Wow it is June and this year I half over. This month I asked my authors some questions you all may have been wondering yourselves.(I have read this book and will share my review with you all as well. I asked Sadira Stone What makes a person a Romance writer?
You Might Be a Romance Writer If… by Sadira Stone
Thanks so much for hosting me today, Cathy! I’m grateful for the chance to meet your readers and share my latest steamy contemporary romance book, Love, Art, and Other Obstacles.
I was writing fiction for quite a while before I realized I was, in fact, a romance writer at heart. I remember the moment well. A good dozen people gathered around the table in our critique group’s coffee shop. One of the regulars, an older guy who knew my writing well, held up chapter one of my first contemporary romance. He grinned. “I think you’ve found your genre. This is really good.”
Why didn’t I figure it out earlier? Like so many readers, I’d swallowed the internalized-misogyny Kool-Aid. You know: Smart women don’t read silly fluff like romance novels. Eew. We read Literature with a capital L, or maybe dude-centric sci-fi, fantasy, or thrillers. Because I’m not like the other girls (big-time internalized misogyny). Because stories that center women’s agency and pleasure are…less…worthy… Oh. See how quickly that argument breaks down when you examine it carefully?
An article on a writing blog got me started down my true path. The author shared how fun and lucrative writing erotica can be. I thought, what the heck? Let’s try. My sexy little story turned into a full-fledged romance novel, and I have never had so much fun with a writing project!
There’s a flavor of romance for every taste: paranormal romance, sci-fi romance, dystopian romance, YA, straight, LGBTQ+, historical, angsty, suspenseful, humorous, chaste, scorching hot… Combine those in any way you wish, and someone has written that romance novel.
So, if you enjoy writing, how can you tell if you might be a romance writer at heart?
You might be a romance writer!
Title: Love, Art, and Other Obstacles
Book Nirvana 3
Author: Sadira Stone
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Rae Monet
Genre/heat rating New Adult Contemporary Romance. Heat rating—very steamy!
She’s a free spirit. He’s a one-woman man.
Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend, much less a flirtation with her competitor.
Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing…until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.
Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist’s career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.
“Tell you what,” he said. “How about if we have drinks and talk about anything but the competition?”
“You’re a real hard-ass, aren’t you?” He rolled his eyes. “Because I like you, Margot.”
He leaned so close their foreheads almost touched, a challenge simmering in his smile. “Have a drink with me and find out.”
If there was one thing she couldn’t resist, it was a challenge. On the other hand, he might not like her so much if he knew about Darcy. Let that be the test, then. Let him prove he wasn’t one of those possessive, controlling guys Darcy warned her about.
“Okay. I will.” She stepped back. “But you should know, I’m sort of seeing someone.”
His thick auburn brows contracted. “Sort of?”
His nostrils flared on a deep inhalation, but he held her gaze. “Is it serious?”
“Not really.” Might as well serve up the truth, raw and ungarnished. Might as well be honest with herself too. “She lives in Berkeley. I only see her every month or two.”
Holding her gaze, he nodded. “Okay then. Thanks for telling me.” The tense lines of his mouth relaxed into a casual grin. “So, drinks?”
Well I’ll be damned.
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MY REVIEW: 5 Meows 4 Purrs (I consider this steamy romance and not erotica in my book) I highly recommend it if you like Arts, hot sexy men with red beards, realistic romances, and cute kids.
Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance from her new home in Washington State, U.S.A. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays darts (pretty well), plays guitar (badly), and gobbles all the books.
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Book Nirvana 1: Through the Red Door
Widow Clara struggles to keep her indie bookshop afloat. Professor Nick comes in search of historical erotica from her famed collection, but stays for the lovely bookseller–until a scandal from his past shatters her trust.
Book Nirvana 2: Runaway Love Story
Big city bound, an aspiring artist detours to help her elderly aunt and finds fierce passion with a local teacher. Together they face family secrets, clashing dreams, and a Twitter storm. Her gut says stick to her plan. Her heart has other ideas.
Coming June 29 from The Wild Rose Press: Gelato Surprise.
Forty-two-year-old divorcée Danielle Peters ends up alone on her family’s annual beach vacation. Maybe time to herself is exactly what she needs. That and gelato from her favorite ice cream shop. But when the owner’s intoxicating, young nephew offers more than sweet treats, she’s tempted to indulge in a hot, summer fling before returning home.
Thirty-one-year-old Matteo Verducci craved a fresh start to mend his broken heart, and he’s found almost perfection in Ocean View, where he scoops gelato by day and crafts furniture by night. But when a sexy older woman stops to sample his wares—Mamma mia! He only has two weeks to convince her their passion is more than a delicious surprise.