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Friday, June 12, 2015

Romanctic Suspense - Dead or Alive


Do you read romantic suspense? Do you write romantic suspense?
Is it dead? I’ve been hearing that for several years now. Since that’s what I write, I’ve ignored the rumors of its death and continue to write contemporary murder and suspense with an equal amount of romance. While I enjoy reading a straight murder or romance I miss the relationships. I always feel there’s just a little something missing if there’s no hero/heroine conflict and a HEA ending.

I did some research and found the top 100 romantic suspense books on Amazon. Top 100 – wow – maybe it’s not completely dead after all. http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Romantic-Suspense/zgbs/books/13389

Barnes and Noble list their top 30, but that is part of 17649 romantic suspense products. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/?category_id=318

Just Romance http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/says it’s your one stop for romantic suspense.

Is it in the top 5 selling genres? No. The top selling genres are romance/erotica; crime/mystery; religious/inspirational; science fiction/fantasy and terror. http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/which-5-book-genres-make-the-most-money/?view=all

But with Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Mary Burton and Kendra Elliot, to name a few, and  still writing and selling great romantic suspense and Amazon has a top 100 list, I’m proclaiming Romantic Suspense alive and well. And I’m now going to finish my next one.
Your thoughts?
 

4 comments:

  1. Hi, Beverley. I read romantic suspense and I write romantic suspense. Too many readers like their romance sparked with some suspense. I predict that this genre has many more years of life in it.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara, I love to hear that and I hope you're right.

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  2. I read and write Rom Suspense and since I'm continually on the look out for new reads, I know I'm not alone based on how many helpful, "You have to read (insert name here)" from friends and fellow writers. So, nope, not going to believe those rumors.

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    1. Thanks, Jamie. I'm thrilled to hear of those other authors and readers who search and read r/s.

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