Celebrating Romance—ALL Shades (Read a Romance Month!)

Celebrating Romance—ALL Shades (Read a Romance Month!)

Lady Smut

By Liz Everly

I’m so happy to be asked to be a part of Read a Romance Month (RARM) blogger day, especially during the week when we at Lady Smut are acknowledging one of our own—Alexa Day, whose short story “Turnabout” is published this week!

When I first started writing romance, I read about the “rules ” or “conventions” of the romance genre. Rules about which time periods and settings to write about, rules about how many sex scenes to include, and rules about the mixing of races. Write outside of these conventions and you’d have a hard time snagging an agent or a publisher.

When I wrote my first historical romance, I was inspired by an actual interracial romance where I live. It’s on the books—an ex-slave (Edward Tarr) and white woman who were married and living in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1760s. I mentioned this to my…

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