Friday, April 07, 2017

Free read!

If you've missed Dangerous Flirtation, now is your chance to download it for free. It will be available free on Amazon between 7-11 April, inclusive, so grab it now and tell your friends! 



Amazon US
Amazon UK

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Writing Romance: 5 Tropes That Readers Love

I'm starting an irregular column on writing romance. It helps if you know what the reader most enjoys. Obviously there's room for the new but if you're approaching an established publisher it's always a good idea to begin with something they know will sell so I'm beginning with a rundwon of  popular tropes.




The Marriage of Convenience

Yes, even in this day and age when single mothers are no longer stoned in the street, it’s still possible to write this fan favourite trope.

Money is a good reason. Tricky Wills give you a lot of scope.  Okay, you can challenge them, but in the mean time you might be left homeless. Or you might discover that the inheritance you thought was safely in the bag is mortgaged up the hilt. The unexpected pregnancy after a night with someone you’ve only just met – or have known forever but as a friend, is still a useful one. Social pressures are still there, or guilt, or maybe the guy plans to do his duty, just being there, providing support and ends up falling in love. Of course you have to come up with a good reason why they ended up in bed together. That’s the fun bit!

The Sheikh Romance


Ever since E M Hull wrote the iconic “The Sheikh” they have sold like hotcakes. The first thing to realise about a sheikh romance, is that it is a total fantasy and has nothing to do with reality. The sheikh has everything. He is in total command of his environment, has unimaginable power and wealth. He also has the kind of respect for family, a sense of honour, that can leave him in some really tricky situations. Lots of scope for marriage of convenience here; if the woman is in danger, if he has some heartfelt reason for not marrying the woman his family has chosen for him. If you struggle seeing him as a hero, a former publishing director of Mills and Boon once described him to me as “a cowboy wearing a different hat”.  Same thousand yard gaze. Same deep seated honour.

 


Nine to Five

The workplace romance should be tricky in this PC/Human Resources dominated age but it’s is still a much-loved trope. Unlike the sheikh romance, this is something much closer to home, familiar. Most of us will have worked somewhere – office, store, factory – at some point in our lives.  These days, of course, it doesn’t have to be the powerful boss and the woman he doesn’t notice until some crisis occurs and he needs her to play his fiancĂ©e. There’s plenty of room to play out a scenario between equals, a boardroom battle that only one of them can win. So much more interesting.

Christmas 

 Oh now, this is always fun. You not only have two people trying very hard not to fall into bed with each other but you have it with baubles, fairy lights, Santa Claus and snow. You can dress your characters in embarrassingly silly costumes, dump two feet of snow on them and cut off the electricity, strand the Grinch and the Sugar Plum Fairy in a place from which there is no escape (it doesn’t have to be snow!) Mayhem or magic, they go down a treat.



The Mediterranean hero

Passionate, sexy, with his dark good-looks, the Mediterranean billionaire — Greek, Italian, Spanish or Italian — is the staple hero of romance.

He is very nearly as much a fantasy as the sheikh. You can throw in a palazzo overlooking the sea, helicopters, yachts, private jets, private islands and sex. Lots of sex.

That's it for now. I should probably have added babies to the list. There is nothing like a cute baby on the cover to set the cash tills ringing, but they have to be tiny (no toddlers or teenagers - they distract from the hero and heroine's story).

Look at the books being published, what tropes call you? Writing what you enjoy is always the best way to start.

Next time I'll talk about the "crucible".

Happy writing.

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Liz Fielding's Little Book of Writing Romance is available to download from iTunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.




Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Cover reveal!

It's always a bit deal when the cover art images arrive from my publishers - a hold-your-breath moment before you open the file.

Will it live up to the image in your head (sadly impossible!), will it make you smile?

Not always, I confess but the cover fairies have been good to e this year. I loved the cover for The Sheikh's Convenient Princess and now I'm grinning like mad - and suffering hair and dress envy - at the cover for my June Harlequin Romance, Her Pregnancy Bombshell.



You can read the first chapter HERE

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Did you miss this first time round?

If you missed Anything But Vanilla (part of the ice cream girls trilogy) when it first came out, Mills and Boon are publishing it in a British Bachelor's 3-in-1 in the UK next month.


It's available in paper and digital wherever you buy your books. Of course it is available everywhere in the world to download as a single title. Just click here for Amazon UK.

The other "ice cream" books are Tempted by Trouble and Vettori's Damsel in Distress. And there is a short story available in digital only, Melting Mr Frosty's Heart.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Mash Up Monday

Lots of good stuff out there right now-

Nina Harrington is running a fabulous giveaway on her blog - six great books to enhance your productivity including The Tools of the Titans. Click here for more.

According to Kate Hardy, today is the International Day of Happiness, which has to be a good thing. Do something to make yourself smile.

Scarlet Wilson won the RoNA Rose award presented by Prue Leith at the Romantic Novelists Association Awards Reception last week with

All these great women write for "Harlequin Romance" - these are the March releases.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bragging mother moment...

The first-born's second book has just been published. He's a bit of legend in his field - cyber security - so forgive me for giving it a shout-out here. In case the cover isn't a clue, it's not a romance!


It's paper and digital and in case you have any geeks in your house, here are a couple of links -

Amazon US
Amazon UK