Then there were those naughty little Mills and Boon my mother kept on her bookshelf with enticing covers which hinted of passion. Where we lived, we had a mobile library. Every Tuesday we could get 6 more books out and no, I did not choose children’s books specifically, I chose adventure and romance and love and life.
Some of my favourite books are the ones that defy age groups. I was read the Hobbit when I was about seven by a fantastic English teacher. The Lord of the Rings was given as a gift when I was twelve.
But I must admit to enjoying those reads I wasn’t really supposed to have. When the Lion Feeds, Wilbur Smith. At the age of fourteen, when I picked it up after my dad had finished reading it, he quietly went to my mum and asked if it was appropriate. Her reply – if it’s not, she’ll put it down. I’ve read every Wilbur Smith book since, but I still remember the thrill of that first novel, the great feel of it being just a little bit out of my genre.
In recent years, I’ve read prolifically and I’ve found I tend to stick to the same main genre – that of romance. Within this wide genre I have discovered the delights of :
Contemporary – Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Anne Stuart, Lori Foster
Humour – Jennifer Cruisie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson,
Historical – Julie Garwood, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Teresa Medeiros
Fantasy – J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter
Thrillers – Karen Rose, Julie Garwood, Karin Slaughter
Suspense – Cherry Adair, Linda Howard
Is it any wonder then that I feel the need to romance the genres myself? My first series with Liquid Silver Books, Atlantic Divide Series is Contemporary, with a touch of humour and recently, Loving Lydia, the first book in the series was free for a short time and reached number 22 in the Amazon charts.
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Right now the other two books in the series are only $1.49 each or 99p
Bad Girl Bill
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Flight of Her Life is an all out comedy.
I’m currently editing Barbara’s Redemption which is the second book in my Disarmed and Dangerous story, contemporary romance with a touch of grit, this follows on from Flynn’s Kiss a story of a scarred hero.
I wrote a short Sci-fi, Short Circuit Time, as a challenge with Eva Lefoy and Allyson Lindt, one of the quickest and most enjoyable romps through writing that I’ve done, simply because of the connection with these two fabulous authors.
I loved the historical I wrote for Nanowrimo, Her Captured Groom, a real challenge and currently patiently awaiting an R&R from me. It was well worth the effort and I enjoyed it so much, I have a second in that series mapped out – Hawk’s Lady.
My recent release was inspired by the wonderful Wild About Bones on Cover Reveals who loved my comedy Flight of Her Life and wanted to see me write another – paranormal one this time. Together with encouragement from Heather Hand, a great fan of fiction, they pushed me to write Banshee Seduction, Montgomery’s Sin Book 1. Book 2 is currently a WIP.
Right now, I’m taking part in Nanowrimo again, like so many other authors, and this time I’m writing a thriller.
So, like my reading choices, I have found in my writing that I am blurring the lines a little in the genres – and loving every moment of it.