Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Guest Blog: MK McClintock

Beauty and the Beast: My Thoughts on the Romance Genre
By MK McClintock

1. a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic  exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
2. the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.
3. a medieval narrative, originally one in verse and in some Romance dialect, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.
4. a baseless, made-up story, usually full of exaggeration or fanciful invention.
5. a romantic  spirit, sentiment, emotion, or desire.

Romance is no longer romance, or so many new book genres would have you believe, but don’t let yourself be fool. Romance will always be true to itself, no matter its variations. Whether some view romance as fanciful and baseless or charming and heroic, romance is more than just a story or words written in a book.

I subscribe to the #5 definition of romance—a desire, an emotion, and a spirit. Think of the last romance-genre book you read. Did it feel sexy or romantic? There’s a difference. Did you know two people were in love because of their bedroom exploits or because you felt their passion and energy whenever they spoke or were on the same page together? Did you believe their love or were they just saying the words?

As the relationship between Gabriel and Isabelle unfolded, they surprised me with how much they made me feel. I cried when they cried and I felt so happy for them during their moments of joy. They altered my writing path and ultimately how I wrote the story. Do they have passion? Yes! Do you know it and feel it? Absolutely! Does your imagination fill in the spaces between the sexual lines? Oh yes!

My favorite romance books are those with the spirit of romance. What are your thoughts on the romance genre? Do you like romance or do you prefer steamy moments viewed through open doors, or do you believe they are one in the same?


McClintock is an entrepreneur, baker, photographer, tour host, reviewer, and multi-genre author. She was born on the west coast, but after less than eight years she left with her family to the Rocky Mountains. After more adventures around the country, business-college, and culinary school, McClintock found a place to call home in Montana.
Over the years McClintock traveled the country and visited magnificent Scotland. She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock will always call Montana home.

Book Information
Formats:Paperback and Kindle
Publisher:Trappers Peak Publishing
Release Date:August 1, 2012
Series:The Montana Gallaghers

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Twitter:!/MKMcClintockMTor @MKMcClintockMT


MK McClintock said...

Thank you for hosting Gallagher's Hope on this tour Melissa! It's great being here with you and your readers!

Unknown said...

Wonderful post. Thank you for hosting MK :)