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What do you get when you
combine a genuine romance writing expert with someone who can also teach with
the best of them? You get the best writing advice with the best examples in the
industry! You get Romance-ology-101.
Julie Lessman is the
acknowledge expert in "Edgy" Christian fiction. She can put more
passion in a sweet love scene than any censor could possibly imagine!
"Romance-ology" she tells the world of romance writers and fans
exactly how to do it! Better yet, because of the generosity of her publisher,
Revell, the reader gets to enjoy far more quoted examples than `fair usage'
would ever allow.
Julie Lessman first tells you
how to do something and then she provides great examples of how to do it. Each
is a real in-depth example providing the full context needed for a thorough
understanding of the subject.
One look at the table of
contents will tell you more about the book than a much longer review could.
This is a big book. It's printed on large
8 1/2"x11" paper. The print book is on high quality paper. The
Kindle version keeps all the many illustrations - an expensive option many
Kindle books don't do. If this book were printed in the normal paperback book
size it would be about four times longer. Don't let the low price make you
think this is a light book. It's not. It is a solid book on how to write a
romance with excitement and passion.
Check the table of contents:
A Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss:
Tips to Escalate Romantic
Chapter One: Getting inside
the Hero's Head with Internal Monologue
Chapter Two: Maximizing Use
of Beats in Dialogue
Chapter Three: Effectively
Using Dialogue to Escalate Tension
Chapter Four: Utilizing Dual
Point of View Chapter Five: Escalating Romantic Tension with Anger
Chapter Six: Using All Five
Senses for Heightened Effect
Chapter Seven: Cashing In on
the Kid and Pet Factor
Chapter Eight: Enhancing Mood
with Emotionally Charged Words/ Verbs
Chapter Nine: Capitalizing on
the Element of Surprise
Chapter Ten: Exposing Desire
in an Unwilling Character Chapter Eleven: Immediate Hero/ Heroine Confrontation
Chapter Twelve: Making the
Most of Touch and Response
Concept of Forbidden Fruit
Chapter Fourteen: Words with
a Hint of Taboo
Chapter Fifteen: Appropriate
"Bleep" Words for Inspirational Romance
The Many Faces of a Kiss
The Accidental Kiss
The Caveman Kiss
The Coaxing Kiss
The Kiss-and-Make-Up Kiss
The Kiss of Desperation
The Mental Kiss
The Mistaken-Identity Kiss
The Stake-a-Claim Kiss
The Surrogate Kiss
If you learn and truly
understand the lessons in this book, then you also will understand much of what
is needed to write successful fiction.
Romance-ology 101 is one of
the best "How to" write books on the market. I have not seen an
author, who was at the top of her game, take the time to write a book to tell
others how to do what she does so well that it makes her books so beloved! Certainly, I've never seen one that was so
rich in examples. I'm a big believer in
learning by example. Julie Lessman tells but then she also shows, shows, and
shows. I just love it!
Here's a little secret the
author probably never thought of:
As much as Romance-ology 101
can help sweet inspiration Christian writers add passion to their love stories,
it will be ten times more powerful to `hot' romance writers!
Putting passion in a sweet
romance is wonderful because many of the `sweet' romance readers don't expect
to see any passion in any event. However putting passion in an erotic novel is
one of the hardest things for a writer to do. When you are allowed to write
explicit love scenes the prose can become mechanical and sound even `clinical'
to the reader. So many 'hot' love scenes read the same book after book because
the action itself is so often the same. What an erotic writer needs most is a
way to up the passion and love factors and Romance-ology 101 is all about how
to do this!
When the hot romance authors
learn of this book and how much it can inspire their writing, Romance-ology 101
is going to Blaze a new trail through the night sky of romance! (But don't
tell Julie Lessman about this!)
This book is so good that I
bought five copies. One for myself and four copies to give my romance writing
friends for Christmas. It's a present that will pay big dividends all year long.
Disclosure: I am mentioned in
the book a few times as a character playing himself. Other romance fans are
also mentioned in the book. In Romance-ology 101 the author, Julie Lessman,
displays a ironic sense of humor I don't believe anyone has seen in her writing
up to now.
[Romance-ology 101] -- It's a
5-Star Education in Passion!