Do you like predictability in the books you read? Do you want to know exactly how it’s going to work out? How the characters are going to get from the beginning of the book to the end?
I would hazard a guess that the answer is a resounding “no!”.
We like surprises. We like something a little different; out of the ordinary.
If you’re a romance reader, you already know that two people in the book are going to end up in a committed relationship and usually by the second or third chapter you know who those two people are.
If you read mystery, you know that if there’s a dead body at the beginning of the book, by the end you’ll know who killed that person. If you read sci-fi or fantasy you’ve got a good idea of what you’re going to find when you crack open the pages of the book—a different world that the author has created and that you’re going to have fun exploring and learning about as you read the book. There may be magic or some complicated science that we could only dream of coming true.
You know this going into the book, but you don’t know what that world is going to be like or how the characters will have to navigate it. You don’t know who “did it” in your mystery. You don’t know what the hero and heroine of your romance are going to have to go through or give up in order to be together.
That’s the fun of reading a book.
So, if I told you that I wrote a Regency romance and you were a reader of Regency, you would expect ball rooms, lords and ladies, maybe some clever dialogue and all of it written in the third person (“He did this” and “She did that”).
If I told you that I’d written a Gothic romance you’d expect a haunted castle, a damsel in distress, a family curse, perhaps. It would be written in a dark, brooding manner, right?
Well, I just hate those stereotypes! I like to mix things up. So I’ve written a rather light (okay, there’s some spookiness, but nothing that will give you nightmares) Gothic Regency romance in the first person (“I did this” and “I saw that”).
Yes, you read that right. It’s a Gothic romance – there’s a ghost haunting a house with a deep, dark, troubled past. There’s a heroine who is in danger—although she’s not exactly a fainting ninny. She’s smart, and clever, and faces her obstacles head-on. It’s set in the Regency, although there’s not a ball room in sight. Okay, there are lords and ladies and maybe some clever dialogue (if I may say so, myself). But this is definitely not one of your Georgette Heyer-type romances.
It’s weird, and it’s different, and it’s fun, and there’s a slight mystery to it as well.
So, who’s up for something different? It’s called My Lord Ghost and you can check it out here.