Over the next few days, I will share my guest blogs with you. These blogs were originally published whilst I took my virtual blog tour in November to promote the release of THE PORTRAIT.
About three years ago, Regency Romance went into decline and many publishers dropped the line altogether. However, the good news for readers of the genre is that it is making a strong comeback and publishing houses are now opening up new lines. Several are offering to take previously published books to enable their readers to find out of print works.
Despite the temporary downturn, I resisted the pressure to write in other genres and remained true to the period I know and love. I love the romance and elegance of the Georgian and Regency eras and wish nothing more than to re-create them in my work.
My books remain ‘sweet’ and the bedroom door is firmly closed, but this does not mean they lack in romance. On the contrary. Remaining true to the period when innocence was prized, my heroines remain pure and my heroes strong. There is chemistry between the two and despite all that fate may throw in their way, they are destined to be together. There is often humor and pathos in their lives, but throughout it all, remains love. Sometimes they do not realize that their fate it to be together and often fight the thought but, nonetheless, the fact remains irrefutable. Add to this the elegance of a bygone era and you have the perfect mix for a romance.
Although many readers will not admit to reading romance novels, they nevertheless remain one of the most popular genres with very respectable sales figures. Where else can you find the recipe for a happy life than between the covers of a good romantic book. You live the highs and lows of the characters’ lives and rejoice with them at the book’s conclusion.
As with everything else, reading trends run in cycles. Fortunately, romance in one form or another, remains throughout.