Romance that goes bump in the night

Featuring my Crescent City Arcana series and books by my fellow Otherworldly Romance Reads admins. 🙂 Thanks, E.G.!

EG Manetti

One of the most wonderful aspects of the independent publishing revolution are books that don’t fit the traditional publishing mold. Enjoy reading paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction? Want it mixed with romance, suspense, action, plot twists, and steamy times? Once, such genre mashups were about as common as unicorns. Today, there are so many options, it can be hard to choose. In honor of Halloween and all things that go bump in the night, here is a trio of indie published urban fantasy and paranormal romance authored by my friends Marie JohnstonRachel Chanticleer, and Veronica Del Rosa.

Another wonderful aspect of the indie revolution; free and cheap e-books.  The one’s in this trio range  from $0.0 to $3.99 (Less than a Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte).


Marie Johnston  pens steamy paranormal romance with a wicked bite because as all paranormal lovers know, a good vampire story never…

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Love Paranormal Romance, SciFi Romance, or Urban Fantasy?

If you're a fan of Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance, or Urban Fantasy with romantic subplots, I'd like to invite you to join Otherworldly Romance Reads on Facebook! This shiny new readers' group was created by authors Veronica Del Rosa, E.G. Manetti, Marie Johnston, and myself as a haven for those who love sexy alphas, … Continue reading Love Paranormal Romance, SciFi Romance, or Urban Fantasy?

Enough with comments about “bodice rippers,” please.

“Romance is not about wilting heroines who can’t think for themselves and who need big, strong men to help them cut their meat.”

Well said Ms. Leo!

Rosanna Leo

The other day, an author pal of mine shared a comment that she’d received on a review about her romance book being a “bodice ripper.”

Seriously, folks. It’s 2016.

I’m done with these comments. Honestly, can’t people think of another way to describe romance novels?

First of all, I have read this friend’s work and although she writes historical romance, in no way, shape or form could her books be considered the same as the traditional interpretation of a bodice ripper.

What exactly is a bodice ripper? It’s an old-fashioned, pejorative term for romance. Early plots often featured heroines who were “gently coerced” into sex. In other words, the sex becomes consensual after a time, the heroine falls for her swashbuckling hero who looks like Fabio, and they go off and make lots of babies.

Honestly, very few people write this stuff any more and most of us modern romance…

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Reviews for Indie Romance Reads

Kaleidoscope Heart Book Reviews: Supporting indies, one review at a time. My buddy and fellow romance fan Kat created and runs KH Reviews, a fantastic indie-centric review blog to which I occasionally contribute. Kat is an avid reader and all around cool chick and you can tell she really puts her heart into maintaining this awesome romance blog. Reviews are so important … Continue reading Reviews for Indie Romance Reads