Adrienne Monson's Dissension Blog Tour!

Today we have a guest post by Adrienne Monson, a fellow Jolly Fish Press author. Her debut novel, Dissension, hits shelves in just a few days on February 23rd!! I'm thrilled to be the official kick-off to her blog tour and hope you enjoy Adrienne's visit.

Fists are pumping, bodies gyrating, sweat dripping—booming music drowns out all other noise in the dark club. Leisha, dressed in skimpy, revealing clothes, eyes her victim. As soon as he sets eyes on her, she knows he’s hers. He becomes excited as despicable thoughts of murder run through his mind, all readable by Leisha’s abnormal senses. After a bit of small talk, they are soon both out the door, Leisha pushed against the wall. The man pulls out a knife, ready to cut up this beautiful woman. Leisha smiles as she deflects the knife and bites into his neck, sucking every ounce of life from this abominable man.It wasn’t always this way.
Leisha was once a loving mother with an ideal family. Though this was over two thousand years ago, Leisha still holds that time dear to her heart. But for now, she must focus on trying to escape the eternal and bloody war between her kind—the Vampires—and the Immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy her people. Soon, Leisha finds herself captured by the government only to be saved by a young and mysterious human girl. What entails is the beginning of a long and torturous journey as Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can end it all—the prophecy child.

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Amie! Since Valentine’s Day just passed, I thought it would be apropos to talk about romance in literature. Romance is a popular subject for women, whether we’re discussing the cutest couple in the neighborhood, reading a book, watching a movie, or telling our friends of the latest romantic gesture their husband did.

Have you ever sat down with your significant other, or a guy friend to watch an action-packed movie? Those movies are catered towards men. They’re full of cheesy lines, fight scenes, or car chases. Yet, there’s almost always a romance sub-plot in there as well.

Ever read a suspenseful novel? Or a horror book? While there may be an eerie atmosphere, gore, or scary creatures, there’s usually a romance playing in there somewhere.

Whether it’s a book or a movie, just about every story out there involves romance. It may be a very small part of the story, but it’s in there all the same.

I’m a very plot oriented writer, but I can’t tell a story without putting romance in there. I love to read romance novels myself – historical, paranormal, thriller; I love them all. So if you’re like me, you probably love to see romance playing out.

People love the idea of falling in love. It doesn’t matter if you’re married, single, or divorced. No matter where you are in life, it’s fun to live vicariously through someone else’s eyes to experience the first kiss, the first fluttering of the heart. If you’ve never fallen in love, it’s fun to dream of the day when you’ll be able to experience it for yourself. If you have already met and fallen in love with your significant other, it’s fun to relive those early moments of your relationship.

It would seem that the general media has figured this out, and so they place a romance story in there to please the general audience.

I wouldn’t say this is a bad thing. As stated before, I love romance. I enjoy seeing the journey of a new couple, even if it’s a very small scene in a movie. It’s just something that I’ve noticed recently and found pretty interesting.

Of course, there are always exceptions. I have read books that didn’t contain any romance sub-plots, and enjoyed them just as well. But for some reason, romance is simply appealing.
What’s your opinion? Have you noticed it everywhere as well, or do you think I’m generalizing too much? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

ADRIENNE MONSON, winner of the 2009 Oquirrh's Writer's Contest
and the Utah RWA's Great Beginnings, has immersed herself in
different kinds of fiction since a young age, but she has always found
herself to have a voracious appetite for vampire novels. She currently
lives in American Fork, Utah, with her husband and two kids. She enjoys Zumba, kickboxing, and delicious food. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and her website.

Thanks Adrienne! Congrats on your book and I wish you all the best!


Brett said…
Love ... especially the romantic love between a man and a woman ... has an intensely drawing effect on any person, man or woman.

As a writer myself (and a man -- hopefully I'm allowed to comment on romance), I trend toward mind-bending psychological thrillers, in which there is no inherent NEED for romance. However, I still add the romantic element to my crazy characters because love is a universal concept, understood (perhaps in different ways) by everyone. For my crazy characters, the hint of romance is a grounding attribute that humanizes their internal demons, and can even add an air of nobility to a grotesque character.

So, rock on love! (And perhaps even romance.)


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