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 started reading romance novels in high school. The
library only allowed us to check out four books at a time. I got four, my
sister, Judi, got four, and in two
weeks, all eight had been read by me, Judi and mom. We read every Emilie Loring
book we could find. I spent an hour trying to think of her name today. I
checked Amazon and found a lot of her books, but only one in Kindle format.
It’s free, and if you read this, you won’t regret it. Emilie Loring: The Trail
Then I discovered Regency Romance books by Barbara
Cartland - my all-time favorite. The
Dukes, Princes, Lords etc. may have been rakes, but the heroines were always
virginal and stayed that way until they were married. The romance was powerful. I’ve also read a
gazillion Harlequin romance books.
It’s no wonder I write romance. My story has one thirty-three year old
virgin. My daughters laughed until tears ran down their faces at the idea. My
two other heroines were a little more worldly. I don’t mind reading sexual scenes
in good romance novels. I’m not crazy
about graphic descriptions though. In my writing, I prefer to leave more to the
imagination. Maybe it’s my age, but I
have too many grandchildren who will read what I write. I have to be able to
look them in the eye.
Leona Penceis a widow who started writing late in life after she lost her husband of forty-four years. She has written one novel, yet unpublished,
and hopes this will be the year it happens. She's a mentor in F2K, a free online