I've been reading romance since I was in the sixth grade and my mother gave me her copy of Gone with the Wind. I get lost in the stories, identify with the heroine and fall in love with the hero.
Fast forward fifty years! I'm not 12 years old. I'm just into my sixth decade on this Earth. But, I still read romance almost every day. And, after thirty-plus years of practicing law, I am living my dream by writing and publishing romance novels and romantic memoir.
I still want to fall in love with the heroes of these books, whether I'm reading the book or writing it. That's why my favorite heroes now are in their 40's, 50's and 60's! Up till a few years ago, you could not find a romance novel featuring a "mature" couple. You mind find an older man and a much younger woman or maybe a "cougar" story of an older woman and a much younger man, but very few couples who were looking for a second chance at love. Not a silver fox to be found!
Now, it's a whole different ballgame! Small publishing houses and indie authors are putting out romance novels aimed at the 35-65 demographic. My good friend and mentor, LuAnn McLane has always featured an older couple, usually as the secondary romance, in her Cricket Creek series. Karen Booth has written my favorite aging rock star series and started a group on Face Book called Seasoned Romance! Roxanne St. Claire is breaking records with her Timeless heroes down in Barefoot Bay! And everything I write has always featured main characters in this age group. After all, you write what you know...and if you've read Cocktales, you know I know a lot about later-in-life romance!
I'm especially excited about mature love today because our Face Book group, Seasoned Romance, is running a $.99 Seasoned Romance Book Hop, where you can buy many of our books for a special limited price of $.99 and, by visiting our Face Book pages, get in on some cool giveaways! And, today, I finally re-released the erotic romance novel that started this roller coaster ride for me. Published in 2015 as Katarina: Out of Control, my own take on a more mature version of Fifty Shades, today marks the release of Out of Control: Kat's Story, with a sexy new cover and an excerpt from the next book in the Love In Control series, Taking Control: Rick's Story! Rick's story will be coming to you sometime in early 2017.
It snowed today in the Great Northeast and I'm staying warm in my office with a cup of tea and a flannel shirt, doing some legal writing. But, doing the final edits on Kat also warmed me up considerably. Try it for $.99 today, or Unanswered Prayers, also reduced today to $.99 or any of the other Seasoned Romance books. I guarantee that a good steamy romance will take the chill off and warm your heart.