Paranormal romance author Regan Summers is joining us for a guest post today. I enjoyed her debut novel, Don’t Bite the Messenger, which came out last month. Please help me welcome her to the blog.
You see what a romantic I am, focusing on manufacturing rather than the fiery passion that inspired said bodice-ripping?
I actually do believe in love at first sight. I’ve seen it in action. (I was once nearly run over by a car when the driver spontaneously fell in love with a woman jogging in a silver sports bra. Superlative craftsmanship in that garment, by the way.)
So, while I believe in it, I sometimes would rather read about a gradual process. I have, for your amusement, assembled a list of some of the many forms of slow-burning love:
A. The Hate-Love (possibly repeating) – These romances are explosive and often involve traded insults, moonlit confessions, scratch marks, and maybe beach or alley sex, depending on locale. The courtships/battles make the reader hold her breath for the duration of entire scenes (or until fainting becomes imminent). Declarations of love are uttered sparingly and/or withheld beyond the point of frustration. They are amazing.
B. The Blind Leading the Besotted – These are uneven romances. One party is infatuated; the other is obliviously obsessed with important social work, or another party (who is clearly wrong for him or her), or maybe an upcoming weekend trip to the Wis Dells. A relationship exists but it is stunted. And, if the blind does not clue in promptly, can become twisted. These stories range in intensity from nail-biters to throw-the-book-across-the-roomers.
C. Just Friends – Oh, really? Good luck with that, since he/she is the most handsome/beautiful, funny/quirky, considerate/compassionate, and adoring/attentive person you’ll ever know, you moron! These books always Sometimes these books make me yell at them. But only because I care.
In Don’t Bite the Messenger, Sydney and Malcolm find each other attractive. But they don’t hop from that first meeting straight into love, or anything resembling a real courtship. There is anger, frustration, suspicion, dawning friendship and…I wouldn’t want to spoil it. I hope you’ll have as much fun reading about their explosive journey as I had writing it.
Thank you so much for having me, Jen!
Regan is giving away a copy of her book Don’t Bite the Messenger. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You can learn more about Regan on her website. Thanks so much, Regan, for being here today.