I’ve been writing for SE for a very long time. I have more than eighty published contemporary romances to my credit and most of those stories came out in Special Edition. Though I’ve written for other lines and imprints, I always seem to come back to Specials. The line suits my voice and writing style perfectly.
I love to write about families, and SEs are often stories about women finding love while dealing with any number of family issues. Love that. Love writing that. Love stories about finding family, and many of my stories feature the “finding family” theme.
I also love taking a secondary character from one book and making him a hero in his own story. I do that a lot. With heroes and heroines. I’ve written three miniseries of my own in SSE: The Jones Gang, The Bravo Family stories and a contemporary Viking series, Viking Brides. The Bravo Family saga, my most successful series, which has come out under four different miniseries titles, is approaching forty books long now, and I’m far from done yet. In April, I launched the first book in a 9-book Bravo series, the Bravo Royales, about the children of Evan Bravo. The Bravo Royales will be nine books long—four princes and five princesses.
In SE, you’ll find all the most beloved romance situations. Some may scoff at the classic romance plots. Not I. Secret babies, fake engagements, babies found on doorsteps, pregnant heroines, bosses and secretaries falling in love, marriages of convenience…you name the classic romance convention and chances are we’ve got it for you in Special Edition. I love reinventing a classic plot every time I do it.
In SE, we do have it all. The heroes can be beta, they can be the guy next-door. They don’t have to be macho tycoons or ranchers or sheiks—but it’s way more than all right if they are. That, to me, is the best thing about SE. As long as it could happen in what most of us think as “real” contemporary life, hey, you will find it in SE. And even the “reality” parameter is occasionally stretched. I wrote three contemporary Viking stories in SE. Yep. Seriously. I created an imaginary Viking country where the Norse ways still held sway. And one of my earlier SE heroines had psychic powers. So even the “real people in the real world” rule can be stretched. And sometimes broken.
And then there’s the sex. In SSE, if the story doesn’t require a full-out consummated love scene—there won’t be one. Of course, such a thing would never happen in one of my books. Even now, I still adore creating a hot, character-driven love scene. Or ten.
In SE, there’s a whole lot of variety and a whole lot to love.
So…do you read SE? Tell me what kind of stories you love most. Leave a comment here today or tomorrow. I’ll draw a winner Thursday for a $10 gift card to your choice of Amazon or B&N. Good luck—and happy reading!