The romance genre accounted for billions in sales last year with suspense/mystery a pale second best. With numbers like that, it’s not hard to see what people enjoy reading.
With books like Fifty Shades of Grey and its subsequent volumes, some people may think the face of romance has changed in a rather drastic way. However, on the other side of the coin, there is rising more a call for sweet, gentle romance.
When I refer to sweet, gentle romance, I am not referring to a fairy tale view of love or happily ever after. I refer to a romantic inclination that seeks to uphold both male and female characters in romance novels as individuals who respect each other while being faced with 21st century modernity and it’s obsessive compulsion for realism.
And, since romance has been the best selling genre, as aspiring authors, we have four inspirational romance novelists to give us some idea about romance — Julie Hilton Steele, Willard Carpenter, Laura J. Marshall, and Cynthia Hickey.
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