Our theme here this week...what ruins a book for you?
I've said it enough times you all ought to be able to chant it with me...STUPID HORSE STUFF.
I cannot stand rearing, screaming stallions, double riders, heroes who abuse horses out of angst... You all know the drill by now.
I don't need to go over it again! Do I???
So, what else ruins a book for me?
One thing that really irks me is when I hear the uneducated say "I could never write a Harlequin, there's not enough plot" I want to scream! Just try it. I have written several HQ-geared books, and trust me, there's been a plot. A big plot.
Some stories, both short and long, don't have enough plot to fill out a tin cup, so the author relies upon drawing out the conflict, saying it over and over and over. Ugh. I got it, now give me some storyline!
I love stories full of twists and turns and intrigue and mystery.
If a book plods along--boy meets girl--they fight--they make up--they live happily ever after, it equals a big yawn for me.
I want to be surprised. Not see what's coming next, like here--what's beyond the bend in this creek?
We write romance, we know there's a HEA, but I need to be engaged along the way.