I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for contemporary romance “The Other Side of Summer”. Enjoy! I’ll leave the word to the author now.
Let’s Live Happily Ever After
If you are one of those women who love to read romance novels during your lunch hour, at the beach, or while waiting in traffic or a movie line, then you’re probably a romance junky. You may wonder if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Definitely, a good thing! It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it cures boredom and it’s a great escape. Let’s face it: romance books allow women the vicarious thrill of experiencing a full range of emotions without reality stepping in.
According to Romance Writers of America, more than 25% of all books sold today are romance novels. Sales in romantic fiction hover around $1.35 billion each year. Obviously, women love what romance novels have to offer.
Contemporary romance novels are the largest subgenre of the romance novel. They are full length novels, set in modern times (generally taking place after World War II), and are almost entirely focused on a love story. Over time, just as the social and political attitudes about women have evolved, so has the contemporary romance novel become more complex, realistic and varied. Because of this trend, there has been a blurring between this subgenre and the women’s fiction genre. (Women’s fiction is a blanket term for books marketed to female readers, including many mainstream novels, “chick lit,” and romantic fiction.)
Contemporary romance novels include categories such as Love in the Workplace, Amnesia (often including a former relationship), Medical Romance, Baby Love, Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Cowboy Contemporary Romance, and Vacation Love. Contemporary romance novels do not include historical romance, romantic suspense or paranormal romance.
Romance novels are meant to spark feelings of passion, longing and love. If you have any question about this, then just look at some of the trashy cover art. Some of the covers might make a sailor blush. Other covers are tender or evocative. Many readers say that it is the cover that helps them decide to buy the book.
On the other hand, a good trashy sailor story isn’t so bad either. Come to think of it, any sailor story about a guy with bulging muscles, a crooked rascal grin and a good set of, well, okay, teeth, wouldn’t be so bad either.
And what’s wrong with remembering and reliving that first love or that worst love or the best new love, over and over again? Hey, if it was good once, it’s got to be good the 10th or 11th or 50th time. But this time, after finishing the book, we can toss it behind the couch instead of tossing the boyfriend — like we did in high school, when Dad peeked in, suspicious and searching. “Everything okay?” he’d ask, glancing about. “I thought I heard something.”
I have always wanted to be a heroine. I mean, a real heroine, not just the heroine I am to Rodger-Dodger, my cat, who thinks I’m super woman. Romance novels allow me to drop into an alternate universe where I’m smart, sassy, forceful and the best lover he ever met. I can control the best looking hunk or the dry, intellectual, cold-hearted millionaire, who is ready to give me his millions by the end of the story, if I’ll just marry him and live happily ever after.
… And they lived happily ever after. This is what I want at the end of any romance novel, no matter how many problems, bad relationships, cheating or challenges there were. When everything does work out in the end and just before I close the book, I imagine the hero lying beside me all close and breathless. I shut my eyes and forget that I have laundry or dirty dishes to do or supper to cook or emails to answer. “Not now,” I say, breathless. Then I turn to my book lover.
“Kiss me…just one more time, darling. And don’t forget to pour more champagne… and please touch me gently right—a little to the left—a little bit further. Yes! Ahhh… Right there.”
About the Book
Author: Elyse Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Joanna Halloran, a best selling writer and astrologer, lives in a beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After a violent storm, she roams the beach, glances seaward and spots a man clinging to a piece of wreckage, being tossed helplessly. She dives in and pulls him to safety. Robert Zachary Harrison is from a wealthy, political family. As he slowly recovers from a private plane crash, he and Joanna fall in love and spend passionate and secluded weeks together. But because of family duty, Robert departs, not knowing Joanna is pregnant.
Twenty five years later, Senator Robert Harrison is running for President of the United States. In the midst of a contentious presidential campaign, Joanna’s beautiful daughter, who has a passion to expose secrets, seeks revenge on the father she has never met. She also begins a passionate relationship with her father’s adopted son.
Joanna and Robert must confront the past and present. While the world watches, they struggle with old passions and new secrets that could destroy them both.
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist. Douglas has been a musician, a graphic designer and an equity trader.
Elyse Douglas, have completed seven novels: The Summer Diary, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town, The Christmas Diary and The Other Side of Summer.
Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1KdVjvg
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R90y3L6eC_U