Wednesday, February 24, 2010

28 Days of Heart Author KF Zuzulo--It's Not All About the Sex

Go For The Heart
It’s not all about the sex.  Hold on, I said “not all about the sex.”  Sex certainly catches the breath and makes the hips virtually wriggle….while reading a romance, that is.  Whether sweet and suggested or bare and blatant, sex scenes in a romance novel are part of the allure.  But the sex would be as empty as a bottle without a genie unless there’s also emotion.
I write romance novels about genies and despite the paranormal aspect, genies have feelings, too.  The more characters I create, I increasingly realize that you must touch a reader’s heart to keep her interested.  The emotions aren’t always warm and fuzzy, or hot and titillating.  They can be vengeful, tender, angry, or confused, but they must be there and they must be palpable.  Genies can get very angry but also—shall we say—vigorous.  But if they just started acting on their “vigor” without any explanation, they’re going to fall flat on their colorful, low-pile, carpets.
The novella I wrote for ARe’s 28 Days of Heart is called Angels & Genies and introduces genie Match Ramsey, who feels quite vigorous in the presence of teacher-turned-realtor Angeline Delaire. Match and his surfer-dude angel sidekick Miguel seek to block the entrance of evil jinni Iblis to the earthly realm.  Angeline holds the key to the sought portal.  The only hint I’ll give is—as any realtor will tell you—it’s all about location, location, location. But the real story is the conflict Angeline feels—about herself, her career, and Match. That’s the emotion.  It’s also in the awareness Match increasingly feels that he’d do anything to help her.
          This book, as well all the books being sold as part of ARe’s campaign, has an extra dose of emotion because of its intention…to help raise money and awareness of heart disease in women.  So, check them out!  You’ll be getting a healthy helping of intrigue, passion, and romance, plus you’ll be helping out.  That’s where the emotion is…that’s where the heart is.
You can learn about K. F. Zuzulo, her books, and the romance of the jinn at her website,  
Angels & Genies will be available from All Romance eBooks on February 24th.

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