Guest Blogger Renee Ryan


(Read the entire post to learn how to be entered for a FABULOUS giveaway Renee is offering)

Good mR.Ryanorning, Renee Ryan here. I want to thank Winnie for letting me stop by today. It’s great to be back in the junction with my favorite fillies. I’ve always loved westerns and am still writing them, even though I’m no longer a contributing member of this blog. In honor of my temporary return I have a special giveaway today, but more on that later.

It’s been nearly thirty years since I read my first romance novel. I was in college, pursuing a double major in Economics and Religious Studies. Both subjects required intensive reading of complicated material, including several religious texts in the original Greek and Hebrew. A sorority sister noticed my eyes crossing after a long night of studying in the chapter room and took pity on me. She handed me a Harlequin Romance novel and said, “Take a break.”

Skeptical, I did as she requested. Two hours later, I was hooked for life. And so began a fascination with romance novels. Reading these happily-ever-after stories 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 that late spring evening. I certainly never dreamed I would incorporate some of very same themes I enjoyed all those years ago.

My first western historical romance was written by Teresa Medeiros called Nobody’s Darling. I’d found my favorite time period. I still enjoy reading Harlequin books and I still enjoy reading westerns. As a writer I’ve learned to incorporate my favorite romance novel themes (AKA tropes) in my favorite time period (the Old West). I especially love the following:

  • Marriage of Convenience
  • Reunion/Old Flame
  • Fish out of water (i.e. city girl on a ranch, etc.)
  • Cowboy
  • Rancher
  • Cowboy
  • Cowboy
  • Cowboy
  • Matchmaker/Matchmaker kids
  • Widow/widower
  • Single parent
  • Twins
  • Cowboy
  • Mistaken identity
  • Cowboy
  • Cowboy
  • Temporary Nanny
  • Guardian/Protector/Lawman
  • Bad boy meets Good girl
  • COWBOY!!!

Anyone see a theme? 🙂

Within each of the above tropes there are a million different storylines.  I’ve used one or more in all of my published novels. For example, in THE OUTLAW’S REDEMPTION I used cowboy and guardian/protector and bad boy meets good girl tropes. MISTAKEN BRIDE I had twins, mistaken identity, nanny, single parent, and widower.

I guess it’s true what they say, there are no new stories just new ways to tell them.

What about you?  When did you first start reading romance novels and what are your favorite themes?  Leave a comment and you’ll be eligible to win a copy of my latest Charity House book, THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT. The book has the marriage of convenience and bad boy meets good girl and matchmaker tropes.

I’ll be giving away one copy of this book to a lucky reader and one full set of the entire Charity House series to one grand prize winner. THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT is book 9 of 9 and wraps up the series. Bringing this series to an end has been bittersweet for me. Charity House is no ordinary orphanage, but rather a unique home for the by-blows of prostitutes and gunslingers.  By its very nature, Charity House lends itself to unique stories about people facing a world that didn’t want their “kind” and THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT highlights one of the original orphans, Jonathon Hawkins, or Johnny.



The Marriage Agreement coverartTHE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT

Promoted to Wife?

Always the dutiful daughter, Fanny Mitchell surprised everyone when she broke her engagement. Now she’s working at the fancy Hotel Dupree and falling for the mysterious, handsome owner, Jonathon Hawkins. But when she and her boss are caught in an unexpected kiss at a ball, will her reputation be tarnished forever?

The son of a woman of ill repute, Jonathon knows that gossip can destroy lives in an instant. And he won’t allow sweet, lovely Fanny to suffer the consequences. When he proposes a marriage of convenience, Jonathon believes he can keep his heart to himself. But the more time he spends with Fanny, the more he realizes he may just be in love with his wife.

Charity House: Offering an oasis of hope, faith and love on the rugged Colorado frontier.


(To purchase a copy or learn more about this book, click on the book cover)

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29 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Renee Ryan”

  1. I’ve been reading romance novels for the last 15 years or so. My favorite theme is the mail order / marriage of convenience themes.
    Thank you!

  2. Good morning! So happy to be here with the fillies. I hope ya’ll are staying cool. It hit 100 degrees in my area yesterday. I thought I left that weather behind when I moved to the Midwest. 🙁 Anyway…

    Bring on your questions or let’s talk tropes. I love them all. What can I say? It’s the romance writer in me.

  3. When I was young, my mom and I read The Love Comes Softly series, I was hooked after that! Your book sounds like a really fun read!

  4. I’ve been reading romance stories for 45 years! My mom would get a Modern Romance magazine & when she tossed it.. I’d grab it out of the recycle box & read it when she was done. My taste for romance is different now.. I want good clean romantic stories & the mail order/marriage of convenience are some of my favorites! I think your books sound like winners & I’d love to read a new author to me.. thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  5. I’ve been reading romances for over thirty years… I started as a preteen. I think marriage of convenience theme is my favorite troupe. Thanks for the giveaways!!

  6. I started reading romances about 18 yrs ago… I picked up a Catherine Coulter Historical and was bit by the romance bug! I love the wide variety of tropes out there… some of my favs are the fairytale types, secret baby, and mistaken identity.

  7. Welcome back, Renee! I started reading romance as a newlywed—first time ever doing regular grocery shopping, I’d manage to pick up something wonderful in the book/magazine aisle every time. A huge selection way back when. Although my first love is Historical, in those days I read mostly medieval history, e.g. Anya Seton and Norah Lofts. Then I started joining the Harlequin and Silhouette book clubs and got several contemporaries every month. Inbetween, I started a series written by a man (can’ remember his name, sadly) featuring each state of the union, and a bunch of them dealt with the wagon trains west. Not romance, but between the two genres, I fell in love with Western Historicals.

    And amidst all that, my most favorite is mail order bride. Then a forced marriage for any reason.

    Best wishes! Charity House is a wonderful series, for sure. xo

  8. I love your list! Cowboys have been one of my favorite themes since reading my dad’s collection of Louis L’Amour paperbacks in high school. Combined with my love of the Little House series, Western romances are my go-to as an adult 🙂

    Thanks so much for your generous giveaways!!!

  9. Hi, Renee! I started reading romance as a teen and have loved it ever since! As far as tropes, I love them all! A few of my favorites are cowboy, mail-order bride, and marriage of convenience. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!!

  10. My favorite Westerns are the Mail Order Bride marriage of convenience combos. So much so, that I wrote two of them. 😀 It’s nice to see you back, Renee!

  11. I see many familiar faces and several new ones! I’m seeng a theme here, marriage of convenience is a real favorite! Glad to see I’m not the only one who loves this trope!

  12. Hi Renee! Welcome back to Wildflower Junction! My favorite story theme is reunion/old flame/second chance. I started reading romance as a “relief” from studying medicine/nursing. One of the first books I remember being passed around the dorm was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwuss. My introduction to westerns was when I first picked up Roseanne Bittner’s Outlaw Hearts.

    The backstory for your orphanage makes for an interesting set-up for your Charity House series! Sounds fascinating!

  13. I am with you on the cowboys love them, I love westerns and mail order bride stories but I read a little of everything except paranormal.

  14. Good golly that cover draws me in!! 🙂 Marriage of convenience story-lines are one of my favorite along with past lovers reuniting! Just can’t get enough of them. I just finished Hannah Alexander’s book “The Wedding Kiss” and just couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it! Same kind of story line set in a historical(Western?)time frame….loved it 🙂
    I probably started reading in my mother’s womb (seriously), but I wasn’t a Christian so I read Harlequin romances. Once I gave my heart to the Lord, I discovered the Love Inspired line of stories and I was hooked! Good romance without all the smut. Since then, I have made some new author friends in my reading. LI Historical and Suspense are my go-to reads!
    Thanks for the chance at a copy of “The Marriage Arrangement”!

  15. Reading romances started in my teen years. I love them and I love visiting P&P! Thank you!!!!!

  16. Hey Renee! I do love Western romances – especially the historical ones – but almost anything with a few cowboys is good for me! 😉 The marriage of convenience and mail order brides ones are at the top of my list as well!

    Congratulations on your latest release! It is on my wish list!

  17. Glad you are back for a visit. My favorite tropes are Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. There are many wonderful variations on these from children’s books on up to adult romances. Luckily they both adapt well to any time period or sub-genre. I didn’t start reading romance until I was in my 50s. A late start so I have much to catch up on.

    I have read several of the Charity House books. Reading the blurbs for them just now reminded me I wanted to finish the series and a reread of those others wouldn’t be amiss. Well drawn characters and plots make them enjoyable, fulfilling reads. It is sad to see the series end. The location and the orphanage have much to offer to a story. I think THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT has one of the nicest covers for the series. I look forward to seeing what you will be bring to us next.

  18. Hi Renee. You have a lot of good books. I love western romances too. As to the first I read and what age I don’t remember anymore. Way long ago. You see I am 80 now and married one week after turning 16. so have read many books and mostly westerns for a long time. Would love to win your book. Thanks, Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  19. I started reading romance novels in high school and that was, um, a long time ago. It is still my favorite genre. Add a cowboy and a historical setting and I won’t quit until that book is finished. Excited to read your new book, Renee!

  20. I really read a lot of books. I guess I too love the mail-order (bride or groom), marriage of convenience and guardian surprise (where they find each other). Welcome back. Enjoy your visit. Keep writing!!!!!!!!

  21. You are so right that romance novels are perfect after a hard day of anything – classes, work, kids, whatever it is, there is nothing like a romance novel to take you away. And a cowboy never hurts! I used to read them years ago and then somehow they fell off my radar. Happy to say about a year ago I re-discovered them along with all the current terrific authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. I’ve been a reader for about 40 years. I love inspirational stories, that is with in any Christian fiction genre. I love to see what obstacles are faced and how God is glorified.!

  23. I have been reading novels for over 40 years. I like most genres, but my favorites look a lot like yours. Historical, western, mail order brides, marriage of convenience, etc. Thank you for giving us a chance to win a copy of your book. They look like some I would love to read.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  24. I loved the book description and would love to read it. I especially enjoyed your list of all the possible scenarios that can evolve into an interesting and sometimes informative romance novel. Best wishes on the success of this series and your future writing efforts.

  25. Hi Renee- Love the Blog & your book sounds awesome. I began reading western romance about 42 yrs. ago. Love to read about cowboy & native american books, still do.
    Authors like Madeline Baker, Cassie Edwards, Joan Johnston, Karen Kay, Vickie Lewis Thompson & Pam Crooks to name a few made me a real fan of westerns. Now all the fillies have a lot of books that I have read historical romances like C. Pierson & K. Adams.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Enjoy P&P newsletter…..

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