Today we’re talking about our reading pleasures – specifically any tropes that draw us.
If you’ve been following this hop, you are probably familiar with what a trope is by now. But just in case, it’s a theme or a premise a book may follow. For example, the ugly duckling who gets a makeover, or the employee who falls for his/her boss, or the Prince meets Cinderella.
There are dozens of tropes out there. Maybe even hundreds of them. Some are used more often than others. But it’s up to the author to make the story interesting. Even if there is a secret baby waiting in the wings when that bad boy, Prince Charming, crash lands into the heroine’s life in an alien starship.
Like most things, I pick up a book based on the mood I’m in. Sometimes I want a sweeping regency romance, other times a light-hearted romantic comedy. But there are many days I just want a dark, angst ridden paranormal or a hot and steamy erotic romance.
If I were forced to choose one trope that I was drawn to, it would be the tortured soul redeemed by love. For some reason I get all squishy over the battle-scared hero who planned on dying alone but finds true love and is drawn back into the light or life itself. Or the heroine who has been through hell but finds a man patient enough and who loves her enough to stand at her back and help her fight her last demons.
Those stories will make me come back for more.
My new release, Mystic’s Touch, has a bit of the Prince-meets-Cinderella trope. There is a Prince. But someone is trying to kill him and the heroine, Danet, has to figure out how to save his life. Of couse, it could be considered more of a patient-falls-for-the-doctor/nurse trope? You be the judge.
Here’s a quick blurb:
When Prince Ceros returns home to take his place on the throne, he falls prey to a mysterious malady that leaves him unable to speak or move, though his thoughts and awareness remain intact. Danet, a talented healer, realizes the prince is alert inside his body. The two are able to share thoughts telepathically. Unfortunately her connection with Ceros may bring unwanted attention to her abilities and result in her banishment from the city.
Their unique bond grows as Danet races to find a remedy for the prince’s condition. Desire turns to love, which makes Danet fear for their future when he awakens. They seek out the villain attempting to take the throne and endeavor to find a way to stay together.
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