My last blog post proved to be so much fun (when I asked for reader suggestions for unusual hero/heroine occupations) that I decided to pose another question this month! First of all, thank you. We authors couldn’t do what we do (that is, live in a story world with our characters a good majority of the time) without you, dear readers! Trust me when I say we sincerely appreciate that you buy/borrow our books. Time is a precious commodity, and it’s a true honor when you spend your valuable time reading our stories.
Without further ado, here’s my latest question for your valuable input:
If you could, what’s ONE thing you’d like to tell contemporary Christian romance writers? But keep reading first. . .
You might be scratching your head and thinking what on earth is she talking about now? It can be an observation, an opinion, or a personal insight/preference. Put it this way: have you ever wanted to throw your Kindle, phone, or a book across the room? If so, why? Or (for the optimists), have you ever loved, loved, LOVED a book so much that you want to shout to the world about how great it is? Again, tell me why. What made that particular book stand out in your mind?
Here are some suggestions to jump-start your thinking:
*Book covers (example: people vs. a pretty scene or symbol or why do these people have their arms around each other when they’re not REALLY together until the end?)
*Settings (example: urban is awesome or small-town rules!)
*Characters (example: give me some depth but don’t tell me every single thing they eat for every meal!)
*Plots (example: I hate the secret baby or love triangle plot but give me a fish-out-of-water romance any day!)
*Book Blurbs (example: whet my appetite but don’t give away the farm!)
No author names and no book titles, please. Just give me an idea about what upset or otherwise perturbed, disturbed, or bothered you. Or what you loved so much. I understand we all have different tastes in authors, books, plots, etc. Some readers appreciate detailed or descriptive writing, and some do not. Some prefer novellas while others want a long read. See what I mean? That’s why it’s so marvelous that there are many different Christian romance authors out there to suit our preferences! Amen? Of course, authors also realize that while a reader may like one book, they may not like another book from the same author. I liken it to a favorite actor. While you may love his/her work, it’s virtually impossible to love every movie he/she has ever made!
I certainly do not wish to stir up any debates, but a lively discussion is always a good thing with a shared understanding of our varying tastes and personal likes/dislikes. This is your moment to be heard, so please speak up!
Let me give you an example, and this is one of my personal pet peeves—when a hero in a book thinks, acts, and/or speaks like a woman. That drives me absolutely crazy, especially if they’re supposed to be strong and manly. I’m not talking about a man who has a soft spot for children because that’s the kind of hero we love, isn’t it? I’m not talking about a hero who can cry. A man who’s not afraid to show his vulnerability or his insecurities only draws me in more.
So, okay, feel free to share more than one thought if you’d like (within reason; try not to give us a complex that we’re doing something wrong, please, and only one entry in the giveaway per commenter).
One last thought on behalf of all authors. I know you most likely tire of hearing us talk about it, but word-of-mouth recommendations and reviews are so important for authors (especially on Amazon). If you enjoy a book, please tell your relatives, friends, neighbors, and church members who enjoy Christian romance. Of course, Christian authors write for the Lord’s glory first and foremost, but I’ll be honest. A positive review gives authors encouragement that we’re doing something right and that our work is appreciated and valued. We’re human, and when we get a great review, it’s like a terrific grade on a report card. Positive reviews are also a good way to get our work known and promoted more by Amazon.
Get the idea? Okay, go! To sweeten the deal, I’ll gift a $10 Amazon gift card to one commenter, but you must answer the posed question in order to qualify. From the comments posted by this coming Monday, September 26th, at midnight EST, the winner will be chosen this upcoming week and posted in next Sunday’s winner’s edition.
Until His Nets Are Full,
My latest release is Whisper to My Heart, available exclusively on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out: http://amzn.to/2cfbr1C
The unlikely romance between a concert pianist and a construction worker.
After a decade of touring the globe, Manhattan-based classical concert pianist Annalise Redmond needs a break. What’s a Juilliard-trained musician to do when she wants to live a “normal” life for six weeks?
Weston Galloway, a former firefighter and member of an Atlanta-based construction crew, is as much into soul-winning as building the new bank in little Darling, Georgia.
Anna’s barely been kissed. Weston’s not looking for love. When these two souls collide in small-town Americana, is their time together destined only to be a precious memory or will they listen to the whispers in their hearts and dare to dream of a future together?
Throw in Anna’s quirky sister and brother-in-law, Weston’s challenging coworker, spirited employees at The Darling Diner, and a cast of lively townsfolk, and you won’t want to miss this journey to Darling!
Whisper to My Heart. A contemporary Christian romance celebrating love, faith, community, and family.
COMING UP NEXT!! By Grace Draw Near, Book 3 in my Wondrous Love Series. Expected in late October/early November 2016.
Eric Masterson never expected to be promoted from cyclist to an executive position in his friend Sawyer Mancini’s successful pedicab business. His new job includes scouting out locations in Indianapolis and introduces him to many people with inspiring stories. One of the more fascinating individuals is beautiful Grace Warner, the owner of a downtown art gallery. She demonstrates compassion for those with disabilities, interprets for the deaf in her church, and seems willing to help everyone else. So why won’t she give him the time of day?
Grace Warner doesn’t know how many ways she can turn down the pedicab executive. No matter how handsome and appealing he is, she knows it’s best to ignore the man’s charms. While drawn to Eric, she can’t seem to get past their brief but memorable meeting a few years prior—a time when they both lived a much different, freer lifestyle. Although he seems a changed man and shares her faith in Jesus, Grace is determined not to remind Eric even as he seems equally persistent in wearing down her resistance.
Can these two find a common ground or are they destined to go in opposite directions?
By Grace Draw Near. A contemporary Christian romance celebrating love, community, faith, and God’s abundant grace.