Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall Into Winter Romance Blog Hop

I write romance, and I mostly share this information with other romance writers or readers.  Occasionally though, I tell someone who is not necessarily familiar with the genre, and their misconceptions are laughable.  You'll notice there are only five items on the list this time.  This is because I had to have some space to clear up the misconceptions.  So, here are the top five misconceptions about romance writers.  I might have exaggerated...just...a...smidge ;-)

5.  Misconception--The ideas for stories come from our little, secret perversions.

     Reality--My perversions are BIG and out there, baby! (Okay, I've been married to the same man for fifteen years, and he's still my best friend and fave person to be with, so no hidden perversions here).

4.  Misconception--All romance writers are un-happy, love-starved housewives who need an outlet for all their pent-up frustration before they explode.

     Reality--I have a Master's Degree and a professional day job.  See previous item concerning my level of happiness and frustration concerning my love life.

3.  Misconception--All romance books are full of heaving bosoms, throbbing loins, and wistful sighs.

     Reality--As a genre, romance has come a long way.  There are many types of romance for all kinds of readers.  From chick lit to urban fantasy to romantic suspense to Inspirational, the choices are endless, and the heroines are multifaceted.  Gone are the simpering damsels in distress.  Now, she'd be more likely to kick his throbbing loins just for looking at her heaving bosoms until he was wistfully sighing for his crushed boys below, if you know what I mean.

2.  Misconception--Romance stories are the easiest genre to write, and anyone can write one.

     Reality--Pull all your fingernails and toenails out with a pair of pliers, pluck each of your hairs out one at a time with a pair of tweezers, and pull your bottom lip over your head until you can taste the back of your neck(I stole and modified that last one from Bill Cosby), then you'll know the pain and frustration a romance writer encounters trying to write a publishable story that appeals to a wide audience of readers and might make a little money.

1.  Misconception--Romance writers sit around in feather boas, pink fuzzy slippers, and eat bon-bons all day.

     Reality--Okay, this one is soooo true (or at least I wish it were).

There you go. Some major misconceptions about romance writers. If you're not running for the metaphorical door at this point, I hope you'll check out my latest release and re-release:
Former fat-girl, Kate Delaney left New Falls heartbroken. She’s spent ten years in Los Angeles, but is back, fifty pounds lighter, California hotter, and has a Hollywood mega-producer interested in her script. One problem—a nerve-nuking thief absconds with her laptop, attached USB, and the contents of her underwear drawer, and the heart-breaker from ten years ago just walked through her door.

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Months after he stole her affections—then her executive chef position—Shyann and Luke meet again under sizzling circumstances, on a televised cooking show called Kitchen Twist. Each comes with a motive: Luke intends to win Shyann’s heart, even as she wants closure on the not-so-tasty heartbreak he once served up. Can two top chefs resist each other as they move out of the pan and into the fire? 

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Don't forget to check out the TWO giveaways on my blog. My personal blog giveaway--Two $5 Amazon Gift Cards, Two copies of Lost in New Falls, and Two copies of Into the Fire.  And the Grand Prize Giveaway for the Fall Into Winter Blog Hop.

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Happy Reading and Writing!
Cherie Marks

24 comments:

Catherine Lee said...

Say it ain't so! I'm devastated to hear that you're not sitting around in a feather boa and pink, fuzzy slippers, sucking down bon bons!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Catherine Lee said...

Say it ain't so! I'm devastated to hear that you're not sitting around in a feather boa and pink, fuzzy slippers, sucking down bon bons!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Cherie Marks said...

Yeah, the picture painted by the misconceived PR is soooo much better. :) Thanks for stopping by, Catherine.

Lily B said...

cute post :) made me giggle!
Liked your amazon page and everything <3

Cherie Marks said...

Thank you, Lily B!

Sherry said...

Liked your Amazon Author Page
great post
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Nana Prah said...

Your post was wonderful. The #1 misconception should be true darn it.

Jen Barnard said...

Signed up to your newsletter.

Carolyn said...

That was a great list, and yes, yes, yes to number 2. I was just educating a friend who was talking down about romance. Anyone who's read a bad one (and that's all of us) knows that doing romance well takes real skill.

I've signed up for your new release notifications. Thanks for being part of the hop!

amy bowens said...

What a great blog. Enjoyed reading this! thanks

Cherie Marks said...

Thank you all for hopping in. I like an audience who can appreciate the battle a romance writer wages for a little credibility. I don't apologize anymore. I embrace it and feel like the luckiest writer to focus on giving my characters a happily ever after.

bn100 said...

signed up for newsletter
liked Amazon page

Ashfa said...

Great post!
Signed up for your newsletter and Liked on Amazon. like #67.

Tina B said...

Loved those misconceptions and realities! When I tell people that I read Romance, they look at me like I am a little crazy. Lol.
I liked your author page on Amazon. I was #68. :)
Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

Dovile said...

Liked on Amazon (#69)

Eva Millien said...

Sounds like great books. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. newsletter and twitter. evamillien at gmail dot com

magic5905 said...

Signed up for newsletter. Thanks.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

Lily B said...

signed up for the new releases :)

BookLady said...

Interesting post on misconceptions!
Signed up for your newsletter.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

amanda whitley said...

achadwick22 at yahoo dot com signed up for newsletter

amanda whitley said...

liked your amazon author page

joye said...

Thanks for the hop. I get introduced to a lot of authors by doing it. I signed up for your newsletter.
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

BLHmistress said...

LOL thanks for clearing up some of those misconceptions. Loved your post.

liked your amazon page number 74

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Cherie Marks said...

Angie Adair,

You won a copy of Lost In New Falls, but the e-mail I have for you keeps kicking back to me.

Please contact me at authorcheriemarks at gmail dot com and let me know which format works best for you.