Thank you so much for having me on the Manic Readers blog today. I’m Heather Boyd, Regency Romance author of over twenty books and contributor to the Captivated by his Kiss Boxed Set (January 12th release).
Why do we read romance? Why don’t we? Romance novels are fantasy and nothing like the challenges of finding someone to love. Our real life knights in shining armor just can’t compete and frankly shouldn’t have to. I write romance proudly. I love the thrill of attraction, of seeing two characters find common ground. Perhaps to rewrite a piece of my own history that in hindsight didn’t turn out so well.
Top 5 Romanticized thing in a romance book vs. real life
First Kiss – In a romance, that first tender kiss is always in a romantic setting and leaves you (the heroine of this piece) with an unquenchable longing for more and more. In real life that first kiss can go horribly wrong: smashed lips, the odd tooth nipping the wrong spot, and a tongue that ultimately is supposed to stay inside your mouth and not end up down the throat of that person you’ve just met at that drunken end of year work party. Can anyone say awkward?
First time sex – Finding your sole mate, he’s handsome and attractive, you’re (as heroine) are beautiful and busty. Your lips meet and graze softly, clothes “mysteriously” disappear. You gather in the middle of a lovely comfortable bedroom with a fire roaring and after the deed is done you’re left with a perfect memory. We all wish that might happen but getting those buttons undone and a stubborn bra strap unclipped without bashing each other in the nose can end a romantic lust filled night before it happens.
Meeting the Family – A romance novelist can make the family anyway we need them to be. Difficult or supportive. Kind or cruel. While we love our own families –sometimes a little, sometimes a lot—and they might want only the best for us and to be there whenever we need them to be, it’s truly fun to mess with the dynamic and wreak havoc on the romantic couple. In real life, that just isn’t done and recovered from so easily.
The Influence of Friends – For the formative years of our real life friends often have the most influence over us. When we introduce our ONE to them we think ‘I love him so I know my friends will accept them too.’ That doesn’t always work out so well and one day you might have to choose between the new love and the old friendships. In a romance novel, the influence of friends are not as important as achieving the happy ever after.
For Richer or Poorer – In romance novels you can’t pick up a dozen tomes in the genre without finding a few handsome billionaires just waiting for the love of their life to complete them. In real life, eh, not so common at all. Well, not in my part of the world anyway. LOL
My story in the Captivated by his Kiss boxed set involves and awkward first kiss, nosey friends and an unequal style of living due to a lack of funds. Here’s a bit about Miss Watson’s First Scandal which is part of the boxed set:
Overworked London banker David Hawke had two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover a debt from a friend and two, relax for his remaining holiday. Marriage wasn’t part of the plan…until the girl next door barges in and turns his life upside down.
Heather is giving away a digital copy of Miss George’s Second Chance to one blog commenter. Do you agree with Heather’s list? Anything you’d add or subtract? Giveaway ends Jan. 27th with the winner announced shortly thereafter.
About CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance.
His Lordship’s Vow by Cheryl Bolen – The exceedingly plain spinster, Miss Jane Featherstone, helps the earl she loves woo an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow Lord Slade to his father.
To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone by Bronwen Evans - Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It’s rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist.
The Christmas Knot by Barbara Monajem – Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a job as a governess in a haunted house, and if that’s not trouble enough, her new employer is the one man she’d hoped never to meet again.
Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron – Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands, determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love . . . scandal be damned.
Christmas Wishes by Wendy Vella – Desperation makes strange bedfellows, and when the only person left to turn to is a dissolute Rake, Miss Hero Appleby realizes she is about to forsake more than her reputation.
Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd – Overworked London banker David Hawke had two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover a debt from a friend and two, relax for his remaining holiday. Marriage wasn’t part of the plan…until the girl next door barges in and turns his life upside down.
The Duelist’s Seduction by Lauren Smith – Helen Banks, disguised as her twin brother, fights a duel against Gareth Fairfax but he has other ideas in mind of how to have Helen repay her debt starting with a sinful kiss and a wicked embrace…
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Bestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. Catch her latest news www.heather-boyd.com. She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fueled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.
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