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Monday, August 20, 2012

Elaine Raco Chase - Romance Writer Extraordinaire

I want to let you know that I will be interviewed by Elaine Raco Chase on The Author's Corner this Thursday, August 23, at 9:00 p.m. Please call in and chat with with us by logging into www.trianglevarietyradio.com - just click on blog talk radio. Elaine and I will discuss two of my books, Sociopath? and Magic Creek, as well as this blog.

I am very excited and honored to talk to Elaine, who could serve as a role model for all aspiring-to-be-successful writers. She is the author of 17 paperback books and has sold over 3 million copies in 27 countries. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense from the Romantic Times and the Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Award for excellence. She has also been nominated for an Agatha Christie Award.

I cut my teeth on the original old Harlequin Romances. I was too poor to buy books then and a friend who worked at the drugstore gave me all the copies (with their covers torn off) of the Harliquins that were being replaced. I have to say, I was ruined for Romance for many years after that. Back then, every Romance was a carbon copy of every other Romance. The plots were boringly the same. Change your hero from a black-haired pirate to a blond cowboy and you had your new book. Every heroine was beautiful with an i.q. of under three digits.

Thankfully, modern Romances have changed greatly and Elaine's books are illustrative of those positive changes. Her heroines are not only beautiful, they are strong and smart as well. Of course, her heroes are still hot! (That is one element of Romances that will never change.) They have engrossing story lines. Often they are romance intertwined with mystery. The characters have passionate sex, even verging into erotica.

I'd encourage readers to visit Elaine Raco Chase's website http://www.elaineracochase.com - whether you are currently a Romance aficionado or not. Enthusiasts will love them. Those who think Romance isn't their cup of tea might be surprised. Because Romance is only one designation for Elaine's novels - plain good reading is another.  

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