As a romance novelist I find it very difficult to get reviewed. It seems writers, bloggers, and everyone else have preconceived notions about what to expect in a romance novel. Generally these expectations are not very positive. I personally am a very selective romance reader. Currently I read only about 4 to 5 authors religiously, and have a hard time getting through a story that is poorly written. I also have had several people who only read "Sci-Fi", "Murder-Mystery" and even YA claim that they enjoy my novels.
I love romance because of the scion of love defying all odds. When done right it is the ultimate feel good story. I want to write good romance that tells a captivating love story. But it's very hard to do without any feedback from writers of other genres.
So I'm wondering how many people decide to not read a book just because it's labeled as romance? And if so please share with me why that is. What are your 'terrible' romance experiences, and what has actually worked for you.
I feel the same way. I do a blog of clean romance novels. If you would like someone to review for you, I am always happy to do so for clean romances.
And from the way you write here, I am 100% convinced your stuff isn't
"Blah-blah," she whimpered.
"Blah-blah," he pleaded.
all the way through. :-)
It's nice to see someone understands the best works are a compromise of styles from past and present.
I don't read erotica but have no problem with romance as long as it's well written - and realistic. I cannot stand romance books where they fall in love just because. And it's never-ending, passionate I WILL DIE FOR YOU love. They've been together for 5 minute and they are ready to get married.
I can't stand it. I want the how, what and why.
Because what I think is romantic, is not something others may find romantic. Instead, I find long lost loves, love at first sight, etc. Books that make me feel all warm inside, that's my idea of romance. A lot of books labeled romance though is really erotica. And I don't mind a little bit of erotica, but I'm not super into it.
When I see romantic comedy I usually shoot for that though because from my experience they tend to have smaller amounts or erotica, if at all.
Maybe I'm being overly-simplistic, but I don't like the covers. I find them embarrassing and they turn me off. Flowing dressings, bare chests, sunsets...yuck! Makes me want to hide what I'm reading from the world. Is it strange that I want to be proud of what I'm reading?