Say hello to BHC Author and guest blogger, Elise Manion. Not only is Elise one of our July Author Spotlights at BHC Authors, today is also the release of Jason’s Princess—book one in the stand-alone King Brothers series. Read on to find out why Elise loves romance and why it’s the genre she loves to write.
Don’t Shame Me For Wanting “The Feels”
Paul McCartney asked this question: Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs. What’s wrong with that?
I say there’s nothing wrong with that, Paul. I am a junkie for all things silly and romantic. I’ve got a sweet tooth for the sweet stuff. Give me a good laugh, a good cry, maybe even a steamy love scene and I’m happy, just as long as it all works out in the end. I think we all want a little happily ever after in our lives. I see nothing wrong with that.
Unfortunately, there are those in some circles who try to shame us silly-little-love-story readers for our choice in literary entertainment. You know the ones, they’re usually sitting around a table at the local Starbucks embellishing on Little Johnny’s latest achievement, or arguing over who’s daughter has the largest bra size. (True story, I actually witnessed a passive aggressive argument between two mommies over who’s daughter had achieved the coveted D-cup first. Their daughters were in middle school at the time.) They’ve joined Oprah’s book club and look down their noses at your well-worn paperback with the ravishing rake leaning over his scantily-clad lover, and can’t figure out why you would read such “trash”, all while handing you a DVD of Million Dollar Baby proclaiming, “It’s an amazing story and you just have to watch it.” Now there’s two hours and twelve minutes of my life that I’ll never get back. If I wanted to be depressed, I would’ve turned on the news. No offense, Clint.
I don’t claim to know the root cause of romance shaming. I often wonder if those people are secret lovers of romance who can’t admit it because they, too, have been shamed in the past about their reading preferences. Kind of like the wimpy kid who got bullied on the playground only to grow up and become the bully himself to mask the hurt he felt as a child. Or, maybe they’re just pretentious asses. Who knows?
People can be mean, which is one reason why I love romance. The meanie usually gets it in the end. Here’s a few more reasons why I love the romance genre:
- The heroine is stronger than she appears.
- The hero is more sensitive than he appears.
- Romance is not Erotica, but it can be just as steamy if that’s your thing.
- Romance can happen between anyone, anywhere, and in any time, even in other dimensions.
- Romance is limitless.
So, here’s the thing: I write romance because I love Romance. I want my readers to feel the same things that I feel while I’m writing my silly little love stories. I want you to laugh, I want you to cry, I want you to “feel.” In the end, I want you to be happy you read them. But, most of all, I want you to feel no shame about reading the genre you love.
Check Out Jason’s Princess
Don’t Judge a Prince by his Tattoos
Five years after her parents tragic death, Julie Armstrong is still managing to raise her seventeen year old brother, Charlie. Barely making ends meet, there’s no time to seek out her Prince Charming, even if one exists. This is the real world, after all, and the only eligible men in her town resemble toads with ink.
Jason King might have ink, but he’s definitely no toad, even if Julie thinks he’s one. He wants nothing more than ride in on his dark horse and protect Julie and her young brother. He’s sat on the sidelines way too long, keeping them safe.
But when trouble finds its way back home, Julie must rely on the one man whom she’s held responsible for all her troubles for the past five years. Will she ever find her Prince?
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