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.

I will be donating 10% of my royalties for the Oct-Dec period to St. Jude’s For Children, one of my favorite charities (you can see all the charities I donate to on my website). So please consider helping me make their gift a good one by ordering Heartstone for yourself or as a gift. I’ll send out the results to readers of my newsletter group in January.

If you buy Heartstone through the Mundania site, you can use the code
LSCOTT10 at checkout and receive a 10% discount on your total (Heartstone plus any other book you might want) purchase.

http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Heartstone

Trade Paperback
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978-1-60659-233-5

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978-1-60659-232-8

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
lifetime.

Heartstone is also available on Amazon.com if you prefer (but there’s no discount there)

http://www.amazon.com/Heartstone-Lynda-K-Scott/dp/1606592335/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281979082&sr=1-1

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Additionally, I have a shared blog at http://www.star-crossedromance.blogspot.com that readers should consider stopping by to read (or even subscribe to). We have author guests every Monday and Friday, plus an assortment of book reviews. Since we specialize in SF/F/F Romance, even I have found new authors to glom, lol.

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    • Hi Monti, St Jude’s for Children is my favorite charity and I always give whenever I have an extra bit of money. They do such good work for children with cancer and for their families. I really admire them and the work they do.

      You’re so right. We have too much unhappiness in real life already. Happy endings are what we need 🙂

  1. I read all the time and now it seems even more with my Nook. Amazing dh hasn’t accused it of alienationn of affection. I’ve always loved to read and I can’t think of a better addiction — unless it’s chocolate. :}

  2. I read all kinds of stories except the Stephen King tpe stuff and Sci-Fi. I belong to two Mystery book clubs and between mysteries I read a Romance to get my mind onto another path of thought…..a cleansing so to speak. I like that Romances bring Love to a readers life.

  3. I love to read and will read any genre but romance has always been my favorite. I think most of us can truly relate a a romance in our life at least once or some cases every day. I just like the warm and nice feeling a good romance gives me. susan L.

  4. I read everything, except literary (and even then, I make an occasional exception). What I read depends on my mood…when I’m feeling adventurous I’ll pick up horror, thriller, or romantic suspense. When I’m feeling a bit blue, I love a cozy mystery or a category romance. When I’m in the mood for something a little wild, I go for horror and paranormal romances. When I noticed that romances crossed so many genres and filled so many of my reading niches, I realized that even books that aren’t “romance” often have a romance subplot — which is what I enjoy.

    Especially in times like these where real life is rocky, it’s nice to pick up a romance and have the guarantee of a happily ever after ending.

    • Erica, me too on literary. I do make exceptions for a few of those. But I need an uplifting ending. I’m tired to being told in print or in movies that there’s no use in fighting, that no matter what you do, in the end the monster will return and eat you, lol. That’s depressing. And, even worse, I think it leads to a lot of us just wanting to throw our hands up in the air and say why bother?

      Romance, or books with romantic elements, on the other hand shows you that you can win and be happy. That’s all that any of us want, isn’t it?

  5. Hi! I just thought I’d pop in and say hello and thank Ash for having me visit Rites of Romance. I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts about why they read romance 🙂

    • Hi, Lynda,

      I love reading romance as well. I admit I am a sucker for a happy ending.
      I love the building of a romantic relationship. It’s more than escape reading for me. A good novel puts me into a positive mood. It enriches my life.

      Jacqueline Seewald
      TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS, sensual historical romance

      • Hi Jacqueline,

        ‘It enriches my life.’ What a great way to express it and you’re absolutely right. Plus being in a positive mood as opposed to being in a depressed state has to be healthier and provide more energy. You can get more things done when you feel energized 🙂

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