The most widely read genre is romance, but with traditional romance there are rules…
The primary rule is there must be a happy ending with the hero and heroine alive and together at the end of the story. Seems an easy enough concept to understand; one that seems simple enough to follow. But then there’s Urban Fantasy… In this romance genre the heroine usually runs the show. She is a kick ass, capable woman who may not necessarily end up with the hero, if there’s one, but may be conflicted about her choices. She may have more than one man in her life and may not be ready to choose between them. This genre doesn’t necessarily have to have much romance in it. There are also romantic suspense novels that weave the romance and mystery together. Neither story could stand alone and it’s better for it. There are mysteries, intrigue and suspense stories, even horror plots that contain romantic elements, but they are not romances; the romantic plot in the story could stand alone and the most important part of the plot the suspense, would be just as good a story without the element of romance in it. (Frankly, I don’t think anything in life worth spending time at exists without an element of romance and if it does, what a shame!)
So on to my point…yes Across A Crowded Room is a romance and yes it’s also suspense. A murder took place several years before that involved the hero and the heroine, affecting each in different ways. They’ve been connected most of their lives in some way and after the murder each reacts as only their character knows how…much like anyone you might know. These characters lived in my head for a long time before I wrote them and made them real. And I find, even after all this time, they are still real to me. I didn’t write this story for anyone else…I wrote it for me. It doesn’t start at the traditional beginning of a romance because in order to really get inside the characters’ heads, you need to know how the real story started. This is more of an epic novel about an extended family and friends, spanning the course of about fifteen or more years. In the process of writing this for myself, I hope it pleases you. Many readers have responded positively to this romance, why don’t you try it?
Across A Crowded Room is available in ebook or print at http://bookstrand.com/across-a-crowded-room or Amazon, Barnes and Noble.
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