My Devotion to Romance
BY RHENNA MORGAN
Iâ€™ve been a devoted romance reader for as long as I can remember. There was a tiny stretch of time in college when I focused on only fiction fantasy (i.e. no guaranteed romance or happily ever after), but it didnâ€™t last long. Six months, tops.
Simply put, romance books are my drug of choice. My escape. My coping mechanism for when I need to disconnect form reality long enough to reboot.
Now, being a romance reader, Iâ€™ve learned, is much different than being a romance writer. Itâ€™s one thing for a person to ask, â€œWhat are you reading?â€ Or, â€œWhat genres do you enjoy?â€ If you answer them back with a simple, â€œRomance,â€ they might smirk or tsk. Maybe even make some blithe comment about, â€œOh, thatâ€™s not real literature,â€ but thatâ€™s about it.
Telling them you write romance?
Oh, boy! Youâ€™d think youâ€™d whipped out a bullhorn and announced to everyone in a five mile radius you were a self-proclaimed bubble-head or were addicted to purple-prose porn. (Okay, in fairness, I do enjoy my man-candy, as my Facebook Page clearly indicates. J )
I figured since Iâ€™m spending the day with the delightful Romance Divas, Iâ€™d share my Top Three Comebacks for when people besmirch my beloved romance genre:
â€œReally? Youâ€™re going to knock the concept of love? Who doesnâ€™t love love?â€
Yeah, thereâ€™s never a comeback for that one. For a few seconds, theyâ€™ll do the shocked blinky-blink thing while their minds scramble for a witty retort. Then theyâ€™ll laugh a little awkwardly and change the subject, or say something lame like, â€œWell, thatâ€™s true, I guess.â€
â€œI get plenty of reality as it is, thank you very much.â€
Iâ€™ve got two beautiful little girls, a kick ass, supportive husband, and a day job. Taking a minute to check my brain at the door and indulge in some happily ever after, almost always generates some seriously positive mojo. How is that ever a bad thing?
Did you know that romance books where the number one selling genre with over $1 billion dollars in sales for 2013? The next genre behind it was mysteries and thrillers, and they didnâ€™t even get close, coming in in the $600 million range. So, if Iâ€™m a bubble-head, Iâ€™m in damned fine company. J
What about you? Have you ever been on the receiving end of one of those condescending eye rolls? How did you deal with it? Do you display your man-candy cover art with pride? I know I do! J
And speaking of happily ever afters and romantic escapeâ€”if fantasy romance is your thing, I hope youâ€™ll pick up a copy of Unexpected Eden and join Eryx and Lexi in their adventures in the one and only land of creation. I know theyâ€™ll enjoy having you along for the ride.
Thanks for joining me today! See you in paradise soon!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she readsâ€”to escape reality.
Yes, her life rocksâ€”two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, sheâ€™s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into somethingâ€¦less realistic.
Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, â€œOh if only that could happen to me.â€
So, if youâ€™re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men whoâ€™ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.