Monday, July 29, 2013

Guest - Jacqueline Seewald

Good morning! Join us on the cozy couch as we welcome author Jacqueline Seewald. Jacqueline is talking about why we should read romance. She's also offering three signed copies of her paranormal mystery The Third Eye as a Goodreads giveaway until August 1. The entry address is at the end of her post. Good luck!

Why Read Romance? 
By Jacqueline Seewald

Why should you read romance fiction? There are a number of good reasons. I’ll offer my own opinion and let’s see if we agree.

Why do I read romances? I enjoy reading books I can feel passionate about which equates to main characters who are passionate people. I want to read a novel in which I truly care about those main characters. For me, that means romantic fiction.

Don’t get me wrong, I like many different kinds of fiction but enjoy most a novel with a happy ending. I hope that doesn’t make me sound shallow. I suppose part of the reason I read is to escape the hum-drum of everyday existence. I want to read a great love story with characters I can care about. For instance, I love a good Regency because the novels are often humorous as well as romantic. TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS could be called my tribute to that genre, although the novel is not merely a formula book but rather my own take on historical romance with a paranormal sensual twist.

I want to solve an exciting mystery along with the fictional detectives. I also want to read a book with an interesting, clever plot. I appreciate an intelligently written novel. But without a good romance, for me a mystery novel falls flat. The three novels in my Kim Reynolds series: THE INFERNO COLLECTION, THE DROWNING POOL, and THE TRUTH SLEUTH are my tribute to mystery fiction. Of course, they are romantic mysteries with a paranormal edge, the kind of fiction I most enjoy reading. Did I mention I like to read romances that have a paranormal element? No? Pardon my oversight.

Reading novels and short stories gives me added perspective on life while providing me with inspiration to write fiction. I recently completed a book of short stories entitled BEYOND THE BO TREE which is now offered at a low cost as a Kindle book. It contains ten romantic stories. Some are more realistic while others are fanciful. There’s a good mix of stories which include a vampire romance, a Druid priestess at odds with an archeologist, and a young woman who meets a Greek god in the garden of an art gallery.

I believe a good book is one the reader can enjoy. It should be one you just have to finish reading and it should leave you feeling good, satisfied, emotionally and mentally enriched.
What sort of novels do you prefer to read? What constitutes a good book in your opinion? Who are some of your favorite authors? Are there any novels you would recommend to other readers?

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-- Lynda Again,

    Great post! I think it's pretty obvious that I like paranormal romance of SF romance the best of all. I'll be interested in hearing what you all like.

Have a Blessed Day!


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Lynda,

Thanks so much for inviting me as a guest blogger today.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Glad to have you guesting with us Jacqueline! Your books sound awesome!

Rose Anderson said...

Enjoyed your post Jacqueline. I like stories with characters who tell you why through either words, introspection, or deeds, instead of they are the way they are just because. A good book can hook me with realism no matter how far-fetched the storyline. Best luck!


Paula Gail Benson said...

Thanks for your thoughtful post. I like interesting characters in unique situations. I've enjoyed your stories in Beyond the Bo Tree and look forward to reading the Inferno Collection. Best wishes, Paula

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Rose,

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I think you make an important point: if readers care about the characters, they continue reading because they want to know what's going to happen to those characters. And fiction is exactly that--it doesn't have to be realistic. But the characters do need to be vivid and connect with us as readers at both an emotional and intellectual level.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Paula,

Thanks for your comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Beyond the Bo Tree. The ten stories featured as a Kindle book are my favorite romances and I wanted to share them with readers. I hope you enjoy THE INFERNO COLLECTION as well. It combines romance, mystery and the paranormal, the first of the Kim Reynolds series.

Janis Patterson said...

Great post, Jacqueline! I agree - you have to feel passionately about the characters (good or bad, depending) to truly enjoy a book. Look forward to reading the BO TREE!

Betty Gordon said...

Jacquie, an interesting blog. I think we all care about characters, but too many times they are remote figures that just act out a story. It's wonderful to connect characters and story.

Nikki said...

Nice post, Jacquie! Best of luck with all your books.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Great post!! I tweeted.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I love tales with a paranormal edge to them. I want to know the character, too. Romance is fine as long as it's not all about jumping into bed. lol I love it when I close the book and I still think about the characters. Enjoyed the post. Tweeted!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks, Janis,

I hope you enjoy BEYOND THE BO TREE!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Betty,

I agree. Character and plot need to be a good fit.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Nikki,

Thanks for the good wishes!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Ella,

That's my granddaughter's name too!
Thanks for tweeting. Need all the publicity I can get.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Karen,

I so agree with you! People who don't read romances will make derogatory remarks about how the books are just bedroom/sex scenes. In reality, the novels have plots that develop meaningful relationships between interesting people.

Nancy Means Wright said...

Great post as always, Jacquie, and I know The Third Eye is a wonderful read. Although I mostly write mysteries, my very first publication, which I called a 'feminist' novel, was published as "a romance" by Ace Books! I always like a little romance in my mysteries, though not the bodice-ripping kind.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Nancy,

That term "bodice ripper" comes from the 1970's when the sex scenes really lacked finesse. Much more sensual these days. Although some might argue with me about that regarding erotic versus romantic.

dkchristi said...

I love fiction in all its flavors because it takes the mind to new horizons in character development. The choices are infinite and it's fun to hate and love people that can be shut between the covers for the next day. author of Ghost Orchid and more

D'Ann said...

Perfect post!

I love and read romance for the happy ever after!

Gail Farrelly said...

Good post, Jacquie!

I've gotten hooked on the Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries by Kate Kingsbury. I've read six so far on my Kindle. They take place in early 20th century England. Good mysteries, with some romance. Very light, a lot of fun.

As always, good luck with your work Jackie.

P. S. I LOVE the name of this blog. Star-Crossed Romance is a very inviting name. I'll be back!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, D.K.,

Ghost Orchid is a truly romantic book title.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, D'Ann,

We agree. There are so many depressing things happening in the world--just read the newspapers.
I so enjoy opening a novel where problems resolve, people find true love and happiness. That's what romance fiction is all about.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Gail,

I hadn't heard of these romantic mysteries before but I do love British novels. So I'll definitely look for them.

Cindy Sample said...

Hi Jacquie. My favorite books combine mystery with romance. I look forward to solving the crime as well as reading about the developing romantic relationship throughout the course of the book.

And I love your books!

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hi Jacquie,

I like to read the type of books I write - blended mystery and romance. I enjoy your work and always look forward to your blogs around the 'net.


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Cindy,

Thank you for the compliment. I happen to love your mystery novels as well. They successfully combine elements of romance, mystery and humor.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Maggie,

I enjoy your romantic mystery novels as well. I'm looking forward to September when your next Cleopatra Jones novel and The Third Eye are both published by Five Star/Gale.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

I feel exactly as you do in many respects. I like to read romance for the character depth and the happy endings. I like romantic mysteries to follow along with the sleuth and feel engaged in her life. In any genre, a romantic subplot is welcome and often the romance drives the story. If you want fear and grief, read the newspaper instead.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks for stopping by. We do agree, Nancy. Your mystery novels are especially enjoyable because there is a romantic subplot.

Anna said...

I enjoyed reading the Inferno collection.
I enjoy reading romance wrh a hint of mystery.
As usual good post.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks, Anna, I appreciate your comments!

Lyn Horner said...

I couldn't agree more about why we read (and write) romance. I love happy endings too, maybe because real life often doesn't provide those happy endings. And I don't think that's shallow, it's simply a need for an uplifting story.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Lyn,

Thanks for your comments. I agree that romance is an uplifting form of reading. It makes our days happier. Much joy to everyone who has time the time to read this blog! May your reading bring you pleasure always.