While I love all the traditions and festivities surrounding the winter holidays, by year-end I am ready to move forward! I particularly look forward to February, because it is then, and typically earlier, we have spring-like weather here in Austin, Texas. February marks the beginning of so many different things for me. I get to reassess all the unrealistic New Year’s resolutions I’ve made (and broken already) and adjust my mental focus toward more attainable goals. Warmer weather means spring planting time and the anxious wait to plant my new flower and vegetable gardens is nearly over!
But probably most exciting for me is that February means Valentine’s Day is coming! And that means time to read – ROMANCE! I am a romance junkie, I can’t help it – and don’t roll your eyes at me! What’s not to love about romance novels? In spite of continuously being one of the hottest genres around, romance often gets a bad rap and I’ve never understood that sentiment. Here are a few reasons why I love the genre and why you should give romance a try:
· Romance novels inspire hope. I love the positive messages and affirmations I get from reading about a protagonist that overcomes many hurdles to achieve happily ever after.
· Romance novels often incorporate multiple genres into the storyline. I feel like you definitely get more for your money with romance novels as most of the time other genres are entwined in the plot. The romantic element of the story often revolves around some sort of intrigue such as solving a mystery, or happens during an event in history, or is part of the excitement of a time travel drama. Romance belongs in all genres!
· A great way to unwind. Have you ever read a romance novel with a sad ending? I don’t think so! And what better way to unwind than with a story that is going to uplift you and make you feel good?
· Strong female leads! I recently finished reading several non-conventional romance stories with strong female leads. One featured a Japanese geisha who was forced to work as an assassin for an evil crime lord. Another was an intriguing time-travel tale about an ER physician and her escapades with the most infamous rogue of the eighteenth century, Giacomo Casanova. Yet another starred an NSA agent who was confident and sexy, down to earth and playful, but also mean, and sometimes nasty – one thing was certain – she called the shots. In fact, these ladies are anything but the stereotypical damsels in distress!
There are many great reasons to read romance and I suggest you just go ahead and indulge in a great romance novel soon. Because – it just feels good. To learn more about how we help authors visit www.bookbybookpublicity.com.