Thank you for visiting my Stop on the one year anniversary blog tour! This is Stop #27. Your last Stop should have been Mahalia Levey #26 located at http://mahalia2010.wordpress.com/ Those that leave a comment(s) and have a participant number obtained through the host website at click here will be entered into a drawing for one book off my website (my ‘backlist’)…a ‘free’ book! (www.christinelondon.com — ‘books’ page for anticipatory viewing)
I write novels about contemporary real life women. Because I focus on a developing relationship between a man and a woman, my works gets categorized as “romance”. No Barbara Cartland or Danielle Steele, today’s modern romance novels have kick butt heroines who stand quite nicely on their own two feet. Often, as is so true of today’s woman, we are not so much looking for a “Mr. Right” as we are to self-actualize. We are 100% independent beings that know how to run our lives. We deserve everything we want in a relationship. Did you catch that word—“want”? Not need…want. We deserve to be happy, satisfied, safe and equal to the men in our lives. That means solvency and safety for our children and us.
Along comes someone who challenges our sensibilities, make’s us widen our paradigm, look at the world through his eyes. We are intrigued. And like most ‘together’ women, we struggle to take that step of commitment to our future—together. At the bottom of it all lies hope. Women who unite with a man are exhibiting the most profound meaning of this word. We are saying “if we work together, we can get through any challenge.”
If you think these tales are for women only, you’d be missing out on some of the finest storytelling available today. From thriller to suspense, to paranormal, to adventure, to historical, to trendy contemporary, my colleagues and I write stories to inspire, thrill, educate, titillate and just plain entertain. Must be why our readership is 15% male and growing. Men are recognizing the value of participating in a book that will do everything for them any other well-written piece of modern fiction does with the extra-added allure of sizzling sex and realistic emotions.
“All a fantasy?” Perhaps. Like most good fiction, the world is displayed in brighter shades, the people are stronger, better looking, more talented than the man and woman on the street. What form of entertainment doesn’t use sweeping brush strokes to paint its picture? What fictional story written does not have the potential to inspire, uplift and educate unlike any daily news? We are creatures of habit and the mendacity of day to day. When love’s challenge enters our lives we find more reasons to breathe than ever existed before. New love is exhilarating. It is a high experienced nowhere else in life. It is real, but it does not last—in that form.
All love mellows, it tempers into comfortable warmth like the fire that flames bright, burning into the beauty of ember’s glow. It is this time-tested well-worn familiarity that comforts and upholds us through the day to day of our lives. Those of us who are lucky enough to have a partner with which to walk the path know the intrinsic worth of the mellowing.
When the bills pile high, the kids have the flu and the roof is leaking, it helps to remember the excitement of love when it was new. When the only person and responsibility was the beloved and hours could melt away in each other’s arms. In the world of the book, the reader can re-ignite, re-experience this time and place bringing it forward into the present. If the reader has not experienced it, the telling of the tale brings hope to move forward into the ‘What if?”.
In today’s romance novel there are heroes and heroines of all age brackets because love is not just for the young. It is for now and always. It happens in the midst of a thriller, a vampire hunt, historical regency England, on the quest to solve a murder or in middle town America between a widower and the new gal in town. It is a reflection of what it has always been—the height of humanity and a look at us at our best (and worst struggling to get there).
So I challenge you. If you are reticent to spread your wings and read a different sub genre of romance novel, pick one up. Only then can you truly comment on what the uninitiated might call pulp fiction.
The next stop on the anniversary tour is #28 Sandy Nicks at