Before I start today’s blog, Gentle Reader, I’m DELIGHTED to announce that I am participating in my very first Story Bundle! It’s the Sorcery & Steam Bundle and it’s live for one month & one month only!
The Sorcery and Steam Bundle
Curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sorcery. Steam. Ghosts. A touch of romance. Mythic creatures. Some truly violent bad guys. And one little black cat.
Now on to your regularly scheduled blog post!
There are a lot of tropes in genre fiction and romance in particular. This is a good thing for us readers because often what we are looking for is a new take on an old trope. There is comfort in that.
A while ago, I was thinking about Jane Austen under the context of romance tropes and identified what I have called, ever since…
The 6 Austens:
- Emma ~ Friends to Lovers (or Consanguinity): close friendship blossoms into romance (this one is also May/December)
- Mansfield Park ~ Unrequited Love: X has loved Y forever, they finally get together
- Pride & Prejudice ~ Enemies to Lovers: X and Y dislike each other, sparks ensue
- Sense & Sensibility ~ Sweet Torture (AKA On the Rocks): X and Y are perfect for one another, circumstances tear them apart
- Northanger Abby ~ Mistaken identity: X willfully misunderstands Y and Y’s intentions
- Persuasion ~ Redemption (or Reunion): X and Y have a past, mistakes were made that must be rectified
Here is a long list of some other popular tropes.
I realized, as I was mucking about with this post that these are also some of the tropes in romance that I most gravitate towards as a reader.
I suspect I should blame too much Austen in my formative years.
This made me wonder how much I’m employing these tropes myself…
- Friends to Lovers: Finishing School Series
- Unrequited Love: Custard Protocol Series (so far)
- Enemies to Lovers: Soulless, Poison or Protect
- Sweet Torture: The Sumage Solution
- Mistaken Identity: Romancing the Inventor
- Redemption (or Reunion): Romancing the Werewolf
I could be shoe horning them in, though, because while I like to categorize things I kinda suck at categorizing my own stuff.
Makes me wonder where How to Marry a Werewolf and The Omega Objection are going to fit.
You probably can already guess on Competence knowing who the main character is!
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Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger is now available (audio will follow).
Gay reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some unexpected holiday gifts.
- How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps) ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
Coming May 2018.
Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Add this book on Goodreads.
- Competence ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
Out July 17, 2018.
Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends. Available to preorder in digital & hardcover!
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Piper and I go deep into hotel loyalty & tipping on our latest 20 Minute Delay Episode, plus things people don’t know you can ask for from the front desk.
Also we pick the gadgets that we travel with because hotels don’t have them!
(Also on iTunes)
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Chirrup members got the sneak peek of the cover art for Competence last weekend but now the art is everywhere!
Quote of the Day:
“Away we flew. The car, having such a light load, frisked and kicked, and made merry of a journey that to us was becoming very grave.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)important for authors