While Mills and Boon isn’t my usual reading material, I have to admit that I do love the fabulously kitsch covers and titles of some of their books. I also think that despite the fact that some people can be snobbish about romance novels, it is at the end of the day, simply another genre – like crime or historical fiction that allows people to escape from the humdrum of day to day life into another world. It takes a lot of skill to sweep a reader away – or off their feet in Mills & Boon-Land!
I also have to say that I have noticed that Mills and Boon have obviously hired some brilliant people to do their marketing and publicity. They have made a bunch of free eBooks available for people to try (here), and have re-vamped their image into a whole new level of pink and swirly loveliness. I also really like the idea of their ‘Romance is Not Dead‘ website and ‘New Voices’ competition which invites aspiring romance writers to submit a first chapter for the chance to get their book published.
Actually, this post is mostly a shameless plug for my very good friend, and new blogger Rose Roberts. She has submitted her first chapter of The Sheikh’s Virgin Racing Bride (“a passionate love story about an unworldly but determined woman wanting to make her mark in horse racing”) to New Voices and I think it’s really rather good.
Horses, exotic handsome men – what’s not to like? If you have a spare moment please do pop over and take a look here. If you like it maybe even vote!
I think it is quite inspiring…
Have you ever tried reading a romance novel? What kind of books are your guilty pleasure?