Welcome to my stop on the Meant for Her Blog Tour hosted by Iambe Books, LLC. For today's stop, I've got an awesome excerpt from Meant for Her and a guest post by the wonderful Raine Thomas to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on, for sure! Without anymore delay...
About the book:
Author: Raine Thomas
Publisher: Iambe Books, LLC
Release date: October 15, 2013
Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.
Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.
Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.
But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.
Guest post: Writing Romance by Raine Thomas
Sitting at the breakfast table with my husband and seven-year-old daughter this morning, I asked them for guest post topic ideas. My creative tank was on empty thanks to a critical coffee shortage in our household. Since my daughter had snuck into the pre-Halloween candy bowl, though, her hyper-creative brain was on full throttle.
“Write about romance!” she declared.
She knows that my books all have a strong romantic component to them, whether they’re YA fantasy or NA contemporary. Being seven, however, her understanding of this concept is obviously limited. Curious, I asked her what she thought romance meant.
“People read romance so they can learn to make love,” she said in an authoritative tone.
Go ahead…get your snort of laughter out over that one.
I’ll admit, she got my creative gears going. Why do people read romance? She had a point. She didn’t mean “make love” in the grown-up sense. She was saying, in her young and adorable way, that people read romance novels in part to learn how to find and hold onto love with someone else.
There are many subgenres of romance: historical, paranormal, contemporary, erotic…the list goes on and on. The base elements remain consistent across all of them, however. Two people are attracted to each other, they share a relationship of some nature, there is some form of conflict they face together, and they either overcome it or they don’t. As fictional as most romance stories are, when you boil the genre down to these basic elements, they really reflect real-life relationships, don’t they?
So, back to the main question: why do people read romance? I personally feel that people read it because it’s a wonderful escape. We want to experience the thrill of that first meeting, first kiss, first fight, and everything else relationships involve. We want to see issues arise and—if you’re like me—we like to see those issues resolved. We want to close the book with a feeling of overall happiness or satisfaction. We want to believe that the romance in the story is possible in real life.
I love writing stories that give my readers that feeling. In my latest release, a New Adult contemporary romance called Meant for Her, the main characters, Sierra and Evan, have much to overcome. They have their ups and downs, but it’s clear from the first chapter where the story is headed. The characters will work hard in their effort to “learn to make love,” and I hope readers will enjoy the adventure with them.
Excerpt from Meant for Her:
Meant for Her book trailer:
About the author:
Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her.
She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice.
When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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