Please help me welcome historical author Mageela Troche back to the blog!! With all the talk about romance, she has written a thought provoking post for you!
But first, I’m going to show you the cover of Mageela’s latest book.
To save his clan…
Laird Alec Cameron wars against Clan MacKintosh and its sept, Clan Chattan over a swathe of land. When he learns MacKintosh schemes to wed his English sister-in-law to chieftain of the Chattan, he knows the risk threatening the clan. Her riches and blood ties could overpower the Camerons. For the upper hand, he kidnaps her.
To save her life…
Widow Lady Portia de Mowbray hides in the rugged Highlands far from the clutches of a deadly baron desiring her riches but not her hand. She has lost the man she loved and nearly her life at his hands and she must save herself. Snagged in a deadly power play between two feuding clans, she is caught in the clutches of Laird Cameron. He may be the man who can save her.
Danger stalks them even as love grows and only together do they have a chance at surviving. They must survive the threats for their own happily ever after.
In 2013,romance fiction earned an estimated 1.350 billion dollars—Billion with a very profitable B. Yet, the romance genre is still snickered at and looked down up by the many. William Giraldi penned a piece for New Republic and writes, “It’s pointless to spend much time impugning these books as writing because they really aren’t meant to be considered as actual writing the same way a Twinkie wasn’t meant to be considered as actual food.”
This genre is more than Fabio in a ripped shirt and oiled chest. Yes, romance can be an escape and much more than love and a happily ever after. Beneath the romance, these books tackle issues affecting women.
Women have come a long way from the days when they were property of the men in their lives. Less than a hundred years ago, women only got the right to vote. Now, we are women with control over our own lives. We can have a career, inherit our fortunes (if we are luckily enough to have some), marry, divorce, bear children or not. The romance genre is more than a bit of fluff. It is not “…mind-stinging preponderance of crap.”
Many contemporary novels deal with such issues as divorce such as Jill Shalvis’ heroine Tara in The Sweetest Thing, deals with that too frequent state of modern life. In countless Harlequin novels, heroines deal with a secret baby and have office romance. In my second novel, The Laird’s Right, I deal with the issue of violence against women. My heroine, Lady Portia de Mowbray, is escaping a forced marriage to a violent man who had attacked her before. Women in many nations are still facing these issues. This past week, I came across a Facebook post of a woman bruised and bandaged because her husband beat her. We still live in a world were women are raped, called sluts, bitches and made to feel like failures because marriages ended or we have remained single. Our novels may seem as substantial as a Twinkie but we are more. Because women are more than manicure nails, blown-dried hair, red lips and an hourglass figure. We are educated women who care for children, families and work careers.
So, snicker at this genre I love. I will gladly defend it and whip out my half-clad hero gracing my romance cover novel on the train with pride. I am a romance reader and author.
Do you have any romance novel that helped you with an issue you faced in your life?
Mageela Troche writes in her cramped apartment in the Big Apple. When not writing her historical romances, she can be found at http://MageelaTroche.com or feeding her addiction to Pinterest.