Retreat

The retreat was awesome and I learned something v.v. important. My hero and heroine sound too similar.
I’m going through my suspense books now trying to figure out what I need to do to fix them and which contests to enter once I do.
I plotted a new book that scared the crap out of me, so I couldn’t sleep last night. I should’ve gotten out of bed and started working on it, but I didn’t want to give the images in my head life on the page. 🙂

There’s a post from 29 Dec. on RTB about the demise of Bombshell. Once I started reading them, I loved them. But I didn’t really start reading them until late.
I want to read romance. I love action adventure. But I want the HEA.
The end. And when Bombshell first hit, the marketing said HEA was no big deal to Bombshell. I wasn’t interested.
And then I started reading them. MOST were romances, and the romance was hot.
I’m sorry I missed the earlier books.

We talked about this at the retreat and that led to a discussion about the definition of romance. I never really thought about the definition. I figured HEA pretty much did it.
But it doesn’t. I don’t know what does.
HEA has to be, but it’s more than that for me.
I don’t think an inspirational relationship novel that never shows true desire between a hero and heroine but ends in HEA is a romance. It’s a relationship novel. But a romance includes that sexual tension between the main characters. I don’t think they need to be making out on the page. But I do think they should WANT to make out. 🙂 They can wait until marriage to have sex and should in inspirational. But sex and tension or desire are not the same thing.
At the same time, I don’t think a book about sex and nothing but is romance. Even if it ends in HEA. The character development, the STORY, has to be there.
I don’t think a suspense with a hot love story strung throughout that ends with the heroine as the bad guy is a romance. It’s great suspense, but it ain’t HEA, and without that, for me, it ain’t romance. 🙂
But honestly, all those arguments are the problem.
What I think is romance and what my neighbor thinks is romance are totally different things.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.
So for now, I’m just going to go with letting the booksellers define romance and pick book placement. I’ll buy the books that attract me. 🙂 And I’ll write the stories I love. One of the coolest things about today’s book market is that there’s something for everyone.

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