Monday, June 3, 2013

Lone Star Cowboys


Congratulations to "Marion L.", the winner of Tori's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I'm so excited to be a part of the brand new Just Contemporary Romance site. I've been with Just Romantic Suspense for about a year now, and I love it. So when Maureen asked if I wanted to participate in this one, I jumped at the chance. Contemporary Romance is the mainstay of my book list. Though some of my books have a hint of suspense to them, they all fit under the contemporary romance umbrella.

Not sure what contemporary romance is? It's a romance that is set after World War II. It can be a comedy or a serious romance, the heroes might be doctors, lawyers, tycoons or even cowboys. But they are generally set in the times in which they are written. So books written this year will reflect society as it is in 2013. It's also by far the largest romance subgenre, and the best-selling.

Does setting a book in the current year mean less research for the author? Yes--and no. While we don't have to research things like the type of dress or social mores of the time like historical authors do, we have to be very careful to research our physical settings if we don't actually live there. With the Internet, any reader can look things up and catch any mistakes. And our readers come from all over the world.

I set most of my books in Texas because that's where I live, and I love it. Texas is a great state. It's also a very large one. What might hold true for one part of Texas does not hold true for another part. I had a reader berate me once because I said my heroine went to Texas A&M, yet her home was in West Texas and I should know that A&M isn't close to West Texas. Even she, a New Yorker, knew that.

What she didn't know is that Texas kids don't necessarily go to college close to home. In fact, most don't. They'll go to college hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away. So even research can lead someone astray if they don't know the habits and customs of the area. This is another reason I prefer to keep my characters in familiar locales. I may let them take a trip somewhere else, but the majority of the story will be close to home.

Do I get bored writing just contemporary stories? No. While I love history, I am more comfortable in my own time. And contemporary romance gives me plenty of choices. From my sexy novellas--which are oftentimes humorous--to my more serious novels to my Western romances, there is plenty of variety for me as an author and for readers to choose from.

My most popular contemporary romances by far are my Lone Star Cowboys books. There's just something about a strong, sexy cowboy that fires a reader's--and a writer's--imagination. The second most popular is my romantic suspense, followed by the sexier novellas. I don't write erotic romance, but that's another popular subgenre of contemporary romance.

So what type of contemporary romance is your favorite? Do you like cowboys? Medical dramas? Comedy? Friends to Lovers stories? Erotica? Tell us who your favorite authors are, too. And be sure to check in here at Just Contemporary Romance often to see who's blogging, who has a new book out, or who's having a contest. I can guarantee you won't be bored.

Tori

Leave a comment on this post and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free copy of Tori's newest release, Beneath a Texas Star, which is due out any day now. You'll get one of the very first copies!

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 4th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


18 comments:

  1. i love a cowboy, theres just something special about them. ive read a lot of paranormal lately specially Gabrielle Bissets Sons of Navarus Series about gorgeous hot vampires that are erotic. Sharon Hamilton's SEAL Brotherhood series. are a erotic marvellous read too

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  2. I Love Your Stories Tori, i am look forward to reading Beneath A Texas Star!
    joanne dot moy at hotmail dot com

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  3. Thanks Julie and Joanne! Yep, there's something special about cowboys. Real muscles that come from hard work, a code of honor, love of family and country--can't get much better than that.

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  4. You know I love cowboys!! Can't wait for your new book!!

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  5. What's not to love about cowboys? That sexy drawl is a big draw. Throw in those boots and low slung jeans mmm mmm mmm!
    Judi
    boomer21(at)rogers(dot)com

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  6. I like the variety that's found in contemporary romance. They can take place anywhere, and run the gamut from sweet to too hot for me to handle! I love stories about cowboys and ranchers. I really love stories set in the West. And I love your stories, Tori! :)
    I also love contemporary comedy and suspense. I think chick lit falls into "comedy" these days.

    Please do enter me to win. Thanks!
    marionlaird@gmail.com

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  7. Hi Tori,
    I absolutely love your Cowboy books, but I married a true cowboy so I can relate to the attitudes but I have read all of your books since I found you on Amazon last summer I think. I do enjoy the Cowboy stories but I also like the change in your suspense writing. I actually read all Historical Romance until I found Satisfaction Guaranteed for $0.99 and I have been hooked on yours and similiar writing.

    My favorite authors right now are Jasinda Wilder - Falling Into You, Colleen Hoover - Hopeless and Yourself of course.

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  8. Hi Tori,
    I absolutely love your Cowboy books, but I married a true cowboy so I can relate to the attitudes but I have read all of your books since I found you on Amazon last summer I think. I do enjoy the Cowboy stories but I also like the change in your suspense writing. I actually read all Historical Romance until I found Satisfaction Guaranteed for $0.99 and I have been hooked on yours and similiar writing.

    My favorite authors right now are Jasinda Wilder - Falling Into You, Colleen Hoover - Hopeless and Yourself of course.

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  9. Marion, so true. Contemporary Romance encompasses so many different types of stories. Dawn, I'm so glad you found me! LOL. I'm glad you've found some new types of books and authors to enjoy.

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  10. I normally read more martina cole sort of books but just from reading your comments im quite interested in your books . Seems like ill have to download one to get into the cowboy stule books but am looking forwsrd to something new to read tgat can take me awsy from real life for a while. Hope your book does realky well hun. Xxxx

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  11. I normally read more martina cole sort of books but just from reading your comments im quite interested in your books . Seems like ill have to download one to get into the cowboy stule books but am looking forwsrd to something new to read tgat can take me awsy from real life for a while. Hope your book does realky well hun. Xxxx

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  12. Aw, another Texas gal! Love books set in Texas, though why I haven't used Texas as a setting I don't know since I live here. There's nothing like a good Texas Cowboy romance. Looking forward to this one.

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  13. Thanks Lorraine and Kathy. Kathy, I love Texas, grew up near Lubbock, so it just came naturally as a setting for me. I set Lone Star Justice in east Texas near where I live, and then the Lone Star Cowboys near Lubbock. Sure makes it easier for research. :)

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  14. Hi Tori! There is nothing better to me than reading about cowboys and their way of life. Being from east Texas I have seen this type of men all my life. They are hard working and loyal. Can't wait to read Beneath a Texas Star.

    llynnthomas42@gmail.com

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  15. Thanks Lori! Yep, I agree. I've been married to one for 40 years and never once have I had to worry about being mistreated by him in any way. Love my cowboy. :)

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  16. Yay! Beneath a Texas Star is all ready to upload. Will do that later today, after I've had some sleep!

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  17. The new book just went live on Amazon! http://amzn.com/B00D6MU83S

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