A Path to Romance

A path to romance. It’s kind of funny how two people can meet and fall in love. As a romance reader, first, and as a romance writer, I love the various ways that people can enter each other’s spheres and discover that they’re the other person’s person. You know, that person who gets them, that person who loves them, quirks and all.

The path to romance can be fast and furious: the two lovers who instantaneously feel that connection.  Or it can be slow and winding: those who are friends, who fall in love with others, break up, and yet wind up with each other. Or it can be tumultuous: full of ups and downs, fiery and passionate.

Whatever the path, it always has intrigue and humor and a healthy heaping of passion. It’s why I love romance. It’s about the journey. And for me, it needs to end happily ever after.  I know there’s an entire field of writers who enjoy trauma porn in romance–setting up great tales and ending them tragically. But I don’t want trauma.  I only want the porn if there’s a great story with it.

So do you have a favorite path to romance?

A Romance Writers Association is What’s Needed…But Is It This One?

Anyone who follows romance novels–and many who don’t–are likely well aware that the Romance Writers of America has imploded in recent weeks. Just before Christmas, RWA sanctioned Chinee American author Courtney Milan for pointing out the racism in another author’s book. The romance writing community exploded in fury, saying this was the last straw for them with RWA. Even though RWA nixed the sanctions against Milan, things devolved, with the group’s governing board, executive director, and president resigning (following a recall petition). It’s been unsettling to watch.

And while an organization falling apart because its values didn’t align with the values of its members isn’t anything new, it is frustrating. It is frustrating because this organization was created for a reason. For several reasons, actually.  Primarily, it was created as a place where romance writers could join together and get fellowship, advice, support, and education. It became a place where writers met other writers and formed lasting friendships. It became a place where people could learn from the best, or learn the pitfalls to watch out for on their writing journeys. It became a place that would rally behind writers and help them. Just two years ago, RWA joined forces with the Authors Guild to help defeat attempts to trademark the word “cocky” so other romance writers could not use it in their book titles.

Even now, the RWA is missing in action when writers need their help. RWA had been negotiating to help authors contracted to a company that authors said wasn’t paying royalties due and is currently in the midst of a financial restructuring.  Those authors could use an advocate with a wider voice, and they don’t have one. That’s what saddens me.  While RWA isn’t a union, it is an organization that pools the resources and voices of the many to provide robust support for all when needed.

And now that seems to be gone, as the RWA tries to figure out if it can convince its members that it is an organization they want to belong to.  Now, I’m not saying writers should go back to RWA just so they can have the support of a writer’s organization. For too many members, RWA has shown it doesn’t value them and it has to deal with those consequences.

What I am saying is, I hope that some organization can form (and I’ve heard about the Romance Alliance) that will do for romance writers what RWA set out to do, and do it in a way that embraces and includes people, rather than pushes them away.

 

Getting Back in the Saddle

I have returned!

I apologize for my absence. I took a job outside of writing last year and have been away from the authoring business for more than a year now. Just writing that seems so bizarre, because I love writing so much. It’s a huge part of who I am, and being away from it so long seems anathema.

But I am back. I have been working on completing two projects, and hope to get them edited and out to you in 2020. Because I’m slowly sliding back into this, I won’t bite off more than I can chew. I will definitely have one new title published by June.

So, in my absence, what have your lives been like? Do you have any plans for this exciting 2020 year?

Much love,

RB

Fairy Tale Series Now Wide

My entire fairy tales series is now available on all retailers. You can get any book in the Passion-Filled Fairy Tales series at multiple retailers.

Previously, only the Princess, the Pea and the Night of Passion; Beauty and Her Beastly Love; and Cinders & Ash: A Cinderella Story had been available on all retailers. The remaining four books in the series had been part of an exclusive Amazon program, and just came out of that contract.  Now, all the books are available at Amazon as well as other retailers. Here are all the book links:

The Princess, the Pea and the Night of Passion

Amazon – Google Play – Kobo – Barnes & Noble – iTunes

Beauty & Her Beastly Love


AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo –  iTunesGoogle Play

Cinders & Ash: A Cinderella Story


AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunesGoogle Play

Dream Trysts: A Sleeping Beauty Story

AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunes Google Play24 Symbols

Finding Bliss: A Dream Trysts Story


AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunesGoogle Play24 Symbols

Ravishing Rapunzel


AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunesGoogle Play24 Symbols

Stil’s Heart


AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunesGoogle Play24 Symbols

Beauty & Her Beastly Love is Featured on Book Doggy Today!

Beauty & Her Beastly Love is being featured on the ebook discount site BookDoggy today.

If you haven’t heard of BookDoggy, they’re a great site that sends great discounted books to your email every day.t You can find out more about BookDoggy here: https://bookdoggy.com.

As I mentioned earlier this week, Beauty and Her Beastly Love will be on sale for 99 cents through Sunday. Here are all the places you can find it.

AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo –  iTunesGoogle Play

Also, the next book in the series, Cinders & Ash, is on sale, as well, down to 2.99 from 3.99.  You can find that book here: AmazonBarnes & NobleKoboiTunesGoogle Play

 

Two Fairy Tales Go Wide, and on Sale

Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a great weekend.

Here, we’re coming off of Spring Break and my children were home all week, so it has been a bit of a struggle to get back into the hang of things, but we’ll muddle through.

I just wanted to give you a heads up that two of the fairy tales in my Passion-Filled Fairy Tales series are now available at multiple retailers. I decided to take them wide after there were some problems with how romance books were being categorized over at Amazon. I’m going to see how things go at other retailers, and then after a couple of months evaluate how things are going.

To celebrate the wide release, I’ve scheduled a brief discount period. Beauty and Her Beastly Love will be 99 cents, April 10-14 (it’s already 99 cents at some retailers, so feel free to check today). Cinders & Ash: A Cinderella Story will drop from $3.99 to $2.99 over the same time period.

The latter books in the series are committed to Amazon exclusivity until May, so I won’t be able to move those books wide until later.

So, without any further ado, here are the links for the books at other retailers (note: I should have Apple and Barnes & Noble links by the end of the week.).

Beauty & Her Beastly Love
Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, Playster, ScribD

Cinders & Ash: A Cinderella Story
Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, Playster, ScribD

 

Diamonds & Hearts Goes Wide

Yikes, it’s been ages since I’ve written a blog post.  So sorry.  I’ve been busy writing and haven’t spent time on the blog. I’m working diligently on two new titles and I’m hoping to get them published in April and May. So I probably won’t do a ton of blogging until those two novels are in final edits.

I did want to stop in and mention that Diamonds & Hearts is available at multiple retailers now. It had previously only been available on Amazon. It’s now available at all the big retailers. I also revamped the blurb for the book a little. If you haven’t grabbed it because you prefer retailers other than Amazon, go ahead and check it out.  Here are the retailers where it’s available:

iTunes –  Barnes & Noble  – KoboAmazonGoogle PlayPlayster – ScribD

Diamonds & Hearts Blurb:

Diamonds are pieces of charcoal that handle stress exceptionally well. -unknown

ONYX
I know I’m damaged. I don’t want to admit it, not to myself. But in the deepest darkest places, I know it’s true. My work, as a schoolteacher helps me forget my father the criminal, who spent my formative years heisting jewels. It helps me feel I’m making a difference and putting some good into the world, instead of what I used to do, instead of what my father did.

But, when I need cash to help my brother cover a medical treatment, there’s only one place I know to turn: other damaged people. My father’s old friend Pauly, who can get me some less-than-legal, but well-paying jobs. It’s a step back, but the only option I have.

RYAN

I’m completely messed up, and I know it. My life has spiraled. My sister died a year ago and I just don’t know how to cope. I’ve done everything wrong since then, and now it’s time to the pay the piper. Or, to be more accurate, the Pauly, a mob boss, I owe big.

I’m expecting a beating, but instead, I run into a friend of my sister’s, Onyx. When Pauly realizes I know her, he tells me I can get out from under this debt IF I just convince her to do a job. Oh, and I have to go with her, too.

Before, being sent away with a gorgeous woman like Onyx would have been just what I wanted. Only, something about her unsettles me. She gets under my skin. In a way no other woman has.

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In this sexy romance, two damaged souls find more than they expected when their fates intertwine. 

 

Diamonds & Hearts Available Today

Diamonds & Hearts is available today!

The book is 99 cents through the end of this weekend, before it goes up to full price of $2.99. This book is a contemporary romance and its lots of fun. It’s got mobsters, diamonds, and lots more.

Here’s the blurb. Grab it now for 99 cents or read it free in Kindle Unlimited.  Here’s the blurb:

“Diamonds are pieces of charcoal that handle stress exceptionally well.” -unknown

Onyx Neel’s life should be coming up roses.  After a turbulent childhood with a father who was a diamond thief, she’s found peace and happiness as a teacher helping guide children. But everything shatters when she learns her brother’s cancer has come back, and only an expensive treatment can save him. Onyx knows only one place to get the money, but going back means returning to a life she’s tried to forget?

Ryan Harper is the epitome of spoiled, wealthy playboy. He’s constantly in trouble, and it’s only ratcheted up since his sister died a year ago. With his reckless behavior having spiraled, he’s in real trouble now. He owes a mobster big money for gambling debts, but he’s out of cash, when he loses access to his trust fund.

When Ryan and Onyx turn up seeking help from the same mobster, the criminal has a proposal: a trip to India and a risky heist that will result in a payday that gets them both what they need.  Thrown together and under pressure, Ryan and Onyx embark on a mission for diamonds, but they will discover much, much more.

Why we’re so in love with celebrity couples

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I saw this interesting article last night discussing dream celebrity couplings. It’s a celeb writer’s pic for the couples that have been talked about but who aren’t actually together.

And while the article is somewhat fun, sort of like fantasy football, but with romance, it got me thinking about why we’re so obsessed with celebrities. While they’re people, just like the rest of us, they’re bigger than life movie personas and the Hollywood money they earn makes them seem of interest. And of course, Hollywood studios spend lots of money trying to convince us these people are awesome and to be admired. While the studio systems of the 40s, 50s and 60s ( one that had studio heads working hard to perfect the image of stars and sell them as the coolest version of the people we know; people we’d love to hang out with and might aspire to be) is gone, the idea persists that these are people we know and love and would connect with personally.

And if we know and love someone, we want to see them happy. And what better way to see them happy than in love?  So, I think we see love with our favorite celebs and just want it to work. We constantly want to know if they’re happy in love, so we can enjoy the feeling of our friends in love.  And when their love life goes kaput, our gossip urge takes over.  Not necessarily our urge to spread gossip, our urge to know gossip.  We can commiserate with their misery, and know that yeah, they are just like us. They can have as wicked a love lives as anyone else’s. But, of course we secretly want their love lives to succeed. Because it means that there are real people out there who do have it all.

I don’t subscribe to any celebrity gossip sites, but I do follow the celebrity news that makes headlines. I love John Legend & Chrissy Tiegan. And as a Buffy lover, it makes me happy every time I see Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze together looking happy. Like so many others, I was so sad to see Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck break up. Mostly because she seemed so nice and down-to-earth.  As an All My Children fan from childhood, I was disappointed recently to hear Josh Duhamel (who played Leo Dupres on AMC) and Fergie were separating.  Again, it made me sad. I adored Josh on AMC and he seemed like such a nice guy on the show that I felt like he’d be a nice guy in person, so I just want him to have a nice happy love life.

Alas, the love lives of celebrities mirror the love lives of real people, because celebrities are real people. If we want happily ever after, we have to watch movies or read romance novels. It’s a good thing I like both. 🙂

Diamonds & Hearts Available for Pre-Order

My newest book, Diamonds and Hearts, is available for pre-order.  The book publishes Sept. 20.  It will be available on your e-reader on the 20th, if you order it now.  And it’s just 99 cents through the pre-order phase.

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They say that diamonds are pieces of coal that handle stress exceptionally well.
Onyx Neel and Ryan Harper are both under extreme stress. Onyx needs money to help pay for an expensive medical treatment for her brother, while Ryan owes a mafioso nearly a million dollars.
When a proposal that will cure both their money woes tosses them together in a foreign land, watch how they handle the pressure.
Will their mission to steal diamonds end up stealing hearts?  
Get Diamonds & Hearts exclusively from Amazon.