Romance … but which sort?
There are so many different genres of romance nowadays. Contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, young adult, fantasy, sci-fi … the list goes on.
Which do I prefer? I’m honestly open to any of those, although I tend to lean toward straightforward contemporary, probably because that’s what I write myself.
What I find most important as a reader (and therefore as writer) is the interaction between the two main characters, and the way their relationship develops. Are their personalities believable? Are their problems and emotions real to me? If the writer can get those aspects across, then I don’t mind what sub-genre the romance is. If I can believe in the hero and heroine and find myself rooting for their budding romance to develop into love, then I will happily immerse myself in the plot, be it small-town sweet romance, suspenseful mystery, spooky shenanigans or other worlds entirely.
Hamlet said, “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.”
Well, for me, the romance is the thing that will catch my attention every time!
And talking of small-town sweet romance, I’ve just finished reading Christina Lorenzen’s first romance, A Husband for Danna, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Check it out!
Warm Hearts in Winter by Helen Pollard
Can two hearts thaw on the midwinter moors?
Forced by circumstance into the world of temping, when Abby Davis accepts an assignment in the wilds of Yorkshire as personal assistant to a widowed novelist, she assumes he is an ageing recluse.
Thirty-something Jack Blane is anything but. Still struggling to get his life and writing career back on track three years after his wife’s death, Jack isn’t ready for a breath of fresh air like Abby.
Snowed in at his winter retreat on the moors, as the weeks go by and their working relationship becomes friendship and maybe more, Abby must rethink her policy of never getting involved with someone at work … and Jack must decide whether he is willing to risk the pain of love a second time.
Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/B-N-WarmHeartsInWinter
About the Author:
Helen Pollard writes contemporary romance with old-fashioned heart. She firmly believes there will always be a place for romantic fiction, no matter how fast-paced and cynical the world becomes. Readers still want that feel-good factor - to escape from their own world for a while and see how a budding romance can blossom and overcome adversity to develop into love ... and we all need a little love, right?
A Yorkshire lass, Helen is married, with two teenagers. They share space with a Jekyll and Hyde cat that alternates between being obsessively affectionate and viciously psychotic. Antiseptic cream is always close at hand.
When Helen’s not working or writing, it goes without saying that she loves to read. She also enjoys a good coffee in a quiet bookshop, and appreciates the company of family and close friends.
Find Helen at:
Website & Blog: www.helenpollardwrites.wordpress.com