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Not Just Another Sappy Love Story

By Jean Lauzier

Love stories…boy meets girl, they fall in love, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back and they live happily ever after. The secretary, nurse, teacher falls for the boss or powerful brooding man who has no clue she even exists and of course, the knight in shining armor who comes to rescue the damsel in distress. Remember those? So did I, and when it was suggested I should try my hand at writing a romance story, I promptly refused with an “I’ll never write that stuff.” But life likes to throw us curves and I fell headfirst into the romance genre. Not only did I learn to swim, but I now call “romance” home. Let me tell you about my genre.

There’s suspense. Curling up in front of a fire with a great mystery is one of the best ways to spend a winter evening. Murder and mayhem, cops, robbers, good guys and bad ones. Add romance to the mixture and you have two great stories for the price of one.

Something more old fashioned to your taste? Try a historical. No matter your favorite time period, someone is writing about it. From the middle ages to the days of the old west, and what ever country you dream of, you are sure to find just what you are looking for. Time traveling through the ages is a great way to spend an evening.

In the mood for a little more excitement and action? Try a military romance. Yes, I know it sounds strange, but women are doing things never dreamed of in the seventies. Spies, mercenaries, pilots, undercover agents, police officers and border patrol agents are just a few of the many careers you will find in this subgenre.

Got your head in the clouds and are a bit of a dreamer? Romance has that too. From fantasy to science fiction, you can dance with elves and fairies or explore new galaxies far, far away.

One of the most pleasant surprises I received when exploring the romance genre was finding the vampire/werewolf books. Not only are these not what I expected, but they are powerfully written and practically burst with emotion. Another great subgenre for curling up in front of that fireplace is the paranormal romance. I just love a good ghost story and here you can find all kinds.

Today, I discovered medical romances. Doctors and nurses saving lives while falling in love and trying to have a personal life of their own. I have got to check those out.

As the mom to a younger, teenage daughter, I like to be able to share my love of reading. And in the romance genre I can. From inspirational to contemporary “sweet” stories, we can discuss our likes and dislikes and how we “thought” the plot should go. It makes for good conversation on the way to town when it is just the two of us.

Not in the mood for something sweet? Then try something hot and spicy. Again, romance has something for everyone. From those who like no sex or to leave it behind closed doors to those who want passion and intimate details, you will find it.

The romance genre is full of wonder. From exotic locations to the town right down the road with characters we can’t help but fall in love with and cheer for. There is a great story for every mood, season or taste. I’m proud to call “romance” home.