Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly and it seems that, as a writer of romance, I should…celebrate this holiday? I might have some sort of special *insight* into a day promoting love, relationships, promiscuity (or at least some fun new sex acts) and attractively-packaged, violently-pink sugar products? I can at least pretend to be enthusiastic about this marketing opportunity? Is that right?
Ah-ha. Yes. Indeed this is all so. Well, okay then.
I can’t claim any insight into the bright pink candy packaging, unless you follow along on a color-choice tangent with me. I think there’s some sort of Freudian double entendre going on there. Really. Think about it. Why would pink or red be the chosen Valentine’s colors unless they had to do with…ahem…parts of the body which are pink and/or red? (If that made you make some sort of yuck face as you considered the anatomical options, you are welcome.) I mean, nothing else makes sense if you take into consideration the focus on sex and fertility which started this whole holiday mess. Try explaining that reasoning to a marketing class.
I’m getting off track here. Let’s leave the candy alone for a bit and focus on the relationships, love, and romance part of the holiday. Everyone deserves some romance and a good big helping of love in their lives and I am actually, all sarcasm aside, a fan of the holiday promoting that. It’s no secret that I also love, read, research, and promote romance novels.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, then, here are some romance centric posts to get you in the mood.
- Friday Favorites Gets a Little Hot featuring some super spicy alien romance recommendations for you.
- Frequently Used Words in Romance: Top Ten Tuesday Post for fun. Ohhh the things romance can do to your lungs.
- Why I Love Writing Romance TLDR: “Real life doesn’t end happily, so I love writing books that do. Escapism? You bet. Fluffy smut? Definitely. I feel like there are enough terrible realities in the world already without me writing true-to-life fiction about them. Plenty of other authors do that, and do it well. I’m happy in my love story niche, writing away.”
- Book Tropes: I’m A Damsel, I’m In Distress, I Can Handle This. Have a Nice Day. In case you wanted more recommendations.
- Book Tropes: The Grovel in The Novel And some more of my very favorite kind of trope in a romance novel.