Romance! What is it?
According to Merriam-Webster, romance is "...a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural; a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious; or a love story especially in the form of a novel."
Pay special attention that third item. "...a love story." Over the years we've published a bunch of love stories. All sorts of love stories, from short and sweet to long and complicated, from historical to futuristic, and even a few that defy being labeled anything other than simply "a love story."
Regency Romances are favorites of ours. Stories like Sheila Simonson's Conway Family series and Lesley-Anne McLeod's elegant stories of a Polite World that isn't all composed of lords and ladies but real people with real problems are worth reading and re-reading. You can learn more about these and other Regency romances at our Regency page.
Of course, there was more to history than just the Regency period. Kate Martyn takes you back to medieval England, while The Bitterroot Trail and Return to Four Corners give glimpses into America's Old West.
We've a good selection of Contemporary Romance too. Ginny McBlain writes about ordinary people facing extraordinary complications on their way to true love. In Presidential Liaison Anne Manning shows that politics and romance don't play well together, and Taylor Manning introduces The Ladies Prayer Circle of Ophelia, Texas, well-meaning busybodies who believe in the power of love in her Groom trilogy.
Although Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance and Science Fiction romance all stretch the boundaries of reality, they are not really the same. Trouble is, the distinctions among them are slippery. Furthermore, not everyone agrees on how to define them. So let's just talk about some good examples. J.A, Clarke calls some of her stories Science Fiction Romance; Michelle L. Levigne sometimes writes fairy tales; Linda Palmer's Psy Squad series is definitely Paranormal Romance, and so are many of her Young Adult/New Adult stories.
You'll find romances on nearly all of our genre pages. Just poke around our website, read about our stories, and pick one or two by authors you haven't met yet. Who knows? Maybe you'll discover a new favorite.
Next month we've got a real treat for you, but all we're going to say about it is that Eating Bugs is an experience you will never forget...or want to remember.
Here at Uncial Press we are in the business of bringing you stories of imaginary characters involved in heroic events happening next door, or somewhere remote in time or place.
Star & Jude