What Kind of Men Write Romance?

CanvaCOVERMississippiWildBlueWhat kind of men write romance? The answer is simple. As my mother used to say, “It takes all kinds.” Male romance authors are highly represented, especially among Indie authors but you might not notice because they use female pen names. My own personal belief is that their romantic notions differ from women’s, which is a good thing. I’ve always enjoyed a male’s perspective in the crazy realm of love. Men do that “tormented thing” quite well, you know they’re speaking from the heart. I wonder though, are male author’s stories more inclined to feature unrequited love? Rumor is, women read the most romance and for them, a “happy-ever-after” is essential. Or is it? I like a happy ending but is it essential? I’ve heard authors say that readers get angry without a happy ending, or HEA as they say in the publishing world.

A lot of men write erotica. I won’t comment on why I think that is, nor do I know if the writing is any good because I’m not drawn to erotica. I spend enough time with my head in my own old-fashioned bodice rippers. (Probably considered tame by today’s standards but maybe a little naughty by yesterday’s.) When my octogenarian friend Jean, who is the most prolific reader I know, said she doesn’t like to read love scenes, I cringe every time she asks to read one of my books. I wonder how much of a love scene she puts up with. And does the gender of the author affect her opinion? Jean comes from an era when women used male pen names, so that their writing would be read.

Great stories are written by any gender. The only thing I might say about male romance authors is that they are probably hesitant to admit it. Those old stereotypes always get in the way. But romance is full of stereotypes. And a good author will use them to his or her advantage and in today’s political and social climate, play around with those stereotypes. Because really, whether the story is an historical or a contemporary romance, there have always been those who deviate from the norm. Good characters are like that.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the series, Civil War Era Romances. Available here:

Book One, Black Pansy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CNWG6QU

Book Two, Blue Violet: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018ZWX0R4

Book Three, Black Lilac: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EKJMTKA

Book Four, Ellie: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWVNCTS

Book Five, Rose Thorn: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X1GN58T

Book Six, Mississippi Wild Blue: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072L2WWMR

Book Seven, Dandelion Lane: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073WPHMWG

Book Eight, Scarlet Lobelia: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0762CJP4W

What’s a Nosegay?

Oh for heaven’s sake. Do people really talk like that? Only if you live in historical novels…  a Nosegay is a small bunch of flowers given in sentiment. The gay aspect is that it makes us feel happy which usually is the case when we receive a bouquet of flowers. Long before there were floral shops, admirers would stroll the countryside and pick small handfuls of wildflowers or go into the garden, clip roses and chrysanthemums, tie them in a bow and present them to their lover. The scent of flowers can produce a profound tranquil effect when brought to the nasal senses. Who doesn’t love a Nosegay?

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Lion-Lions-Trace/dp/0965114074

The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Quadroon-Lions-Trace-Volume/dp/149283999X

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The Lies of the Lion

What Does Hobnob Mean?

Hobnob is an expression associated with the words, “nobbed” and “nobbing” and means to drink together amicably and have a chat. Hobnobbing designates one is on intimate terms and drinking with someone familiar or intimately “close.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Lion-Lions-Trace/dp/0965114074

The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Quadroon-Lions-Trace-Volume/dp/149283999X

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The Recession Is Like a Fire

For those with a steady income, they watch the fire from a distance. Yes, it burns away at their investments and can cause sleepless nights, depression, divorce, etc. Bad news all the way around. But for those who have no financial cushion, they feel it in their flesh. Some already have third degree burns or worse. When a fire ravages a neighborhood and the authorities demand everyone evacuate their homes, many make the decision to run while others chose to stay and fight, armed only with a garden hose.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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Small towns make for big romances.

It’s Not Just About Money – It’s Also About Mojo

I write and sell books but my mojo goes up just as much when I sell a book with a thirty-cent royalty as it does for one with several dollars. Same thing with the “likes” on facebook or my blogs. Thanks guys! It makes me feel strong when people give me a vote of confidence. Isn’t that why we fix our hair or plant pretty flowers? It’s all about the mojo ….

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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Small towns make for big romance.

Someone Should Make a “Guilty” App

Really, guilty or not guilty. We spend way too much energy on unnecessary guilt. What if we had an app that were designed to tell us whether we should feel guilty or not? We could get up in the morning, plug our thoughts into the app and then let go – or not. And before going to bed at night we could tap, tap, tap our worries into the app and it would clear our conscience – or not. And with the evolution of guilty or not technology would come Civil Court usage and eventually Superior Court guilty or not apps. Think of all the admin costs it would save, leaving taxpayers guilt free! Or not.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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Small towns make big romances.

The Poor Poodle Panicked

Yesterday I took my dog to a clinic for a rabies shot. There was a long line of dogs waiting their turn. One chubby poodle mix could have fit into my purse if he wasn’t so fat. That he was tethered to a jiggling female, same size, same breed but different disposition added to the cartoonish scene. “These dogs are gonna kill me…” I imagined him thinking, “they’re gonna eat me alive” he seemed to whimper louder and louder, while his owner groaned and pulled tighter on the leash. The tighter she pulled the more the poodle turned round and round, creating a twisted mess with the leach of his calmer counterpart. No matter how hard his owner tried to calm him, he quivered, shook and whined louder than any large dog waiting in line. “If I could, I’d take him to the pound,” the owner vented. The little poodle was definitely cowardly compared to the stalwart dogs that patiently waited their turn. Considering how vulnerable the poor poodle was on the end of the leach surrounded by big dogs that could easily take his life, his poodle panic was justified. I grow comfortable knowing the poor poodle is probably back home, curled on the couch, while the owner coddles him, the other poodle rolling her eyes.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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Small town guys make big time romances.

Our Dog Warmed Our Hearts But Ruined Our House

First my cute, sweet little elderly mother passed after ninety-three wonderful years. That was sad. Then our dog died three weeks later, also elderly. My husband and I needed some cheering up – we needed puppy power. So I found a puppy, half purebred collie and half lab mix and as anyone who has had a puppy knows, they are so cute and fun. She made us laugh instead of cry. We began devoting our lives to seeing that her needs were met (you want some more room on that couch? How ’bout a walk? More food?). But she ripped some of the plaster off the wall and when we bring kindling into the house she thinks they’re HER sticks, all ten of them and proceeds to shred them all over the floor. And my windows look like she wrote Chinese on them with her wet, sticky nose. But she has warmed our hearts at a time when our smiles had turned upside down. I call her our “Forever Puppy” and as I gaze at her spread out in front of the fire, her black fur all sleek and shiny, I have no regrets. Broken heart? Get a dog.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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