Nine Rules for Beginning Romance Readers!

I met the fabulous Alea from Pop Culture Junkie when The Season was first released--Alea is a voracious reader of YA fiction, and she was kind enough to review The Season and welcome this fledgling YA author into her world. Little did she know that my next book, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (out next week!!! OMG!!!) would turn this pop culture junkie into a full-fledged Romance Junkie!

It's not every day that I turn someone into an I asked Alea to write her own Nine Rules for Beginner Romance the hopes that we can turn a few more of you!

Nine Rules for Beginning Romance Readers

1. Be Open Minded
It never even dawned on me until a few months ago that I might enjoy reading romance novels, the thought never even crossed my mind to check them out. I got some suggestions, bought a few books and put them aside. I had really liked Sarah’s book The Season so knew I wanted to also read her adult romance, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake, I read it and was OBSESSED. And it can happen just like that, try a romance novel, see what you think, be open minded!

2. Try Everything
So you’ve tried your first romance novel and want to try out some more, where to next? I say try everything and see what you like. I’m discovering new romance sub-genres everyday. Ok maybe don’t try anything (I’m staying away from paranormal books for the time being) but try a bunch of the sub-genres, lines, authors, imprints and see what you like, you’ll never know until you try!

3. Ask For Suggestions
When I started tweeting about my new obsession with romance novels all sorts of people came out of the woodwork to share their excitement for certain books and authors, ask around and you will get some great suggestions!

4. Read Romance Blogs
Another good place to get suggestions are from Romance Blogs, a few of my favorites right now are Dear Author, The Book Binge, and this blog right here! Sarah has two great lists (so far) for new romance readers of Historicals & Contemporaries! Check them out!

5. Stay Organized
Now I’m sure you are up to your nose in suggestions. Start a wish list, mine is up to 91 books! Also if you are like me and love series it might be a good idea to write down what books comprise a series so when you are out shopping (constantly if you are me) you can be sure to fill out what you are missing from a series you are interested in.

6. Don’t Get Overwhelmed
The romance genre is one of the most popular, if not THE most popular so there are new books and authors appearing every week, don’t get overwhelmed. Right now I’m trying out a few authors and reading through their backlists. Start small.

7. Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover
I’ll be the first to admit some of the covers in the romance genre are not my cup of tea for various reasons, but don’t let that distract you! Beneath a not so attractive cover might be a wonderful story, don’t miss out!

8. Don’t Give Up
Just like any other genre and author, you might not like all the books, but don’t give up! Just because something is a best seller or widely loved doesn’t mean you will or have to like it! I think there is something for everyone in a genre, soon enough you will find your niche!

9. Have Fun
For me the romance genre is all about having fun! So sit back, relax and have enjoy!

Alea is doing a week-long romance celebration this week over at Pop Culture Junkie...don't miss it (and her interview with me, which went up on Sunday)!

And stay tuned for the rest of the month--and a dozen more Authors Rule(s) posts from an awesome range of authors! To read more of Authors Rule(s), please click here!