Thursday, August 26, 2021

Falling for the Diva is Here!!!

 I'm so excited for you to read Giuseppe and Fiona's story! 

He gave up the role of a lifetime when he walked away from her. Her greatest performance is concealing her secret. They’re cast as the ill-fated lovers in Carmen, but the real drama is offstage.


For three years, Giuseppe has carried the guilt and shame of running away from the woman he loves. Soon he’ll be holding her in his arms—onstage. Fiona’s reaction will tell him if they could have a second act, or if she’s cast him as the villain and found a new leading man. He’ll have to win her forgiveness and her love if there’s any hope of a happily-ever-after.

Since Giuseppe left her heartbroken, Fiona has lived a lie. Falling in love with him and dying by his hand at every performance are easier than dropping her act and having her life torn apart again. But revealing the truth could bring them both the greatest joy life can offer. They were young and innocent when they fell in love, but Fiona is older and wiser. She must protect her heart and those she loves. She can do this, right?

Giuseppe and Fiona will have to overcome their past to build a future together or their love will die when the final curtain falls.

Falling for the Diva is the third book in the Opera Dynasty contemporary, clean and wholesome romance series. If you like second chance romance, a conflicted hero who wants to do the right thing, and a heroine who sticks to her guns, then you’ll love this novel by award-winning author Lisa Swinton

Pick up your copy of Falling for the Diva today!

Opera Dynasty Romance Series:
Fallen Angel
Falling Down Under
Falling for the Diva

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Branches of Love

Miss Britton weaves wonderful regency tales that will have you swooning as much as the heroines.

Delightful in every way, the box set is a gem and will have you craving more of her wonderful writing. Each story comes with beloved characters with obstacles to overcome before they come together. 

Miss Britton, please continue your high standard of writing and I'll keep reading. 


Three Love Stories Set in the Romantic Regency Era. 

A Convenient Arrangement, An Inconvenient Marriage, and a Second Chance at Love.

The Social Tutor:
Christine Devon's social graces are lacking and her entrance in society depends upon her improvement. Thomas Gilbert's finances are in ruin and the only way to save his dream is to find investors for his stables. Together, they can solve both their problems, as long as they don't fall in love.

The Gentleman Physician: 
Five years ago, Julia Devon said goodbye to the man who held her heart, though she had to break his in the process. When Nathaniel Hastings, a physician in Bath, meets her again, will past regrets keep them apart or will a second chance at love heal them both?

His Bluestocking Bride: 
Marcus Calvert must wed in order to inherit his estate, but he's vowed to never risk his heart in a love match again. Ellen Bringhurst has resigned herself to spinsterhood until her match-making friends contrive to reintroduce Ellen to the man she has secretly loved since childhood. Marcus and Ellen wed, though this marriage of convenience is not what either of them wished for. 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Writing Romance is Not About Sex… or is it?: How Far is too Far in Clean Romance?

 Ms. Spencer has a new book out that's nonfiction. I think the title tells you quite a bit about the content. 

This is a fun, energetic, and light discussion of the topic of sex in romance. Included are some heavy themes that are used in romantic tropes: religious preferences, accidentally crossing boundaries, pregnancy, nonconsenual sex, etc. 

She uses examples from contemporary authors to illustrate her points of how sex is represented in romance even when the couples aren't having it. Reading the snippets from these books is half the fun and will pique your interest about the story itself. What happens to these characters? What came before to bring them to this point? 

Also that authors have a responsibility regarding their characters in relation to sex and the message it sends to the reader. 

This book is great for both readers and authors. 

PS You might find a snippet or two from my books in there. 


How much sex is too much sex?

•How many kissing scenes are allowed in a clean romance novel?
•What is the difference between Clean & Wholesome, Sweet Romance, and Steamy Romance?
•Where does an author draw the line?
•More importantly, where does the reader draw the line?
•How can I position my book to fit clean romance market trends? and more...

Sex is not dirty. But sex doesn’t need to happen on the pages of a book in order for the book to sell.

Writing Romance is Not About Sex… or is it? How to Write Clean Romance will help you understand how…

•Heat level is often the first thing readers take into consideration when choosing a book. Especially in a romance novel, but in all novels really.
•Heat level can be used to position your book according to market trends and expectations.
•It’s up to us as authors to use our cover design and back copy to make it clear to the reader what our heat level is before they even open the book.
•Sex can be used (or strategically not used) as a literary element.
•Authors have a valuable platform that can be used influence society.
•Definitions and acceptance levels do and have changed and will continue to change.