Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's Creative Romance Month!

I was exploring themes for February and came across the fact that February was Creative Romance Month. When I tried to look for information on the inspiration for making February Creative Romance Month, I couldn't find much.

So I had to wonder, was February named Creative Romance Month since Valentines Day falls during February or was there another reason? Just what is "creative" romance?

Approach #1
Valentines Day is a day that celebrates love. We associate hearts, flowers, hugs, cards, romantic dinners and other gestures with the day. I suppose all these traditional gestures could get stale after a while. Love, stale? I can't imagine. It's time to get creative!

Share a coffee & chocolate with your sweetie.
Try a new restaurant you haven't tried before.

Approach #2
As a romance writer, it's about the characters and the conflicts they have to overcome to become a couple. The more 'creative' the conflict, the more intriguing the romance.  I'd use Creative Romance Month to inspire the conflict.

Question for you: So what approach speaks to you – one or two? Do you have any creative ideas you'd like to share? How do you keep your romance fresh and creative?

Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 Dispatcher for LAPD. She writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and steampunk romance. Sharing a nip of chocolate with her boys and a nice dinner with her husband is her idea of the ultimate Valentine.

A Polish Heart
Sweet Contemporary/Inspirational Romance
99 cent Novella
Blurb: Can Sofia's faith give Darrin his heart back? 


"He wants to know what you want to talk about," said Dracek in a heavy accent.
"You speak English?" Surprise laced Darrin's voice.
"I speak enough. I have not taken the exams like Sofia has."
"Well, I'd like to know if he has a position for me here at the company."
"You wish to work in Poland?" There was a cold edge to his voice.
"I do."
Dracek crossed his arms and glared at Darrin, jealousy laced in his eyes. "Because of Sofia?"
"You will only break her heart, American. You will go back to your country and leave. I see how she looks at you. It's you she wants."

BOOK TRAILER LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC6_397PerU

"Sofia and Darrin's story is a heartwarming one. Totally enjoyable read." - Tara Manderino, Amazon Reader



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  1. I love that February is Creative Romance Month, and as a writer of contemporary romance, I'm definitely going to option #2. Perfect motivation since I am writing this afternoon.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Reese. :) I'm for option 2 myself.