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Guest blogger: Kylie Kaden

5 October 2014

Kylie KadenRomance Authors Anonymous

‘So you write women’s fiction …’ the dentist asks down his nose, looking suspicious. ‘Not that Fifty Shades thing, is it?’

Because, of course, that is the only women’s fiction book ever written, apparently, but I’m guessing I wouldn’t be going to a no-gap dentist if I had, indeed, written it.

‘No, that wasn’t me. My first book, Losing Kate, came out in April and my second, Missing You, is out March.’

‘What? Romance?’ His lip twists like he’s sucking lemon.

‘Yes, girl meets boy, all that,’ I mumble through the tubes. ‘Except I have a habit of making women disappear along the way too …’

‘I see,’ he says in a tone not unlike what you’d expect if I’d announced I had a rather festery disease. ‘Suction please …’

Now that was about where the conversation ended. But if I could hear my dentist’s thoughts regarding romance novels, they’d probably include something like second-rate, porn-for-bored-housewives, and predictable rubbish. Him, and many like him. After all, intelligent people stick to crime, don’t they? Not a real book unless someone gets shot. Ironically, I’m guessing the same man would happily take a bullet for his own leading lady, but can he see the appeal of stories about relationships? Nope. It’s women’s only business he doesn’t care to understand. A little like witchery, really.

And yet, it is the best-selling genre in the world, so someone reads it (and writes it for that matter), whether they admit it or not. I’ll confess, the word itself is a little naf. It sets itself up for a bit of grief, conjuring up images of roses, heart-shaped candy, and greasy men called Fabio, when the genre offers so much more.

The truth is, many of us spend much of our lives either searching for the right partner, or getting over the wrong one. And for those that find lasting love, it’s rarely without conflict, so it’s easy to see why women are drawn to love stories; either to relate or escape. The romantic genre is rich, evocative and heart-wrenching. It embodies all that it means to be alive—to seek love, understanding, and genuine connections with fellow humans. Who we chose to navigate this world with has the biggest impact on our happiness and sense of self. Why shouldn’t it play a leading role in the fiction we read?

My name is Kylie Kaden, and I am a romance writer. There, I said it.

And what’s more, I’m proud to be part of the great community of supportive authors and passionate readers that have accepted me, too-many-commas and all, since I started this fabulous adventure with Random House last year.

So for anyone out there who likes your love stories gritty with a side of suspense, your characters flawed with a likeable edge—good news this month, as Losing Kate has been included in iBooks 100 bestsellers for under $4.99 (so it’s cheap everywhere else too, but only until 18 October).

And for those that have already discovered Losing Kate, see below for details of my new release (cover reveal below!) Missing You due out March next year, and discover why ‘In the morning she’ll be gone …’

Thanks for having me

Kylie Kaden
Romance-Authors-Anonymous founding member
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Losing KateLosing Kate

This mesmerising debut is part love story, part mystery, telling the captivating story of two lovers torn apart by tragedy and the secrets they kept of one devastating night.

I’m the most authentic version of myself when I’m around Jack. We’ve known each other since we were kids, and our relationship was always one of mudpies and mocking.

Then everything changed.

Beautiful Kate, my best friend, disappeared on a moonlit beach after Jack dumped her for me. Jack was a suspect and, sure of his innocence, I lied to protect him. I know Jack didn’t kill her. Our betrayal did.

Thirteen years later, I am thirty, childless and single, attempting to renovate my life rescuing a rundown worker’s cottage. All is as it should be in my safe little world—until Jack buys the vacant lot behind my house … and the feelings that we buried all those years ago—the guilt, the love and the pain—resurface.

We can’t keep running away from the past—and to move forward we have to know what really happened to Kate.


Missing YouMissing You

‘Our lives were built around the strength of a kiss between strangers. Yet seven years on, look where it led us …’

When Aisha met Ryan she fell hard for his good looks and easy charm. Why worry that he didn’t want children or a 9 to 5 job? Nothing and no one would come between them.

But with the birth of their high-needs son, Eli, their extraordinary love is shackled into an ordinary life, their passion blunted by responsibility.

Until Ryan can’t take it anymore.

Now, following a mysterious phone call late one night, Aisha leaves four-year-old Eli in the care of her elderly father Patrick – and doesn’t come back.

As Patrick struggles with the grandson he barely knows or understands, his frustration with his missing daughter and absent son-in-law quickly turns to fear.

Particularly when blood is found in Aisha’s abandoned car …

Missing You is a tantalising love story and a seductive suspense novel from the author of critically acclaimed Losing Kate.

  1. 6 October 2014 7:11 pm

    Thanks ladies – I wonder if part of the success of E-readers is all those closet-romance-readers can read on the bus without other commuters seeing covers!

  2. 6 October 2014 11:45 am

    Love your post, Kylie. I wish I could could remember half those things you just said when people rubbish romance. Whenever I remember to say that romance is the biggest selling genre in the world, that seems to give them pause. Congrats on your books. Can’t wait to read them.

  3. Jeanie M permalink
    5 October 2014 6:04 pm

    I hope his dental work is better than his taste in books 🙂 Nothing wrong and a lot of things right with romance!

    I’m so happy you have a new book coming out next year Kylie, I’m eagerly looking forward to it. The cover is very intriguing.

  4. elizabethellencarter permalink
    5 October 2014 3:21 pm

    Fortunately not all men are like the dentist. I have got to know a number of men who also write romance. And my hubby proofs, edits and brainstorms my novels. 🙂

    Romance is adventure, romance, drama and suspense. In short it is life seen through the eyes of our hero and heroine.

    The real issue I’ve found is so many men and women who don’t read at all. I find that sad. 😦

  5. 5 October 2014 2:19 pm

    Beautifully expressed Kylie. 🙂 A wonderfully expressed sentiment. See how well she puts words together people?
    For those looking for an excellent story, very well written, I highly recommend Kylie’s first book. Having discovered her, I’m counting down until the second one. Next March you say, Kylie? Can’t come soon enough. Congratulations again. 🙂

  6. 5 October 2014 10:21 am

    Men spend as much of their time as women do working on romantic relationships. It makes me so angry to see men dismissing what is essentially the biggest part of many people’s lives as “dumb chick lit”. Most of the famous literature in history involves human relationships!

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