Emma Holly – Day 12 – A New Feast for Romance Fans

Are You Ready to Pull Up A Chair?

A rich, wonderful, crazy feast has been laid out for today’s romance readers. Never has so much been available to so many for so little dinero! If you own an e-reader and speak the English language, there isn’t much you can’t find in the literary BookCoverPreviewdjinncyber-verse.

Want to keep reading the authors who made you fall in love with romance? The Nora Roberts, the Christina Dodds, the Julia Quinns? Never mind trekking to the bookstore. You can buy their latest stuff at 2 a.m. at home in your p.j.’s. Oh, and you can get their backlist too. You know, the paperbacks you read until the pages fell out. You don’t have to wait for their publishers to reprint them either. Authors are putting their old classics out in digital format. They’re becoming publishers themselves.

But maybe you want to try something and someone new. That’s easier than it’s ever been too. The perennially popular romance genre is well represented by the independent publishing movement. You want sweet? It’s there. You want spicy? You want billionaires? You want monsters, rockers, SEALS, big heroines, little heroines, heroines of every possible age or ethnic background getting it on with men who do or don’t have tattoos? Threesomes float your boat? Sport stars? Fanfic inspired by your favorite TV show? Search and ye shall find. In fact, quite possibly you’ll find it at the rock bottom price of “free.”

People from all walks of life are mustering up the courage to tell the romantic stories that matter to them. No publisher is BookCoverPreviewdjinn-backtelling them to be anyone except who they are. They can choose the settings, the characters, and the conflicts that move them. The results are exciting and cool and weird and—ultimately—inspiring. Romance has never been as vital and varied as it is right now . . . unless you compare it to how vital and varied it’s bound to be tomorrow.

The sheer volume of offerings can be overwhelming, but I know I prefer too much choice to too little. You can sample to your heart’s content in this new publishing reality. Finding new favorites is worth a little investment of your time. I hope you’ll sample my books if they seem like they’d appeal, but I wish you the joy of pulling your chair up to the table regardless.

The romance writers of today are laying out this feast for you!


I’m going to recommend Dune by Frank Herbert, since I’m re-reading it right now. It’s science fiction (awesome science fiction!) but there’s something of a romance in it.

Also Bound by Deception by Ava March, a Regency-set male/male erotic romance. Currently, I’m enjoying Torch Ginger, the second in the Lei Crime Series by Toby Neal. That’s a mystery with romantic elements. (You can read Toby’s RARM content here.) What can I say? I like mixing it up!

Questions for the Author:

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

Going indie was probably one of the more daring things I’ve done. It seemed like I had to do it. My traditional publishing career had become too frustrating to me. One morning I thought to myself, “I can’t write one more word for these folks; I’d rather give up writing altogether.” I told my agent that very day. Though I was nervous, I’ve never regretted my decision. I love being the captain of my own ship!

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

I’m pretty sure I’ve always been a writer. I certainly lived in my head a lot as a kid. Deciding to tell stories for a living was probably inevitable.

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

I’ve got a list of books that especially fired my imagination, books that made me want to affect other people the way they affected me. The Andrew Lang colored fairy tale series. Anne McCaffrey’s dragon books. Pretty much the whole early Anne Rice books, including her “Sleeping Beauty” erotica. Dune by Frank Herbert. Susan Johnson’s historical romances (footnotes!) There are probably more, but those are the ones that come to mind right now.

Emma is generously offering 2 signed copies of TALES OF THE DJINN: The Guardian. U.S. readers only, entry form below (apologies to international readers).

EmmaEmma Holly is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty romantic books, featuring shapeshifters, demons, faeries and just plain extraordinary ordinary folks. She loves the hot stuff, both to read and to write.

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