My Devotion to Romance


UnexpectedEdenI’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 didn’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, I’ve learned, is much different than being a romance writer. It’s one thing for a person to ask, “What are you reading?” Or, “What genres do you enjoy?” If you answer them back with a simple, “Romance,” they might smirk or tsk. Maybe even make some blithe comment about, “Oh, that’s not real literature,” but that’s about it.

Telling them you write romance?

Oh, boy! You’d think you’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 I’m spending the day with the delightful Romance Divas, I’d share my Top Three Comebacks for when people besmirch my beloved romance genre:

Comeback #3

“Really? You’re going to knock the concept of love? Who doesn’t love love?”

Yeah, there’s never a comeback for that one. For a few seconds, they’ll do the shocked blinky-blink thing while their minds scramble for a witty retort. Then they’ll laugh a little awkwardly and change the subject, or say something lame like, “Well, that’s true, I guess.”

Comeback #2

“I get plenty of reality as it is, thank you very much.”

I’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?

Comeback #1

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 didn’t even get close, coming in in the $600 million range. So, if I’m a bubble-head, I’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 escape—if fantasy romance is your thing, I hope you’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 they’ll enjoy having you along for the ride.

Thanks for joining me today! See you in paradise soon!




Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.

Yes, her life rocks—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, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…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, “Oh if only that could happen to me.”

So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.

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