No Garden-Variety Romance!

So you think you know about Romance? Boy meets girl, falls for girl, marries girl. While reading and reading up on the “Romance” genre, romanceI’ve had some real eye-opening moments, or, eye-popping moments. Holy cow! Romance plots are fairly straightforward, according to the Romance Writers of America (a non-profit trade organization): “The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work.” BUT, there can be as many subplots as the author wishes as long as she (yes, she) focuses on the love story

Sharon Hamilton on Romance

Sharon Hamilton on Romance

itself. The heat level, I’ve noticed, can be sweet, sensual, steamy, simmering, seductive, spicy, and scorching. Yup! Not only that, but the sub-genres can include historical, inspirational, paranormal, romantic suspense, and young adult. Who knew??

Here are two fascinating statistics: Romance fiction was the largest share of the U.S. consumer market in 2012 at 16.7 percent. And, the genre generated $1.438 billion in revenue that year. Just so everyone can share in this romantic phenomenon, the Redwood Writers is offering a breakout session in its April 26, 2014 conference (in Santa Rosa CA) called “The Shocking Truth About Romance.” Sharon Hamilton, an award-winning Romance author who writes of Dark Angels, Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie, and Vampires, helped put the panel

Tina Folsom

Tina Folsom

together. The other panelists include Tina Folsom who has published 15 novels in English, Spanish, German, and French. Her Romance novels include dark spells and destruction, masters of mind control, eternal darkness, and vampires!

We also have Marina Adair, #1 national best-selling author of her “St. Helena Vineyard” series, the “Sugar, Georgia” series, and the “Sweet Plains” series. For years she was “addicted” to

Marina Adair

Marina Adair

reading and watching tempestuous, bodice-ripping romance–now she writes it! You can visit her at

The fourth panelist is Carolyn Jewel, “born on a moonless night”, she says, adding that the darkness was “seared into her soul” at that moment. Now she’s an award-winning author of historical and paranormal romance which may include dark passion, indiscretion, ruin, and powerful demons.

Carolyn Jewel

Carolyn Jewel

She’s at A “must” characteristic of Romance genre novels is that “the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.” So, lest you have any misgivings about Romance endings, the lovers always ride off together into the sunset and presumably live happily ever after. But it’s what happens between that opening sentence and last line that you cannot predict and that will in all likelihood grab you–in more ways than one! Want to know more about the conference? Go to And by the way, what’s an upogenie?


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3 Responses to No Garden-Variety Romance!

  1. jeannejusaitis says:

    You make a good case for going to that session. Sounds like a fabulous panel. I’ll be there for sure. I’m struggling with a very young YA romance. Gotta watch those boundaries.

    • We are all so looking forward to this. Tina and I are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, and Marina Chappie (Adair) is a USA Today bestselling author. Carolyn Jewel is a two time RITA nominee (Academy Awards for romance). Both Carolyn and Marina are traditionally published. It will be a lively panel. Bring your questions – all of them. We’ll give you the down and dirty about writing everything from sweet romance to hot stuff. These speakers are in such high demand, you probably won’t be able to see them together again unless you went to a large RWA-sponsored venue, so it is very special. Come join the crowd. If not, we’ll do some reading, and maybe get our laptops out and meet our deadlines!

  2. writersandy says:

    I definitely want to attend that session. In fact, we’re making it 20 minutes longer by having an “open forum” during the preceding break. Will be fun to meet those authors. And a fifth Romance author has been added. It will be an amazing session!

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