Monday, August 16, 2010
GENRES--MIXING IT UP
Mixing another genre with romance isn't new. Romantic suspense and historical romance, for example, are our old friends. But it seems that every day there is another fun new blend out there.
If the Duke waltzing with the debutant at Almacks only comes out at night and blood is his meal of choice, you've got yourself a paranormal Regency romance. If a twenty-first century aspiring actress wakes up in the arms of a medieval knight, you can bet she has time traveled and, since it is a romance, there will be a happily ever after. If the hero rides a unicorn to visit the heroine, it's a fantasy romance.
If the point of the story is the romantic relationship, it's still a romance—even if the hero and heroine are robots fighting slugs from outer space.
I had an idea for an inspirational, medical, science fiction romance. What do you think?
Herman Montrose thanks the Lord above every day for the rusty nail he stepped on because, if not for it, he might have never met Dr. Tiffany Sue Ledbetter, who gave him a tetanus shot. But after he is bitten by a demon serpent in a snake handling service, Tiffany Sue is forced to amputate his arm to save his life. Herman loses faith in God, Tiffany Sue—and himself.
In an attempt to create a miracle that will bring her luscious mountain man back to her, Tiffany Sue endeavors to clone Herman's arm in her lab, which was once her granddaddy's moonshine steel. But things go awry and Tiffany Sue ends up with double the trouble when she produces another one-armed Herman.
Or is it double the fun?
That was a joke. It's hot. That's my only excuse.
What's your favorite genre blend?