ROMANCE-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets

ROMANCE-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets

by Julie A. Lessman


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In ROMANCE-ology 101, Award-winning "Passion Most Pure" expert Julie Lessman tackles the subject of romantic tension in today's inspirational/sweet markets with humor and heart. Offering tips for ramping up the WOW factor with romance that is both sweet and swoon-worthy, Lessman highlights tried-and-true methods with before-and-after examples to illustrate the following points:

-- Getting inside the Hero's Head with Internal Monologue

-- Maximizing Use of Beats in Dialogue

-- Effectively Using Dialogue to Escalate Tension

-- Utilizing Dual Point of View

-- Escalating Romantic Tension with Anger

-- Using All Five Senses for Heightened Effect

-- Cashing In on the Kid and Pet Factor

-- Enhancing Mood with Emotionally Charged Words/Verbs

-- Capitalizing on the Element of Surprise

-- Exposing Desire in an Unwilling Character

-- Immediate Hero/Heroine Confrontation

-- Making the Most of Touch and Response

-- Implementing the Concept of Forbidden Fruit

-- Words with a Hint of Taboo

-- Appropriate "Bleep" Words for Inspirational Romance

-- KISS-ology 101: The Many Faces of a Kiss

"Julie is one of the best there is today at writing intensely passionate romance novels. Her ability to thread romance and longing, deception and forgiveness, and lots of humor are unparalleled by anyone else in the Christian market today."
- Rachel McRae of LifeWay Stores

"Julie Lessman writing a book on romantic tension is a perfect fit. This is a writing book that needs to be on the shelf of every author because nobody does romantic tension better." - Mary Connealy, bestselling author of The Kincaid Bride and Trouble in Texas series

"I've always referred to Julie Lessman as the Queen of Romance and her new craft book is proof. Passionate and practical, humorous and savvy, Romance-ology 101 is a must-read for Lessman fans and all who desire to create pulse-pounding romance. A keeper!" - Laura Frantz, award-winning author of The Colonel's Lady and Love's Reckoning

"Passion with a Purpose, Julie's tagline says it all! She's the queen of romantic tension that stirs both your body and your soul." - MaryLu Tyndall, award-winning author of Escape to Paradise trilogy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490955773
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2013
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

Julie Lessman was voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine's 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards and American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Author of the Year in 2009. She is also the recipient of 15 RWA awards and made Booklist's 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction.

Julie has taught fiction workshops all over the country, including several at American Christian Fiction Writers conference, where her popular "A Kiss Is not Just a Kiss" seminar with Ruth Axtell Morren drew a record crowd. She is a member of The Seekers blog, which teaches, encourages and inspires those on the road to publication and beyond. Julie has also served as contest judge in numerous contests as well as provided critique and line-edit assistance to unpublished writers.

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ROMANCE-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Inspirational and Sweet Markets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
I am not, and I doubt I ever will be, a writer, but I still wanted to read this book simply because of the author! That being said I loved it! It was really cool to get a look kinda behind-the-scenes of some of the great moments of Julie's books! I loved how it was written like she was actually in a classroom teaching and some of the comments she made, made me laugh out loud! I also loved all of the excerpts from Julie's books, it gave me a little O'Conner and McClare fix to help tide me over till I succumb and reread her books again! I can definitely see how this would be a very helpful tool to romance writers out there and even as only a reader I still gained knowledge from it! So I highly recommend this to writers and to Julie's fans!
BonnieRoof More than 1 year ago
Award-winning author, Julie Lessman, has earned the title of Queen of Romantic Tension - by her peers, and readers - and rightly, so! Her nine (9) inspirational romance novels, are a testament to the fact. Never, have I read books with so much romantic tension, that were so aptly suited for the inspirational market. She is a master at her craft, at times - accomplishing this, with not so much as a kiss, in a book scene. Julie gives writers/authors, and readers, an inside look at the techniques her writing genius employs in her books, via her instruction manual, if you will, "Romance-ology 101". The book is written with a sense of humor, but provides tried-and-true methods with before- and-after examples and detailed descriptions, to illustrate all techniques required to write the perfect inspirational romance novel. It truly is a 101 book of education that should be required reading for all writers/authors of romantic tension. Thank you, Julie, for taking us behind the scenes, and making us privy to the techniques used in writing those wonderfully passionate, award-winning books of yours. I never get enough of them!!