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!
My Momma Made Me Read This
I blame my spotty memory on pouring bags of sugar down my throat, but as I recall, my first romance book I ever read was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I didn’t read it willingly. My mom, who was doing her best to feed my book addiction, told me I should read it. One look at the cover and the copyright date, and my preteen self said, “Oh. Yay.” But because I love my mom, I read the book.
And whoa! I wasn’t expecting Jane and Mr. Rochester’s love story to twist my heart so thoroughly into a pinwheel of emotions. Ouch! By the time I finished the book, my clothes were tear-soaked. Up until that point in my life, I’d never read anything that touched me so deeply.
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You would think that I would start a romance reading spree after that, but I didn’t. I think I needed a long break to recover. That, and lots and lots of sugar.
Now, nearly every book I read and write has some kind of romance in it. None of my characters are Janes or Mr. Rochesters, but if I can create a fraction of their love story for my characters, I can recapture that feeling I got when reading Jane Eyre, minus all the tears.
So, I guess I can blame a literary classic and my love for my mom that led me down a dangerous path filled with nickel nasties. Oh, well. I’m cool with it.
Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.
She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.
Her debut YA paranormal fantasy romance, The Grave Winner, releases from Crescent Moon Press in May. Check out her website for more information.