I read Nora Robert’s Vision in White over the weekend. Spectucular guy, that Carter. Great, wonderful beta hero. Who does a beta male better than Ms. Roberts? He might be my favorite, ever. Wasn’t crazy about Mac, the heroine. She annoyed me a bit. Maybe because she got Carter. I didn’t believe the mom character, Linda. Over the top.
I can’t really remember the last book I read for pleasure. That is, not for review or for a critique partner. So this was a rare treat, as I took time from my own writing (and that’s probably going to come back to haunt me in the form of a lovely rejection when I could have been smurfing up my manuscript).
One thing I found exceptionally refreshing about Vision in White is that it didn’t have a demon, were, ghost, hint of the demon, vampire, hint of anything vaguely foggy. Misty. Foreboding.
I don’t often read romances (gasp). But I’ve decided that I like contemporaries the best. Hands down, demon-free contemporaries. Not even suspenseful ones. Now my question to myself: why haven’t you written a contemporary without a bit of the paranormal? Oh, I did, a few novellas that are under my name Therese MacFarland at Amber Quill. That was a long time ago.
Could I have been slacking by “using” paranormal elements to substitute for great plots and characters? Ah, next up: write a contemporary romance. How about you?