Guest Post & Giveaway: Learning the Ropes by T. J. Kline
Learning the Ropes
By: T.J. Kline
Releasing September 30th
Rule #1 - Don’t lose focus...
Barrel racer Alicia Kanani has had a long road to the top - and she’s not quite there yet. Finances have always been tight, and in the glitz and glam world of professional rodeo, that means that second best is probably the best she can hope for. With the National Finals coming up, she’s certainly not looking for a pair of cowboys to distract her.
Rule #2 - Don’t gamble what you can’t live without…
Playboy Chris Thomas is sure Alicia’s the perfect woman for his level-headed team roping partner, David Greenly. It seems like a match, until Chris realizes he wants Alicia for himself. The stakes have been raised; David and Chris are supposed to be a team, and this time, they’re on opposite sides.
Can Alicia rope this playboy’s heart, or will they find themselves too tangled up to let true love in?
Romancing the Readers would like to welcome Author T. J. Kline. She was wonderful enough to let us into her thoughts for today! Welcome!
5 Reasons to Write Romance
I’m often asked why I would waste my time and talent writing romance when I could write something else, something that would be taken seriously, something that might change lives. Well, I have put together my top five reasons for writing romance novels.
1) Romance novels teach you to hope.
If you ever feel down, depressed, lonely or sad, you have only to pick up a romance novel and your entire outlook on love can’t help but be changed. With characters larger than life, romance heroes and heroines battle unimaginable circumstances and end up changed for the better and knowing that love was worth the battle, no matter the cost. Hope reigns supreme in romance novels and teach you to never, ever give up on true love.
2) Romance novels can liven up your romantic relationships.
With the wide varieties of subgenres in romance novels, you can’t help but find yourself changing, growing or learning from the romances you read and allowing them to change your own romantic relationships. Whether it’s learning something you can use in your own bedroom, or finding that you judged a character’s motives without giving them a fair chance, you will come out of a romance novel altered from who you were at the start. It simply can’t be helped.
3) Romance novels remind you that no one is perfect.
The characters in romance novels might be larger than life but every one of them suffers from faults, usually with some character trait that would drive a wedge in real-life relationships, but we view them differently once we see two characters we come to love and sympathize with overcome them. Once we see it’s possible, even in a fictional realm, we begin to view those same flaws differently in our lives outside the covers of a novel. We remember that we, too, are imperfect, imperfect characters in need of forgiveness, empathy and love.
4) There is a voracious appetite for romance novels.
Whatever the reason for reading a romance novel, there is an unending supply of romantics who want to devour more. Romance is an appetite that is never satisfied and because of that, there are never enough authors to fill the void. I, personally, have talked to many readers who cannot get enough and read several hundred books a year. Romance is a genre that readers never tire of and continue to buy on a constant basis.
5) Everyone loves a “happily ever after” (HEA)
There is a reason Disney had built a legacy on happily ever afters. There isn’t a heart that doesn’t want to see the hero get the girl, the underdog win and the happy ending. It’s wired into our DNA. We don’t feel right when we are left with a cliffhanger or an unexpected ending. We might want a fresh outlook on the story but, deep down, we all long for the cliché finale when the couple comes back together and the promise of tomorrow fills the page.
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.
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