Voracious Reader & Addicted Blogger. I ❤ Romance Genre. I thrive on Love, Laughter & Happily Ever Afters. Kindle, Nook & iPad are my BFF's.
As a reader looking for deals… a Multi author box for 99c is a Steal. Multiple Full length novels for JUST 99c? Wow! Couldn’t get a sweeter deal than that.
As I see these Multi Author – Multi book box sets pop-up all over the place, It makes me wonder if the “box set” deal at 99c are truly a deal for the reader or a Fast Track Deal to hitting a best seller list for the authors…
I just came across this cover for Moment of Truth by Maggie Price and did a
double triple take.
Oh, She had her moment of truth alright! Read more of this post
In my continuing series on the Plus sized Heroine in Romanceland...
Plump: Great Category Romance Heroines with Curves!
I cut my teeth on Category Romances. They were cheap to buy at thrift stores and my grandmother also had them delivered to her house every month as she was in some amazing book club or the other all the time.
Romance Wiki: Category romance is also known as "Series" romance, depending on who's doing the talking. The term "category romance" derives from the fact that the books are published in clearly delineated categories, with a certain number of books being published in each category every month. Their alternative name, series romances, came from the sequential numbers sometimes printed on the books' spines. Category romances are short (usually no more than 250 pages), and have a low purchase price compared to other fiction books.
We are talking your Mills and Boon, Harlequin, Loveswept, Candlelight Ecstasy (to really date me), and Silhouette titles. They range from sweet to burning hot and cover all the sub genres now but are mainly Contemporary.
Many of Romance's best writers honed their talent writing in this format.
I could on and on...
These romances tend to be a bit of a guilty pleasure even to the most "out" romance reader because of they tend to have awful titles and are not afraid of stereotyping in the least. Sheik ________ is an often used title as is Virgin, Billionaire, Italian and other horrors.
Dear Author has a lovely post called Confess Yourself: Are You a Closest Category Romance Reader? dealing with the shame/pleasure of these books.
I confess: I will cringe at some of the titles I will recommend later in this post but not the contents of the books.
While this sub genre can be the most conservative (and backwards or just plain offensive to evolving understanding of the world) in all of Romanceland and the slowest to change due to the restrictions and it is true that quality varies widely due to the sheer volumes of books published each month so some of these books are just very, very bad, these books are also sometimes the best written, most subversive and groundbreaking due these same factors. Wow. What a long sentence (likely with some run on issues I refused to address)!
Finally, I am getting closer to the topic of this post, BBW in Category Romance.
Category Romance publisher can afford to take risks on new writers because of the volume of what is being published and consumed by loyal readers to the House. Once that new writer has been at it a while, supported by an editor unlike the Indies (who I adore but are shape by different elements), they begin to experiment. These writers need to produce a great deal and like any thing the more you do it the better you tend to be at it.
Trying out a new troupe or unusual character can go unnoticed. There is low risk.
Also, the short format means that these love stories tend to be character driven. A heroine with a bit more omph in the curve department add a layering and complexity to the romance.
Thus, some of the earliest and best drawn Big and Beautiful Heroines of Romance can be found in Category.
The two stand outs for me are:
Ruth Wind's Beautiful Stranger: Raised in a gilded cage, she was the chubby twin sister no one noticed. Now her weight loss made Marissa Pierce the kind of woman every man desired—including Robert Martinez. If only she had the courage to return his seductive gaze…
A proud Native American, Robert resented Marissa's privileged lifestyle. Yet this elegant stranger understood his wounded heart. Now Robert was determined to show her how truly beautiful she was—before the princess could escape to her ivory tower forever.
One look at Layla Laraway and CEO Ethan Winslow knew he'd found a princess. Layla was more woman than any he'd ever met, and he desired her far more than all those 34-24-34s he used to date. And suddenly this far-from-marriage-minded man was seeking to sweep Layla off her feet-and convince her that happily-ever-afters could come true....
Some other great BBW Heroines in the sub genre, I would recommend are...
You can read them on your E Reader. No one need ever see. :)
Arguably the best and certainly the most popular BBW Heroine, Minerva Dobbs in Bet Me, was penned by Jennifer Cruise who is a former Category Romance writer (yeah, I already mentioned this but her catagory books are just that good).
Right now, Catagory Romance is enjoying a lovely rebirth through ebooks and the low price love we have going on. Loveswept and the newish Entangled are great publishers with wonderful talent- Tessa Bailey, Ruthie Knox, Mary Ann Rivers, for example.
I hope to see more and more diversity in our heroines all over the genre-- skinny, pale, dark, grumpy, and on and on.
Do you have a favorite BBW Heroine in a Category Romance? Let me know!
If you would like to vote of the best of the best, go to my Goodreads list: Plump: Great Category Romance Heroines with Curves.
If you would like more recommendations for Plus Sized Heroines in all the sub genres of Romance as well as utterly lovely images of curvy beauties, my Pinterst Board awaits you:. Real Curves: Best Romance Novel Heroines Who Have'em.
Personally, I like them, as long as they fit certain criteria.
Knowing ahead of time that they are a serial
The pricing is much lower than a self-contained book
The frequency with which they are released is consistent
They aren’t spaced out too long apart
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If you love reading romance novels you definitely have a trope or two that you love to read about.
Today we are troping up on Older Sibling’s Best Friend – “Older Brother’s Best Friend” (as request by Karen L).
Had a huge crush on your sibling’s best friend growing up? Most of us would probably answer with: been there, done that
This seems to be a very popular trope in category romance these days. What is it about this trope that we love so much? Read More
A few years ago, Happy for Now (HFN) was a trend. Now I see it more as a preference that an author makes as he or she writes a book.
What do you consider is a true ‘Happily Ever After’ (HEA)? Is it a ring on the heroine’s finger? Does it have to include an epilogue that explains what the couple is up to a couple of years down the road? Read More
Well, we all know what the term “Bestseller” should mean – and it usually does. It represents something that has made more sales than other things of it’s kind through a certain medium. In this case, I’ll be talking about books. (not a shock, I know).
What I’m really going to discuss is how the word “Bestseller” is used to market a book to consumers. I took a very small survey (30 participants) in order to get a feel for how a few folks thought about this issue. Here are the results. It is by no means scientific, but it’s enough to get a discussion going. Read More
If you love reading romance novels you definitely have a trope or two that you love to read about. Today we are troping up on “Opposites attract”. If ever there was a bullet proof trope this would be one…IMO.
How about we make a list and save it here?
Do you have a favorite “Opposites attract” romance novel on your keeper shelf that you would like to recommend? Link us to the book will ya? Read More
"It’s not a new thing – people dismissing romance novels as “trashy”, or sordid, or just plain bad. It seems like it’s easy for people who’ve never read any of the romance genre to make fun of those that do. But truth be told, it’s an incredibly large portion of the market, and millions of people read romance in one form or another.
The overall romance umbrella consists of several sub-genres. Romantic Suspense, Historical, Erotica, LGBT, and Paranormal – to name just a few. Contemporary Romance makes up the largest portion of the whole, and that’s most probably because the readers can relate directly to the characters contained within."
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Stop by to check out what books made HJ's list for top reads of 2013...
Today I’ll be discussing the Fanfiction transitioning to Mainstream Fiction trend.
That’s a mouthful! I know this subject can be contentious, but I’d still like to propose starting a dialogue/debate amongst you, and interactions with the bloggers here.
First of all, I want to talk about the validity and acceptance of Fanfiction in general. There are creators that don’t acknowledge it as an accepted form of homage to their work. However, there are many creators that not only acknowledge the fanfic community, they encourage it. Read More
Harlequin Junkie's Booklikes page got a make-over today to match her "everyday" blog. What do you think? Check it out live.
I am available to design Booklikes templates if you are interested. Just PM me or easier, email me.