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July 2012
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July 2012

Rekindling an Old Love – Category Romance

For a lot of years now, my reading and my writing has focused on anything speculative: paranormal, sci-fi, a mixture of both. My heroes tended to be vampires, werewolves, aliens… So when my editor at Entangled Publishing asked me if I was interested in writing a category contemporary romance, for a moment, I didn’t know how to answer. 
But in fact, category romance was my first love. As a teenager, I was a voracious reader, and I was always running out of books. My mother read category romances and she had hundreds of them around the house. So I thought, if only I can start reading them—I need never run out of books again. Of course, I was wrong—I still ran out (unsurprising, as on a good day, I could devour four or five) but each month new ones would arrive.

So, I decided to have a go, and I wrote, Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire, which released with Entangled as part of their Indulgence imprint in March this year. I loved writing the book, and since, have rekindled my love of reading category romance and remembered just why I enjoy them so much.

Here are a few things that come to mind:

• I know what I’m going to get. Within a particularly line I can be guaranteed certain things. If I’m in the mood for sweet romance, I know which line to go for. While if I’m in the mood for an alpha male and some sizzling love scenes, then there are lines for that too. Something for every mood.
• Gorgeous heroes and exotic locations…
• While the basic stories remain the same, category romances are in fact always evolving, they’re current, and up to date, and actually constantly changing as the readers change.
• They’re short and can be read at one sitting—I love reading books in one go.
• They’re pure romance. I love most genres of books, but sometimes I just want the romance! Because of the relatively short word counts of category books, there’s no room in them for complex sub-plots, so the focus always remains on the hero and heroine’s relationship—they can be very intense.
• Every month there are new stories coming out.
• And of course—most important—I always get a happy ever after.

So what do you love best about category romance? Let me know for a chance to win a copy of Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire.

Blurb: Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire
Seduction by any means necessary…

Olivia Brent is happy with her quiet life in the country, until the imminent loss of her home forces her to embark on a search for her estranged father. Catapulted into a world of criminals and totally out of her depth, Olivia is rescued by the stunningly gorgeous and enigmatic billionaire Luc Severino.

Luc has never considered himself a knight in shining armor, and if he had been, then Jimmy Brent’s daughter was the last person he would choose to rescue. But Olivia is the key to finding her father, and Luc is willing to use any methods available, including blackmail, to persuade Olivia to help him find Jimmy and finally put the past behind him.

And if blackmail doesn’t gain her total cooperation, then perhaps a little seduction will…

Read an excerpt here.

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Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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  • Nissi Mutale

    I would love to here more about the volunteering years in Zambia!