The Sexual Double Standard for Romance Heroines

Readers occasionally contact me and ask, “Why can’t you write a virginal heroine?”

I’ve written a few, but a virgin doesn’t really work with the stories I tell. I have no problems reading romance stories that have a virgin as a female protagonist. One of my auto-buy authors writes virginal heroines almost exclusively and it works with her themes and core story.

Would it be difficult to change the way I tell a story so my heroine is a virgin? Yes. I guess I could take a shortcut and briefly mention her lack of sexual experience. But if it has no bearing to the story, the relationship or even the moment, why bother?

Maybe the question shouldn’t be about why I don’t write a virginal heroine. I think the real question is: why should I?  Continue reading “The Sexual Double Standard for Romance Heroines”

Dangerous Books for Girls

I was not allowed to read romance as a teenager. After having my Harlequin novels confiscated one too many times, I became adept at hiding books and my reading habits. However, I still lived in a conservative community that felt romantic fiction was too dangerous for women of all ages.

So it’s no surprise that, when I saw it at my local library, I had to pick up Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels ExplainedContinue reading “Dangerous Books for Girls”

Climb Out of Your Reading Rut

Reading might be your first choice of entertainment but there are times when none of the books are your TBR pile excite you. You start to realize that, more often than not, you abandon the book before you get to the happily-ever-after. Or every book feels like the same story. Perhaps you’ve gone to the bookstore and walk out empty-handed because none of the books made you think I have to read this.

We’ve all been there. At first you might believe that you’ve outgrown your favorite author or that romance books no longer interest you. That’s very possible.  Continue reading “Climb Out of Your Reading Rut”

Why You Should Read Romance While Chasing Your Dreams

There are days when you suffer a setback and your support system fails you. You’re ready to hit pause and recharge. Just when you want to curl up in your bed to watch reruns and call it self-care, consider a different form of entertainment: romance novels.  Continue reading “Why You Should Read Romance While Chasing Your Dreams”

The Risk of Reading a Series

Whenever I’m told that I need to read a bestselling book right this very minute I will ask if it’s part of a series.

It usually is. This is when I have to explain that I don’t read a series until it’s completed. My explanation can turn into a rant and I start sounding like Miss Ouiser Boudreaux from Steel Magnolias.

Around this point in the conversation, it’s suggested that I’m crazy.

We can’t rule that out.  Continue reading “The Risk of Reading a Series”