Guest Post: Romance is a Four-Letter Word

Okay, it’s technically got SEVEN letters, but you know what I mean. But for guys, a romance novel is often considered a four-letter word.

Because what God-fearing man would ever pick up a novel with steamy, racy covers on them? They’d be scorned by their fellow males, right?


Now, Wasteland has a relatively safe cover considering there’s only a feather on it. And Awaited, well, that’s got a sword so we’re all good.

I’ve attended a couple of book fairs/conventions where guys have asked what my book was about, and when I told them it was a paranormal romance, they grimaced.

Seriously, you would have thought I’d cussed them out or something.

But back to my point—if there ever was one, right? Just kidding. Here it is:

E-readers have opened the door for men!

They can now read romance novels without fear of persecution. They can load up their e-readers and not have to worry about coughing up their man-cards if anyone saw the covers.

And that’s a good thing, right? Come on, girls, you know you want your guys reading these, too, because how else will they learn about the intricate workings of our minds, right? **LOL**

E-readers have been tagged as the killer of books by many for a variety of reasons. But I’m curious, how do you guys feel about them? You think it might have opened up avenues to a whole new batch of romance readers? If you have one, which do you have? Do you still buy paperback books even though you have an e-reader?

Wasteland #2
By Lynn Rush
Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.

He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate soul to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice. 

Check out her other books in the series.

Wasteland, Book 1      Prelude to Darkness, Book 0.5

About the Author
Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake.

Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. Originally from Minneapolis, Rush currently enjoys living in the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of 15 years and jogging with her two loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.


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~~~See you in the paranormal~~~


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4 Responses to Guest Post: Romance is a Four-Letter Word

  1. Lynn Rush says:

    Thanks for having me here today and helping me celebrate the release of AWAITED!! 🙂

    • sjclarke says:

      The pleasure is mine, Lynn.
      I’m so sorry it didn’t go live earlier. The scheduled post feature either had a glitch or I did something wrong.
      Good luck with the series, it sounds intriguing.

      I’m not a man, but I don’t think my husband would read straight up romance. He reads, a lot, and I’m srue many of the books he reads have romance in them, though. He has an ipad he reads on now so I can’t tell. 🙂

  2. Wendy says:

    Hi Sandra and Lynn,
    I hope you are right Lynn.
    Men should feel more comfortable reading from an ereader. They accompany women to paranormal romance movies, so what would be the difference if they read the books, especially since books are usually better than the movie.
    I hope your books become movies, but I hope the men find your books before then.

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