Thursday, August 24, 2006

Readers--SOS! Win a free book.


I'm making a foray into teaching. I need the extra income yes, but honestly, I've always imagined that once I learned the basics of writing and publishing that I'd like to teach it. Both my parents were teachers, I've given a few workshops, so I thought I knew what I was getting into.

I discovered something. Creating your own course is almost as difficult as writing fiction. Not quite as difficult because with ficton you've got that dreaded blank page you've got to fill up with stuff right out of your head. But teaching--and doing it well--is a whole other skill set.

Anyway, I'm writing the first lesson which deals with defining what romance is and I discuss the various subgenres. As I was describing what the subgenres were, I realized I needed something more visceral. Something to reach out and grab the throats of these students and make them understand what's so special about romance.

To that end, I'm asking for help from readers.

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why? Which type of book speaks most deeply to you? How has reading romance affected your life? What does it mean to you? And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?

I'm counting on you guys to help me impart the emotion experience that reading romance gives you. Are you game?

To reward your efforts, everyone who posts in the comments section gets a free book from my backlist. Just post your heartfelt answer, go to my website www.loriwilde.com pick out the book you want from my backlist (one caveat--I have limited supplies of some titles) and pick out the book you want. This offer limited to the first twenty posts. (Yeah, okay, twenty posts you say? Well, a writer can dream, can't she?) Anyway, thanks ahead of time for your particpation!

Much love,
Lori

24 comments:

Sonja said...

I love to read Regencies and Suspense. Weird cross-section I know, but there's a reason: I want to read about the parts of life that are super-experiences. If I'm reading a Regency, I want to read about the Ton and fancy dresses and tea and gallant lords and royalty and all that because it doesn't happen in real life. If I'm reading a suspense, I want to read about adventure and the end of the world and life and death situations because it doesn't happen in real life (at least not in mine) either.

I guess the next step to this is that real romance doesn't happen that often in real life either, or at least not as beautifully as it does in a romance novel. But I still want to read about it and experience it, if vicariously.

Without romance novels, I'd be stuck reading all that realistic depressing crap all the time. Yuck. ;-)

Good luck with your class. Sounds like it will be a fun one!

If I'm one of the first 20, I'd love to read Racing Against the Clock. My email is sonja.foust AT gmail DOT com.

Jennifer Y. said...

-What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?
I love historicals...I like being able to escape to time periods that I will never get a chance to visit in real life. I also like contemporaries that have a bit of humor in them. I like being able to laugh as I read.

-Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?
The dramatic romances that have some emotional event or element to them.

-How has reading romance affected your life?
I started reading romances as a teen as a way to escape and that is why I still read them. They allow me to forget my problems for just a little while and live vicariously through the lives of the heroines. They have helped me through many difficult times in my life, including illnesses, by helping me to relax.

-What does it mean to you?
Romances mean escape and entertainment for me...and a guaranteed Happily Ever After..they give me hope that the right guy is out there for everyone.

-And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?
I would be really sad and upset.

Jennifer Y. said...

Forgot to put what book that I want...wasn't sure how to let you know.

I would like A Touch of Silk

Kimber said...

My favorite genre is Regency Romance. I like these romances because it is an interesting mix of fairytale with historical facts. Like a more intellectual Cinderella.

I like the happy ending. In life, those are rare so romances give me hope that they exist.

My buddies and I call it sedating ourselves with novels. When life gets really tough, I know that I can escape in a novel, cry, laugh, maybe be scared, and at the end have my happy ending.

If romances disappeared from the shelves...well, that would never happen, there's too much demand for them.

Cynthia said...

I'm drawn to contemporary stories with a little bit of humor as equally as I'm drawn to thrillers. If I see a book blurb that mentions FBI, CIA, Navy Seals, I'm buying the book. But I do love reading the everyday story of everyday people falling in love too.

For me they are pure escapism. Romance novels have been what has gotten me through a rough year. Some days I've just had too much real-life drama that it's heaven to get lost in a fun romance where everything works out in the end. Happy endings have to happen someplace and sometimes it's only in the books.

What would happen if they disappeared? I agree with a previous post. Wouldn't happen. Too many people love them. There would be riots in the streets.

Oh and my email address is cdthorp@yahoo.com, if I qualify I'd love Mission:Irresistible

Rikz said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?

I enjoy both historical and contemp... As long as its romance, I'll read it!

Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?

I love a full out romance that concentrates on the hero and heroines developing relationship. I want the happy ending, but I also want to see how they get there. I like alot of humor and and touching moments. When the relationship between the couple is intense. When they fight but can't keep their hands off each other. When there's a special bond there they can't deny for long... I love a book that has emotional scenes in it. Tension but humor too.

How has reading romance affected your life?

Books are my friends... If I need to escape into my own little world I can with a book. They are my companions when I don't have any... If I need to be alone books are the ones I want by my side.

What does it mean to you? And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?

It means more than I can say to get lost in a romance book. If they were to suddenly disappear off shelves, I would re-read all the ones I have over and over and cry every single day for my lose. Books are like family to me.. Without them... Will it would be a very lonely world...

Lori, I don't live in the USA so the free book might not apply to me... Just wanted to give you some answers... ;-)

Kathleen said...

-What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?
I love romance and mysteries...so romance suspense is my favorite. But coming in at a close second are historicals. I think it is so much fun to read about earlier time periods and I always find something new to learn about England/Scotland/France ect....such as fashion, history, landmarks.

-Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?
The dramatic romances that have some emotional event or element to them.

-How has reading romance affected your life?
I read to ignore reality :) ...it lets me travel to a new place and read about exciting people

-What does it mean to you?
I think I kind of already answered that :)

-And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?
Oh!..that better never happen!! I would form protests :) I would be upset and okay I'll admit outraged!! Romance books deserve to be on the shelf just like any other book.

If available, I would like "You Only Love Twice."

Nicole said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?
It really depends on my mood. Action/adventure romance, regency romance, contemporary, paranormal...I honestly can't pick one subgenre as a favorite. Sorry!


Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?
I think that just depends on the story and not the type. Some just hit me emotionally more than others.

How has reading romance affected your life?
Well, I've "met" a wide variety of friends online due to a mutual interest in romance.

What does it mean to you? And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?
I love reading about people falling in love. It just makes me feel good. I'm not sure what I'd feel if they disappeared except utter disappointment. ANd I might be tempted to write my own just so I could have some!

I'd love to read Mission: Irresistible, if it's available. I absolutely adored You Only Love Twice.

Diane P said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?
I love historical, time travel, paranormal, chicklit, suspense, modern, almost any kind except westerns. Depending on the mood that I am in, will help make my choice. I sometimes will get in a historical mood and read several of those & then grab a paranormal.

-Which type of book speaks most deeply to you? I love to get involved with a character, empathize or watch a character grow. I hate those series of books where the main character does not change or learn anything from what happens to them.
-How has reading romance affected your life? I have read all of my life. It is how I relax and let my cres fall away, escape yes. My life is not bad but who wants to always think about dirty laundry and making dinner. I'd rather read than watch tv, though I have sometimes done both at the same time.

Those fiction books that are supposed to expand your mind usually end up depressing me. I don't need that so please leave my romances alone.

Lori Wilde said...

Everyone who wants a book please send me your snail mail address to loriwilde@aol.com. I'm having trouble e-mailing some of you. Thanks so much for particpating everyone. These comments are really helping me construct my course!!

CrystalG said...

My favorite Romance subgenre is historical romance. I love to swept away to a different time and place.
A book that speaks to most deeply is one where the characters are able to let down their barriers and show each other the depth of their feelings.
Reading romance lets me escape the mundane details of every day living and I would be very unhappy if romance novels were no longer available for me to read.

Lara said...

For me, I've always read romance... I started with the early Silhouette First Love books and Sweet Valley Highs when I was 10 and moved quickly into the steamier side of things. I tend to read almost anything, tho I think I historical-ed myself out in HS, so I rarely go there anymore. I like a good paranormal romance, but tend to prefer the funny ones... I also love the suspense books and the chick lits and the contemporaries.

So why do I read romance? I like that they always end with everything tied up in a neat little bow... kind of makes me feel when life is falling down around me that there's hope that things can get better. I also find most romances are more emotional, instead of being matter of fact or sparse, the richness of who the characters are and why they do what they do enhances the story for me. Ok, and I like the sex bits. *Grin*

I don't actually know what I'd do if there were no romances out there. I guess I'd probably be more committed to writing my own. :)

Good luck with planning your class... let us know where and when you're going to be giving it... And if I'm not too late, You Only Live Twice looks pretty darn cool, but if that's not backlist enough, then I'd love to read Mission Irresistable. (and Thanks! :) ) My email is lara@lararose.com

Jenn said...

I love romance and reading all kinds of them. My favorite would have to be romantic suspence with a little comedy thrown in. I love trying to figure out what is going on. I love it when the story keeps pulling me in and I can't put the book down. I just can't wait to see what happens next. At the same time I hate it when a story is predictable and the characters lie to each other or hide themselves and then they hurt each other and then they have to make up. I want it to be exciting and fun and happy with a little drama in there too.

I guess I really ask for a lot. I read as an escape and it's my adventure. I'm not into too many tv shows. I would much rather read a book and really get into someone elses head. I love feeling like I am there in a book. Like I can see it all and understand and feel what is going on.

I feel like in a good romance I can be a part of that story. It has also helped me to see how special my husband is and how much I want to keep our romance alive.

Wow I guess I never really thought about how much reading has really meant to me. I would hate it if romance books were gone. I like other books but they don't leave me with the warm and happy feeling I get from most of the romance that I have read.

I hope this is of some help to you. Good luck with your class.

Bonnie Ferguson said...

My favorite subgenres of romance are historicals and paranormals. In both the reader is shown a different world then the one they know :)

Books that offer a fun escape with a passionate couple falling madly in love speak most deeply to me. The happy ending is a big must for me and is one of the things I love most about romance novels.

Reading romance has been great food for the soul, giving hours of entertainment and joy over the years, so I would be really upset if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves.

GarniGal said...

I love historicals. In part it's because that was the first real romance I ever read (Sweet Dreams doesn't count!), but also because of the fullness of the experience.

Historical romance not only gives you the heat of a new love, but also the interest of an unfamiliar setting. I love the family ties that are explored, the rules of society.

There is one caveat for Historicals - I like my heroines strong. No Melanie for me - I'm a Scarlett girl all the way. They can be wrong, they can be annoying, but they can't be shrinking violets.

Speaking of strong women, License to Thrill caught my eye. My email is ann at garniss dot org.

Bonnie said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?

I love contemporary stories with a healthy dose of humour. I also love a good mystery - the more dangerous, the better. And lately I've discovered the world of paranormals.

Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?
I'd have to say the comedies (like your work on the Duets books) because life can get way too serious.

How has reading romance affected your life? What does it mean to you?
I look upon reading romances as a nice escape - and reconfirms my belief that love can conquer all.

And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?
I'd weep and wonder how I could get them back.

If I'm one of the lucky ones, I'd love to read Mission Irresistible.

stay_c said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?

Chick Lit, because it showed me some of the options available to women, and how to be a woman in today's business too. My company has so few role models that it is great to see how, even in fiction, problems are handled.

Alyssa said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?

I'm an equal-opportunity subgenre reader, but lately I've been reading more paranormals. I think that's because if an author does a good job of world building, I can escape into another world even more than I usually do when I read a good book.

Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?

I read for characters. If it's a historical, contemporary, paranormal, whatever, I want to fall in love with the characters. That doesn't always happen, but when it does, it's magic.

How has reading romance affected your life?

It's hard for me to imagine my life without them, really. I don't watch a lot of TV, and what I like about books is that I can pick them up as I have time or when I'm in the mood or whatever. I usually read more than 100 books a year.

What does it mean to you?

I kind of answered that in the previous answer.

And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?

That would be a nightmare for me. Honestly.

If I'm one of the winners, I'd like As You Like It or You Only Love Twice. Thanks for the questions. It's been fun to think about them.

Karen W. said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why?

My favorite subgenres are paranormals & westerns. I think I get my love of paranormals from my life-long fascination with the supernatural & from being a SF/F reader. I've also always been fascinated by the 19th century & pioneering days.


Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?

I would say character-driven books that have a lot of emotion.

How has reading romance affected your life? What does it mean to you?

Reading has always been my #1 hobby and books are a comfort to me. Romance books included.


And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves?

I would make do with all the other genres/styles of fiction I enjoy, but I would miss it terribly. Hopefully, that will never happen!

Richelle said...

I consider chick-lit totally a romance subgenre--and a very realistic one. Jennifer Crusie is a key example. Her characters...actually have bad sex sometimes! The earth doesn't move for them. See FAKING IT if you don't believe me. I think that's really key in introducing to the romance genre because that's how romance really is. Don't get me wrong--I love it when the earth shakes. But I think you've got to have the full spectrum here to really explore the genre.

Diane Perkins said...

Lori,
you received your 20 posts! Way to go.
I was thrilled that so many of those who responded said that they loved historicals. Do you know that some people in the industry said that Historicals were dead?
I love historicals because they are truly escapist, taking me to a distant time and place. I love Regency England (what I write!)because it was such a special time in history, lots of beauty, lots of drama.
Thanks to all who said they loved historicals too!

KimW said...

aw, I missed it. That's what I get for going to bed early. lol

I read all genres but mostly contemporary, historical and romantic suspense. Historical because I'm fascinated with reading about different time periods and suspense because they generally are page turner books and I can't wait to read the end and find out what happens.

I don't really delve that deeply into the romance books I read so I don't know if any speak to me. I read them to relax and it works to clear my mind and let me escape away. I'm not one to criticize on the inaccuracies or question whether something is believable. I just read for the sheer enjoyment I get out of it.

Wow...I don't even want to think about life without romance books.

Melissa said...

I know I missed it, but I'll answer the questions in the hope that it helps another teacher.

What are your favorite subgeneres of romance to read and why?
I enjoy paranormal romance and romantic suspense. I enjoy a good historical particularly if the time period is civil war america or victorian England. I like paranormals because I've always been a fan of horror movies--I used to watch them on tv with my mom. I like suspense because I loved mysteries as teen--I loved Trixie Beldon.

Which type of book speaks most deeply to you?
I like when the characters learn something about themselves in the process. They can recognize and heal or at least begin to fix their flaws.

How has reading romance affected your life?
Catharsis & escape. For a few hours, or if I drag it out a few days, I can be someone else and somewhere else. I can laugh and cry and purge those emotions so I can get on with my life.

What does it mean to you?
Primarily entertainment, but also a way to put the larger world into perspective.

How would you feel if they disappeared from the shelves?
Like I was living 1984--horribly repressed.

Lis said...

What are your favorite subgenres of romance to read and why? I like historicals, because they transport me to another time; paranormals because they entertain me and suspense because some of them can scare me lol

Which type of book speaks most deeply to you? Hmmm, most of them do. Ones where things don't necessarily turn out the way the h was expecting.

How has reading romance affected your life? Its given me entertainment, cost me money *g* helped make some wonderful friends and inspired me

What does it mean to you? entertainment

And how would you feel if romance novels suddenly disappeared from the shelves? well peeved, but then grateful I still had my shelves crammed full of books. My reading would definitely slow down though, i'm not much into the flowery style of literary and there's only a few other genres I read and most of them are dwindling down anyways