Friday, March 18, 2022

What Messages Do Your Books Give Your Readers? By Connie Vines #RR , #WritingTips, #BWLPublishing, #Themes, #WesternRomance

 What messages do your books give your readers?

Thank you, Rhobin, for this month's topic. 

The theme of a story is important because a story's theme is part of the reason why the author wrote the story. The term theme can be defined as the underlying meaning of a story. It is the message the writer is trying to convey through the story. Often the theme of a story is a broad message about life.

1. There is always a character's growth through life experience and challenges.

2. One of my main characters usually has a character-building (unhappy) childhood.

3. Which, fortunately, has assisted him/her in becoming a tightly functional adult.

4. My message is to never give up hope; always strive for a better life and believe in yourself.

Example 1:   


With a dangerous reputation for taking chances and tempting fate, rugged cowboy Lynx Maddox had one goal in life--to win the coveted Silver Buckel rodeo championship. But when he sets eyes on lovely Rachel Scott, he becomes determined to capture her as well.

Rachel traveled the rodeo circuit with her famous rodeo rider dad until his fatal accident in the arena. Now, she wants nothing to do with that world--or the men who risk their loves for one brief moment for glory. But her attraction to Lynx becomes too powerful to deny...and his unexpected gentleness is too seductive to resist...

Example 2:


Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen, knows all about. A widower with a rambunctious young daughter, a ranch to run, and an ornery cook who has just runoff, Brede doesn't need another problem. Yet, during a violent storm, he finds an injured woman. The beautiful woman can't recall her name or past, but Brede vows to protect her from harm. What he hadn't bargained for was her laughter and gentleness finding a way into the lonely corners of his heart.

Beaten and left for dead, Amberlynn Maddox has no memory of her past. When a madman finds Amberlynn's hiding place, no one is safe from harm: not Brede, his young daughter—or Amberlynn herself! Accepting Brede's offer as temporary ranch cook, the woman, now called Kate, discovers the sexy rancher with his protective nature, and sizzling kisses has claimed her heart.

Example 3:

Also available in Spanish


Tanayia is alone in the world. Her village was destroyed and her people murdered by a group of revolutionaries who now hold her hostage. A daring escape on the edge of Cochise's stronghold saves Tanayia's life, but she discovers her ordeal is only beginning.

Forced to live in a government-run boarding school, Tanayia is stripped of her identity. The headmistress is bent on destroying Tay, but Jacob Five-Wounds stands in her way. Jacob urges Tay to run away with him—but diphtheria strikes the school. Now, Tanayia must choose, a choice she knows may cost her both Jacob and his love.

For a fast and fun read:

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"A Slice of Scandal" – (Mystery/Suspense). A producer finds herself embroiled in a mystery as hot as her Bayou Cooking Show.   When an undercover cop-turned chef shows up and dishes up more heat than a bottle of Louisiana hot peppers. Can she prove her innocence before the real killer finds her? Or, will she become the main course in a murder trial?


Alive, Steampunk novelist Meredith Misso worked hard at living the perfect SoCal celeb life. Now that she is a Zombie, it's all about the make-up, non-vegan lifestyle, and her soon-to-be ex, who somehow managed to Velcro himself back into her life. 

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  1. I don't have a difficult childhood to overcome in any of my books - maybe because I personally didn't have one. But I think you are right, whether we know it or not as we start, there is a theme that's important to us and so it comes out in the writing.

  2. Ha! I think mine often do have difficult childhoods to overcome. I never really thought about it, but it does make for an interesting obstacle to overcome. Although I have to sat one of my stories Asta and the SheWolves, Asta doesn’t have a difficult childhood, but rather a fiancé that cheated on her. She has to learn to trust again.

  3. Interesting way of organizing your post, through the blurb for each book. It means your reader needs to do some thinking and analysis -- not a bad thing!

  4. I agree with Bob. Blurbs help interest the reader and often hint at the message the story's characters learn.

  5. I like your message not to give up hope, but overcome and work toward your dream. The character has to change throughout the book, to fight off the obstacles and win! Otherwise, what a boring book it would be. Your characters do a great job of winning.


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