Romance In The Age Of Trigger Warnings: Do Readers Need To Be Warned?

The presence of Trigger Warnings has been fast growing. We see them more and more. Sometimes clear, sometimes vague, but always—in my opinion—helpful.

I wish there were more of them.

But not everyone feels the way I do. Some complain they’re annoying, and they’re spoilers. It’s true. They do let the reader know what to expect. But for those of us who need trigger warnings, it sometimes makes it possible for us to read at all.

Many gravitate toward romance because it’s a safe space. We know the happily-ever-after will come. That love will triumph over evil. That no matter how bad it gets, it will all be okay. They provide a security no other genre can give us. In our real world, where HEA is not guaranteed in any part of our lives, romance novels are nothing short of priceless.

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Every J.R. Ward Fan Should Be Reading Ruby Dixon

Blue aliens, you say?

My dear friend, romance reader and writer, Alexis Daria, sends me a screen shot of text from her Kindle, with mad giggly faces all around it: Do you know what kinds of private parts blue aliens have?

I must admit I was amused and intrigued.

I’ve been on a contemporary binge for a while now. Years ago, I was hard into paranormal, but I drifted toward new adult then deep into erotic rom, but now…

This blue alien thing—I was hearing it from more and more people—I had to try it.

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Villain or Anti-Hero?

If he’s a stalker, then he’s the villain, right?

That’s what he wants you to believe.

But, as hard as he tries to deny it, there’s far more to him than bad intentions. To call him a mere villain would be limiting.

True, Logan has no intention of saving someone, of loving or being loved by anyone. So he’s no hero. Forget about romance, intimacy, let alone sex. He’s not out to woo – he’s out to destroy. Continue reading

Stranger: Writing A Stalker Romance

I didn’t intend to write a book about a stalker. It just kind of came out that way, and my editor took it and ran with it.

I’d like to make a loud proud disclaimer: Stalkers in real life are dangerous. No one should ever have to endure that. If you or someone you know is being stalked, please tell someone and notify the appropriate authorities.

That said . . . fiction is a whole other story. What is scary and disturbing in real life can be exciting to explore among the safe pages of a romance novel. Continue reading

The Fate of Racing To You

I’ve been putting off writing this post for a long time. But I figure readers are entitled to know the story, even if it is a sad one. 

My first book that came out last summer 2016, Racing To You, was on the market for a total of eight months, before my publisher went out of business.

To say I was sad would be putting it lightly. I had already finished writing the sequel when I found out. Continue reading

What’s So Funny?

I’m not a funny person, or at least I don’t intend to be. I take everything too seriously, and I fell for the “gullible’s not in the dictionary” joke three times when my husband and I started dating.

How the hell could I ever write humor in my novels?

Jokes happen at my expense, not because I’m making them. Every party I go to without fail, I say something I intend very seriously that instead makes everyone laugh. I’m left saying, “But it’s true!” and baffled as to why everyone is laughing.

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The Merits of Happily-Ever-After

If you ask any romance reader what they love most about their genre, most will say it’s the happily ever after (or HEA, as it’s lovingly referred to). It’s the defining characteristic of what makes a romance a romance. It’s the number one requirement for romances novels entered in Romance Writer of America writing contests: “the resolution of the romance must be emotionally satisfying and optimistic.” Continue reading

A Case for Romance

What do you do when the genre you write is commonly referred to as trash? Not just by non-readers, but by the key audience demographic as well? The romance genre, dominated by a female readership whose novels most often involve sex, would have to be referred to as trash in a culture still affronted and embarrassed by any mention of feminine sexuality, right? Continue reading