Hi Maggie! Thank you so much for having me on the blog today.
I’m excited to be Springing into Romance, but, as a romance writer that’s something I do every day. I love romance. I love to read it, I love to write it. The thrill of falling in love never gets old. But for me, it’s about so much more than that.
A predominant theme in my books has been that love is the most powerful force in the world. Love conquers all. I like to take too people who are badly in need of healing, and let the power of love intervene in their lives.
For me, romance is about the characters. It’s what makes it interesting. Having characters who, aren’t necessarily perfect, but who I can root for, who I can relate to. Which is another great thing about romance. Love is universal, it crosses socioeconomic boundaries, borders, race, color and creed.
I think one thing people may not understand about the romance genre, and category romance specifically, is how much freedom there is within the ‘promises’ of the genre. Yes, a romance must always have a happy ending in order to be a romance. But that makes the journey you take to that ending even more important. It’s not relying on the element of surprise to keep the reader invested. It’s relying on character, emotion, and a darn good story .
Within category romance, you have the general promise of the romance genre, but you have the promise of each individual line as well. I write for Harlequin Presents, which promises glamor, passion, high octane emotion and unforgettable men. But withing that promise…there is so much room to play!
I’ve had the chance to write about a very driven business woman who proposes marriage to a stranger to secure the job she wants. An ordinary woman who, thanks to an IVF clinic mix-up, finds herself expecting a prince’s heir. A cupcake baker who falls in love with her best friend. An event planner who falls in love with her widower boss. A rebellious princess who falls for her (very sexy and masculine, mind you!) virgin bodyguard.
I’ve had the chance to explore themes of redemption, loss, revenge..and cupcakes.
And all with a happy ending.
Speaking of cupcakes, my cupcake baker heroine just landed on my doorstep yesterday, and I’d like to give a copy away! Tell me what you like about romance in the comments, or ask me a question, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of One Night in Paradise!
Here’s the blurb…
All her most exotic fantasies are about to bubble over into reality!
Clara Davis knows the moment yes slips from her lips that she’s in way over her head. Just how is she supposed to pretend to be her boss’s fiancée on his luxury honeymoon?
Zack Parsons’s Don’t date the staff rule has prevented him from ever seeing beyond Clara’s baker’s apron. But now he’s looking at her in a completely different, rather more tempting light. Giving in to one night of wickedness should be enough to satisfy their new-found cravings…