Thank you for having me here today to talk about my newest release, LEAN ON ME.
LEAN ON ME is a contemporary romance. I actually write romantic suspense and contemporary romance…and every now and then I write and erotic romance novella or short. These also happen to be the romance subgenres I love to read. There’s something about the real-life feeling of the books that appeals to me.
A few years ago the most popular romance subgenre was paranormal. These things go in cycles, so paranormal could be the “in” thing again next year. Who knows? Actually, if you do know what’s going to be big next, please fill me in. We could package that secret and make a lot of money.
Until then, and probably even after the “in” thing changes, I’ll be writing the same type of books. During the paranormal craze I was often asked by readers, friends, and sometimes by editors, why I didn’t try writing vampires or werewolves. While I have great respect for those who write these books and am constantly awed by the worldbuilding, they really aren’t my thing. But there are some things I look for in a romance novel that I think transcend genre:
- A strong, flawed and somewhat wounded hero who might be down on his luck or in trouble but is smart enough to recognize the perfect woman when she walks right in front of him.
- A smart, realistic heroine who makes mistakes and learns and could survive without a man but senses a special spark when it happens.
- A sense of community, whether through biological/family ties or in the ties we create with other people.
- A world that’s rich and interesting and as imperfect and confusing as the real world can be.
Basically, strong characters, deep emotions, fast pacing and dialogue that leaves me breathless. Give me that and I’ll read anything. 🙂
Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Holloway, book #2
Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.
Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.
Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.
Helen is giving away a digital copy of Lean On Me here today! Giveaway open until November 21, 2012 11:59 PM EST.
What romance genre do you love to read?