Congratulations to Nikki and Sheila for winning print copies of Maxie!
I saw this post over on Mindy Klasky’s website about romance tropes. “Merriam-Webster gives a definition of ‘trope’ as a ‘figure of speech.’ In storytelling, a trope is just that — a conceptual figure of speech, a storytelling shorthand for a concept that the audience will recognize and understand instantly.” (source tvtropes)
That’s a lot of words to say that they’re commonly used devices or story lines. It all goes back to my post about there not being any new ideas — but there are a lot of ways to spin them. I thought it would be fun to try to match up the list to my own books. So, here I go…
Alpha heroes — That would have to be ALL my books.
Billionaire — Solace in Scandal
Class warfare — Again, Solace in Scandal
Fake engagement — Maxie
Forbidden love — Private Dancer, Hell to Pay, Blade of Moonlight
Kidnapped — Manhunt (oh, I haven’t thought about that story for the longest time)
Law enforcement — Tiger Lily, On The Prowl (another oldie), Wanted
Office romance — Lexie, Fever
Orphan — Roxie
Reunion — New Year’s Bang, Everlasting, and oooh, Going Deep
Revenge — Tiger Lily (in a big way)
Siblings ex-spouse — Unrequited
Unrequited love — Unrequited (duh)
Those are my thoughts at first glance. Do you think any more fit those tropes? I was kind of surprised at how many of my stories didn’t fit. I’m kind of proud of that.
If you’re looking for other formats for Roxie, try All Romance Ebooks. The book just became available here.
Congratulations to Jess Michaels who has a new release today titled A Matter of Sin. Jess was in Secrets Volume 11 with me. If you like erotic historical romance, you really should try her books!
Series are fun. Readers love them. Writers like being able to dig deeper into worlds and characters. It’s a win-win, except for those books that readers are really looking forward to. That’s where the pressure comes in for the writer. We want to write the best book that we can, and we don’t want to disappoint.
That was the case with ROXIE. Everyone told me they were looking forward to her book, and that they wanted to read about her happily-ever-after. She’s become a favorite character to some (and to me). Readers wanted to meet her hero, and they wanted to learn the answers to all the questions that have built up over the course of the trilogy. The pressure was on.
I wrote the story that’s been in my head for years, just trusting my gut. Happily, the response so far has been hugely positive. I’m so relieved and happy that my readers are satisfied. High fives all around!
Roxie is now available in online bookstores. Get your copy now!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It’s time for this identical triplet to meet her match.
Can a wild child ever really be tamed? Growing up in foster care has made Roxie Cannon tough and self-reliant, but being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She’s finally found family. Is it time she met her match?
Roxie should be on top of the world. She’s formed bonds with identical sisters she never knew she had, and she’s buying the bar she’s managed for years. The feisty brunette has everything she’s ever wanted. Almost. Two things still elude her: answers to why her family was split apart, and a man with whom she can share her passion. Seeing her sisters with their mates has made her aware she’s still the odd one out. Yet that all starts to change when a rough-and-tumble hottie from her past walks in The Ruckus’ door.
Billy knows trouble when he sees it, and Roxie is commotion in motion. They’ve always set sparks off one another. This time, he’s promised himself he won’t get burned. Yet things get serious when he learns of Roxie’s quest to find her parents. Can he save his hot-blooded lover from being hurt? Or will the wounded little girl inside her never trust him again?
This weekend I’ve felt like one of those clowns at the circus who spins plates atop of sticks. I’ve got so many things twirling right now. ROXIE releases on Tuesday, so I’m all excited about that. I’ve been loading books at all the sales sites so they’re ready for readers. I’m also writing blog posts and running contests, because MAXIE will be available in print on August 5. Then there’s COURTING TROUBLE. I’m still writing that one. I need to be in a certain head space when I write, and all this chaos isn’t helping. I managed to do some quality work yesterday, but did I mention it’s a holiday weekend? With the 4th falling on a Friday, I’ve had a hard time remembering what day it is.
As a result of all this, my brain is spinning, too. I know that everyone multitasks, but I’m seemingly at my limit. All my plates are slowing down and wobbling terribly. So how do you manage your busy life? Does anyone have any tricks or suggestions on how to keep things moving smoothly?
Happy Independence Day to my American readers. Enjoy your long weekend.
Only one week until Roxie will be available in electronic format. I’ve already started loading the book to stores. I’m trying to account for the holiday weekend. If the book isn’t available on the 8th, it should be on sale soon thereafter. I’m also working on making the book available in print through CreateSpace. I hope to have those books available before the end of July.
Also, you might have noticed that I’m running a contest through Goodreads for print copies of Maxie. I got my author copies and decided to share. See the link in the right sidebar to enter.