I’ve very pleased to welcome prolific writer, and writing tutor, Karen King. Karen has published over a hundred titles for children but today she is talking about her romance novels.
Thank you for inviting me on your blog to talk about my romance novels, Kate
I’ve been writing children’s books for years then turned to writing romance novels about ten years ago. The first romance novel I had published was Never Say Forever. It was aimed at Mills and Boon but didn’t quite make the grade. However, it’s now been published by four different publishers – as a People’s Friend Pocket Novel, in large print by Thorpe Publishing, then by Astraea Press a small, independent US publisher and has now been republished by Accent Press.
Although I love writing for children, I enjoy writing romances too, because I love exploring adult relationships and dealing with contemporary issues. Never Say Forever and my next two novels (my next one will be published next spring) feature heroines who don’t want to settle down in a serious relationship then along comes a guy they just can’t resist so they have this big emotional battle. I think this happens to a lot of people, and that some people give up their dream for love and wish they hadn’t a few years down the line, whereas others follow their dream then long for their lost love. The luckiest are those who manage to find a compromise.
My second romance novel The Millionaire Plan and my latest chick lit I do…or do I? feature heroines who are marrying for the wrong reasons then meet someone who makes them rethink so they have a tough decision to make. Again, I think this is a plot many people will identify with. Amber in The Millionaire Plan is trying to marry a millionaire to save her parents from losing the family home, a Tudor house that’s been in the family for generations. Then she falls for Jed, a hired hand, and must make the choice whether to marry for love or money. Whereas Cassie in I do?...or do I? has drifted into marriage with her boyfriend, Timothy, because she didn’t like to turn him down when he proposed, and he’s safe, reliable – not like her ex Jared who dumped her to travel the world as a photographer. Then Jared comes back into her life, Timothy turns out to be not so reliable and Cassie is wondering whether to call off the wedding.
Although the ending of a romance novel is fairly predictable, readers are there for the ride, they want to know how the couples overcome their obstacles and to relate to the characters and storylines. Often the readers are going through, or have gone through, the same things themselves and will be rooting for the heroine and urging her to make the right decision. Some people say romance is escapism, and yes, it is in a way, but there’s a relationship truth at the core of it and readers relate to that.
A member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. I do - or do I? her first chick lit for Accent Press, was published in May 2016. She has been contracted for two more. And she is delighted that Accent Press has republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever. The Millionaire Plan was nominated for the RONA Award (Romantic Novel Awards) in 2014 and I do?-or do I? has just been nominated for the RONA.
Karen has had several short stories for women’s magazine and 120 children's books published.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
Karen’s Romance Books
I do ... or do I?
Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hotshot, reliable Timothy, and his mother, Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.
The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancé, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.
Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age old question – Who Will She Choose?
The Millionaire Plan
Love or money, what would you marry for?
Amber Wynters is on a mission to find a millionaire to marry – and fast. Her parents are nearly bankrupt and being forced to sell their family home, a beautiful Tudor house that has been in the family for generations, thanks to Amber's ex-fiancé persuading them to invest in his dodgy shares. Armed with a self-help book and a ten-point plan, she sets off to hook herself a rich husband. On a millionaire's yacht, she meets the drop-dead gorgeous Jed Curtess. The attraction between them is sizzling. It's a shame that he is only a hired hand. Can Amber ignore her heart and follow her plan?
Available from Amazon
Never Say Forever
Do you follow your dream or follow your heart?
That's the decision Kendall McKenzie has to make when she meets hunky businessman Jake Newman. He's as attracted to her as she is to him – but Kendall has vowed never to get married, and it seems that Jake has too. When they are together, sparks fly. It's obvious to everyone except themselves that they're meant to be together. Can Kendall trust Jake enough to give him her heart? And if she does, will she have to give up her dream?
My pleasure, Karen. Best of luck in the RONA.