Ahhh…Romance…

Although DIMENSION NORRÆNA is about the potential, eventual reality of teleportation—not to other planets, but to other dimensions, the intrigue between safety and peril, happiness and misery is heightened by—what else—but romance.

A love triangle occurs when Skye develops a promising relationship with her handsome colleague in the Theatre Department at Cuevas College and her inability to refrain from deeper involvement with the scintillating and sensual draw of her striking mentor in Norræna.

After creating ideas and writing about the interaction between Jake, Skye and Zalehr, I thought I would look up some info about romance in novels. Although this book to is not a romance, it is not without some. The below information is interesting and helpful.

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Popular types of Romances

Sexy billionaire-We’ve seen this over and over- even 50 Shades uses it.
Reunited Lovers– war stories, someone missing or who has disappeared.
Friends to Lovers – Becoming more popular, or one desires the other, but not vice-versa
Strong hero – male or female- someone is drawn to power, popularity or nobility
Unavailable love interest– encourages an affair, draws a person to what they cannot have
Funny, Sassy or super Intelligent individual– very appealing on a deeper – more involved level
Love triangle– Of course- sets the stage for intrigue and drama
Second time around love-Definitely happens in real life, provides much opportunity for psychological depth and friction
First Love, great stand-by for young adult- even early teen novels. Nice for soft romance.
Soulmate –for those who believe this is possible- that destiny rules- there is someone special out there waiting
Secret romance- let’s have an affair- the taboo aspect is a strong temptation and fun to read about- while hurtful for characters- good for mysteries and psych dramas.

Some stats I ran across indicated that 84% of romance readers were female, 16% male. Age bracket ran from 30-54- depending on whose reporting. Very popular in the southern states, average income was reported as $55.000 of romance readers.
64% read romance more than once a month and 35% buy more than once a month.

There are sub-genre’s for Romance also and here are some percentages of what people buy in print versions:
Romantic suspense-50%
Contemporary-41%
Historical: 34%
Erotic-33%
New Adult-26%
Paranormal- 19%
Young Adult-18%
Christian-17%

The percentage for e-books fell in the same order though they were lower.
Theses stats came from: Romance Writers of America-2014

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