Friday, 22 June 2012

Guest post: Why I Write Romance by Kelly Rae + Giveaway


Why I Write Romance
by Kelly Rae

There are people that I meet who visibly cringe when I say I write romance novels. Usually they will say, “You mean like Fabio romances?” with a tone that insinuates they are not impressed. To which I reply, “Well no, not exactly, but they are love story and yes they contain sex.” I suppose what they are visualizing is a book with a half-naked man and a woman being ravaged on the cover. What If... my current release does not resemble this, however I certainly won’t be ruling it out as a possible choice. I’m not scared of a little ravaging, after all.

I write romances and while I don’t let my son, who is nine, or my Dad read every page of my books I sure want everyone else too. So, to those who ask why am I wasting my time and brain writing trivial romance novels, I say why wouldn’t I?

Love is the best part of life. Falling in love can be better than being in love, in some instances. It’s all pretty amazing though. Why wouldn’t I want to write about meeting someone new, trying to navigate dates and moving in and then marriage at some point? Of course, there are break-ups and divorce in the mix, but that is just a part of life and it all leads to another chance to find and fall in love. Love leads to kids, families, and bonds that last forever. These are all the good things in life, aren’t they? I write about the heart of life, love. How awesome is that!?

Then, of course, there is the romance factor. Everyone wants to be wooed, even men. Sure, it’s not sustainable all of the time, in most relationships. However, in books, it can happen over and over. In books, men bring flowers, even when they aren’t in trouble. :-) In books women are sometimes damsels in distress and sometimes strong-willed and stubborn, but men are patient and kind and they hardly ever disappoint. So, when our husbands or boyfriends are in a romantic lull or we are single for a bit; what is better than a romance novel to remind us why we put up with their stinky feet, their inability to locate the hamper or a local flower shop, on a regular basis!!

I write my books, because I want to write about hope, love, romance, and finding that person (or persons if you are into some of the more risqué romance :-) ) who makes every day better. It’s not only entertaining, but also uplifting to read about love. It’s something you can never get enough of or give enough of, so YES I write smutty and hot (under the name Jocelyn Bell); sexy and romantic, sweet and funny, contemporary and eventually historical ROMANCE NOVELS! Heck, if I had a rooftop I’d shout it for ya!

Moreover, Romance readers I love you for supporting writers, for buying books, and writing reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or telling a friend about the great book they have to buy. Thank you for not being afraid to fly your freak flag from tame to insane amongst the genre. I love romance and I know you all do too!

Thanks for stopping in today and reading my rant, lol! If you are interested in reading my current release What If... it’s currently for sale in ebook and paperback versions on Amazon and Barnes&Noble and ebook only on Smashwords, KOBO and Diesel.

I also love connecting with readers so please feel free to connect with me via one of the links below and let’s chat. All the best and thanks again for stopping in today, it’s been a pleasure!


Kelly Rae is a native of California, currently residing in a mountain of snow in Central Oregon, covertly planning her escape to get back to her Golden State roots. Kelly has a nine year-old son named Triton, who is her inspiration in all things, and a passion for writing, reading, and traveling.

Find Kelly at her Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


What If... excerpt

Prologue

Katie sat on the dilapidated porch of a girl she barely knew, waiting for her dad to arrive. The area was lit by a single bulb with no fixture, eerily humming next to the front door. Katie’s house was homey and clean. This house was run down and depressing. Katie hadn’t been impressed, upon arrival, with the vitamin green house or its front yard of brown grass and dead foliage. Now, with pieces of the wooden deck digging into the back of her legs, she was even less so. She had only worn this skirt because it was a warm spring night and it felt good to finally feel a little warmth in the air. She hadn’t planned to need protection from splinters.

Luckily, she had at least thought to bring a light sweater for when the cool night air arrived. The garment was now doubling as Kleenex. It was all she had at her disposal and it was better than the alternative. Her mom would have been furious if she knew Katie was using her sleeve to wipe the snot from her upper lip, but there was no way in heck she was going back into that house with tears flowing down her face and a snot mustache. It was the best she could do as she sat and patiently waited.

The party she was attending had been her boyfriend Chris’ idea. He was rapidly becoming more popular now that he had gotten involved in sports and was excelling. Suddenly people, who had not noticed either of them, were paying close attention. Katie was honest enough with herself to admit that Chris’ popularity had surpassed her own and she was now his plus one, rather than he being hers.

She didn’t mind so much, she had seen the fickle side of popularity before and she could deal with being the supporting player as long as Chris didn’t treat her that way.

Now out of his shell, he was funny and much more charming by the day. He was the star and she was happy for him, mostly. They had gotten into a few fights recently about his new attitude, because to her it seemed he was letting the attention get the best of him. Katie didn’t like the big ego he was toting around town disguised as his head. She was the reason he had tried out for sports in the first place, she was the one who had helped him with his GPA to be eligible, so she had hoped he would be more appreciative, or at least treat her as well as he had before he got popular. Clearly, that was not going to happen, because here she was on this porch, weeping and oozing visible signs of sadness from her entire face.

Katie vaguely heard sirens off in the distance, but didn’t give them too much thought. She was busy trying to calm herself, trying to control her breathing with deep, long breaths of air. Unfortunately, every time she breathed in all she could smell was jasmine. She never understood why everyone loved jasmine so much. It made her nose burn, eyes water, and well, it stunk. So, at the very least she could tell people it was a bad reaction to jasmine that had her eyes swollen and leaking.

The sirens were closer; she could hear them even through her own sobs, snot, and sorrow. Her dad would be there any minute and he would make her feel better. He always did. Scraped knees, hurt feelings, bad grades, he had a way of making them all seem better. When Katie had called him to come and get her, she could tell that he was worried. He kept asking her what was wrong, but she couldn’t get the words out past the tears. She could barely get out the request for a ride home.

The emergency vehicles seemed ever louder or maybe there were just more of them, it was hard to tell. Katie was worried her dad might be delayed if traffic was blocked; for what sounded like a big accident. She thought she could pick out an ambulance siren now and maybe a fire truck, it was impossible to discern the different sounds as they mixed together in a sad melody. Behind her, the music was still loud and the voices of her peers laughing and gossiping about each other started to fade away. The pit of her stomach began to ache. Dad wasn’t here yet, it had been at least ten minutes, maybe more, and they didn’t live that far away. Katie heard the front door open and looked back to see Chris standing there with a concerned look on his face.

“Katie, what are you doing out here? I’ve been looking all over the house for you.” He had the nerve to sound perturbed. He stepped closer to where she was sitting and she put her hand up to tell him to stop, before she stood up to face him.

“Really? All over the house, huh? Too bad I wasn’t in that brunette’s mouth, ‘cause then you would have found me right away.” She snapped at him.

Immediate guilt washed over his far too handsome face. His eyes, the most amazing hazel, often said more than his words. When he was sad, they were glassy, as if he were stifling tears. When he was happy, they seemed to be smiling just as much as his mouth. And when he was being a joker or mischievous, which was ninety percent of the time, they sparkled like the night sky. He couldn’t hide much if you paid attention to his eyes.

“What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about walking into the basement looking for you, since I thought we were at this party together, and finding you with your tongue down some other girl’s throat! That’s what I am talking about, Chris, and if you try to deny it, I’ll just scream. I am so mad at you right now.”



One fateful night during high school Katie Wright loses everything: her father, the first man she ever loved, dies in a car accident and Chris Staller, the first boy she’s ever loved, breaks her heart. Fast-forward ten years and Katie is a beautiful, successful woman who has spent the past decade doing her best to make her life all about work, keeping everyone at arms length—friends and lovers alike. But she’s lonely and beginning to awaken to the fact that pretending to be happy and content doesn’t mean she actually is. Working through her emotional challenges while maintaining a stellar career reputation has been tricky, but she’s always determined to come out on top.

Paying a visit to her old high school, Katie runs into Chris, now a dedicated PE teacher who pines for the one he let get away: her. An upstanding member of the community and a much better man than he was a boy, Chris is determined to win Katie back at all cost. But Katie is less than receptive to the idea, and when he lays down a challenge, she is determined to come out on top again.



GIVEAWAY RULES:

Kelly has generously offered an ebook copy of What If... to a lucky commenter!



All you have to do is leave a comment for Kelly or tell us what is your favourite part in a romance: the meeting, the getting to know each other, the falling in love, the after the happy ever after? Or some other moment? Share it with us!

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 29 June 2012!

Good luck!

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