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Okay, so I’m a convert to the romance genre. Sure, I liked books with romance in them. But I wanted a fast-flowing plot, with good versus evil, a villain, and a hero. I wanted to be surprised with who would win in the end.
With romance, I knew what was going to happen: the guy gets the girl. I’d read enough to know that, and I couldn’t really get into the reasons why they couldn’t be together.
I was bored reading them.
Can you imagine?? Now, there’s nothing I like more than a good romance, with some many reasons that make a relationship impossible. I find myself flipping the pages going, “Oooh, how are they going to get out of this? It will never work!”
So why the switch? I’m not entirely sure. My husband says I don’t have a romantic bone in my body, so maybe reading romance novels allows me to see those difficult situations and root for the couple to make things work out.
I also think reading (and writing) romance is a great escape from the heavier issues of real life. Don’t get me wrong – I’m doing great – but trying to get a son off to college and daughter to work for her dance trip money and teaching school and trying to keep the dog out of the mud…. A romance novel is like a vacation I can take right on my couch. I can related to the heroines and heroes, and I really want them to find their good life too.
So about two and a half years ago, I tried my hand at writing a romance novel. My first one wasn’t very good – no, really! UNTIL SUMMER ENDS is my third attempt at a full-length romance novel, and it was the first where I really felt like I’d gotten the right pieces in the right places.
And I really do love the happily-ever-after in this book…I hope readers will too!
About UNTIL SUMMER ENDS: Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.
When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.
As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.
Paperback comes out on May 9, 2017.
About Elana Johnson: Elana's work includes the young adult dystopian romance seriesPossession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystopian short story in the Possession world, Resist.
Her newest release is the beginning of a new adult fantasy series. ECHOES OF SILENCE came out with Amazon Publishing on May 3, 2016. See all of her books here.
Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Check out all 5 books in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series, and get ready for the rest of the series by the end of 2016.
Her newest release is UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, a contemporary romance novel from Cleis Press/Start Media.
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