Romance in Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Too often, I see people regard the Romance and the Sci-Fi/Fantasy (SFF) genres as oil and water. They just don’t mix.

SFF focuses on world building, exploration of galaxies or kingdoms, rag tag groups in search of adventure. Romance is often set in the contemporary and historical world, focusing on interpersonal relationships and individual characters.

SFF usually has high physical stakes: can they save the world? Romance focuses on high emotional stakes: will they be happy?

But honestly, Romance and SFF complement each other. As this article from Tor points out, romance is incredibly valuable in sci-fi and fantasy stories. It grounds the characters and gives them very human problems, problems that readers can connect with. It explores their emotional arcs and develops their character. It carries personal risk and conflict.  Continue reading “Romance in Sci-Fi/Fantasy”

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”

Retro Romance: Linda Howard

Linda Howard is a New York Times bestselling author and she’s a recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement award. If you are a fan of rugged and earthy romance heroes, you should try her work. The men in her stories often exhibit alpha tendencies. They are territorial and protect their own, they are blatantly masculine, and when they fall in love with the heroine, they fall hard.

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