Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inclusivity in Romance


            Let’s be honest, the heroine whose only flaw happens to be her klutziness is more than tired—it’s boring. Yet countless titles that I’ve picked up feature the same blonde girl with honeyed skin who’s waiting for Mr. Right to sweep her off her feet. But honestly, I think that’s a poor representation of the readership, and readers are ready and willing for more.
            One of the things that romance does the best is diving deep into the complexities of relationships and the individual problems that each person brings to the table. So, when I found out about the Cupid’s Café series with After Glows Publishing, I wanted on board. After all, in this series, both the hero and heroine are struggling with real life issues that aren’t often covered in romance, like bipolar disorder or alcoholism.
         
   So when I took on my Cupid’s Café story, I was overcome with ideas, because there were so many things I wanted to see represented in romance. What I landed on was a heroine who still suffers from PTSD from an assault back in college, and a hero who’s a recovering alcoholic. Both characters had so much pain and so much depth. Their struggle was a raw and visceral one, and it made me realize how important it is to represent people facing adversity. Because everyone deserves a happy ending, especially those who get to the bleak points where they feel like they don’t deserve one and won’t ever find someone to love them.
            The other books in the Cupid’s Café series highlight depression, bipolar disorder, bulimia, and when you experience the sort of struggles these characters go through in trying to find personal happiness, it’s absolutely enlightening. Why do we need inclusivity in romance? Because that’s how we can reach a hand out to those going through their own struggles and also teach empathy for them. So don’t miss out on the romance revolution with the Cupid’s Café series!

Captured Memories (Cupid’s Café #3)


An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life.

After the incident that caused Liv Morozov to drop out of college, years later she’s still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She’s managed to carve out a career for herself as a photographer, but when it comes to guys? Her issues send them running for the hills, every damn time.

Zane Parata has declared himself off-limits for relationships. Between trying to maintain sobriety and the long hours he works as a chef, no one wants to deal with his brand of damage, and he wouldn’t want to burden them in the first place.

When Liv shows up at Cupid’s Café, she never expected to find Zane, her brother’s former best friend who had vanished one day and never returned. The sparks that surged when they were both teens rekindle stronger than ever, and all too fast, Liv and Zane entangle in each other’s lives, breaking their own rules. Except with both struggling with the demons from their past, the love that’s begun to grow is one lapse away from shattering the two of them beyond repair.

Excerpt:

The date started as bland and was speeding right along to abysmal.
            Liv sucked on her straw, taking in an extra hefty helping of her black-and-white milkshake, as if the creamy goodness could block out the absolute drivel coming out of this guy’s mouth. He hadn’t seemed like this much of a twat online, but hey, dating profiles lie. The overhead lights of the Denny’s blared down on her, and the rattle and chill of air conditioning blasting through this place made her skin prickle.
            “So you take photographs, right?” Kyle asked, his smarmy grin the sort kind she itched to punch off his face, and the Drakkar Noir he’d slathered on making her stomach churn. “What’s your real job?”
            Liv swigged so much milkshake it went straight to her head, but even brain freeze melted in the fury his question inspired. So far he checked off every item on her ‘Shit that Makes Liv Morozov Rage’ list. Acting like her career wasn’t a legitimate profession tended to top that, along with the territorial way he leaned forward, his hand inching across the laminate table as the minutes wore on.
            “Professional Emasculator. I’ve been told that’s why I’ve got such a problem keeping a man,” she drawled, batting her eyelashes innocently while the venom poured from her mouth. This had been a bad idea from the start, spurred on by the promise she made to Tessa to give the dating pool a fair try again. Common sense-wise, making connections she might be able to use for her quite-real job as a photographer didn’t hurt, and she figured she could slice through any assholes who came her way.
            Looked like right off the bat they lined up for the slaughter.

Author Information:
Strong women. Strong words.

Katherine McIntyre is a feisty Irish chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women. Easily distracted by cats and sugar.


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