If you've been lurking in the dark, shadowy corners of my blog for more than oh about a minute, you know that I'm not a huge fan of romance. Now, don't get me wrong. Everything I write has some romantic angle in it. Everything I read has a love story hidden somewhere in the depths of its pages. But, for me, romance has to be a side dish, not the main entree, to catch and keep my attention. Sorry, but if there's not a serial killer on the loose, a grief-stricken family, or a dead/dying girl trying to cope with the hand that's been dealt to her, well, then I don't care about the romance if it's just for the sake of romance. You know?
Anywho, I do have a point to all this rambling....Really, I do. Last night, a friend of mine was telling me about this great book she'd just read and asked if I'd heard of it. Long story short, the book she was going on and on about was, indeed, a book I had read as well. I didn't care all that much for it...mostly because it was an adult contemporary romance with little storyline outside the love part. Not to be a book snob, but like I said before, I need more than just that to be satisfied...even if it is just a comedic side plot. Hello, Janet Evanovich (just one example of many). When I told my friend this, she immediately came back with, "But, everything you write has love in it." Which of course, stopped me and then I was on a mission to go back through all my manuscripts to see what she was talking about.
Of course, she was right...and wrong at the same time. Yes, all my novels have a side plot in which the MC finds love. Love is an integral part of life, but the main storyline in every one of my stories, also have to do with love...but not necessarily the romantic kind.
Which brings me (took me awhile to get here, huh? forgive me for being so long-winded) to this week's Friday Five and the ensuing CONTEST!!!