Day 25 Megan Hart – Something For Everyone

Whatever Blows Your Skirt Up

Ahhh, romance. Rippling muscles, wind-blown hair, bustles getting rustled and hey, is that a billionaire over at the next table? Maybe. In the great wide world Flyingof romance novels, billionaires abound.

But so do cowboys, doctors, military guys, firefighters, airline pilots, librarians, nannies, scoundrels, ladies of the manor and accountants. Truth be told, I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance with an accountant as the hero or heroine, which only means that it’s time someone writes one. Because here’s the thing about romance — there’s room in our beloved genre for all sorts of stories.

Long past are the days when bodices were merrily ripped hither and yon. Lovers of historical romance will tell you, however, that while other subgenres might be taking up more slots on the bestseller charts, stories of days gone by are still popular. The difference? Now instead of being limited to merry olde England or maybe the highlands of Scotland or the American Wild West, historical readers are as likely to find stories set in the Roaring Twenties or against the backdrop of World War II.

Likewise, while the days of “no really means yes” have also gone (fortunately) by the wayside, romance novels have continued to tempt their readers with all levels of heat from sweet to steamy. Erotic romance, stories in which the sexual situations and language are an inherent part of the plot, are still romances. So are stories in which the hero do no more than kiss or hold hands before closing the bedroom door firmly and taking their intimacies off the page.

In other words, these days, there’s something for everyone.

So to those who claim they don’t read “those” kinds of books, I say, what kinds of books, exactly? Romance encompasses so many time periods, storylines and COSMO_1114_9781460332924_LettingGoheat levels that there’s really no way to lump them all together. Sure, there are cliches and tropes, but show me a genre that doesn’t have its own set of time honored plot contrivances or shortcuts. Go on. I’ll wait…

I thought so.

If you haven’t read a romance, or you haven’t read one lately, there’s no better time to start. Maybe you want a super sexy tale of passion in a contemporary setting with realistic situations but a guaranteed happy ending — give Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton a try. If you’d like to dive into the past, Stephanie Draven’s 1920s erotica might be for you, or Tessa Dare’s Regencies. Fans of science fiction and fantasy adventure settings don’t have to feel left out, either, not with Kit Rocha’s dystopian novels or Natalie J. Damschroder’s excellent adventure stories that often feature a paranormal twist. You can even slake your thirst for comedic mayhem with Misty Simon’s Poison Ivy series.

And if you simply can’t find the kind of romance you’re looking for, maybe now’s the time to start writing one of your own!

Questions for the Author:

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

The most daring, adventurous and inspiring thing I ever did was to become a parent. It seemed like a swell idea at the time — get married, have some kids. It’s the thing people do, right? So I did it. And believe me, I’m not one of those moms whose children became everything. There were many times I spent time locked in my closet screaming into an armful of clothes in order to keep my sanity (which inspired me to write Precious and Fragile Things.) My children are the most important and wonderful thing I have ever done. They continue to awe and inspire and infuriate me every single day. I don’t recommend children, as a whole, but mine are pretty fantastic.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

When I was twelve, I figured out that people wrote books for a living. I’m not sure why it suddenly become so clear to me at that age, when I’d been an avid reader since age four or so. But suddenly I realized that not only could I make up stuff for a living, I could possibly be paid for it! From then on, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

The Stand, by Stephen King. I read it when I was twelve. It was the book that made me realize that people wrote books as their jobs.

MeganMegan Hart writes books. Some of them use a lot of bad words, but most of the other words are okay.

She can’t live without music, the internet, the ocean or her iPhone. She can’t stand the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves her cold. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance.


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  • MK

    I know I’ve read one with a female accountant, although I don t remember the title!

    • Megan Hart

      …I’m so silly. *I* wrote a book with a female accountant. Dirty. LOL…! I knew there had to be one.

  • Marci Ruggiero

    I read Broken and love love love it!

    • Megan Hart

      thanks… 😉

  • Bernadette Long

    Yes, there is a romance for everyone out there.

    • Megan Hart

      I think so!

  • Lynda Dickey

    Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Megan Hart

      you’re welcome.

  • Mj

    How can a person not read a romance book? That is worse than saying you don’t eat chocolate!! Love your books 🙂

    • Megan Hart

      yes. agreed. chocolate and romance 4ever!

  • Debbie Oxier

    Love my romance books!

    • Megan Hart


  • Irma Jurejevčič

    I love romances!

    • Megan Hart

      me too 🙂

  • CattleKate

    I frequently have people tell me reading a romance book is not something they would do. I tell them that there are different types of romance books, suspense and intrigue that they might enjoy those.

    • Megan Hart


  • Sue G.

    I like your sense of humor. Nice writeup!

    • Megan Hart


  • Stephanie Stevens Chalbeck

    Always enjoy reading your books. I feel like I never know exactly what to expect and I like that.

    • Megan Hart

      thank you, I appreciate it!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love you books and that you’re a Lauren Dane fan, too! 😎

    • Megan Hart


  • Emmel

    Megan, you should find Kiss the Cook by Jacque D’Allesandro. I know it’s now out in ebook. Not only is the hero an accountant, but he saves the heroine with …. wait for it … his superior accounting skills! One of fave books from about 10 years ago.

    • Megan Hart

      I will, thanks!

  • Quinn Fforde

    Have you read Penny Reid? Her heroine is an accountant in Neanderthal Seeks Human and the sequel. They ate quirky, intelligent romances.

    • Megan Hart

      I have not, but I’ll check them out. 🙂

  • Peni Anne

    So cool that you decided so young and achieved your goal to be a writer.

    • Megan Hart

      right? It’s like a dream! 😉

  • Judy van Ryn

    Looking forward to reading your books!

    • Megan Hart


  • Danny

    Love your books!

    • Megan Hart

      thank you!

  • Martha B

    ​WOW – knowing that you wanted to be a writer at 12. I am totally in awe of people who know (as children) their path as an adult. And, they never waver from their dreams but work to make them true. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up! That led me to interesting jobs during every college school year and then 2-3 summer jobs during college. I was sampled many things without being locked into any one thing. For me, this worked. Post college, I tried on a few “hats” until like Goldilocks, I found one that was just right. After all, life is a journey not a destination.

    • Megan Hart

      I’m really, really lucky it all worked out. 🙂

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for all the book recommendations. My reading pile keeps getting bigger 🙂

    • Megan Hart

      ain’t that the problem. 🙂

  • Erica H

    I enjoyed your post and totally agreed with your recommendations!

    • Megan Hart

      thank you!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I enjoyed your post. I agree with the Lauren Dane & Jaci Burton recommendations.

    • Megan Hart


  • Joan Varner

    I totally agree with your post that there is something in the romance genres for everyone.

    • Megan Hart


  • Glenda

    Great post, Megan. Funniest thing for me is when one of the “I don’t read those kinds of books” people starts to tell me how amazing a book like Outlander is…. But they never read romances. 😀

    • Megan Hart

      ha! Oh, people.

  • Karen G.

    Thanks for the post, The book(s) that changed my reading was the Harry Potter series. I was never much of a reader until I had kids and read to them everynight. I realized with this series that I could read and really look forward to reading books. 🙂

  • Pamby50

    I seem to remember Vickie Lewis Thompson writing a book about an accountant but will have to check it out. My best friend doesn’t read romance but when she was visiting with her husband, we had to watch Outlander. I asked her if she has read the books. No then rolls her eyes. Got to love her.

  • M Kuxhaus

    Great essay!

  • Tammy H

    Looking forward to reading your books!

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for your post today. I am new to your books and will add them to my TBR list.

  • Timitra

    If I remember correctly in Lora Leigh’s The Breed Next Door the heroine is an accountant…Great post

  • Yaritza Santana

    Your book covers are sexy hot. Need to start reading your books.

  • Erin F

    thanks for the great post! Your books have always been so highly recommended 🙂

  • Laurie W G

    I’m new to your books. I agree with you about the leap of faith you take when you get married and have children!

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    I read all kinds of romance novels. Another author that might be enjoyed if you like a little old England steampunk, is Gail Carriger. Her Parasol Protectorate Novels are funny, with a strong, no nonsense heroine, and a little romance thrown in. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention supernatural characters as well. I am so glad that romance isn’t limited. It shows us that we are not limited as people, either.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love Megan Hart’s books. They’re always able to emotionally move me.

  • rebecca moe

    LOL! “I don’t recommend children, as a whole”! I hear you–we all have those days, don’t we?

    Mine are pretty fantastic too. Often, anyway. 😉

    Wonderful post!

  • Kim

    Great post! I love your books!! The characters are complicated and interesting.