In honor of a personal anniversary I have a special giveaway today, but more on that later. It was thirty years ago, when I was in my junior year in college, that I read my first romance novel. I was pursuing a double major in Economics and Religious Studies at the time. Both subjects required intensive reading of complicated material. Some of the texts weren’t even in English, but rather Latin, German and Hebrew. A sorority sister noticed my eyes crossing after a long night of study and took pity on me. She handed me a Harlequin Presents romance novel by Penny Jordan and said, “Take a break.” I did.
I read five more that weekend. I’ve been hooked ever since. Romance novels became my greatest treat after a long day of studying or test taking. At the time, I never dreamed I’d one day write a novel (see my majors up above) or that I would write for the company where it all began for me. I certainly never dreamed I would include some of very same themes I enjoyed all those years ago in my own novels.
Here is a list, in no particular order, of my favorite romance novel themes.
- Marriage of Convenience
- Reunion/Old Flame
- Fish out of water (i.e. city girl on a ranch, etc.)
- Matchmaker/Matchmaker kids
- Single parent
- Mistaken identity
- Bad boy and Good girl
Within each of these themes are a million different storylines and thus the opportunity for lots of books. As I look through my top twelve favorite themes I realize I’ve used one or more in all of my published novels to date.
What about you? When did you first start reading romance novels and what are your favorite themes? Leave a comment and I’ll put your name in a drawing to win my November release FINALLY A BRIDE, book 7 in my Charity House series. By the way, FINALLY A BRIDE has the reunion/old flame and matchmaker themes.