What Will the Post-COVID Romance Hero Look Like?

I’m a life-long romance reader. And I’m old enough to remember the surge in paranormal romance novels that flooded the market in the years following 9/11.

During that time readers couldn’t get enough of supernatural romance heroes. Successful series that launched during this time include The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward and The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, (both in 2005).

So why was paranormal so hot in the early 2000s? Because we’d lived through watching real-life heroes like police, fire fighters, and military personnel lose their lives to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Post-9/11 we craved a hero that wasn’t of the same world where the brave can fight valiantly and still be helpless to stop bad things from happening.

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the last several weeks, and I can’t help but wonder what kind of hero readers will want and authors will write in a post-COVID-19 world. I can see a resurgence in supernatural or paranormal heroes. I can also envision the rise of medical heroes and heroines.

Above all, I think readers are going to continue to turn to the lighter side of romance, like romantic comedies and romance novels that either dial down the angst or at least balance angst with light-hearted settings and sympathetic characters.

Speaking of, stay tuned because I have a series launching at the end of summer that takes place in a bar (a light-hearted setting, indeed!) and the series is filled with ultra fun and sympathetic characters. More on this new series in the coming weeks!

 

Find me at The Romance Studio’s Spookapalooza Party!

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Beginning today until the 31st, I’ll be posting at The Romance Studio’s party site celebrating all things Halloween during their Spookapalooza Party.

There’s prizes up for grabs like gift cards and free books, including my short erotic romance Red, a retelling of Red Riding Hood, so be sure to visit the party often and enter to win one of the spook-tacular prizes!

Welcome to My Website!

Beginning today, this will be the only place that I’ll blog and have updated contact/book information. I’ve thought about registering my own domain for a while, but held back because I worried the process would be complex or too-techie for me.

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered how user-friendly WordPress is.

So, with the new domain and site design I decided to also roll out a new author tagline. Well, I didn’t really have a tagline before, so I guess I can’t say “new” but more like “finally have” a tagline. As you see under the banner with my name my tagline is: Dark. Daring. Decadent. Erotic fiction at its hottest.

And that is truly what I strive to do when I create my stories. I may not always write in paranormal, but I can promise my fans that all my books will be erotic, with a dark and sometimes dangerous, envelope-pushing touch.

So what’s on the horizon now that I’ve created this new site and author tagline? Well, I can’t spill all the beans, but here’s the shortlist of what I can share with you now

  1. I’m launching my author newsletter this summer. Sign-up is quick, free and easy. I’ll send out my mailing list every 2-3 months and I’ll only share information about upcoming releases and sales. Interested? Sign up here.
  2. I’ll soon have a street team. I’m trying to come up with a lively name but so far there’s only one sticking in my head…and I don’t know about that name. Once I have everything worked out, I’ll post here and on social media to recruit members. My street team will get first peek at ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies), swag and lots more.
  3. Writing is all about relationships, both with readers, industry professionals and other authors. I’ll post writing tips here twice a month, so my fellow authors and aspiring writers, be sure to follow my blog by clicking the ‘FOLLOW’ button on the upper right column.
  4. It’ll soon be easier for authors and bloggers to interview me or feature information about my books on their sites. I’m working on creating press kits for my books and one that’s an author profile.
  5. I have a new release coming soon! It’ll be a venture of firsts for me. The Indelible Series is paranormal BDSM and it also combines a bad ass female vampire Domme as well as a M/M/F love triangle. Intrigued? Book one Indelible Lust is releasing this summer, so watch this space for more info.

I hope my readers like my website and will take a look around.