How can it possibly be the last Monday in February? Already? Wow, has this month flown by. I’m really glad because frankly, I consider February in the Northern Hemisphere to be the oubliette of the year. For those of you who don’t recognize this word, it means the dungeon where you can see the light but can’t get out. Depressing, huh? Well, mostly, February is. How ironic that it’s the month where we celebrate love. It’s the month where romance writer’s can celebrate the holiday which embodies of their craft. Yeah, well, it’s almost done. Daylight will soon arrive again.
Still, as romance writers, we can do a lot to alleviate the feeling of “oubliette” and make the world a whole lot brighter. We are the creators of the fantasy. We give the young mother an outlet. We remind the a weary lover that love is worth the work. We give so many life-burdened people a place to rest. We create a place for those stuck in the mire of their life to escape for a few hours. We simply take our readers to another place and show the world the way love should be. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that romance sells as well as it does…
Here are a few questions for you: as readers, what do you appreciate in a book? What makes a great book? And those out there who are writers, particularly romance writers, what do you love most about the craft? Why are you a romance writer? Why are you a writer?
For me, books are an escape. Let’s face it, in a lot of ways, life sucks. That’s not to say I want all sweetness and light in the books I read. I want to read the blackest big black moment there can be, but then I want the huge YES moment at the end of the book. I want to close the book full of warm happy feelings. Yes, rip my heart out then make me feel better. That’s what I want in a book and that’s what I strive to write in a book. It’s all about the emotional journey.
So…I got two reviews this weekend. One for Tribute for the Goddess and one for Incubus.
Here’s part of both:
Romance Reviews Today: Brynn Paulin can write some of the most sexually gratifying and emotional sex scenes! TRIBUTE FOR THE GODDESS is an excellent fantasy romance and the relationship between Thad and Jett and his love for his goddess are sweet and sexy all rolled into one. My first introduction to Thad was very amusing because all he cares about is getting under Jett’s toga. His frustrations make him seem very selfish, which would make sense after abstaining from sex for over two-hundred years with the one woman he desires above all else. But very quickly he comes to Jett’s rescue, and what a rescue it is! Jett may be a bit naïve in the terms of love and mortal relationships, but she is a very fast learner. Thad, as her teacher, shows her what life as a mortal can offer and she embraces it.
You can find the full review here.
Simply Romance Reviews: Cupid’s Kisses – Redemption: Incubus is a very steamy read but then again it’s about an incubus! The demon Cupid twist is very original and gives this a nice slant on the usual. Noah is hot, even though for most of the story he’s invisible but Val can sure “feel” him. Her special healing powers are a nice touch and help to bring this story to a happy ending, one that both characters really deserved. I recommend this quick read – a Valentine’s treat without the calories!
You can find the full review here.
Fictionary was a rousing success on Saturday, with both readers and writers participating. If you were there, thank you for coming to play! It was a great time. We will be playing again at Literagasm on Thursday 6th March – 7-9pm EST. Here’s how it works: We post photos every 10 minutes or so, and everyone has to think of a catch phrase to go with it – it’s amazing the things that people think of! The funniest ones will win prizes. The TEB editors will pick the winners. In between the caption game, authors will also have the opportunity to post hot and steamy excerpts. Come join the fun!!