Remember my review earlier I did on Corpse in the Crystal Ball?
For a refresher head HERE.
Now the author is back with a guest post and a giveaway!
First let's read the guest post.
Romance in Mysteries
What can I say? I’m a sucker for romance ;-) When I first started writing novels, I focused on romances. I just love the whole concept of chemistry and falling in love. Half the attraction for me stemmed from the tension between the characters, not the physical act itself. So when I first discovered cozy mysteries, I was thrilled to find that a lot of them had romance as a subplot. I am having a ball pitting Detective Mitch Stone and Sunny Meadows together and watching the sparks fly.
As long as the romance doesn’t become the focal point of the book and the mystery remains center stage, I think romance only adds to the book. I still get to show all the wonderful aspects of falling in love and revealing a great chemistry and tension between my characters. Anything else that happens simply remains off screen. And just because a couple winds up together doesn’t have to mean their story gets boring. Many things can still happen that tear them apart. Just like real life, there are plenty of ups and downs to keep things interesting.
I do, however, get very frustrated when I read mysteries where the two main leads have this great chemistry and tension between them, but then they never grow or change. It’s hard to maintain a romance through a long series. That’s why I think it’s so important to see our characters romance evolve. They have to grow and change as people, and their relationship has to grow and change as well. I want to see what is going to happen next with them. Who in real life would ever stay with someone if their situation was never going to progress to the next level? Following their journey is half the fun.
So tell me, do you think romance belongs in mysteries? If not, why so? If you do like romance in your mysteries, what do you want to see happen to the characters? What are your pet peeves? Inquiring minds want to know.
National Bestselling Author, RT Reader’s Choice Award & Agatha Nominee Kari Lee Townsend lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter, who keep her grounded and make everything she does worthwhile…not to mention provide her with loads of material for her books. Kari is a longtime lover of reading and writing, with a masters in English education, who spends her days trying to figure out whodunit. Funny how no one at home will confess any more than the characters in her mysteries!
Kari writes fun and exciting stories for any age, set in small towns, with mystical elements and quirky characters as Kari Lee Townsend. Kari also writes romantic comedies and women’s fiction with the same sense of humor and quirky characters as Kari Lee Harmon.
To find out more about Kari and all her books go to www.karileetownsend.com or click on the links below:
National Bestselling Author of The Fortune Teller Mysteries
TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES 4 1/2 Starred RT Review
Best Amateur Sleuth of 2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Nominee
Best First Novel Agatha Award Nominee
CORPSE IN THE CRYSTAL BALL - June 2012 (preorder now)
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