The Incredible Shrinking Romance Section

After reading a vintage book from a contemporary romance author who had written a massive backlist, I felt like reading some more of her work. I had read all of the titles available at the library and I was waiting for her new release. (You know how it is.) I decided to pop in to a local used bookshop that had recently relocated to see what they had to offer.

The romance section, which once had been a large room filled with thousands of romance novels (I’m not exaggerating) was now an alcove with less than a dozen bookshelves. After I got over my surprise, I decided they must have downsized the selection when they had relocated. I couldn’t understand the business decision since romance fiction was their specialty, but these things happen.  Continue reading “The Incredible Shrinking Romance Section”

Hero & Heroine Archetypes: The Boss

Ever wondered what people actually meant by “he’s such a bad boy” or why “she’s a total free spirit” had anything to do with the plot of a movie? For one, archetypes play a large role in character motivation and dynamics. Plus, archetypes are a great way to codify and play around with our characters, especially in the romance genre where the story and stakes revolve completely around our heroes and heroines.  Continue reading “Hero & Heroine Archetypes: The Boss”

Not a Romance

The other day I watched a sitcom and it was revealed that one of the characters was a romance author. The writer was very successful but was ending the book series by killing off the heroine.

I rolled my eyes and changed the channel. There are a few things that do not happen in a romance novel. Killing off the heroine is one of them. I assumed it went without saying, but obviously I was wrong.  Continue reading “Not a Romance”

5 Romance Books You Need on Your Keeper Shelf

You’re having a great day and you want to celebrate. You’re having a bad day and need to curl up on the couch and shut out the world. You’re bored and looking for some fun. Would you pick the same book for these moods? Probably not. In that case, have a few standbys on your shelf for each mood.  Continue reading “5 Romance Books You Need on Your Keeper Shelf”