10 Key Elements to a Heartfelt Romance

Picture2Guest Blog by Dee Dee M. Scott, author of Sent From Heaven

Thanks so much for having me on today. I write in many genres, but I have to say, other than writing thriller/horror my other favorite genre to write is Romance. I was a romance reader way before I was a romance writer. My mother always read romance books and when she finished one I would pick it up and devour it. I had no idea what I was reading at the time being I was very young. However, reading those books at an adolescent age showed me what it took to write a heartfelt romance. Here are the ten key elements I learned early on that stuck with me when I began to write my own romance novels.

  1. First there must be an irresistible strong hero and a sassy heroine. Both characters must also be likable. I’m sure readers have their own preference, but sometimes nothing turns a reader off more than a mean or arrogant hero or heroine. Sure the hero and heroine will have flaws, but they must also be able to win over the heart of the readers.
  2. The attraction the hero and heroine have for one another must be at first glance, and the chemistry must be palpable. It is also a good idea to have the hero and heroine meet right away instead of five or six chapters later.
  3. The hero and heroine should be perfect for each other, but not perfect. They should have flaws, weaknesses, secrets and maybe even some annoying habits. They should have things that happened in their past that shaped them into who they are as well.
  4. The hero and heroine need to be placed in situations that keep them meeting up and spending time together.  Readers need to be able to see them doing exciting things or in situations that allow them to actually get to know one another.
  5. Watch the pace of the story. Is it too soon for the character to confess their love for one another or do you confess it near the middle or end? And what about love scenes? Or the first kiss? Whatever the decisions, it should fit the story and also appear believable and natural.
  6. It’s a good idea to add secondary characters that add tension to the hero and heroine’s relationship.  The couple needs to have lots of drama throughout the story before they reach their happily-ever-after. And what better way than to add an annoying parent, sister, brother or ex to the story. However, find a nice balance with secondary characters so their story won’t weaken the romance or take away from the hero and heroine’s story.
  7. There must be a conflict(s) or a major misunderstanding that threatens the hero and heroine’s happily- ever- after. Maybe the heroine has a secret or the hero refuses to give in to a demand of the heroine. Whatever the case, there must be trouble that may prevent them from being together.
  8. Passion and love scenes are a must. Along with the outward connection the couple must have a great physical relationship.
  9. Don’t forget the happily ever after. There’s nothing more satisfying then for the hero and heroine to have a good ending after so much adversity.
  10. Have fun and write from your heart. The first draft shouldn’t be perfect but you should get the story out before you start the arduous process of making corrections.

Blurb:  Sent From Heaven

Best-selling romance author Maya Smith’s life is far different from the characters she creates in her novels. Left to raise a baby without the assistance of the married father, she has given up on finding a prince on a white horse to rescue her. Enter Cardiologist and single father, Ford Tucker. Dr. Tucker is all work and no play. He has dedicated his life to work and raising his daughter. When Ford becomes Maya’s Cardiologist, he is instantly smitten with her. Sparks fly and the passion’s hot as ever between the two. But just when Ford thinks he has finally found Ms. Right, and Maya thinks she’s found her prince, a devastating secret is revealed that will rock the core of their relationship. Will their bond survive the terrible secret? Or will Ford end up alone and Maya prince less?

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Dr. Ford Tucker walked behind the desk and sat in his leather office chair. His eyes remained glued to the file in his hands. “You’re MRI looks good,” Ford said, placing the folder aside. He locked his eyes on Maya. “In the meantime, you should continue taking your medicine and keep your yearly checkups.”

Happy with her test results, Maya breathed a sigh of relief. “Is there anything else I need to do, doctor?” she asked.

“Yes,” Ford answered, braiding his fingers together on the desk. “Have dinner with me.”

“Dinner?” Maya asked, completely surprised.

“Yes, let me take you out.” Ford stood from his seat. He moved to Maya and helped her from the chair. “So, what do you say?”

Maya strapped on her purse. “Why do you want to take me out?”

Ford gently took her hand. “My little girl has taken a liking to you.”

Maya smiled playfully and her seductive brown eyes twinkled. “I’ve taken a liking to your daughter too.”

“What about me?”

“You’re interesting, I guess,” Maya said coolly.

Looking disappointed, Ford inched in even closer. “Just interesting?”

“Okay; so far you seem like a wonderful man,” Maya admitted, while fondling his stylish tie.

He lifted her face to his. “I think you’re wonderful too.”

Maya felt a hot shiver threatening to convulse her, but she regained control.

“So, can I take you out?” Ford asked again, flashing his Colgate smile.

Maya blushed. “I’d like that.”

Ford planted a lingering kiss to her lips. He winked his eye at her before grabbing his file from the desk.

Maya’s entire body burned as she watched him exit the office. When the door closed, her weak legs collapsed. She slid into the chair, taking in several deep hot breaths. She’d tried to play it cool, but she could feel her entire body trembling.

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AuthorphotoAuthor Bio

Dee Dee M. Scott is the author of the best-selling books: Sent from Heaven 1& 2. She is also a screenwriter, playwright, director and producer. Currently, Dee Dee has eight authors signed to her publishing company, Ahsyad Publication and her movie: Lake House will play in selected theaters soon.

Connect with Dee Dee @ www.addmsentertainment.com

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  1. Felicia Reevers

    Great post! As I nervously make my way through penning my very first novel, I will keep this advice in mind! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the post.

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