But I’ve yet to settle on anything. Not for lack of trying! I've been playing with all sorts of story ideas, but so far nothing has stuck. That's when I came up with the inspired idea to pop on over here and ask what kind of story you’d most like to see. :)
So let’s list a few tropes to help us warm up:
* Friends to lovers
* Enemies to lovers
* Reunion story
* Royal story
I’m going to rule them all out. Why? Well, quite frankly, I think a good friends-to-lovers story is seriously hard to pull off. I’ve done two (His Christmas Angel, and First Comes Baby…). So before I dip my toes into those particular waters again, I want it to be because I've been gifted with a marvelous flash of inspiration. :-)
As for the next two—there are elements of enemies-to-lovers in my current story (only minor, though, so I could rethink this). And my February 2016 release was a reunion story. And while I love reunion stories with all of my madly beating heart, it’s probably too soon to do another one just yet.
A royal story will be fun one day. But at the moment I think the Romance / Forever / Cherish line is a bit flooded with them. So I’ll save that one for a rain day.
Some other tropes that do have potential:
* Cinderella story
* Beauty and the Beast
* Office romance
* Marriage of convenience
Do any of them appeal to you?
Instead of an overall story trope, what if I consider some individual story elements, like:
* An unexpected baby!
These are always so much fun. I don’t know why--maybe it’s because babies force a heroine and hero to work out what they want, and to fight for what’s important. Also, babies (especially the fictional kind) are seriously cute. There’s lots of inbuilt emotion in an unplanned pregnancy / baby story.
* Sheikh hero
I’ve never done one, but what do you think? Ooh, I could set the story in a glorious desert landscape with a nearby oasis where my heroine could nibble delicately on dates and Turkish delight. (Uh huh...guess whose fantasy it is to nibble on far eastern delicacies ;-) ).
* Virgin heroine
These can be tricky. But they do tap into a really attractive fantasy of a sexual awakening (Sleeping Beauty!) with a seriously scrummy man. :)
* Glamorous setting
I LOVE armchair travel! Where would you most like to see my romance set—Rio, Trinidad, Egypt, Paris, Singapore, Puerto Rico…?
So come on—play the game. What story would you most like me to write:
* The Sheik’s Pregnant Cinderella
* A Puerto Rican Marriage of Convenience
* The Virgin’s Impossible Boss
* The Sheik’s Impossible Virgin (dear lord I can’t believe I wrote that)
* The Virgin’s Vegas Adventure
* Called to Duty by the Sheikh
* The Billionaire’s Scandalous Deal
* Bodyguard to the Plain Jane