Sunday 29 March 2015

'In Love with Romance' ~ Guest Post by Julie Shackman.

In Love with Romance! 
by Julie Shackman 

I can’t think of another genre where characters; settings; time and place can be so exciting, original or diverse. From time travel to present day, the romance genre caters for everyone and brings its own unique blend of passion, humour and excitement.

The stories, plot-lines and characters are so varied in the romance genre. Just when you think there can’t be another different story, an author will come up with something that simply takes your breath away!

Falling for new characters; going on their journey with them and seeing the story come to its conclusion is one of the greatest pleasures for me when I am either reading or writing.

I write romantic comedy and am an avid people watcher. You can find so much inspiration simply by observing the world around you and who inhibits it.

This is what I love about this genre – no two characters are the same and they try to achieve their goals with humour, passion and energy.

I have read many romance novels, where the characters have stayed with me for a very long time – long after I have reached those words “The End”. That is such a special gift and a delight to read books which can have such a profound effect on the reader.

I am sure the romance genre will go from strength to strength, delighting readers and inspiring us writers for years to come.

Long Live Romance!

Julie X

I trained as a journalist but writing romance has always been a dream of mine. When I’ve not got my head in a book or drafting one, I write verses and captions for greetings card companies. Writing at home seems to be incredibly difficult for me – I usually require tea, music and noise!

My second romcom, "Hero or Zero" is out now. “Rock My World” was my debut romcom and I'm currently writing my third.

I’m married, have two sons and live in Scotland.

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Title: Hero or Zero.
Author: Julie Shackman.
Publisher: Not So Noble Books.
Genre: Romantic Comedy.
Publication Date: September 27, 2014.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US

When single mum Chloe Jones wins a magazine competition to have TV heartthrob Ethan Blake live with her for a month, she thinks her dreams have come true. And the presence of the handsome star in her home and small Scottish town certainly causes a stir. But when Chloe begins to see his true colours, will she find the courage to face him, and admit where her heart truly lies?

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