I have found the new foodie romances I'm reading to be a welcome respite from the same-old same-old stuff that I have also been reading to try to catch up with my TBR pile. Kimber An just wrote a post about this today on Enduring Romance. I hope that all you fellow book reviewers and fellow readers out there will do something similar to this on your own blogs. I feel like I want to create some kind of grass roots movement for more risky publishing ventures.
Do I love Regencies? Sure. I grew up on Jane Austen, so I have a soft spot for a good Regency romance. I love the Scottish historicals maybe more than most, and have even written one of my own that is out on query as we speak. (Fingers crossed.) However, as a reader, I want--like Kimber said--a buffet!
I will never forget the moment I read Kris Tualla's tagline the first time. "Norway is the new Scotland." I thought, oh my gosh! I have got to read one of her books right now. And then I found someone who was writing Steampunk, and fell in love with that genre. I read a couple of Viking novels, and loved them. I started writing a foodie romance, and I thought... variety is a good thing. I love all these specialized sub-genres that are popping up. I want more! I want to read more, I want to read more different things, I want to see more difference. More, more, more!
So if you're a blogger or a book reviewer, or you know someone who knows someone, let's keep putting the word out. We are an audience open to new things. Try us!
What about you? Do you have a favorite sub-genre? Do you like a historical time period that seems to get ignored by publishers? Where do you go do find your romance novels?