Goin’ To the Chapel And We’re Gonna’ Get Married…

“Romance” is a rather formulaic genre, with a hero and a heroine, an obstacle to their relationship that must be overcome, and a happy ending. The happy ending isn’t negotiable and, in the trade, it’s knows as HEA or “Happily Ever After.”

In Book 1, Fool Me Once, there’s a hero and a heroine and a relationship with an obstacle all right, but HEA isn’t looking so good until the very end, when there’s a surprise. Actually, two surprises. And an unusual member of the wedding party, dressed for the occasion.

In Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows, the hero and heroine carry over from Book 1 but the relationship develops between two lesser characters. They seem to be headed for HEA until…ta da…the obstacle, so no wedding party in Book 2 (although it does end well for all concerned).

In Book 3, Signs of Life, the wedding occurs fairly early in the story…and no one is dressed for the occasion, unless you consider oilskins and Sou’wester hats appropriate attire. (Eloping is one way to deal with the obstacle). There’s “very unhappy” at the beginning, happier and even happy for a while, then the obstacle, followed by HEA.



Author: linnhemccarron

Have completed four Contemporary Fiction/Romance novels in The Riverwood Series. The first was released in August 2018; the second is under contract and in the process of edits. The third book and fourth books are in the queue. The fifth is now the current work-in-progress. The setting is Big South Fork, Tennessee which is known as "The Trailriding Capital of the Southeast" so these stories will all appeal to horse lovers who love to read books about horses.

2 thoughts on “Goin’ To the Chapel And We’re Gonna’ Get Married…”

  1. HEA–such an expected ending for romance stories. I used to think every book of fiction had to have HEA. The writer gives definition to the formula and describes her three works accordingly. The brief descriptions are candid and spot-on without revealing more than necessary. Her surprises await the reader’s pursuit.

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