It’s Blog Wednesday here at Romance Author Hotspot. Meet Seleste deLaney, and let’s talk romance!
I’ve been told in the past that I don’t write romance. The funny thing in this to me wasn’t that the comment came because not all of my stories have a happily ever after, it came because the romance angle wasn’t the central part of my stories. For a while I wasted time debating the point, because when I write what I classify as a romance, that part of the storyline is integral to the whole, if I remove it, the entire thing falls apart.
As an example, let’s take JR Ward’s Dark Lover. Most definitely a romance, but I would argue that the main story is the Lessers going after Wrath, Darius’s death, and Billy Riddle’s attempted rape of Beth. The romance between Beth and Wrath is woven into that, and without it, the rest of the story wouldn’t hold up. Wrath would never have protected Beth as fiercely as he did, but the bigger plot was external to their romance.
That’s the kind of story I write, not because it’s easier or more fun, but to me it’s more real, especially when all sorts of bad things are happening externally. I’ve read romance novels where people are hunting the main characters and they spend more time thinking about their relationship than they do how to survive. I get that romance is meant to be an escape, but I don’t buy that. Life doesn’t work that way.
I’m not saying every nuance should be real. I want to have the characters and their love be larger than life, but when it becomes larger than everything else, I struggle with believability. So, for me, especially when the rest of the story falls outside the ordinary, the romance needs to blend in, it needs to be part, but not primary.
The Blood Kissed series is like that for me. The love and romance is there and plays an integral part in the story that arches over the series, but in each individual story, it isn’t the focus, and it shouldn’t be. There’s death, torture, kitties to save! Oh, and vampires are trying to take over the world.
Sure, there’s room and reason for a love story in there (and I hope it’s a hot one), but if my focus is the romance, what the heck do I do with all the other stuff? To me, in order to be true to the story, I need to put the romance where it belongs—sometimes in the forefront and sometimes behind the big strapping guy protecting the heroine from the dragon.
I’m giving away a digital copy of either Of Course I Try or The Ghost of Vampire Present (winner’s preference) to one commenter who answers the following question: I’ve told you how I like my romances, now it’s your turn, how do you like yours?
Love is a wonderful thing. Unless you don’t get a choice in the matters of your own heart.
Jocelyn has loved Max since the day she met him. Even when he scares her enough to leave, she can’t resist going back. No matter how many times she tries to break free from him, she ends up in his arms and bed again. Not this time. Jocelyn needs to be free and Max isn’t going to stop her from walking away — no matter how hard he tries.
Jocelyn has finally found her knight in shining armor in Chad, and ghosts are the last thing on her mind. Even when one shows up in her bedroom on Christmas Eve, Jocelyn’s a bit more concerned about the other guests on the agenda. She’d prefer to never see another vampire, and the ghost tells her to expect not one, but three.
When the one from her past shows up even though he’s supposed to be dead, she decides she’s dreaming and suffers through the night. By the time dawn breaks, she’s not so sure anymore.
But if it’s not a dream, that means her nightmare is far from over.
Tis Christmas and everyone is stirring…
From the keeper of Santa’s naughty list, delightful little Elves eager to please, and the sensual love of a toy soldier—the holidays are filled with orgasmic cheer. Where wishes come true, Frosty is itching for a melt-down, fairies and angels are randy to grant your every wish, and ‘tis the season to be oh, so jolly-filled.
Unwrap your darkest desires…for this is Christmas, and it will never be the same.