Welcome to the Nickel Nasties series! In celebration of my first scathing Amazon review for A Ranger's Tale (1 in 58 ain't bad), I've decided to devote February to the stories that garner so much stereotype and ridicule, but still comprise one of the world's best-selling genres: ROMANCE! I hope you'll enjoy this series. Please leave comments for the wonderful contributors. And...don't forget to check out their books!
I wasn’t always a romance fan. Growing up, I LIVED in the library. I think I read every book in that small trailer like building before they tore it down to make the bigger library, that doesn’t really seem that much bigger considering they took half the books out for a computer lab and there’s only books on that one floor.
I’m getting away from my point here though. That’s a rant that I’ve already posted on their Facebook wall.
I was mostly an Adventure and Fantasy sort but I did try Romance and I hated it. Now I have to explain that when I had “The talk” with my mom about the birds and the bees, she botched it horribly. Sex was explained to me as two people hugging when they are in love. Wow.. way to go there mom but now I get that talk is super awkward for any parent. In my case thank goodness for sex ed class being in elementary school or else I probably would have never hugged anyone ever again.
However, my young self ( around 10 ) who was probably way too young to read Romance when I tried to ( even through I read Grisham’s The Client in third grade ) felt that sex had no place in books. Why? Blame my parents again. OMG you should see her if she ever wakes up and dad leaves the TV on Cinemax after 11. You’d be laughing hysterically.
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So yeah.. Sex had no place in books. Then I grew up and realized that sex is a part of life so why not be in books? What makes it so different that it’s okay about reading about a murder in a BDSM joint or a murder as a sexual act but reading about someone enjoying themselves in a BDSM joint or in a sexual act is wrong?
Comfort zones in my opinion equal to closed mindedness. This is something I knew I had to get rid of as a reviewer. I didn’t feel the same way anymore but I still didn’t read Romance.
Then I met Valerie Maarten and her book The Gift of Joy started me down the road that led to the romance-a-thon I have every February. I also met Ashlynn Monroe and her novella Slave to His Desires was the first ever piece of Erotica I had read. I’ve also read Mysti’s book A Ranger’s Tale and I loved it. Had I not stepped out of my comfort zone, I would have missed out on some great books and some great friends.
Robert Frost was right. Taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
With all my romance author friends on Facebook, I get man candy on Mondays! WOOO!
Misty Rayburn is a graduate from Capital University with a BA in . She was a live event photographer, covering a lot of Columbus’ local scene but a back injury kept her out of the scene for two years. While recovering, she created The Top Shelf. Misty doesn’t have a TBR list, she has a mountain! Come visit us! Website: http://www.the-top-shelf.com Twitter: @topshelfebooksFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/topshelfebooks