I’m always appalled when people turn up their noses at romance. They think back to the days of the bodice rippers and think its nothing but porn. But romance is so much more. It’s about the journey between two people of finding themselves and the love between them.
When I was a kid I read anything I could get my hands on. Once I read everything at my school library and my parent’s library, I found a romance book my mom had at her office. I remember that day well. I was twelve, and after five pages, I was forever hooked.
From then on my genre of choice was romance. I loved reading about all the different characters and their battles whether it was a Medieval book, Western, or even contemporary. Setting didn’t matter. It was the struggle between the characters, their growth, the hardships, and whatever they had to overcome whether it was internal conflict or some villain out to get them.
I was riveted. Romance shows us that love is out there, that people are willing to fight for it. Is there sex? You betcha, because isn’t there sex in relationships?
With romance you can have alpha heroes (my favorites!) or beta heroes or anything in between. You have heroines who need to be saved, and heroines who do the saving. You have heat levels from sweet (behind closed doors) to all out steamy and even erotic where you need a cold shower afterwards. There are historicals, contemporaries, futurstics, fantasies, romantic suspense, and all sorts of paranormals.
There’s a romance book out there for everyone no matter what your tastes.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is a romantic element in just about anything they watch, and even read. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, George R.R. Martin, and so many others always have a romantic element in their books.
It may not be central to the book, but it’s in there. Why? Because its life. Relationships, love. It’s what we do, so why not put it in our entertainment? We put in everything else like murder, theft, and violence.
There is romance in movies such as the Shooter, The Stand, 300, Terminator, and I could list hundreds more.
Years ago I told many of my guy friends these facts, I convinced them to take another look at romance. I offered them one of my books to read, just to try out. Maybe it was the fact my books have lots of sword fights, but I got most of the guys to change their opinion of romance.
Will the view of romance change overnight? Not in the least. We in the romance genre have been working for decades to get rid of the stigma of the bodice ripper. But the largest and bestselling genre in books can’t be wrong.
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For ten long years, Tara has been a woman on the run, hiding from the magic-wielding Warriors and Druids of modern-day Scotland. Now, as a tour guide at a remote Highland castle, she hopes to finally escape her past—until one impossibly gorgeous man enters her life…and exposes her wildest secrets.
For centuries, Ramsey MacDonald has concealed his strength and skill as part Warrior, part Druid, for fear of unleashing the full force of his power. But when he takes Tara into his arms—and seals their fate with a kiss—Ramsey will have to fight for her love…though it may mean losing control of the magic inside him.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Warriors, features a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and three cats in Texas. Visit Donna at www.DonnaGrant.com