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Romance Weekly – #LoveChatWrite

It’s Romance Weekly time! A between-the-sheets look at upcoming romance books and the kick ass authors who write them. If you’re visiting from Leslie Hachtel’s site, thanks for being here!

Before we get started, don’t forget there’s a big six-month Romance Weekly anniversary giveaway brewing! We’ve got loads of paperback and e-books, a fifty dollar Amazon gift card, and a 7” Kindle Fire pre-loaded with one heck of a starter library to give away July 29th. The rafflecopter entry is below so be sure you get signed up.

Now onto the questions, given to us this week by Victoria Barbour.

Have you always written romance?

HEAYou mean there’s something else out there besides romance?

I say that jokingly, but romance really is a “fix” for me. Life is stressful. Ripe with conflict. Reading romance helps me balance that because I’m guaranteed it’ll have a happily ever after. They say to write what you know and what you love, and I love romance. So, yep…only romance for me.

How do you deal with critiques about the romance genre?

MSDGOWI EC001You know, the first twenty or so times I said out loud, “I write romance,” I couldn’t meet anyone’s eyes and blushed about fifty shades of red. I’ve learned to keep my chin up these days and have a bit of a twinkle in my eye when I say it, but I still brace for a negative reaction.

I still remember the first time I told some guys at work I wrote romance. They started ripping at imaginary bodices and swooning. One of them even launched into a Scarlett O’Hara imitation. (Which sucked, by the way.)

Those reactions still happen, but these days I just smirk and point out that romance outsells every other fiction genre, so someone somewhere must enjoy it…whether they admit it or not. And it doesn’t outsell by just a little bit. It’s A LOT. I won’t swear by these numbers since I didn’t do the research, but at a recent conference, an agent said romance sold over four billion dollars last year. That’s with a B, people. (RWA says 1.4, so maybe I’d be smart to quote that one.) Either way, the next closest? Six-hundred million for mysteries and thrillers.

So, there.

What’s the one thing about our genre you’d like people to know?

MemeDon’t knock it ‘til you try it.

There’s gotta be something to those numbers above. Something that appeals to people. I tend to think romance is a representation of how we’d like for things to work out. The ideal character traits we want in a man or woman, or the people we’d like to be.

Shoot, maybe guys should give them a go as an instruction manual.

Oh, wait.  They don’t read instructions. I forgot.

Hot as BlazesSo, those are my answers. Hop over to Dani Jace’s site to see how she answers, and while you’re there, check out an excerpt to her soon-to-be-published novel, Hot as Blazes.

But before you go—use the rafflecopter below to get yourself entered in the big giveaway on July 29th!

Good luck!

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  • Reply
    Sarah Hegger
    June 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Valid point, although that number according to RWA stats is 1.4 billion. Still, the point remains, it outsells everything else by miles

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      June 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      You’re right! I did see that in the last RWR. I updated the post to show both.

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    Kim Handysides
    June 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Love your snappy ‘tude Rhenna! Great post, darlin

    • Reply
      June 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks, Kim! Thank you for stopping by.

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    S. C. Mitchell
    June 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I love telling people I read and write romance. I say it loud and proud.

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    Collette Cameron
    June 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    When I first started writing romance, I was afraid to tell some people. Not anymore. I don’t much care if some others disapprove. I’m not writing for them .

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    Dani Jace
    June 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Throw those dollar signs out there, Rhenna! Loved your answers! And thanks for the promo to HaB!

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      June 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Absolutely, Dani! Looking forward to your release day.

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    CJ Burright
    June 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Go proud romance writers! 🙂

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    J.J. Devine
    June 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I’m going to say there are probably more closet romance readers than anyone knows about 🙂 There is definitely something to the genre the sales market says that all by itself. Great blog!!!

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      June 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks, JJ. I just wished folks didn’t have to hang out in the closet. (Well, unless their HEA is in there with them. 🙂 )

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    Amy Jarecki
    June 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Great post! Silly guys. They like romance, but only when it’s hidden inside a thriller 🙂 Love your blog!

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      June 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks, Amy. Maybe if we start making man-option covers. Maybe with guns. Or cars. Or busty women? 😛

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    Mishka Jenkins
    June 4, 2014 at 3:59 am

    You’re exactly right! Romance is such a major selling genre, so there must be a good amount of people who actually enjoy reading it 😀

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    Fiona Riplee
    June 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I’m glad that you no longer blush when saying your a romance writer. I have felt like that many times when explaining that’s what I do. I find that it’s usually an immature response that’s given (I won’t accuse only the men of this either!) 🙂

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    gretchen wing
    June 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    If all romance were as snappy as yer blog, girl…I’d probably read more. Thanks for the reminder that YOUR genre sells. Sigh. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some bodices to rip. Oh wait, no, I write YA…dang it.

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      June 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Yeah, definitely no ripping there. Have ’em grow up a bit and move to NA…then you can rip t-shirts. 🙂

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