Archetypes and Characters, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Tropes

Trope Sighting! Competition for the Heroine’s affections at the (in)opportune moment

3 Types of Rivals for the heroine's affections who make their move when the hero and heroine's relationship has hit a rough patch and the hero's reaction when he comes onto the scene

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Genre Rules, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Science Fiction Romance, Tropes

Genre Police! Heroes that are too many tropes

When a writer creates a hero that's too many things, she has to fill the reader's expectations for that hero, plot-wise and romance-wise. Juggling too many and fitting them all in one book is difficult—though not impossible—and makes the story and the hero seem over the top.

Archetypes and Characters, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Archetype Sighting! The Reluctant Witch

But I am struck by the number of paranormal and urban fantasy books featuring a heroine who has vowed or neglected her magic at the start, and must come to terms with her powers in order to "save the day" or to embrace who their true identities.