What’s Between The Covers?

Can a romance fiction involve more than the ‘happily ever after’ between the lead characters?

Well, I certainly think so!

And you don’t have to be an avid romance reader to enjoy the real-life issues that are used as story premises by many of today’s romance authors.
These authors pen reads that are fresh, clear and decisive, a far cry for the ‘bodice rippers’ of old. In fact, the story premise of my latest release, When a Man Loves a Woman explores the issues of betrayal, forgiveness, and perseverance after the lead female character discovers that her ex-husband is gay. Hmmm, you probably didn’t expect that in a romance novel, huh??

That’s precisely my point. Not all romance fiction involves those fairy tale stories of the rich boy meets poor girl. I’m not trying to convert anyone to romance fiction. The choice is yours. However, you just might find a really good read or two in the romance section of the local book store.

Until next time – stay well and be blessed.

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Reprinted here by permission.

A Love For All Times Virtual Book TourHello everyone! I’m LaConnie Taylor-Jones and I am so excited that the first stop on the A Love For All Times Virtual Book Tour featuring my new romance, When a Man Loves a Woman, is with the members of the The G.R.I.T.S. Online Reading Club!

Readers who have read romances know they are predictable — the hero and heroine introduced at the beginning of the story are going to be together by the end of the story. But what I enjoy most about writing in this genre is the challenge of telling a good story and bringing to the forefront “real-life” issues readers can relate to in the lives of the characters between the beginning and end of the story.

When a Man Loves a Woman is a story about betrayal, forgiveness, and perseverance. It’s also a story about a good man (A. J. Baptiste) loving a very special woman (Victoria Bennett) past all her pain and insecurities with being in love again. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sure you remember how difficult it is to let another person get close to you once you’ve been hurt by someone you loved. Well, it’s that same resistance that Vic gives AJ in this novel that brings humor, love, and true passion to the surface that I hope readers will enjoy!

 

Listen to my audio excerpt below and tell me what you think about the opening scene of my new novel and the sparks that are about to fly!

To those members who listen to my excerpt and post the answer to the trivia question I ask at the end of it to the comment section of this post TODAY, your name will be entered in a drawing to receive the following gifts during my time with you:
1 – $20 Amazon.com Gift Certificate
1 autograph copy of When a Man Loves a Woman

Until next time – stay well and be blessed,
LaConnie


17 COMMENTS

Tee C. Royal
http://www.rawsistaz.com

LaConnie,

Welcome welcome!! You pretty much summed up the reason I don’t read many romances (knowing how the book will end), but I’m so glad you stopped by to share your excerpt. I haven’t had an opportunity to read the book yet, but now I’m looking forward to it! I’m liking Vic already. Now…for this trivia question answer. You know I had to listen to the audio excerpt 3 times to catch it as I was working on something else in the background…lol. But ummmm here goes: AJ drives an X5 SUV.

-Tee

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aNN
http://www.thegrits.com

I have not had the pleasure of  reading When A Man Loves A Woman, but I love the excerpts and I will make it a point to change that.

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LaConnie
http://www.laconnietaylorjones.com

Hi All:

My thanks to Marlive and all the members at The GRITS Online Reading Club for hosting the first stop on my month-long tour.

There are a lot of exciting things you’ll get a chance to learn about the A.J. and Vic. Hopefully, you understand how their issues impact all of us in real life.

So sit back and enjoy the fun.

Until next time – stay well and be blessed!!
LaConnie

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MsGRITS
http://www.thegrits.com

Hey LaConnie,

Welcome to one of four virtual rooms we have here at The GRITS Online Reading Club!

Thank you for including us on your virtual book tour today and I also stopped by your personal blog and appreciate you not only blogging about your stop with us today . . . .woo-hoo, but for going into more detail about – Can romance fiction involve more than the ‘happily ever after’ between the lead characters? I do believe romances can deliver more than what is predictable and those happy endings. But I tend to find that to be true more so in historical romances than in contemporary ones. LOL! I guess you can tell from that response that my romance reading when I am able to squeeze it in is going to be for those historical romances novels.

But I visted your blog before responding here and noticed a post you did last week about someone’s response to MSN’s poll calling romance novels “Bodice Rippers.” Now I will admit that I chuckled when I read that poll response description but the point you shared – Revenue from romance fiction is 1.37 billion dollars and outsells every market category by twenty-six (26%) with the exception of religion/inspirational books – should really help the romance industry be taken more seriously than they are. So why does this genre “STILL” not get the respect that it should if it outsells others?

Again . . . .WELCOME!

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Renee Williams
http://www.allthebuzzreivews.com

Hey LaConnie! Welcome to TheGRITS!!! 🙂 First, let me say congratulations on the success of your two books. I’ve heard many readers say how much they enjoyed your stories. I’ve read both and all I have to say is those Baptiste men are something else! LOL

I have a question for you. Of all the genres to write in, why/how did you choose romance? Is this a genre you’ve always wanted to write in?

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 Shon
http://chicklitgurrl.wordpress.com

I think romance gets knocked around and doesn’t get the respect it deserves because it is the epitome of what people think is GENRE FICTION – especially those who look down at genre.  It’s formulaic and oftentimes, it can be plug and play of characters, locations, and occupations, but the beginning, middle, ending tend to have the same “sets” of issues.  It’s so rigid in structure that some feel that ANYONE can write them, thus lessening their credibility.

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Toni Bonita

Welcome to the world of GRITS LaConnie, I have read When A Man Loves A Woman, enjoyed it had some good laughs, and a few oh he%% no moments. But for me when I talk to a book while reading it is a 5 in my world. LaConnie, you know from our first meeting that I think you are special person, I’m happy the rest of my GRITS family is getting to know you.

Vic drove a “Black 2 door Infinity Coupe”.

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Yasmin
http://www.apooobooks.com

Hey LaConnie and congrats on your tour and second release. I admit that I’m so not the romance genre target market but there a couple of new author’s titles I read this year and enjoyed…present company included. So, keep up the good work sis.
xoxo

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Cheryl Malandrinos
http://www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/

Best of luck with you tour LaConnie! After reading the your debut novel, I know I’ll want to check this one out too.

Cheryl

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Ebony Farashuu

AJ drives a White BMW X5 SUV!  I loved the excerpt and look forward to reading the rest of the book.  i want to know what AJ has to do with delaying that transfer!

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Darlene

Soror Taylor-Jones,

Congratulations on your novel and good luck with your tour. Although I am not a big romance fan, I will definitely read your book. Your main characters seem intriguing. Hugs and kisses.

I think Baptiste drove a white BMV SUV- X5 Sport.

YID,
Soror Darlene Wade
South Jersey Alumnae Chapter

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LaConnie
http://www.laconnietaylorjones.com

Hi Everyone:

You all have been busy little beavers!!

Sorry for popping in so late, but I had a meeting in San Francisco that went much longer than I’d expected. I dashed home, picked up my crew from swim camp, and then headed off to soccer practice. So, this is one tired Sista!!

Again, let me say thanks so much to each and everyone of you. Talk about making someone feel welcome and right at home? You did that and more!!

Okay, I’m starting from the bottom up:

•Thanks Tee for stopping by and showing a sista some love. Appreciate everything, Sis!!

•Hello, Ms Ann. Thanks so much for the warm welcome and for taking the time to stop by and say hello.

•MsGRITS – Will I ever be able to thank you enough?? You opened up your home and let me break bread at your table. Heck, what more can a woman ask for? In answer to your question: ‘So why does this genre “STILL” not get the respect that it should if it outsells others?’ Let me answer this from both a reader and an author perspective. I’ve been an avid romance reader for almost thirty years. Back in the day, readers had two choices relative to romance – historicals or the Cinderella story lines. However, I’ve seen a progression over the years where the story premises involve more real-life issues readers can identify with. When I decided to give this writing gig a try, I wanted to combine my experience as a public health educator with my love for the genre. So I doubt you’ll see a marriage of convenience storylines coming from me. I’m the author that doesn’t mind addressing what many consider ‘touchy’ topics. When you’re in my profession, you see a lot. So, my goal as a writer is to offer readers a story they can truly relate to and share with them some of the issues I’ve seen over the last eighteen years as a health educator, with a happy ending, of course.

•Hi Renee: Thanks for making me feel right at home!! I’m happy to hear that the Baptiste men are in your dreams at night – LOL!! And to answer your question, the romance genre chose me!! In 1979, my college roommate handed me a tattered copy of what I consider to be one of the greatest romance novels of all times, THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER by the late Kathleen Woodiwiss. Not only was I hooked on romance, but I flunked my organic chemistry mid-term the next day. There are a couple of mainstream stories floating inside my head, so stay tune!!

•Hi Shon: You bring up some great points!! The only difference between romance fiction and fiction is that the story centers on the love between two people and has an optimistic ending. That’s it!! All the other elements that you’ll find in other fiction novels are in romance fiction. Although some consider romance fiction formalized, not everyone can write it, just like not everyone can write a fiction novel. I’ve said it once, and I’ll keep saying it, an author has to have a passion to tell a story, regardless to whether it’s romance fiction or not.

•Ms Toni (aka my ‘other’ Soror – LOL) – Thanks sweets for stopping by today!!

•Hi Yasmin – Thanks so much for the well-wishes!! Look forward to breaking bread at your house later in the week. Talk with you soon, Sis!!

•Cheryl, my friend. Thanks so much for joining me today. I’m glad you enjoyed WHEN I’M WITH YOU and look forward to your feedback on the latest release.

•Ebony – If I told you that, it would be a spoiler. I can be bribed, you know – LOL. Thanks for joining me!!

•Soror Darlene: I don’t care where you go; it ain’t nothing like some Delta love!! Thanks so much and lots of hugs and kisses to you, too. T.T.B.O.D!!!!

Well gang, this old lady has run out of steam. After a nice hot bubble bath and a cold glass of wine, I’m gonna say my prayers and hit the sack.

Again, my thanks to you all!!

Until next time – stay well and be blessed.
LaConnie

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Missy
http://myspace.com/readersparadise

Welcome to this side of the internet LaConnie I look forward to catching the bus and riding around the internet highways with you since I don’t drive.

Marlive thanks a bunch for showcases this wonderful author whose newest book renewed my old love for romance novels.

Thanks again

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LaConnie
http://www.laconnietaylorjones.com

Hi Missy:

As a reader, you are an authors dream!!

And thanks so much for the well-wishes and support.

((((((((HUGS!!!))))))))

Much love,
LaConnie

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aNN
http://www.thegrits.com

LaConnie, if you renewed Missy’s love for Romance then I absolutely must read this.
@@ for Missy. (lol)

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LaConnie
http://www.laconnietaylorjones.com

Ann:

Now that’s some compliment!!

Hope you enjoy, sis!! And let me know your thoughts when you finish.

Much love,
LaConnie

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Missy
http://myspace.com/readersparadise

aNN you little sneak u were on the call OH NOOOO and we didn’t even get to chat…Ohmigash!!!!

It really has renewed my thirst for romance!!
Readers Paradise had a grrrrrreat time!!