|Good Romance Beats Basketball|
Different Kind of March Madness
If you're not a college basketball fan--and I'm not--allow me to propose a different kind of March Madness. Let's go crazy over books. For every college b-ball game, buy an ebook. Amass some great feel-good romance novels.
With romance having a multitude of niches, you're sure to find something you like. Romance runs the gamut from sweet to scorching sexy, from mystery to horror, from paranormal to science fiction. There really is something for everyone.
I thought of the many variations of romance when I was visiting my doctor last week. Every time I see her, she says, "Are you still writing?" I always find this funny. I think it's odd how those who don't read romance use the word still in asking this question. As if perhaps I've come to my senses and changed what I write.
I wonder what she would say if I asked, "Are you still practicing medicine?"
Anyway, when I tell her I am, she'll say, "Well, I don't read romance." Then she tosses in a comment that makes me wonder if it's supposed to be encouragement to change my writing genre and gain a reader. "My husband reads mystery."
So last week I added a little to my answer. I told her I'd joined with some author friends in an anthology that hit the USA Today and the NY Times bestseller lists. Two lists I might add: the digital and the combined print and digital list. Then I remarked about the variety represented by today's romance genre. There's something for every reading taste.
She oohed and ahhed over the big lists, but didn't look impressed by the latter comment. Oh, well. Like the song says: Different strokes for different folks.
My Story--And I'm Sticking To It
Writing romance is my pleasure and my business. I like creating something that will make readers smile--make them feel good and optimistic. Most of my books are romantic comedy, but I've been branching into romantic suspense too.
I had an idea I'd been wanting to write for a long time about a woman suffering from global amnesia. Of course, she needed the love of a good man so I gave her a husband. The only problem is, she learns her husband hates her. Or does he? You can judge for yourself. That just wasn't romantic comedy material (although I throw in some witty banter at the end). So romantic suspense was what the story called for.
Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. David’s touch makes Tessa throb. Desire flashes between them like heat lightning on a summer night. Her body knows David, but when she looks at him, he is a stranger to her. Not a flicker of memory is left of him or their life together since she awakened from a coma.
Amnesia has left her with nothing but questions. Who is she? Why does David seem to hate her even as he pulls her into his arms? What is he hiding? How can she trust him when her gut says, “Trust no one”?
I'm giving away 1 copy of Heat Lightning so leave a comment on this post on or before March 7. I'll choose a winner at random and announce it here and email the winner. So leave your email address (write it out, don't leave as a hot link) with a comment telling me what your favorite kind of romance novel is.
Want Your Copy Now?
In case you'd like to get your copy of Heat Lightning now, it's available at: AllRomanceEbooks * Amazon Kindle Shops * iBooks * Kobo * Nook * PageFoundry * Scribed * Smashwords.
By the way, if you read Heat Lightning, I'd truly appreciate it if you would leave a short review.
Get To Know Joan
Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives her happily ever after with her hero--her husband--in the Lone Star State. All of her books are based on the underlying premise: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."
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