary Romance came in first place of the genres, followed closely by Historical Romance. Facebook and an author’s website were their main way to discover new authors which I found interesting and helpful. If you want to know more about this here’s the link:

I read Romances because I’m a sucker for a happy ending as it makes everything right with my world. And it turns out I’m certainly not alone. All the trial and tribulations along the way for the heroine just add to the suspense of how will the author make it all work out? I’m fascinated by how many twists and turns one novel can contain. I don’t ever want it to be predictable, though I like a sense of the characters being familiar. And even though I know it’s going to work out in the end, still, I want to be caught up in the story so much that I’m uncertain on how it possibly could work out because the magic of storytelling is a definite obsession for writer.

Why do you read or write romances?  I’d love to know!

January Bain 
Coming soon: Winning Casey, Book One, Brass Ringer Sorority Series

Part madcap caper, part serious treasure hunting, the Brass Ringers never fail to entertain or get their way!

Passionate and driven, headstrong archaeologist Casey spends her life exploring the world for hidden treasure and ancient artifacts. A free spirit, her dedication to her calling and—let’s be honest—love of a challenge (the impossible is only a starting point, right?) means she’s often in conflict with the more narrow-minded higher-ups at the university where she’s employed as an associate professor. And why that would be astounds her, for she hands some of her booty over to the university’s museum, right? Timetables, rules, university protocols—they all go out of the window when Casey’s hot on the trail.
And this is why she’s not letting Professor Truman Harrison, the new ‘suit’ at the U of M, take over her life. So what if he’s a golden boy like Robert Redford from that old movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and sends her libido skyrocketing? She’s not changing or compromising for any man.

The inscrutable and highly intelligent Truman falls for Casey at first sight, literally, tumbling into a pit at her feet on first meeting. Now, if he as Casey’s new detested department head can just talk her into helping him search for the legendary treasure buried in the Money Pit of Oak Island, N.S., maybe he can also get her to fall into his bed. But first he needs to prove to her he’s not just another tunnel-visioned box-ticking management stooge…

Events conspire to throw the mismatched pair into each other’s company from the word go. From a warning being sent by unknown parties that death awaits them on Oak Island, to Casey’s home being broken into and a priceless manuscript being stolen, fate has them in her sights.

Death threats be damned—working together, the pair discover not one, but two hidden treasures. One they promise to return to its owner, but the other is up for grabs, that is, until a pair of thieves show up and steal it at gunpoint. Casey does not give up that easily, stubbornness being an enshrined family trait after all, and brilliantly saves the day aided by Truman. Okay, so maybe he was the one to actually tackle the bad guys first. Maybe Truman isn’t the stuffed suit Casey originally thought. Turns out he has a wicked sense of humor that aligns with hers, too.

Just as the opposites-attract pair grow closer, Truman’s ex-wife shows up, pregnant and insisting the child is his. He agrees to stand by his ex and Casey backs away, hurt by the betrayal but determined to do the right thing.

But the romance of this scorching-hot couple proves to have all the twists, turns, false starts and trick corners of a multicursal labyrinth. Luckily, both Casey and Truman have no small skill and a little bit of practice in navigating those...