I believe that life gives you back what you give out so I figured a round of guest blog posting between the July Entangled Indulgence authors would be a great way to share the love. I popped over to chat on Carmen's blog a while ago (thanks for having me!) so here she is talking about why short romances remain popular.
Carmen Falcone is the author of fab Indulgence title A Vengeful Affair and one of you could win a copy just by answering her question in the comments below! Take it away Carmen, it's so great to have you!
"I grew up reading short romances, and unapologetically so. I’ve read them for half of my life, so it’s safe to say that I enjoy them. And it pleases me that the genre is still going strong, especially nowadays with so many different subgenres gaining popularity.
I’ve made a list of some of the elements I love about short romances. Please stick around, because we’ll have a discussion at the end—and there’s a giveaway!
Here they are:
· Fast-paced plot – There usually isn’t much time for set up in the first chapter, or if there is, it’s usually short and to the point. I love the fact that many short romances start right in with the action, with the hero and heroine being immediately thrown into a new situation.
· Adrenaline at the fingertips – For me, there’s nothing better than to be able to read a whole book in one sitting, especially if it’s so engaging that it won’t let me even blink.
· A big read in a small book – I love all of the highs and lows, the tension and the rattled emotions that short romances guarantee. Nowadays, life is busy and I need to know what happens to the hero’s conflict or the heroine’s misunderstanding now (or, okay, maybe in twenty pages, but not in three weeks).
· The escapism – Ahhh. Is there anything better than a page-turner of a romance when you have a load of laundry to fold, or that god-awful project from work weighing on your mind? All you need is a couple of hours’ distance from your problems, your worries—and yes, sometimes even your family. Sure, we all love our families, but if you have kids, when was the last time you had full privacy when you took a shower? If you have a hubby, when was the last time you cooked a meal for one? Or didn’t cook at all, and just indulged in some junk food (mystery meat alert!) instead? Or, if you have an overbearing mother, when was the last time you didn’t overanalyze everything? Well, you get the point. We all need some release, and short romances are one of the best ways to get it.
· The aftermath – A sensation of pure joy comes with a good ending. Of course, it can work against you if you started to read your romance before bed, but then got so caught up in the story that you pulled an all-nighter reading binge. In which case you’ll have to smile at the great ending, of course, but you’ll also have two dark circles under your eyes. But it was worth it, wasn’t it?
I’d like to think that my debut release A Vengeful Affair has all those elements in it, but please be the judge. Click heremy first chapter for free."
Thanks for stopping by! Just answer Carmen's question to be in to win her July Indulgence title A Vengeful Affair.
Question: What do you like/don’t you like about short romances?
About Carmen Falcone
Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She'd always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing - this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.
A Vengeful AffairRich people get away with murder every day, but Vivian Foster intends to make billionaire Javier Rivera pay for what he did to her best friend—and how better to destroy a money-grubbing bastard than to sabotage the merger that means everything to him.
Javier Rivera would never hurt a woman much less kill one. But when he catches a gorgeous corporate spy in his office, he knows he can’t let her go—not when even a hint of scandal could ruin his career. Until the merger is signed, he’ll keep her close, even if he has to shackle her to his wrist. Literally.
But the closer Javier gets to Vivian, the more he wants her, and the more time she spends with him, the less she believes he could ever be a killer. Now Vivian and Javier have to discover the truth…and Vivian has to win the trust of her worst enemy.