May Round Robin–Romance Novels

May Round Robin–Romance Novels

This month’s the Round Robin is about: What changes have your seen in romance novels in the past decade? Is there a change in romance novel direction? Is there still a market for non-explicit sex stories? When I first started publishing some 15 years ago, romance had moved away from the bodice rippers of the 80s and entered the strong, female protagonists. Books have started to address what were once taboo subjects. Subjects like domestic violence, for instance, while not standard fare, are no longer completely uncommon. The heroines are realistic women, intelligent, strong, and beautiful in their own way. Remember when all of the heroines had hourglass figures, hair that fell in massive waves to their butts, creamy, perfect skin, and sapphire/emerald/aquamarine/(insert some exotic eye color here) eyes? Oh, and all of them were 18 or so? This is where romance novels have become even more exciting. Real women are writing romance novels about real women and our needs. The heroes are flawed but have redeeming characteristics, just like real men. But you’ll also see a lot of fantasy, and I’m not talking about wizards, elves, magic, fairies, and dragons, although there is that. I’m talking about the ménage literature that became popular five or six years ago. And we can’t forget the BDSM romances popularized by E.L. James, but by no means started by her. And we’ll try to forget the dino shifters and such because, well, we’ll just try. (Delete! Delete! Delete!) There is no question that romance novels have changed. It’s changed with the market. Interesting, I’ve seen an increase in YA romance. I think...
Guest Author — Rayne Hall

Guest Author — Rayne Hall

Please help me welcome guest author Rayne Hall. ~ ~ ~ Since adopting Sulu from the cat shelter, I have the perfect excuse for everything.             BIO Rayne Hall has published more than fifty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. She is the author of the bestselling Writer’s Craft series (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic and more) and editor of the Ten Tales short story anthologies. She is a trained publishing manager, holds a masters degree in Creative Writing, and has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years. Having lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England where she enjoys reading, gardening and long walks along the seashore. She shares her home with a black cat adopted from the cat shelter. Sulu likes to lie on the desk and snuggle into Rayne’s arms when she’s writing. You can follow here on Twitter where she posts advice for writers, funny cartoons and cute pictures of her cat. To see her books on Amazon, go to...