Monday, March 05, 2012

Monday Musing - Male and Female Romance Readers

What draws you to romance?

Romance is one of the few genres that always provides a Happily Ever After. That’s a tremendous draw. I like to know that the people I’ve just been reading about, watching them overcome life or death odds, or struggling with their own inner demons, have found their one true love and their HEA. That’s their reward for persevering and mine for following along with them ;-) 

But does everyone feel the same way? I've heard, more often of late, that a lot of male readers are also drawn to romance. Now, it may be that their initial interest is in the particular sub-genre which draws them in. For instance, my books tend to be action-packed and adventure filled Science Fantasy books. I can see how that might appeal to male readers since it also appeals to a large number of female readers. 

Of course, female readers also enjoy the romance. The struggle to find that one special person who 'completes' them (sorry for that hokey phrasing, lol) is of special interest. And, yes, the titillation of the love scenes is another draw. Which leads to...

I'm hearing that a number of male readers are using some of the knowledge they acquire while reading in the romance genre to help their own love life. Since the Hubs won't read my books, I can't vouch for that but it's an interesting idea.

What do you think? Any ideas? Do we have any male readers who want to give their opinions?


In a side note, Linda Wisdom and I are still on tenterhooks waiting for the release of our fun little paranormal erotic, Great Escapes: Valentine's Day from our fantastic publisher, Coliloquy. This is a new format to both of us since it's an app that allows the reader to choose some of the aspects in the story...like the hero's looks or background or even how erotic or sweet the reader wants the story to be. As soon as we have more info, we'll definitely share it.

My lovely and talented agent, Laurie McLean, has Rider and is searching for a home for it. Those of you who've asked about it, keep your fingers crossed (along with me, lol).

In the meanwhile, my Heartstone and Altered Destiny are still available.

Heartstone
By Lynda K. Scott
Mundania Press
Science Fantasy Romance

Eric d'Ebrur is out of time. He must fine the legendary Heartstone and fulfill the ancient Gar'Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will it cost him the woman he loves? 

After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks she's losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d'Ebrur saves her from the monstrous Gawan, she's sure of it. But insane or not, she'll find the Heartstone and, if she's lucky, a love to last a lifetime.


Available in print and ebook format
Buy Links: Mundania Press (use MP10 at checkout for 10% discount)

  


Altered Destiny 
by Lynda K Scott
Science Fantasy Romance
Available in ebook formats

Stranded on an alternate Earth, architect and Jill-of-all-trades, Liane Gautier-MacGregor must find her way back to her homeworld before she's enslaved...or falls in love with a man who is the exact duplicate of her ex-husband. 

Devyn MacGregor's alter ego as the Reiver Lord is the only way he can fight the Qui'arel and their nefarious Bride Bounty, a tax paid with human females...until he meets the oddly familiar woman who claims he is her husband. And who sets in motion the rebellion that will either free his countrymen or destroy them.


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3 comments:

Ally Broadfield said...

I'm drawn to romance for the reasons you listed; an escape to a place where everyone finds their one true love and lives happily ever after. I honestly can't imagine any of the men I know reading a romance novel, but it's not a bad idea. Most men could definitely use some insight into the female mind.

Angelique Armae said...

For me, the draw is definitely escapism. With all the things going on in the world today, I like to know when I read a romance book I will have a happy ending.

Lynda K. Scott said...

I think that HEA is super important. I'm finding, more and more, when I watch a movie and everything looks like it's going to be happy...then the bad guy/monster leaps out and kills the loving couple, I tend to get ticked off. Pardon that horrible sentence, lol. I had dental work done today and my brain is still a touch foggy.

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