Romance is anything but!
Yes, there are erotica romance stories out there. But there are also those where there is no sex and some where there's not even kissing until the last page - and that a very chaste one. There are as many types of romance as there are readers - and trust me, there are millions of readers - not all of whom are bored housewives or little old ladies. The readership runs from teens to octogenarians and beyond and is read by both men and women. And bored housewives? Give me a break. Who has time to be a bored housewife these days? Romance is not about the sex. It's about relationships.
According to statistics, romance books make up the largest part of the fiction market. And there is a sub-genre for every reader. From science fiction to fantasy to traditional and historical. Name a date and there's probably a romance book about it somewhere. We encompass the universe and all time periods, including the distant future.
So please, before you degrade a type of story, read a sampling of them first - and not just one type. There are so many different types out there, that it may take several before you find the genre you like.
And put a little romance in your life.
Progress - 68 pages of crit done for a friend, 12 pages of new stuff written for me
Birthdays: Ernest Dowson, Irving Babbitt, Romulo Gallegos, John Kieran, James Baldwin, Mitchell Smith
Tips and Teasers: You have to describe the taste and uses of a lemon to someone who's never tasted or used one before. What do you say? Remember, if you turn them off by talking only about how sour it is, they'll never try lemon meringue pie or a tall glass of fresh lemonade. Think about how to put a positive spin on something negative.
Thought for the day: “Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow