I wasn’t a writer in 2015, but I remained a reader.
I revisited many of those genres that I haven’t read in a while including horror, true crime, and the cozy mystery.
For the cozies, I prefer the couples solving crimes together (don’t forget I’m a lover of romance) But the romantic cozy mystery didn’t hold the magic that it once did for me and I only read a few.
They were fun and well-written, but I kept thinking there was something missing. Like – is she going to kiss this guy? Is she ever going to do anything more than kiss this guy?
Calm yourself down, chick! That’s all that happens in a cozy! (Words from one of best friends who didn’t share my desire for something spicier)
And she wasn’t alone. As I trolled the forums on Goodreads, I found that many cozy readers want the unique setting and a host of quirky minor characters without excessive violence, profanity and graphic sex.
So I have a genre question what combines the elements of a cozy with a steamy romance?
A Romantic Suspense?
- Romantic Suspense: Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. (From Romance Writers of America https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=579)
This makes me think of the In Death series by J.D. Robb which I love! But it doesn’t have the lightness of the Death on Demand series by Carolyn Hart. Can I have the passion of Eve Dallas and Roark paired with the sweetness of Ann and Max Darling?
I’m a reader and I want to see it done.
But does such a thing exist?
Wait a minute, peeps. I was a writer in 2014.
And in 2016, I’m introducing (insert drum roll)… Portia Andrade – amateur sleuth of color, fierce lover of one man who battles lifelong demons of her own while she solves a mystery or two.
Check back in a few days and I’ll give you Portia’s short story and let you know when her first novella will be ready!
***And cheers to the year of the writer!***