The Rules of Romance and How I Break Them

Posted September 21st, 2011 by admin

Sam Baahuhd--"Sam" of Sam & Emily. A more masculine man would be hard to find. In the book, Sam has hair and wears clothes.

I’m writing a romance, a first for me. I wanted to give you a run-down of the romance genre and tell you that mine ain’t no ordinary romance.

The romance industry (the major publishers) has rules about romances. They have to go like this: Boy meets girl. (Right away, you see the limitations of the form.) They fall in love, with lots of explicit sex. More than lots. A terrible barrier arises that separates them: She discovers he’s married & has six kids. He discovers she’s got hoof & mouth disease. They part, but struggle to overcome the Awful Barrier. (No sex here.) Then an elephant falls out of the sky. A Really Awful barrier. Boy, they really got problems.

Many romance writers are EXTREMELY CLEVER about getting their hero and heroine out of the pickle they’re in. There’s more explicit sex. (The romance genre does offer some entertaining reading––hot, too––as well as skilled writing. I’ve checked it out.)

The industry has other rules. No one under 18 has sex, explicit or not. And the book has to end happily. As you will recognize from your own life, this is highly realistic.

That’s traditional, major publisher romance.

Which is why we have independent presses. My romance isn’t like that.

My upcoming romance is outside the parameters of the traditional romance genre. That means that a happy ending is not guaranteed. (Though it could be happy.) This is like life. I will guarantee that an elephant will not fall out of the sky, though pretty much anything else might. You won’t see what’s coming next and you can’t second guess the ending.

Emily--"Emily" in Sam & Emily. Not your ordinary gal.

The sex in this romance is steamy, though not particularly explicit. By my standards, anyway. I am writing this book at the express direction of my mother, given years ago. Read this, she’ll tell you, too.

My work is character driven, which means you will want to marry the hero or heroine. (I’m in love with Sam, myself.) If you’d like to know more about Sam––depicted by an artist in the accompanying image––read the attached interview. This comes from his role in The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy, my award winning novel, which is currently available. You can read it now so you’re up to speed when Sam comes out in full glory. (And he is glorious.)

We’re hoping that will be before Christmas. I’ll keep you in the loop.

Oh, yeah! There’s another sequel to The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy.  Lady Grace tells what happens after. Really after The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy. We’re hoping to have it out by Christmas as well.

All the best,

Sandy Nathan
Winner of twenty-one national awards! Yep, Best Books of 2011 (USA BOOK NEWS) just announced their winners, bringing the total number of awards my books have won to twenty-one. The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy WON New Age Fiction! It was a FINALIST in Fiction Fantasy/SciFi. It’s now won in every contest in which it’s been entered. Want a good read? Three panels of judges picked The Angel above the competition.

Sandy’s  books are: (Click link for more information. All links below go to Kindle editions.)
The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy
Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could

Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice

Two sequels to The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy are in production with an early 2012 release date planned. If you liked  The Angel you’ll love Lady Grace and Sam & Emily.

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