a multi-genre, cross-genre writer one of the first things I had to learn when I
entered the publishing field was what I considered a romance was not necessarily what publishers considered a romance. To
me it’s a story wherein a man meets a woman, there is or isn’t instant
attraction, but they do fall in love and overcome obstacles to reach
That does not always qualify a story for the romance genre
with—and I clarify this—some publishers. Confused? I was when I started
cruising the publishers’ requirements for submitting. The following, however,
is the definition by Romance Writers of American—a
romance consists of two basic elements, a central love
story, and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending, at all heat levels.
they go into sub-genres:
after 1945, either series or single title
inspirational—novels with religious or spiritual
beliefs with the main part of the relationship
paranormal—the future, a
fantasy world, or paranormal happenings are an integral part of the plot.
Regency—the majority of the story is set against
the Regency period of the British Empire.
mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.
young adult romance—a strong romantic theme geared toward
young adult readers.
guidelines, the story I’m giving you a peek at today, Mark of the Sire, is a
historical, western, suspense, romance. A mouthful.
through publishers’ sites I ran into other requirements like the man and woman
had to meet in the very first chapter. Some even specified the first page. Oops,
that left some of mine out, including Mark of the Sire. The romantic characters
had met when the story began, but he doesn’t come into the story until later.
Ummm? Never mind, it’s still a romance in my opinion. Some specified a
percentage of the story had to be devoted to the love aspect. To me it doesn’t
matter if he has to go off in part of the book or if some chapters revolve just
around her, as in Mark of the Sire. Then there were those who didn’t want
suspense, some didn’t want westerns, and others in no way wanted science
fiction. Hey, they’re all romances. To me, many traditional westerns—though called westerns to attract a male
romances. Case in point, Louis L’Amour one of the most popular western authors often
had the male lead meeting the female in the first chapter, instantly being
attracted, fight adversity, and ended happily. Hondo, Key-lock Man, Flint, and
Fallon to name a few. And let’s not forget the Sacketts. Yes, Louis was an
influence over my western Romances.
The man was a romantic at heart and understood the west never would have been
settled without strong women.
I love romances
with suspense, mystery, paranormal, action, all of those varying elements. I
mix up and cross genres in all manner of combinations. For a look at what I
mean, drop by my website: Larriane AKA
Larion Wills You’ll find my other historical western suspense romances
there as well as news that the same characters will be back next May in the
second of the series, Curse of the Sire. Some characters just won’t leave you
About Mark of the Sire
: Cathy would deny she ran away even though the gossip had gotten
vicious. She was certain the wilds of Colorado were far enough, never
anticipating she’d first get herself into the same predicament that shamed her
in the east or the man she’d ran from would follow.
Lon only meant to make things right for Cathy, hoping as well to leave behind the stories he'd been responsible for his brother's disappearance. The reputation for violence he tried to leave behind followed---waited, buried in legends of the sire. Fate had led him to where his estranged father came from.
One son lost as a child, the second hating him for never finding his brother, the sire returned. Those who threatened his son discovered the truth of the man behind the legends. Lance was not to be challenged, and his mark was carried in more than appearance in the next generation.