ENTANGLED PUBLISHING AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS….
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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Things I love about Category romance.
When I heard that my fantastic publisher, Entangled Publishing, was starting up the Indulgence line of category style contemporary romances, I decided then and there that I wanted to be part of it. And I am! Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire, my first contemporary category romance was released in March this year.
I started reading category romances at an early age. I was a voracious reader, and I was always running out of things to read. My mother read these romances and she had hundreds of them around the house (and in fact, one of my earliest memories of my mother is her lying on the sofa reading a romance—she’s always been my role model!) 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 started my lifelong love of romance, and while I read all sorts these days (and I’m particularly fond of paranormal and sci-fi) I still have a soft spot for my first love—contemporary category romance.
So here’s Wikipedia’s definition of category romance:
“Category romances are short, usually no more than 200 pages, or about 55,000 words. The books are published in clearly delineated lines, with a certain number of books published in each line every month. In many cases, the books are numbered sequentially within the line….
…category romance lines each have a distinct identity, which may involve similar settings, characters, time periods, levels of sensuality, or types of conflict.”
So what do I love about category romance and why has my love affair lasted so long? 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.**
Thank you Nina, for spending time with us and our readers today! What a pleasure it was to have you with us today!!
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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