Good morning, Renee Ryan here. In honor of a personal anniversary I have a special giveaway today, but more on that later. Thirty years ago I read my first romance novel. At the time, I was in college, pursuing a double major in Economics and Religious Studies. Both subjects required intensive reading of complicated material. A sorority sister noticed my eyes crossing after a long night of study and took pity on me. She handed me a Harlequin Presents romance novel and said, “Take a break.”
I did. I was hooked. Romance novels became my greatest treat after a long day of studying. At the time, I never dreamed I’d one day write a novel (see my majors up above) or that I would write for the company where it all began for me. I certainly never dreamed I would incorporate some of very same themes I enjoyed all those years ago. Here is a list, in no particular order, of my favorite romance novel themes.Marriage of Convenience
Fish out of water (i.e. city girl on a ranch, etc.)
Bad boy and Good girl
Within each of these themes are a million different storylines. I’ve used one or more in all of my published novels to date. For example, I used marriage of convenience and widow/widower in my book HEARTLAND WEDDING. In MISTAKEN BRIDE I had twins, mistaken identity, nanny, single parent, and widow/widower.
I guess it’s true what they say, there are no new stories just new ways to tell them.
What about you? When did you first start reading romance novels and what are your favorite themes? Leave a comment and I’ll put your name in a drawing to win my November release FINALLY A BRIDE, book 7 in my Charity House series. By the way, FINALLY A BRIDE has the reunion/old flame and matchmaker themes.