What Does Romance Matter? by Kat Martin + Giveaway!
Why does the romance genre dominate book sales? It’s a question that dozens of people have tried to answer. On Valentine’s Day, article after article attempts to explore the concept. Non-fiction books are written about it, essays are printed. Internet sites Chat about it.
The truth is there is no single answer.
From the time we’re teenagers, we’re thinking about finding a mate. When we’re old and alone, our spouse long gone, we’re remembering the romantic days when we fell in love, the days we spent with someone who loved us.
From the start, it’s a journey fraught with perils. Today, with people living in cities, the odds of finding the right mate are mind-boggling. Thousands of bars and restaurants, millions of people all searching for someone. People turn to Internet dating to improve their chances of finding a person with the same interests…someone they might have a chance to love.
The same journey happens in a Romance novel and it’s fraught with even more peril. As the reader turns the pages, for a brief time, he or she gets to feel all the wonderful emotions a man or woman feels when they fall in love.
In my latest book, AGAINST THE MARK, the nineth in my AGAINST series, Tyler Brodie, a private investigator, meets Haley Warren, the woman who hires him to find the truth about her father’s murder. The child of a broken home, Haley has no interest in romance. She doesn’t believe in happy endings.
But Ty is a hard man to resist. Carefree and fun-loving on the surface, Ty is ex-military, a man who knows how to handle himself in a tough situation. A man nearly irresistible to women. Ty wants Haley, and it doesn’t take long for her to realize that she wants him.
But Haley is afraid to risk her heart. It takes nearly getting killed before Haley realizes that love is worth the risk.
The best part about reading a Romance is that from the very first page, the reader secretly knows that whatever perils the couple faces, whatever suffering they endure, will be worth it.
Because by the last page of the book, the lovers are going to get the happy ending they deserve, the forever kind of love we all dream of finding.
I hope you’ll watch for Ty and Haley in AGAINST THE MARK, out August 27th. And in June of next year watch for Ty’s cousin, Dylan Brodie, in AGAINST THE WILD, the first of three Against books set in Alaska.
What is your favorite romance genre?
Give away: One copy of Against the Mark to one of the commenters below – good luck!
Winner announced below!
Till then very best wishes and happy reading. Kat
About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time she met her husband, L.J. Martin, author of thirty western, non-fiction, historical, and suspense novels. A resident of Missoula, Montana, Kat and her husband spend their winters in Ventura, California. She is a currently writing her next Romantic Suspense.
With fifty five novels to her credit and more than fifteen million copies of her books in print, Ms. Martin has been published in twenty-one foreign countries including France, Japan, Greece, Argentina, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, China, and Spain.