Saturday, September 7, 2013

Day 7 of The Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour


Welcome to Day 7 of the Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. The question I put out to all of these authors was “What challenges do you face in writing romance in today’s society?”
Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too. I’ll put the link at the bottom of this post.
Today my guest author is Olivia Stocum and I want to send out a big thanks to her for joining me today. Here is a little about Olivia and her book Dawning.
What Challenges do you face writing romance in today’s society?
The greatest challenge . . . I write historical romance, and I tend to sway more toward the Hero who, while he may be a warrior, would never beat or force himself in any way on a woman. Some authors will include this sort of violence in their historical romances claiming that it makes it more realistic. But I just don’t see where it’s necessary. I recently read a Regency Romance where the hero grabbed the heroine and shook her, not once, not twice, but three times. And she never lifted a finger to defend herself, and even fell in love with him. Huh? I just don’t get it. I have, and will probably continue, to take flack from historical purists, but I just can’t have my heroine fall for a guy who is so alpha male that he has to resort toward violence against her. (OK, that said, ‘Dawning’ involves an alpha male character, but my heroine is not falling for his crap, and he is forced to make a permanent change because of it).
So , how does this tie in to the original question?
Easy. Today’s woman doesn’t, and should never, put up with alpha male violence. EVER.
Olivia Stocum lives in upstate New York with her husband, three children, and their Jack Russell Terror (oh, sorry, Terrier). She has been writing since she was first published at eight years old. The majority of her childhood was spent riding horses, playing with her dog, shooting her favorite recurve bow, and going on imaginary adventures with Robin Hood. One day she might even decide to grow up (but probably not). Contact Olivia at:

Olivia Stocum

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Back cover:
Scotland, 1599 . . .  He abandoned her. She had failed to be enough for him. The empty space he left behind hollowed out her heart, and she wondered what to do with the rest of her life.
When Ronan leaves the clan to seek his fortune, Triona MacAlastair fears she will never see him again. Four years later, a threat against her life forces her to depend on a mysterious, cloaked rogue known as Blackhawk.
She knows he is capable of protecting her, but what is he hiding? Why does he refuse to show his face?   
Go on over and check out Olivia’s book “Dawning”
Thanks again Olivia for joining me this morning.
Here’s the link to Rosie’s side of the tour: