Readers come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. They read novels, non-fiction, poetry, anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. Here we read and write novels. When I read, I skip historicals for the most part and concentrate on the contemporary in these genres: thrillers, mysteries, suspense, some horror, police procedurals, military, a few women's fiction, and a rare romance with the main focus on CBA novels. When I write, it's a love story which takes romance out of the category romance and gives me a broader spectrum for my story choices.
So today I'm going to speak to those shoppers who might be looking for a book gift for that person who prefers romance but not so much the type which gives the reader formulaic romance. My two novels The Famous One and my latest release Breath of Life, although very different in style, present two love stories involving strong protagonists. The Famous One is written as a fictional biography and starts out in the omniscient POV before slipping into third person. Breath of Life is written primarily in the protagonist's first person POV but also includes the third person perspective. Heavy on the romance in both cases, the sexual attractions and the look at love and romance are portrayed and contrasted from both the world's view and God's view. They're not the kind of novels that suit the Love Inspired readers.
For reviews of The Famous One you can check out a handful of them at Amazon.com to get a feel for the storyline. Various reviews will soon be posted for Breath of Life.
If you have those readers who enjoy a strong love story on your Christmas list, either of these novels can also be purchased from me via my email for custom inscriptions.
Father, thank you for these stories. Apart from you, I can do nothing. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.