Blasts From The Past
I’ve been reading romance novels since I was 12. I’m 38 now. That’s 26 years of loving romance. During those 26 years, I’ve seen storylines and character types come and go.
Some of them I’m bringing back. With a wink and a nudge in my own novels.
My fun, short July release, Selling Forever, is a twist on the bachelor auction. Remember those plots? Walk a successful man down the catwalk, look him over, bid on him, and end up buying yourself a future hubby. I thought that was very liberating. Eye opening for a gal from a conservative small town.
Now, I don’t exactly follow the script. In Selling Forever, it is a handyman auction and Cara, the heroine, is trying to convince the hero, Richard, to participate. That puts them on a more level footing. But it is still a nod to the past.
Invisible is a marriage of convenience plot. A beloved relative is dying. The only way the hero will receive his inheritance is if he partners with the heroine. Ohhh… I love that! Two strangers forced together. They appear, at first, as total opposites. What will they have in common?
Except in Invisible, it is a business partnership instead of a marriage (and there’s a treasure hunt and some baddies and…).
Then there are the secret baby stories. The hero and heroine had a wild one night stand and the heroine gets pregnant. She, being an independent sort, doesn’t tell the hero. Then one fine day, he finds out.
Secret babies have always interested me. So what happens if the heroine is GOOD at keeping the secret? What if the hero never finds out? What if that baby grows up and becomes the heroine of her own romance? I’m still working on that one (right now, I’m dealing with knife wielding vigilantes and Russian crime bosses so that story will have to wait – but it is jingling around my brain).
What storylines would you like to see again? Are there any that should stay in the past?
Every month, Kimber Chin shares an original short story (with a nod to the past) and gives away her favorite Romance eBook on http://businessromance.com/