Discover This Must-Read Author

If you are a fan of sexy contemporary romances, then you must—absolutely, no doubt about it, must—read Amy Andrews.

Whether the romance falls in the sports, medical or rural sub-genre, the characters are what drive the story. Andrews’ heroines are often goal-oriented. The woman’s ambition might be related to career, her family or how she wants to live her life. The heroine works hard to achieve her dreams and she doesn’t allow failure to bring her down.

As for the heroes, they are more than just strong and sexy. These men are fully committed to the heroine’s goals. One of the reasons an Amy Andrews hero is swoon-worthy is the support he gives to the heroine’s dreams. He may get it wrong in the execution but he will do anything—even let her go—if it means she goes after her own dreams or gets the life she wants. He’s on the heroine’s side. Always.

Want to read one of her stories? Here are three recommendations:  Continue reading “Discover This Must-Read Author”

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”

Embrace Your Clinch Covers

Years ago I was buying a stack of romance novels at my local bookstore. I set the books down on the counter and the male sales associate decided to mimic the poses on the covers. He really got into it.

I blushed hard. I also hoped he didn’t try to re-enact a dead body when he saw a gruesome scene on a crime novel. He definitely would injure himself.  Continue reading “Embrace Your Clinch Covers”

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”