A List of Worthy Rom Coms for Valentine's Week
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d take a moment to do a romantic post…
I must admit, I have a weakness for good love stories. Girl meets boy, and then romance ensues. Or girl-girl, boy-boy, et cetera. Maybe even a bit of reverse harem. Who really cares, as long as you’re happy? Recently, I perused the top new releases in Romance on Amazon. Then, I couldn’t decide which subgenre I should focus on. Yet, what could be better, more uplifting and such, than a decent rom com? Steamy or clean romance, I’ve included both types and a few different themes. You decide which works better for you. I’m adding them below. Enjoy!
Romance Books to Discover
Well, that’s about it. Now, this list isn't an exhaustive list. It doesn’t encompass all of the new releases in romantic comedy on Amazon or any other bookseller. That would be impossible. I only included some. Feel free to look over the aforementioned titles or find one that suits you.
The point here is to enjoy Valentine’s week with a good romantic read. Pull up a chair, get comfy, and fall into the fiction world.
As always, happy reading! ♥
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We're bringing something a bit different to Writing in the Modern Age today. Awhile back, I had an idea for a new feature so I reached out to some author colleagues to see if they'd like to participate. I thought it might be nice to show readers a few books that have inspired authors. You might find it enlightening, and at least be able to answer the age old question, "What the heck do authors read?"
Writers are readers too! Most authors love to collect books for their vast personal libraries. The written word is fascinating to us, and many newer authors as well as those in the past have helped to shape who we are today.
Without further ado, our guest today is Isobelle Cate, an adult fiction author and writer of all kinds of romance. Won't it be interesting to hear about a few books that have inspired Isobelle on her writing and publishing journey?
Sounds pretty awesome to me. So, take it away, Isobelle!
For a writer to be inspired, she looks at the world around her. She gains inspiration when she sees something that catches her eye, she smells a scent that brings back a memory, she listens to a song.
Reading is perhaps the most important source of inspiration for other writers. Just look at the plethora of paranormal novels – romance or otherwise – that lift situations from mythology, from news events, from poetry or from urban legends to name a few. I am no different. My books are inspired by other stories that I have read and the mythology that I grew up with. The characteristics which I infuse my characters with come from the ideal that I have formed from all of these sources. Here are some of the books that have inspired me.
1. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
This is Khalil Gibran’s best and most powerful work ever-written…. Blending the elements of Eastern and Western mysticism, Lebanese – American essayist – Khalil Gibran, in this enriching collection of parables expounds the philosophy of living conveying a strong and beautiful message on every aspect of life. Set forth in the form of profound wisdom and philosophy of life, these discourses apply dynamically with amazing timeliness to our human problems in day-to-day life. Millions of followers today absorb Gibran’s writings with religious devotion and fervor because his thoughts are ageless and realistic.
A beautiful poem, The Prophet helped me decide what attributes I wanted for my characters.
2. The Scanguards Series by Tina Folsom
From Book 1: NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tina Folsom presents: Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires Series #1)
Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.
His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.
However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he's a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.
"I'm addicted to Tina Folsom's books! The Scanguards series is one of the hottest things to happen to vampire romance. If you love scorching, fast-paced reads, don't miss this thrilling series!" --- Lara Adrian, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Midnight Breed series
Scanguards Vampires (Vampire Series):
Book 1: Samson's Lovely Mortal
Book 2: Amaury's Hellion
Book 3: Gabriel's Mate
Book 4: Yvette's Haven
Book 5: Zane's Redemption
Book 6: Quinn's Undying Rose
Book 7: Oliver's Hunger
Book 8: Thomas's Choice
Book 8 1/2: Silent Bite (A Scanguards Wedding Novella)
Book 9: Cain's Identity
Book 10: Luther's Return
Novella: Mortal Wish
Book 11: Blake's Pursuit (Winter 2015/Spring 2016)
...and more to come...
The Scanguards Vampires series is nothing like the Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, Shades of Vampire, or Twilight. It's a vampire romance series for adults who like their vampires with a bit of bite--and a lot of hotness! This vampire series takes place in San Francisco.
This series started me writing about vampires. The Scanguards are as sexy as any vampire can get!
3. The Highlander Series by Donna Grant
The Dark Sword Series, The Complete Collection contains Dangerous Highlander, Forbidden Highlander, Wicked Highlander, Untamed Highlander, Shadow Highlander, and Darkest Highlander. In the acclaimed Dark Sword series, the darkest, fiercest warriors of Scottish legend finally meet their match—in the brave, fiery hearts of the women they cherish…
A fantastic series about immortals, Ms. Grant’s books will bring the reader right inside the story. Very addictive!
4. The Masters of the Tabu Series by Gray Dixon
The Masters of Tabu are seven novel length stories and center around six college friends from Texas plus a new friend brought into the circle. Ten years after graduating from Texas A&M with graduate degrees, each is a master in their own right, and not just academically. Every man is successful in his own business or endeavor and all are co-owners in Club Tabu, a BDSM private club on the outskirts of Dallas.
Their stories take the reader on a journey of discovery, redemption, healing and finding love when they least expect it. The Big D has more than hot days, but sizzling nights. Dallas will never be the same.
Because these books are hot, steamy reads!
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We've all read them: novels by our favorite authors that disappoint. Uninspired and lifeless, we wonder what happened. Was the author in a hurry? Did she have a bad year? Has he lost interest altogether?
Something similar is true of a great many unpublished manuscripts. They are okay stories that never take flight. They don't grip the imagination, let alone the heart. They merit only a shrug and a polite dismissal by agents and editors.
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