Beginning January 1, 2013

Stop by and let us know what you think of the new look!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest Blog: Sapphire Phelan

What Makes a Good Romance Novel?

A romance novel is a narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting. It where we escape into pages of words where we fall in love with the hero when the heroine does, kiss for the first time or make love finally, and where today’s heroine is no shrinking violet, but can take on the bad guys as much as her hero.

Even the author falls in love as she or he writes the story. You can’t help it. Any good writer worth their salt has to believe their story for their readers to believe it. Just because mine is mainly paranormal, doesn’t mean I do not believe my heroes and heroines are not real; not flesh and blood as anyone else! They want their stories told like any body else does.

What makes you believe in a romance novel? When do you first suspect you might find the hero a worthy fellow? Or really care for the heroine? Is it at that first line--that hook--or do you need to read more into the book or novella?

In this world of cynicism today, it takes a romance novel for us to follow our hearts. For a good book is equal to a beating heart. It is about blood, sweat, tears, and happiness, all rolled into words that makes a romance that digs its way into our hearts.

What do you think?

Sapphire Phelan


Go beyond the usual, instead take the unusual that stretches the boundaries and find romance with Sapphire Phelan's aliens, werewolves, vampires, fairies, and other supernatural/otherworldly heroes and heroines.

My latest release is A Familiar Tangle With Hell. In eBook form, it is the sequel to the Prism 2010 Award winning and EPIC Award 2010 Finalist erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With A Witch.

Tina and Charun thought it was all over and that their life would be normal—well, as normal as it could be for an immortal Witch and her demon Familiar. Except there was another prophesy, one that laid claim that if Lucifer snatches Tina and mates with her before the last chime before midnight of the new year and gets her pregnant with his son, that the real Armageddon would begin, spelling the end of life as they knew it.

When Tina is stolen away, Charun, along with Jacokb the archangel, must race against time into the bowels of Hell to rescue her. But with demons, Lucifer, and a cute demon bunny with fangs out of a Monty Python nightmare, out to stop them and Heaven not lending a hand, will Tina become the mother of the Antichrist and the start of a new Hell on Earth?

About the Author:
Sapphire Phelan writes erotic and sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance along with erotic horror stories and urban fantasy. Her erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch (The Witch and the Demon Familiar series) is a Prism 2010 Awards winner and a Epic Awards 2010 finalist.

She also has done acting on stage and in films. And is a Master Costumer, costuming since 1972. For more on her, check out her website at

She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cats sometimes suffer for it!


Debby said...

I love what you said about romance novels. that is why I love reading them. Escape is great but falling in love with the hero is fantastic. Debby236 at gmail dot com

Kathryn Merkel said...

I think you summed it up beautifully in that last line "It is about blood, sweat, tears, and happiness, all rolled into words that makes a romance that digs its way into our hearts." If a book is all sweetness & light, it just doesn't grip you the same way a book where the hero & heroine have to work for their HEA does. Sharing in the blood, sweat & tears, makes the happiness that more poignant.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

fingershankins said...

The great thing about romance novels is that they take you places you would never probably go and the hero can look like anyone you want and of course you are the heroine

Anonymous said...

Very true, the reader needs to love the hero as much as ther heroine.

Katalina said...

I enjoyed this post Sapphire.
I love a good romance novel because it can reconnect me to the parts of my heart that are loving and hopeful. A great romance novel is a thrilling, life-affirming thing to enjoy.

Anonymous said...

And that's why I write them too. :)

JoanneR said...

I really believe that your love of the character is what makes you continue to read the romance novel.

By the way, I absolutely love your name!

Jacki C. said...

To be a great romance novel, you have to have characters that people want to get together.

Sharon said...

That first kiss always gets me. All the anticipation. With each romance book you get to experience a first kiss again and again :) I also love it when the heroine puts the arrogant alpha male (love me some alpha behavior!) in his place and teaches him he has to *earn the heroine's love and respect.

Christy said...

Good characters and intriguing story... so you don't want to put down the book thats what makes a great book!

Leah St. James said...

I have to admit, I love the alpha males. I mean where else but in a romance novel do you find a hero who's strong, sexy AND caring and sensitive (at least to a degree) at the same time! Now that's fantasy! :-)

Kimberley said...

Reading is an escape for me to. I would rather read a book than watch tv or go to the movies!

I agree with you on what a book needs...If it is all sweetness and light, I can't relate for long. Just like life, reading a good book is the start of a journey. Without the twists, turns, ups and downs the story is one dimensional. I want to become invested in the stories and care what happens to the characters (good and bad).

I am very fortunate reader - I have found a never ending supply of authors who write these books and enable me to lead exciting,sexy, adventurous lives in the safety of my own home.

Thank you all for all your hard work...I, and your other readers, reap the untold joys and benefits of your labors.

Happy Thanksgiving!
kcnrhtx (at) charter (dot) net

radcat38 said...

I like the points she made and how she summarized the romance novel and why we like them. Good job.

desitheblonde said...

i love to read all books
and read the love the cover of the book

wanda f said...

Realy enjoyed your post .I love your definition of romance novels its spot on.Paranormal is my absolute favorite genre if I dont have one to read I go into withdrawls lol.

VampedChik said...

Thank so much for sharing! I completely agree with you! Love the blurb! Would love to read more!