Romance Tropes

So I was chatting with an author friend and we got on the topic of romance tropes. (These are popular or overused themes often found in romance stories)

I love stories that contain the more popular themes: amnesia, secret marriage, marriage of convenience, and hidden babies.

Dead spouse comes back? Yes!

Sheik didn’t know about his heir? Yes!

Love them all and love them even more when they’re well done. I never get tired of them and will admit that my hidden weakness (or not so hidden) is marriage of convenience. I could read these all day long. LOL. I think I’m drawn to a man and woman put in a situation where they’re forced to deal with one another for a common goal or to save one or the other. 

Remember When by Judith McNaught does an excellent job on a hero and heroine forced into a marriage to save the hero’s fortune. Bring on the angst. Bring on great dialogue and a romance for the ages.

Don’t get me started on Nathan Malone from Wild Card by Lora Leigh. **Cue tear-fest** Best return of dead spouse EVAH.

What about you? Are there any romance tropes that you like and what book was it done well in?

Halo Birthday


Wow! Let me say it again…wow! LOL. The birthday boy’s party has come and gone. ((wipe sweat from brow)) I posted about it before but this year my son’s theme for his party was HALO-a wildy popular video came. Believe me when I say there is almost nothing Halo related theme or otherwise in party stores. BUT do not doubt the creative genius of a mom on the hunt. Moms are the most creative women EVAH. I say this because it is the moms of the world that helped me pull off this party. After many online searches and nail biting desperation, I stumbled on tons of etsy, pinterest and facebook parties from moms who had the same challenge. Satisfy their kids with a theme that’s almost non-existent in the party world. Because those fabulous, wonderful moms shared their party jewels of wisdom, I too have decided to play it forward :)

So for venue we considered paintball or laser tag because Halo is a military style game. Due to travel and convenience etc we went with laser tag. Next was invitations which was easier than I expected. There are tons of customized images via all based on this video game. We also decided to get the thank you cards from the lady we selected and had the results in 48 hours. Printing can be done at home or for a little extra professional touch I recommend a retailer with a photo kiosk like CVS or Walgreens. Once we had this accomplished, I considered all of the parties I’d looked at and selected party favors. I used an online discounter and picked camo sacks for the goodie bag. We filled it with camo pencils, vibrating grenades, dog tags, colored candy and camo bandanas. For an extra special touch, I found Halo water bottle labels and halo scratch offs from another etsy genius. SCORE. I picked up cupcakes with halo themed icing from a local cake decorator. For decorations, we mirrored the Halo game colors of blue, black and gray so it was easy to go to a dollar store of some type and get paperware, table cloths etc. On Amazon I found candy tins and used a video game theme for table settings by having PSP, NES and ATARI controllers filled with candy. (Never did find anything besides candy molds for the Xbox.) Below are a couple more pictures of the party stuff. Kids had a blast and the kiddo grinned the entire day.





Guest Spotlight-Tamaria Soana

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Genre: Erotic Romance

Can true love surpass life and death? 


Olivia Shaw-Clayton’s life revolves around her job ever since her husband was killed eight months ago in Iraq. She slaves away at her desk in hopes of numbing the pain of her loss and the guilt of longing to fall asleep once again to be joined by her phantom lover.




Olivia waited for her friends at Vipers after work, when in walked the most gorgeous man that she’d ever seen wearing an Army uniform. He was tall and built like a god. She watched as he took off his coat and placed it over his shoulder.  She licked her lips at the sight of him in a t-shirt.  His huge arms were covered in tattoos. She was staring, but couldn’t tear her eyes off of him. Finally, she turned away and took a sip of her almost empty drink. When she looked up again, she found the most amazing hazel eyes gazing at her. She thought her heart was going to stop right there. He smiled and began to walk toward her.


“Hello, my name is Aaron Clayton and I was wondering if you’d do me the honor of having a drink with me?” He extended his hand.


Olivia bit her lower lip and took his hand in hers. He smelled just as good as he looked. It was a mix of amber, musk, and spice.


“Hi,” she finally sputtered out as he brought the top of her hand toward his mouth. She cleared her throat. “My name is Olivia.”


“Nice to meet you, Olivia.” His smoldering eyes never left hers as he placed a gentle kiss on top of her hand.


Her heart fluttered and a warm jolt rushed through her. A feeling she’d never had before. All her senses seemed at that moment to be on fire. All she could think, smell or breathe was this stranger that stood in front of her. She cleared her throat again, in hopes of snapping herself out of the trance she was in. “I’m meeting my friends, but I’m early, so a drink sounds great.”


He smiled. “My friends are in the back playing pool, but they can wait.” He winked. “What are you drinking?”


“Gin and tonic, please.”


He leaned toward her and whispered in her ear, “I’ll be right back.”


A shiver went down her spine and her stomach fluttered as she watched him walk toward the bar. By God his ass is fine! Her mind swirled with all the things she would like to do to that body. Get a grip, Olivia. You just met him and you already want to jump his bones. Olivia glanced looked around the bar and noticed that most of the girls’ eyes were on Aaron. Jealousy spiked through her veins but at the same time she felt a little smug that he’d walked up to her. Now all she needed to do was figure out how to get to know him better. If she had her way she would be underneath him by the end of the night.


“Here you go,” he said as he handed her a drink. “So, Olivia, tell me about yourself?


She quickly glanced around at all the other females glaring at her and a large smirk crossed her lips. Ladies, eat your heart out! He’s talking to me. She quickly focused her attention on the god in front her, smiling at her with the sexiest dimples she’d ever seen, and she melted.




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~About the Author~


Tamaria Soana is middle aged, but just feels her life has begun. She writes sexy contemporary romance stories that always end with a ‘happily ever after’. Growing up she loved to read and make up new places in her head to escape to. In her late teens she began writing short stories and poetry; it wasn’t until her late thirties before she began to spin a full story.  She’s married and a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful young girls, they reside in Western New York. Cuddling up with a good book under an electric throw is her way to escape the cold Buffalo nights. Besides writing, she co-owns Shades of Rose Marketing and hosts a talk show on Talkshoe called Live with Tamaria ~ Giving authors a voice.

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Facebook Takeover Today

Let’s start the blog with a hearty Happy Labor day to my fellow US folks. This is a non-working holiday for me. YAY! Well except for some writing to squeeze in then hopefully I will be enjoying some good food on the grill.

Speaking of writing :) My September newsletter went out this morning AND I’m hosting at Twin Sisters Rockin’ Book Reviews. I’m already starting the month with a bang. LOL. I hope everyone will feel free to join me today for my first Facebook Takeover. I’m giving away an e-copy of my novella The Overlord’s Heir, a$10 Amazon gift card and a little swag pack which will include an autographed copy of Honor Bound and Project Genesis, a journal, some bookmarks and a Michelle Howard pen.

And for you fellow sci-fi romance lovers MK Eidem may stop in to say HI! Which means I get to congratulate her on the release of Wray. I’m also hoping another friend will stop by too with some prizeys!


Author Michelle Howard is taking over Twin Sisters Rockin’ Book Reviews on 
Monday, September 1 at 2:00 PM CST. Or 3PM EST
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Win a free Ebook

Today Shades of Roses hosted a book blast for my novella The Overlord’s Heir. To help celebrate the upcoming holiday weekend, I’m giving away a free e-copy.
For a chance to win please use the link below.


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