Friday, July 13, 2012

Writing Sweet Romance - Guest Post by the author Sherry Gloag

Happy Friday!

Today I have a visit from Sherry Gloag - author of several published romance books. Sherry wrote a guest post Writing Sweet Romance to Me and Reading and besides that, you will find blurbs and excerpts from two of her books below. Enjoy!

Writing Sweet Romance
by Sherry Gloag

It seemed, not so long ago, that the days of the sweet/tender romance were over. Happily for many authors the demand is still there, and Stephanie Taylor of Astraea Press was one of the first publishers to realise the yawning gap in the market when a couple of big name publishers dropped the genre from their lists.

Beth Walker is another publisher who has added ‘Sweet Romance’ to her list of romance genres at Secret Cravings Publishing.

I am delighted to say I write for both publishers.

So how did it come about?

My debut novel, The Brat, was published by The Wild Rose Press. My next book Duty Calls was published elsewhere. Then I was approached to write a novella, The Wrong Target, for another publisher, which did very well. This was fun to write and although I consider it a ‘sweet’ read, it certainly pushed at the boundaries. All either came under the remit of sweet romance banner, or skirted just outside it.

Then, by chance –if there is such a thing- I met someone in FB, and, to cut a long story short, she read one of my short stories, asked me to extend it to a minimum of 15k words and to let her have it for the publisher she edited for.

That story, From Now Until Forever, became the first in my four book series of the Gasquet Princes, with Astraea Press. And was the start of quite a challenge. The ‘rules of engagement’ are very specific, and words I formerly used on a regular basis were no longer acceptable. Although that may seem strange, I enjoyed the challenge. I enjoy reading ‘sweet romances’, and writing them to such high standards has been fun to do.

By the time I wrote the second book in the series, His Chosen Bride, the parameters had been tightened so the challenge became greater. How to write a clean/sweet romance and still retain the passion, and incentive for readers to keep turning the pages? I admit I had great fun with it, and fortunately my editor laughed in all the same places I did!

Books three and four are still WsIP, works in progress, but in the meantime I completed another romance. My first Regency, which took me almost two years to write, No Job For a Woman has a provisional release date with Secret Cravings Publishing in August this year. This too is a sweet romance, but the story and plot line are hard, tough and fast paced, as is my next Regency romance, Vidal’s Honor, due out later this year.

Writing a sweet romance takes balance, and to dismiss them out of hand as full of simpering heroines, and spineless heroes would be a mistake. There are plenty of wonderful, full-bodied sweet romances out there if you care to look for them.


Thank you, Sherry, for the guest post! Let's take a look at the two last books Sherry has published!

Summary of From Now Until Forever:

For Prince Liam, families meant bad news, unwanted commitments, and the loss of his personal freedom. Love spawned white picket fences, slippers at the hearth with a wife and kids making demands, so why did those images disappear when he met Melanie Babcot?

Melanie Babcot fought hard to escape the horrors of her youth and vowed to remain single and free, so when paid to protect Prince Liam from insurgents why did her personal pledge fly out the window?

Buy links:
Astrea Press

amazon UK
Barnes & Noble


Liam Fitzwilliam Gasquet stared in amazement at the blooming patch of red milliseconds before the pain exploded in his arm. Some trigger-happy idiot had fired in his direction. Indignation didn’t have time to take root before another bullet kicked the dust at his feet.

Not ‘trigger-happy’.


The rebels had found the fourth and youngest son of Jean-Phillipe Gasquet, ruler of the tiny kingdom adjacent to the Swiss border. When had they discovered his whereabouts?

With a reluctant sigh, he faced the truth of it. They hadn’t ‘found’ him at all. They’d followed him.


Summary of His Chosen Bride:

Prince Henri Gasquet is happy to let his father, the king, choose his bride for him until he meets Monica Latimer.

Monica Latimer is not prepared to risk letting any man close enough to learn about her Gift. A gift that normally has men running for the hills when they find out about it.

Buy link:
Astrea Press


She lost track of time until the flames caught her attention once more. They flickered from orange to gold, to silver, to white.

A flurry of snowflakes masked the flames and for a second Monica watched the most beautiful, pristine snow-scene she’d ever seen. Her lips curved in longing. How she’d love to get a toboggan and slide down that slope. She knew where it was, and had done just that many times in her childhood, first with her parents and then, in clandestine manner, with her brother. Sneaking an old tin tray from the back of her mother’s walk-in pantry, she’d then grabbed Billy’s hand and they’d rushed out the back gate, heading for the lakeside track that led up into the hills.

Darkness, dense and thick with grief dropped over the scene. Startled and disconcerted by the strength of emotion emanating from the vision Monica shifted to her knees, ready to stand, when a voice, a deep male voice, sharp with fear called out her name.


She knew she’d never heard the voice before, and yet—it was as familiar to her as the image she saw in her mirror each morning.

“Help me, Monica.”

Desperate for more clues, she searched the darkness within the flames until it sputtered and faded. With a curse she jumped up and ran for the phone. With her outstretched hand hovering over it she halted and let her hand drop to her side once more. What could she say? What would the police or rescue team think of her if she called them and told them she’d seen a vision of a man in distress?

They’d laugh in her face and classify her as a lunatic. Well, maybe not. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d contacted them with positive information but something—an instinctive gut reaction told her what she’d seen this time hadn’t happened yet.


About the author:

Multi-published author, Sherry Gloag is a transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countryside of Norfolk, England. She considers the surrounding countryside as extension of her own garden, to which she escapes when she needs "thinking time" and solitude to work out the plots for her next novel. While out walking she enjoys talking to her characters, as long as there are no other walkers close by.

Apart from writing, Sherry enjoys gardening, walking, reading and cheerfully admits her books tend to take over most of the shelf and floor space in her workroom-cum-office. She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.


I don't know how about you, but both books and covers caught my eye. You can get His Chosen Bride free, because Astrea Press' Book Club has chosen this book for their July reading. Join the club!

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. :-) Thank you for inviting me to chat with you today.

    Have you got a favourite 'Sweet' story? Is it a romance, mystery, suspense, or all three mixed together?