Romance Tropes Uncovered
If I wasn’t writing romance novels, I’d have no idea what a trope was, never mind what the romance tropes are! 🧡
What the heck is a trope? It’s a familiar premise or component to the romance genre in this case, that is popular and central to the appeal of the novel.
My favorites: Fake Engagements and Marriages of Convenience.
Why? I love the pretense! Trying to pretend you don’t feel what you feel while playing the role that says you do is a delicious emotional irony that I can’t put down. It’s why I love regencies so much.
Why does the delicious irony of pretense speak to me so? That answer would probably require a PhD in Psychology to decipher, but who cares at this stage–I’ll run with it!
What’s Your Favorite Trope?
Here’s a list of possibilities. If you have one not listed, please feel free to add it in!
Secret Baby. Bad Boy Redeemed. Forbidden Love
Bad Girl Redeemed. Alpha Hero Comes to the Rescue
Fake Fiancee. Marriage of Convenience. Fish Out of Water.
Opposites Attract. Rich Boy, Poor Girl.
May-December Romance (older guy/young lady)
My current work in progress, Playing for the Money is a prime example of the Forbidden Love Trope. It also combines the Bad Boy redeemed Trope. How can you go wrong with that combo? Here’s the tag line:
What he needs is the money. What he wants is the coach’s daughter.
Playing for the Money will be released on February 15th. If you love sizzling sports romance, this one is for you!
If you’re a fan of the Beachcomber Investigations series, then this EXCLUSIVE EPILOGUE to Beachcomber Bride is a must read!
It answers the question of what happens to Dane & Shana after their wedding ceremony. And tells us what becomes of all their island friends, and what happens with their friend-turned-enemy, Cap.
This epilogue wraps up more than book 12, Beachcomber Bride, it also wraps up the entire Beachcomber Investigations series because this is the last book.
Saying good-bye to Dane and Shana has been bittersweet for me. I’ve loved writing their story through 12 novels and several novellas, but after their long and tortured romance, they deserve their happy-ever-after ending. And now they finally have it.
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Enjoy the satisfying conclusion of this addicting series.
If you know Myren (my chauffeur), then you know how hard it would be for him to actually say Merry Christmas. Well, maybe he didn’t exactly say Merry Christmas, maybe he said something like Darn#!%$^& Christmas. Close enough for Myren.
He’s Cheer Challenged. (I would call him grumpy, but he’s standing nearby and he has a sixth sense about when I’m calling him names). What do I mean by Cheer Challenged, you say?
Let me give you a couple of examples of what I mean by Cheer Challenged.
When he drove me to the mall the other day, I stopped to put a few dollars into the Salvation Army Kettle and when the Santa ringing the bell said “Thank you and Merry Christmas. You’re an example of the goodness of humanity.” Myren said, “You’re kidding, right? Watch out or one of the good humans will steal your kettle.”
I ran ahead and pretended I didn’t know him. But Myren caught up with me and scowled back at all the staring people.
When we saw a group of children singing Christmas Carols–they were adorable–Myren complained that they were off-key. On the way home, when I insisted on listening to the radio that played Christmas music he grumbled and refused to turn up the volume. Until I started singing along–then he turned up the volume really loud.
When we got out of the car and he tore his pants, I told him that was karma getting back at him. He said it was business as usual in this cruel, cruel world.
So I decided Grumpy Myren (there–I said it!) needed something good to happen to give him some seasonal cheer. But what on earth would cheer up such a sourpuss?
Clearly the usual festive Christmassy things didn’t help–made him worse if anything.
So I put on my thinking cap and thought. “What’s the one thing that Myren loves to do?”
Then it came to me.
bought him a bottle of whiskey made him his favorite meal, homemade chicken parmesan. Did it work, you ask? I’m not sure. Hard to tell with Myren, but he hasn’t said bah humbug under his breath in the last thirty minutes and he didn’t complain that the cupcakes were store bought.
The real test will be when I force him to watch It’s a Wonderful Life later. Wish me luck! (Last year he accidentally broke a few tree ornaments when he threw them across the room…His story is that he was playing with the cat. The cat isn’t talking.)
I’ll tell him it could be worse–I could be making him watch a Hallmark movie…
Beachcomber Bride is the 12 Book in the romantic thriller series, Beachcomber Investigations–and it’s a doozie! I packed this one with extraordinary drama. There’s a murder trial, a reappearance of someone who should be dead and maybe even a wedding.
What else could you possibly ask for? Oh, yeah–there’s an assassin on the loose and he’s after the governor.
Get your copy of Beachcomber Bride now for the new release price of $.99 for a limited time.
In the meantime, take a look at the brand new Beachcomber Bride book trailer:
Give yourself a treat for Christmas: Shorts!
The Authors’ Billboard has a special holiday treat for you this year! Brand spanking new short stories – from the naughty & the nice list – to add fun to your season & keep your spirits high.
18 of our masters of romance have contributed to this incredible deal for your entertainment. Eat goodies, drink hot toddies, read, enjoy, make wishes and… dream.
Stories and Authors of Christmas Shorts:
Christmas Runaway: Mimi Barbour, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: A teenager, mad at her father, runs into the bush and is saved by Sara’s big white Samoyed.
The Captain’s Christmas Leave: Mona Risk, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: The wounded captain is resigned for the worst. But his soon-to-be ex-wife has some ideas to cheer him up.
Christmas Games: Stephanie Queen, USA Today bestselling author: He’s got game with an old flame.
Second Chance Christmas: Jen Talty, USA Today bestselling author: Will Angel be able to put the past where it belongs and give Darren a second chance?
Meeting Sam Klaus: Melinda De Ross, USA Today bestselling author: Can two people fall in love after only a few hours spent together?
Stuck On The Naughty List: Joan Reeves, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: Can the new Police Chief mend Cassie’s broken heart?
A Match Made in Mistletoe: Leanne Banks, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: Can a scarred attorney and his assistant find love when they’re trapped in an Inn haunted by a romance-happy ghost?
Candy’s Christmas Rescue: Cynthia Cooke, USA Today bestselling author: A broken-down car, a dog on the run, a wedding cake in peril, what else does Candy have to lose other than her heart?
A Christmas Creek Caper: Rachelle Ayala, USA Today bestselling author: Someone’s stealing packages off the Christmas Creek porches. Sheriff Brad Wing is on the case–until he’s caught with his hands up and his pants down.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fearies: Taylor Lee, USA Today bestselling author: Can the drool-worthy financier persuade her that Christmas dreams can come true?
Peter Elph: Dani Haviland, USA Today bestselling author: A gambler finds a huge surprise in 1886 Tombstone.
Christmas Cupid: Nancy Radke, USA Today bestselling author: Cupid uses all his arrows to help two strangers find romance.
A Love on the Edge: Jennifer St. Giles, USA Today bestselling author: He expected to quickly catch a stalker and send the celebrity heiress on her way, but the case is more complex, and she might not be the wrong woman
Because We’re Snowflakes: Susan Jean Ricci, USA Today bestselling author: When a grad student from across the pond meets the campus librarian, will he teach her the true spirit of Christmas?
A Magical Christmas: Jacquie Biggar, USA Today bestselling author: When a little girl goes missing, it takes faith, love, and the help of a Christmas angel to guide her to safety.
A Chance of Snow: Alyssa Bailey, USA Today bestselling author: Can winter weather, a fall, and an unexpected invitation bring love?
Holiday Pickup By The Sea: Traci Hall, USA Today bestselling author: Harley’s job as a dating service coordinator has left her jaded, when it comes to little white lies. Are Marc’s pickup lines and bumbling attempts at a connection enough for her to lower her guard, and give them both a chance at love?
A Chocolate-Box Christmas: Josie Riviera, USA Today bestselling author: Love is sweeter with a touch of mischief.