Thursday, 7 February 2013

Love Is In The Air Blog Hop

Well I'm not going to talk exactly about Valentine's Day but more why do I put romance in my stories?

Not all of my stories have romance, but most of them do. I've never intentionally put a romance in the story - it just turns out that way.

Romance is an element that is such a big part of our lives and influences people in many ways. It is part of our story as a human being. And since I write about human beings (mostly!), you can't avoid the subject of love - or at the very least, lust.

Take my paranormal romance novella, Gateway to Hell. It didn't begin as a romance. Most of my stories DO begin with a paranormal / supernatural / fantasy element. In this case, I had this woman who could open a Gateway to Hell. Initially GTH started as a short story about us, the reader, not knowing if this woman indeed could do what she claimed, or it was a delusion. But you see I introduced this good-looking Warder guy, and the rest as they say, is history.

The characters told me the story and that story included a big chunk of romance.

Will my other stories in the series have so much romance? I don't know, the characters haven't told me yet, but writing Warder 2, I can already see a romance in the future. So it could be.

To win a copy of Gateway to Hell, leave a comment below on why you or don't like like romance in stories.

And make sure to join in the blog hop and visit the other blogs.

You can find the list on the Under the Covers Book Blog. (For some reason Linky is not working)

Have fun doing the Blog Hop!



Anonymous said...

LOL, this seems to be a common comment from writers - my characters won't behave. They've gone off in a different direction to where I intended. C.T. Green calls trying to get characters to behave 'character wrangling'. It's a good description. I find I sometimes have to keep a bucket of water handy. :)

Catherine said...

Hey Eleni,
I was never a big fan of "romance stories" until I started writing them! LOL Now they're everywhere and I love the romance genre.

As you say, love or lust, is a human trait, so it's no wonder romance is in most stories in some form or another.

Thanks for the interesting post.

Cath xo

Rosie Miles said...

How to make a good book better, write in a romance. To me, romance is connection between your characters, and your readers. What's the difference between a car chase, and a car chase that leaves you on the edge of your seat? Knowing that, the love of his life, is being held hostage in the car being pursued. Ups the ante, I reckon.


Lizzie said...

Romance is a part of our life, Eleni. Keep writing the terrific books that has it.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Like Lizzie said, romance (and love) is such a big part of our lives! Even writing in MG/YA there's the first stirrings of that think we call love, whether the characters notice it or not! Great post, Eleni, and good luck with the hop!

BLHmistress said...

I love romance, all of it - from the first met, the break up or other drama then the HEA. Almost always leaves a smile on my face. I know some could be predictable but I don't care I am a romance addict and proud of it.


Mary @SweepingMe said...

I love romance in stories. I love stories that have some heart in them and aren't just about killing or finding a killer etc. It makes the story more interesting to me.

mary_reiss @

Eleni Konstantine said...

Thanks everyone for coming in and commenting.

Sandy - if I try to wrangle my characters, they cut the rope!

Cath - yes, I must admit it took me a while to read the romances that focused only on romance and not have it as an element.

Rosie - Nothing like upping that ante!

Lizzie - Thank you!

Sharon - I love seeing the budding relationships in MG/YA. Sometimes those kids are better at handling the romance :)

BLHMistress - there's nothing wrong with expecting and getting a HEA. Funny how no-one talks about the predictability of mysteries or crime - the case must be solved. Be proud!

Mary - I think so too. Having the hint that the loved one's in danger is makes for a more compelling read, or as Rosie said above, ups the ante!


Natasha said...

I love romance is stories and the happy endings.
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Meghan said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Love is definitely in the air and I think a good example of a strong romantic novel is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie and Claire are EPIC.

Happy Valentine's Day!
mestith (at) gmail (dot) com

bn100 said...

like it for the HEA


Daniel M said...

they're usually fun but unrealistic - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Eleni Konstantine said...

Natasha, Meghan, bn100 and Daniel M - thanks for commenting.

Meghan, I just LOVE Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Though she doesn't classify her book as romance, it certainly does have romantic elements.

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