Love scenesA Lesson by Kathleen Rowland aka Rudyard Rowland
Even in mystery, there can be a hint of an attraction. I write romantic suspense where attraction is more important to the reader than the mystery
A Romance Novel encompasses all genre and subgenre from single title romantic suspense to traditional and/or historical. The critical success factors are:
Could you build a story from that? Absolutely, and we need to include love scenes. The ending must be satisfying to the reader.
Add the traditional hook, conflict between the hero and heroine. They are attracted but have a reason at the beginning of the story not to think they should be together. It has to make sense to them to make sense to your reader. Some of you in the class are writing works-in-progress that you’ll submit to a specific publisher. Read a book or two within your targeted line. It is critical to know the criteria for the line. Tweak with necessary changes to guarantee a successful fit. Depending on setting and plot elements, RWA describes the following subgenres:
A couple can be gay or straight. A friend who writes Bromance, tells me she initially writes her story with a straight hero and heroine, and then does a rewrite making one character gay. A happy ending is a definition for romance, but writing realistically, hopeful is fine.
Romantic Suspense (mystery combined with romance)
In a romantic suspense, the mystery side of the plot is interwoven with the hero and heroine’s relationship to guarantee an exciting climax.
According to Chicago style, characters with psychic abilities speak mind-to-mind in italics with quote marks around them. Using consistency in text, readers know this is telekinesis or telepathy.
Hot Romance (from sensual to erotic)
Inspirational Romance (sweet)
Sweet Romance (more difficult to sell these days)
If you are writing a hot romance, the couple’s sexy premise is critical for success. Sex scenes are story dependent. Take the historical marriage of convenience, for instance. Sex scenes come naturally.
Paranormal romance has its roots in Gothic fiction and is the fastest going trend in electronic publishing.
Books on opposite ends of the spectrum, hot romance and inspirational, are selling well in today’s world. Most authors, me included, recognize the value of writing believable and natural love scenes.
For your assignment this week, identify your subgenre and write a blurb or short description to sell your book. I will begin critiquing your blurbs on Monday.
For my romantic suspense, Deeds of Deceit, to be released in December 2011 from Eternal Press, here is my blurb:
A half tank up the mountains, Big Bear winters are isolating for heiress Bayliss Jones. Circled by the same cult that murdered her parents fifteen years before, death awaits her around every corner. Her shirttail relative and trustee of her estate, Sheriff Byron McGill, never agreed with local hearsay that made her a suspect. Air crackles between two people who clash, but the spoiled princess needs his help. Besides hers, the life of a young man, her secret baby, hangs in the balance. There’s no time for error.
Added on July 20, 2012
Last Updated on July 20, 2012
Kathleen Rowland aka Rudyard Rowland
AboutHello fellow writers. My genre is multicultural romantic suspense, sensuous and dark. I teach point of view workshops for RWA chapters. At the moment I'm writing a young adult fantasy under the p..