Happy Holiday's lovelies! We would like to welcome author A.M. Hargrove to RBtWBC. She is joining us today with her recent release of EXQUISITE BETRAYAL, a New Adult Contemporary book. Enjoy!
The Stigma of the Male Romance Author
When I began writing Exquisite Betrayal, I thought that having a male author that hid his identity would be an intriguing idea. As I delved into the writing of the novel, I began to wonder why there weren’t more male romance authors. For my story, I had decided that Ryland Thomas would hide behind his sister, using her as his persona. It was an easy out for him, because they were twins and even shared the same initials.
But the more I wrote, the more I wondered why we don’t see more male authors. This question has nagged at me now since I’ve written this book. Even though most of the readers of this genre are women, men have proven themselves to be extremely talented in this field. Take Sylvain Reynard, for example. Ask anyone who has read any of his Gabriel books and most likely they’ll rave about how wonderful they were. And then you have Nicholas Sparks. Although he doesn’t consider himself a romance author, he is hugely popular. Sparks prefers to be known as one who pens love stories. Nonetheless, the two of them arguably write excellent romance for even the toughest critic.
So my mind still wonders and I can only assume it is fear that holds men back, much like it was fear that kept Ryland Thomas from revealing his true identity to his readers. So I’ll throw this question out to you, the readers. What do you think? Why do we not have more men writing in this genre?
Exquisite Betrayal by A.M. Hargrove
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A male Romance Author… a convention in Vegas… a female book blogger… a goal to lose her virginity… what happens when you mix all the above?
Fallon McKinley is headed to Vegas for the Wicked Wenches Romance Con and losing her virginity is only one of her goals. The other is to meet her favorite author of romance novels, R.T. Sinclair. What she doesn’t realize is that the sexy green-eyed god she rams into at the airport is the real R.T. When they keep running into each other, she’s shocked, but excited, because the attraction is irresistible.
Ryland Thomas Sinclair doesn’t want anyone to know his true identity. He’s the author that all women love, but everyone thinks he’s a female. He hides his persona behind the public face of his twin sister, keeping his own a secret. But after meeting the lovely Fallon, his intentions to avoid a relationship come to a screeching halt. She’s put an unwanted kink into his perfectly laid out plans. His unusual reaction surprises him because after a heart-shredding breakup a few years ago, he’s managed to avoid women at all costs.
Resisting Fallon becomes more difficult than he imagines. Soon things are spiraling out of control, until a major miscommunication has Fallon walking out of his home and his life. Will Ryland Thomas succeed in losing the woman he loves? Or can he win her back?
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).Blog: http://amhargrove.com/
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.
Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5338829.A_M_Hargrove
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Thank you SO much for being a part of the EB tour! xoxoReplyDelete
I really loved the author information ! Just added the book to my list, thanks ;)ReplyDelete
I bought it a few hours ago ! Couldn't resist the story (and the price) !ReplyDelete
I do not usually read romance, but this is an intriguing idea. Might have to give this one a try!ReplyDelete