What Do You Want in a Romance Novel?


I think this is one of the hardest parts for writers to conquer. Maintaining just the right balance of whatever ingredients make up their writing.

For fantasy/paranormal (or maybe just me), it’s action, humor, plot, character growth, relationship, and sex.


It’s a lot.

My first two books contained a lot of action. Umm…that is, physical action – adventure, fighting deadly creatures with swords and fists and teeth.

For my 3rd book, it’s more relationship building and less adventure action.

As far as action between the sheets…well, since I try to make my characters as accurate as possible while still entertaining you, they usually don’t have a physical relationship (at least not more than kissing) until at least 1/3 of the way into the story.

But after that…it gets steamy quick!

So, romance readers…how much action (adventure kind and sexy kind) do you expect in a romance novel?

How much romance, how much sex, and how much of everything else?

If you could pick a ratio – like, say, 1/3 relationship building, 1/3 sex, 1/3 plot/action, as an example – what would your ideal ratio be?

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