Why Choose Romance?
Hello, everyone. My name is Lynda and I am a reader.
I’ve read while eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve read in the bathtub. I’ve read in bed until a look at the alarm clock warns me that shortly I have to get up to go to work. I read in waiting rooms, air ports, on work breaks. You name the place, I’ve probably been found reading there.
I read just about everything with gusto and utter enjoyment. I’ve read mysteries, suspense, and horror. I’ve read fantasy, science fiction and paranormal fiction. I’ve read historical fiction. I’ve read romance in all its many sub-genres. I admit I love it all.
I like the main character to win. I like them to kick the ass of whatever bad guy/creature/entity they’re dealing with. That’s the sort of visceral victory I, as a reader, can participate in. But often I had the sense that though the main character won, nothing in his personal world or his expanded ‘Real World’ had changed. In other words, the endings often left me with the feeling that nothing had actually changed for the character, that they weren’t in a better place than where they’d started.
That’s about when I realized I was more and more drawn to the red-headed step-child of literature – the romance. Because I originally wrote SF/F, I naturally gravitated to the SF/F romance sub-genre which at one time was the reddest red-headed, steppiest step-child of all (thankfully, that’s changed!). For me, this was manna from heaven. I glommed every SF/F book I could get my hands on. The characters grew (just like in other fiction), they completed story arcs (just like in other fiction), they kicked ass (just like in other fiction) and, best of all, they fell in love.
Thinking about that, love was the chief distinguishing feature between the romance genre and the other genres I’d read. Love inspires us to greater things. We will work; we will sacrifice, we will strive all in the name of love. Most important, with love, we will Hope.
I suspect that’s the real reason so many scoff at romance. They trivialize it, call in soft porn. What they don’t understand is that in this world of war, failing economies, and increasing despair, we need to feel that there is something worthy of striving for, of sacrificing for. We need to feel that we are not alone, that someone will stand with us.
My name is Lynda and I am a reader. And I choose to read about Love and Hope.
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Eric d’Ebrur is out of time. He must find the legendary Heartstone and
fulfill the ancient Gar’Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But
when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than
the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will
it cost him the woman he loves?
After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks
she’s losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d’Ebrur saves
her from the monstrous Gawan, she’s sure of it. But insane or not,
she’ll find the Heartstone and, if she’s lucky, a love to last a
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