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Sawyer North | Does “Sweet” Romance Still Matter?
Author Guest / August 19, 2020

I write historical romance classified as “sweet” but not religious. I don’t particularly care for the term “sweet” because of the baggage that’s been assigned to it. The term has been used simultaneously to put down “sweet” romance as yawn-inducing and to lay church lady judgment on sensual romances. That said, it is a better term than “clean” – don’t get me started there. So, for the purposes of this article, let’s stick with “sweet.” As a man writing in a space dominated by women readers and writers, I made a conscious decision to avoid writing explicit sex scenes. Don’t misunderstand me – I read plenty of spicy romance; Tessa Dare is one of my favorites. It is just my opinion, though, that for a man writing sex scenes primarily for women readers there are a thousand ways to die. I took the cowards way out. I’m not proud of it. That brings me to my question, though: does sweet romance still matter? In the beginning of the genre (or at least during the early 19th century), most romance fell into the sweet category. Spicy works were forbidden pleasures read mostly in secret, a behavior-driven largely by the prevalent religious…

Sawyer North | Title Challenge: FAIR WEATHER ENEMIES + Giveaway!
Author Guest / February 12, 2020

My first historical romance novel is Fair Weather Enemies. The Hancocks and Ashfords have fought a long-standing feud between their families long before Miss Jane Hancock couldn’t stand the sight of Adam Ashford. But after both families fall on hard times and an unscrupulous creditor forces Jane and Adam to sign a devil’s bargain, they’ll finally understand the true meaning of keeping your enemies close at hand. The terms of this bargain? Locate a lost treasure shrouded in deception and mystery. The catch? Only one can claim it to win…the loser is left to ruin. As Jane and Adam embark on a trek throughout England, they plan to hate their adversary, no matter how attractive, generous, and kind they are. Sometimes, plans change… For Jane and Adam… F is for Feud. The fighting between their families stretches back 70 years. A is for Animosity. At first, their relationship is defined by it. I is for Inheritances. Both stand to lose everything. R is for Road Trip. Only an odyssey can save them. W is for Wicked Banter. They can’t resist verbal sparring. E is for Enigma. The clues to finding the treasure are vague and puzzling. A is for Ally….