Fun New Feature!

tv interviewI’m blessed and excited to be part of a talented group of writers who are finalists in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. It’s been fun getting to know them on our Yahoo loop, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to feature each of the finalists in my category on my blog.

Beginning on Thursday, May 9, one of the other eight finalists in the Contemporary Single Title category of the contest will appear here. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I have!

My first victim…er, guest…will be Katie Graykowski. You will enjoy her wickedly dry sense of humor, and the writers among you will appreciate her advice.

So come along for a fun ride over the next few weeks! By the time the winner of our category is announced (July 20), you’ll have a great sense of who we are and what we write. Who knows – you may even have a favorite! It’s all fun, and it’s all good.

See you on Thursday!

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8 Responses to Fun New Feature!

  1. Nancy H C Ward says:

    What a fun idea. I love to meet new writers. Bring ’em on!

  2. Leslie Lynch says:

    Hi, Nancy! I’m sure you’ll enjoy meeting this group. I have – and while some of us have accepted invitations to be guest bloggers on established writers’ blogs or even have blogs of our own, some of us are brand-newbies. I’m looking forward to getting to know my fellow contestants better. We are already cheering each other on!

    Thanks for stopping by! See you Thursday! 🙂

  3. dmulcare says:

    Hi Leslie,

    The Romance Genre “embraces” all sorts of writers. My daughters used to read “romance paperbacks” with torrid entanglements depicted on their covers. My daughters’ non verbals warned me that I didn’t want to go near any of these tear soaked sponges.

    A friend passed a bag of books in my direction. The very last book I read from that sac was The Crush, by Sandra Brown. After I finished what seemed to be an action, adventure, crime and punishment novel, I read the “About the Author” where i learned that she is an award winning Romance writer. Then there are the samples on your home page, that give Romance a flavor far different from my expectations. After you educated me, I can see Romance in the “sci-fi/fantasy-comedy writings of Terry Pratchett.

    By all means, open the world of romance to all us who want more romance in our lives. By the way, I’m rooting for you!

    God Bless,


    • Leslie Lynch says:

      Don, you’re so much fun! The only thing that is required in a romance novel is a Happy Ever After ending – or the promise of one. So you can see there’s a lot of latitude! Like you, most of us want love in our lives!

      Thanks for rooting for me – but you’re going to enjoy meeting these wonderful ladies, too. It should be a fun few weeks!

      Thanks for stopping by! You always brighten my day. 🙂


      • dmulcare says:


        Thanks for that clear definition of the Romance Novel. I look forward to quoting you.

        BUT!!!!! doesn’t that designation give away an important part of the plot and all the suspense that goes with it? It seems that the getting there is more important than the destination. Certainly your teaser chapter is heavier on the blood and kidnapping than the romance. The reader knows that this starting point is far from the romantic finish and can’t wait to see how you pull it off.

        God Bless,


  4. Leslie Lynch says:

    Well, yes, Don, the definition ‘gives away’ the plot – at least that part of it. BUT the fun of the romance novel is the journey. The best ones have a ‘black moment’ toward the end, where it appears that all is lost and the Happy Ever After isn’t going to happen after all. Then the resolution (which both the hero and the heroine must *earn*) is even sweeter.

    If you think about it, all television shows, movies, and books (other than literary fiction, which is a horse of its own color) have an expectation of resolution – which can suck the suspense out. The best stories draw you in and create a willingness on the part of the reader to ‘suspend disbelief’. That’s where the reader enters in, knowing in the back of his/her mind that there will be resolution, but willing to follow the characters on their quest to find it.

    We are hard-wired to love stories, and part of that is the structure. Romance is no different. Some publishers want a very strict adherence to a particular structure, but most don’t require that. Just a good story, well written.

    Probably more than you wanted in a reply, but there you go! Happy reading and writing, Don!


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