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A writer by predilection, an aunt by blessing and a friend by choice, Shelley has spent many years journaling before sitting down to draft her first novel. She has a B.A. in English discourse and is currently working on her third romantic-suspense, the title of which will be announced soon pending publication. Shelley is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her RWA state chapter of the Maryland Romance Writers.
"I love story-telling. It's a way to live an experience through the eyes of a character." - Shelley N. Greene

Saturday, May 24, 2014

THE SUMMER LOVE BLOG TOUR - Contemporary Romance, Georgina Guthrie

Hi, everyone!  The Summer Love Blog Tour is celebrating romance this summer!

Throughout May we’ve been introduced to the sub categories of the romance genre. We explored the dramatic conflict of Paranormal, the futuristic adventure of Sci-Fi, the steam of Erotica, and the fun of Fantasy

This week the CN is host to a surprise guest, presenting on a category that is a personal favorite of mine, contemporary romance.

Contemporary is special because unlike other sub genres, it's set in modern day, and without the supernatural elements that make up its paranormal counterparts.
Contemporary uses human characters and true-to-life conflict to tell a story, and in a market where make-believe and escape transports the reader to another world, the author is tasked with making the every day-ordinary, remarkable.  

I love the way contemporary takes place in the present, with places and personalities that represent the human world. It touches on the dynamics of relating in a tangible way, the sentiment of places and simple moments, where the reader walks away feeling as if the story could have happened to them in real life.

And with us today is an author whose debut novel represents this category well.

In THE WEIGHT OF WORDS, Georgina Guthrie brings together two college students, the academic environment of a university campus, and the power of great literature with contemporary style.

The sequel in her Words series, BETTER DEEDS THAN WORDS is available now.

And to tell us more, the CN welcomes Georgina Guthrie!

The CN questions:

What do you love most about contemporary romance?

I like those contemporary romance novels which present a female main character who isn’t helpless and naïve. More and more romance novels feature women who are independent and who can look after themselves. Like women in the real world, they seek romantic love to round out their lives, not to define their lives.

What’s the weirdest research you’ve ever had to do?

That’s a difficult question because very little of my research has been weird, and to be honest, I haven’t had to do much in the way of research. The settings and topics in the Words trilogy are ones I’m intimately familiar with. I’ve just got a very good memory and a vivid imagination. J

What is your favorite scene in BETTER DEEDS THAN WORDS and why?

I think the scene early in the book when Daniel and Aubrey go to his grandmother’s house for dinner is definitely one of my favourites. I loved crafting Patty’s character; she’s a mixture of a number of cheeky and feisty ladies “of a certain age” whom I’ve had the honour of knowing. Her dialogue and witticisms are some of the most favourite lines I have written. 

Tell us one unique fact about you (something that few people know). 

I’m addicted to lip balm. Could be worse I suppose. I don’t think anyone’s been incarcerated for a lip balm addiction.

New/Latest Book:

Better Deeds than Words, the second installment in the Words series


  In Better Deeds than Words, the highly anticipated follow up to The Weight of Words, college senior Aubrey and teaching assistant Daniel decide to pursue their romance despite university regulations, but it means they're taking a path of secrecy and lies. 

  With only six weeks left to the end of term and Aubrey's graduation, they’re under the constant watch of Dean of Students David Grant—Daniel's father and Aubrey's boss. If that weren’t enough pressure, Daniel’s checkered past also casts a shadow over the young lovers who continue to tempt fate until one wrong move leads to an inevitable disaster. 

  Can they salvage a relationship when everything seems to be conspiring against them?

To learn more about Georgina:

GG’s Website        Facebook               Goodreads              Twitter

Big thanks to Georgina for visiting the CN today! 

*Shelley raises her Burt’s Bees lip balm* You’re not alone, Georgey!  ;0)

Next week:  The time has come! June 1st is the COVER REVEAL for my debut romantic suspense, THE FIRE WALKERS!  I’m crazy excited.   

If you want to be the first to see, BE HERE—same Comparative time, same Narrative channel!  

See you then!  :0) 

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