Thursday, February 28, 2013

Awesome Sweet Authors

            This month I announced the winners of the Sweetest Romance Awards.  There are some very talented authors out there, and I want to brag about them. But first, let me tell you a little bit about sweet romance in case you missed it.
            There has been a growing demand for clean romances—the kind you wouldn’t be afraid to let your grandmother or your granddaughter read.  I’ve been in numerous book stores and libraries and the staff always comments that they have oodles of women customers coming in looking for clean reads, and they’re not always sure which author or publisher to recommend.
            Erotica has become so popular that this sub-set of readers are almost embarrassed to admit they read clean romances, but that’s changing.  Within the last few years there has been an increase in the number of Google searches for clean romance.  I think this is wonderful.
            Maybe it’s because of my religious background (I’m a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints) and because I live in Utah, I still hear complaints about some books considered clean reads.  By definition, clean reads can contain sex scenes between married couples and may contain profanity.  Some readers are still looking for a cleaner read than clean.  And that’s okay.
            That’s why there is an emerging genre called sweet romance.  This genre focuses on the relationship between the hero and heroine until the happily-ever-after ending.  There might be romance, but never sex scenes.  And there’s never profanity only a good feeling.
            If this isn’t your cup of tea, fine.  There’s a variety of genres out there to read.  But, if you’re dying to get your hands on a truly sweet romance, check out the winners and judges of this year’s Sweetest Romance Awards:

First Place
Duty: A Novel of Rhynan

Second Place
Her Scottish CEO

Third Place
Shining Moon Rises

Judges

            Request sweet romance at your libraries and bookstores, and if they aren’t familiar with the term, you can educate them.  J

Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet romance, humor, suspense…and dogs!
Fly into a good book today:  http://www.dragonflyromance.com


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2 comments:

  1. Again, thank you for the hard work you provided with setting up this contest. And yes, sweet romance is becoming recognized for the worth that it is. :)

    Congratulations to the winners, and to all who submitted. In my book, you are all winners!

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