>I first met Vanessa Kelly at the 2009 RWA Conference in Washington, DC. It was friendship at first sight! I think you’ll enjoy spending some time with her here today on the blog. I also have to admit that we both love younger heroes. Her latest work is a novella in the anthology An Invitation to Sin along with authors Jo Beverley, Sally MacKenzie, and Kaitlin O’Riley. Please welcome Vanessa for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLEASURE
I’m totally honored and totally terrified to be the first author to kick off Monica’s spectacular blog event. I don’t think Monica actually told me I’d be the first blogger in such a stellar line-up. If she did, I must have blocked it out in the sheer horror of the moment. I mean, really! Who wants to be followed by the likes of Jayne Anne Krentz, Madeline Hunter, and Sabrina Jeffries? I feel like a fifth-grader reading her own poem at the school assembly, and Kenneth Branagh is coming on after me to do a soliloquy from Hamlet!
But in looking at the impressive list of guest bloggers, I realized there was something we all had in common—the fervent desire to impart the pleasure, the beauty, and the sheer fun of romance novels to their collective readerships. And, boy howdy (as JAK would say), do they deliver in spades! Readers obviously agree, since the number of folks who read the novels produced by these talented and prolific writers must number in the bazillions. Okay, maybe not that many, but we all know that romance writers and their readers are keeping the publishing industry afloat.
The Pleasure Of
A Younger Lover
Clarissa Middleton cannot resist the ardent kisses of Captain Christian Archer, though they must meet in secret or risk the censure of London society. In each other’s arms, desire and love melt two hearts into one…
These writers do it not only by imparting pleasure to their readers, but by crafting fantastic, heartfelt books that are full of another P word—passion. Romance authors know the ways of the body and soul better than anyone, charting the vagaries of the passionate heart with wit, drama, sensitivity, and (another P word) panache. Want to plumb the tortured but ultimately redemptive journeys of the human soul? Read any book by Anna Campbell. Looking for the laughter and exuberant joy of a soul-mate relationship? How about one of JAK’s Amanda Quick historicals? Her Regency romances fill my keeper shelf (along with her newer books, of course), and they never fail to make me laugh and feel damn good about the state of relations between men and women.
And then there’s Monica, whose books deliver a huge dollop of both pleasure and passion, along with adventure, drama, and a whole lot of emotion.
From light to gritty, from historical to paranormal, from the joys of laughter to the darkest depths of emotion, romance writers deliver all of this in a variety of packages. But they’re all designed to do the same thing—give us a great read so that when we reach that happy ending at the conclusion of the book, we have no choice but to sigh with pleasure.
What is it that makes you sigh with pleasure in a romance novel? Is it the emotion, the wit, the drama, or maybe even the sexy bits?
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