Hello readers! I’m Christa Tomlinson, author of erotic romances. My current releases are predominately M/M. But like it says in my bio, I like to write them all: straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told. I’d like to thank the writers of 69 Shades of Smut for inviting me on to their blog. And today, I’m here to talk about tropes.
Tropes. What are they? They’re what helps us recognize what a story will be about. They help us identify whether or not we’ll like the general plot that the author has created. Or as Wikipedia says: The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works. Here’s a small sample of tropes in the romance genre. I bet you’ve read or can recognize them all.
Friends to lovers
Enemies to lover
Gay for you
Tropes get a bad rep, especially in the romance novel world. People set them up as a way to show how romance novels are all the same. But I disagree. First, although the general idea may be the same, no two novels are alike. You can ask five different authors to write you a secret baby romance, and you’ll wind up with five very different stories. One of them might have an alien baby. One of them might have a single dad. One of them might have a woman who found an alien baby abandoned by its single dad.
Second, tropes are everywhere, not just in romance. Good looking fella who goes on a quest for treasure and artifacts, facing danger along the way? The Mummy. Or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or National Treasure. Or Three Kings. Or… well, you get the idea.
For creative types, tropes are a great way to build the foundation for the book, movie, or play that will spring forth. For readers, they offer a sense of familiarity. They let us know if it’s something we’ll enjoy. For example, when I’m book browsing, I can tell right off from the back cover copy if it’s the type of story I like or like to avoid.
Tropes are a good thing and are to be embraced. What do you think reader? Do you use them to help you find stories you’ll enjoy? Do you have any tropes that you love or any that you despise? Writers, do you consciously seek them out when planning your stories? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. Three commenters will receive a copy of my BDSM holiday romance, The Sergeant: A Christmas Story
For a full list of tropes in romance check out this site: http://www.mindyklasky.com/index.php/for-writers/romance-tropes/
Latest Release ~ The Sergeant: A Christmas Story
Sergeant Logan Pierce and Senior Corporal Clay Foster have fought past all the obstacles that stood in the way of their relationship. Now, they are in love and committed to each other as Dominant and submissive.
As the holidays approach, all they want is time to enjoy each other away from their demanding jobs as SWAT officers. But someone threatens to ruin their first Christmas together.
Logan refuses to let anyone or anything destroy his submissive’s happiness. What can he do to save Christmas for his love?
… Clay grinned. “I promised you chocolate for our movie night.”
Logan remembered that promise. He’d made it the night Clay admitted he wanted Logan to kiss him. They’d had many movie nights since then of course, but that particular evening would always be special to him. Logan wrapped a gentle hand around Clay’s neck and pulled him in for a real kiss. As their lips met, Logan loved the way Clay relaxed against him with his head tilted back. It made him feel as though Clay loved his touch and craved his domination as they kissed. Logan brushed his lips against Clay’s one last time.
“Movie night with chocolate it is.”
Clay hit play and they both fluffed up pillows behind them so they could sit with their backs against the wrought-iron headboard. The movie started with the turning of story book pages. Logan opened the bag of chocolates. Unwrapping one, he popped it into his mouth, letting it slowly melt on his tongue. Clay held his hand out.
Logan started to get another Kiss from the bag, but changed his mind. Instead, he turned Clay’s head to face him. When Clay’s lips parted in surprise, Logan leaned over and licked between them, sharing the taste of the chocolate on his tongue. Clay’s hand came up to rest on his chest, and they kissed until all the candy was gone.
“Mmmm… gimme another.”
Logan opened another Kiss and sucked on it for a moment before kissing Clay again. This time when the candy was gone they kept kissing, their arms wrapped around each other. Logan’s interest in the movie faded as he rubbed his tongue against Clay’s, tasting his sweetness and sharing his breaths. He wanted to watch the movie, but right now he wanted to make love to his sub more. Logan eased Clay down the bed until he was on his back. After pulling his shirt off, he buried his face in Clay’s neck and breathed in deep. “You smell so good. How come you smell so good to me?”
“Pheromones,” Clay gasped out as Logan sucked on his neck.
Logan laughed as he kissed his way down Clay’s body. Hooking his fingers into the waistband of his flannel pajama pants, he dragged them off. Once he was naked, he licked a slow trail up Clay’s stiff erection.
“Is that why you taste so good to me too, baby? Pheromones?”
Clay stuttered out a response as he flicked his tongue across the tip of his cock. Logan smiled before he sucked his lover down slowly.
Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Her first self-published novel, The Sergeant, was an Amazon Best Seller for Gay and Lesbian Erotica for seven weeks straight.
Although Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History, she prefers to write contemporary romance. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters’ romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.
Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a semi-retired member of Houston Roller Derby. She enjoys hearing from readers. You can follow her on Twitter at @christa_writes and on Facebook at Christa Tomlinson. For more on Christa’s work, including deleted scenes, excerpts, and free reads, visit http://www.ChristaTomlinson.Blogspot.com