Monday, April 4, 2016

Must Have Ingredients for a Great Romance with Amy Sandas of Luck Is No Lady! (#Giveaway)

Top 5 Must Have Ingredients for a Great Romance

#1 – A Happy Ending 

I know this seems obvious and certainly a happy ending is a must for any romance. But to make a romance truly great, I think the ending has to be more than just satisfying. It should be inspiring, exhilarating, and an affirmation of the true power of love. At the end of a story we want to really believe love conquers all.

Which leads me to the next ingredient.

#2 – Conflict

Even though, as readers, we expect a happy ending, the exceptional stories allow the characters to experience the possibility of not achieving that exalted end. In real life, love isn’t always easy and relationships take effort. A great romance explores the inherent conflicts between two people, the tension—that push and pull—so that by the time we reach the happily-ever-after, we know exactly how much the characters have overcome in order to claim their happiness and we celebrate with them once they do.

And this brings us to another necessary ingredient.

#3 – Characters we care about

In a great romance, the hero and heroine are people we would want to be friends with. They are likeable, but more than that, they are relatable. The best romantic characters are imperfect and real. Like anyone else, they have personal fears and flaws that are perceived or real. They have challenging circumstances or external obstacles they must overcome. There is a lot at stake when an individual becomes vulnerable to another person by giving them their trust and their heart. But when they do, it proves that love really is all that matters.

Now we are getting to my favorite ingredients for a great romance.

#4 – Sensuality

It must have sensuality. By this, I mean the story utilizes a full exploration of the senses in a way that draws the reader into the experience on a visceral level. We see, hear, smell, taste, and especially feel along with the hero and heroine. We are drawn deep into their world, disappearing from our lives into theirs. We become a part of their story and fall in love as they do.

#5 – Love

Again this one seems obvious, but I believe what takes a romance above and beyond is when the love between the hero and heroine encompasses every aspect of that emotion. The chemical and physical attraction, the emotional vulnerability, the selfishness and the selflessness that comes from trying to balance personal needs and desires with someone else’s. Love is tricky business and a great romance shows all facets of that terrifying and exhilarating experience.

The wonderful thing about these must have ingredients is that there are limitless ways to use them, mix them up, define them. Every author puts their own flavor into their stories, their own secret ingredients to make them unique and special. There are infinite possibilities when it comes to characters, happy endings, and the expression of love and how people experience it, which allows readers an endless array of choices for what constitutes a Great Romance. Truly something for everyone!

25827686Luck Is No Lady
(Fallen Ladies #1)
by Amy Sandas
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492618721
"You should not have kissed me," she replied breathlessly.
"I do a lot of things I shouldn't. It does not mean I won't do them again."

Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she'd live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father's death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London's most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma's shameful secret or her reputation-and her life-will be ruined.

But Roderick Bentley, the hell's sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game...and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.

About the Author:
Amy Sandas's love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother's Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children near Milwaukee.

Sourcebooks is giving away 1 print copy of Luck Is No Lady to one reader, U.S. only please. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and fill out the rafflecopter below! What is a must-have ingredient for any romance that you read?

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  1. A HEA, which you can't have if you don't have love. :-)

  2. A happy ending!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. respect! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is a wonderful read y'all! And I absolutely love the wittiness.

  5. I like my romance reads to have a little humor.

  6. A little bit of everything: heat, humor, good dialogue and believable story. This sounds like it just may "fit the bill"! Thanks for the post.

  7. The happy ending. Nothing is worse than no happy ending.


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