Looking Back on Romance by Kate Hill
At the start of this new decade, I can’t help reflecting on how long the romance genre has been part of my life and how much happiness it has brought. The first time I fell in love with romance was when I watched Love at First Bite starring George Hamilton and Susan Saint James. I was in grammar school at the time and didn’t know much about romance, but I was fascinated by the love and humor between Dracula and Cindy. To this day, I still love that movie.
After that I was hooked on romance. As a kid, I started reading Harlequin Romance from the 60s. The very first one I read was called My Tender Fury about a teacher named Miles. From there I went on to books by Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, and Beatrice Small, among others. Their books were longer and generally more exciting than the ones I had been reading. By that time, I had also started writing romance for my own pleasure. I like blood and guts and action in my romance, and I’ve also been a fan of horror for as long as I can remember. Unlike now, way back then it was more difficult to find romance novels that blended harder edges with fluffy love, so I started writing stories I wanted to read, but I still loved traditional romance.
I’d like to share some of my favorite older romances from the 80s and 90s. Maybe you have read them, too, or they might be completely new to you, but I hope you enjoy looking them over.
- Opal by Helen Ashfield
- The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick
- Midnight Temptation by Nancy Gideon
- Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux
- Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey
- Till Dawn Tames the Night by Meagan McKinney
- Scandal by Amanda Quick
- Skye O’Malley by Beatrice Small
These novels got me through some difficult times and always brought me to other worlds where almost everyone got a happily ever after. Love of romance novels has been constant throughout my life and I hope it always will be.
What are some of your favorite romances, old or new?
Looking forward to another new decade of reading romance!
About Kate Hill:
Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Since 1996, she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas, and novels.
She prefers to blend genres, and she loves horror and a happily ever after, so her books can be a bit unusual. If you’re looking for romance with witches, aliens, vampires, angels, demons, shapeshifters and more, there’s a good chance you’ll find something to your taste in her backlist.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and watching horror movies. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.
About the Book:
Trinity and Jeff
Series: Wild Witches of Beaver Bay
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Changeling Press
Denying her love for her childhood friend, Jeff, Trinity visits her family’s ancestral land, believing the Wild family magic has called her there to meet her soulmate. Instead she finds danger at every turn, but she won’t have to face it alone.
Jeff has loved Trinity his whole life, but settled for friendship after she broke his heart on prom night. Now this soldier turned firefighter faces the supernatural to protect Trinity and convince her once and for all that they belong together.