Hi everyone! We have a special guest post for you from Shani Petroff, author of My New Crush Gave to Me!
Today, Shani will be talking about writing romance. You can also find out more about her book and enter a giveaway at the end!
Why I write romance
I love reading and writing all sorts of books, but I have a special place in my heart for romantic comedies.
For me, they are the perfect escape – a chance to momentarily put aside any stress or problems going on in the “real” world. For several hours you can lose yourself in the exploits of the leading character, who undoubtedly gets herself into amusing and cringe-tastic situations. While she experiences highs and lows and moments of failure and disappointment—at the end, there’s always a happily ever after.
It’s the type of book that leaves a smile on my face. With a good portion of rom-com books and movies, you know how it’s going to end. It’s not a surprise when the lead winds up happy and often with the perfect partner – but I wouldn’t want it any other way! It’s the journey of how she gets there that captures my attention.
If I’m going in for a light, funny read – I want everything to work out. If Bridget Jones wound up with the wrong guy or sad and miserable, I would have been disappointed. While there are definitely places for books like that (and I do enjoy all types of genres), it’s not what I want from a rom-com.
I’m expecting to laugh, to feel good. These types of books are mood boosters. They’re fun, funny, hopeful, and make me smile when I think about them. It’s why I started writing in this genre. I loved the idea that I could help make someone else smile, have hope, and/or a momentary escape.
It’s not just about the romantic relationships either. I love the friendships. It’s important to me to show people who are there for one another, who—even if they disagree on things—still have each others backs and are supportive and kind.
Around the holidays, I can’t wait to watch romantic Christmas movies. They warm my heart and get me in the holiday spirit, and I’m hoping MY NEW CRUSH GAVE TO ME will be the book equivalent for all those who read it!
About the book
My New Crush Gave to MeAuthor: Shani Petroff
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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This sweet, funny holiday romance from the author of Romeo And What’s Her Name features cute boys, plenty of rom-com mishaps, and a determined heroine readers are certain to fall for.
Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.
But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him.
Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.
Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?
Shani Petroff’s newest young adult comedy of errors, My New Crush Gave to Me, is the perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit.