My Favorite Tropes and Why I Love Them by Shana Galen
When I start writing a book, I don’t think about the trope or tropes I’ll use. I just think about the characters. In The Rogue You Know Gideon is a thief and Susanna is the daughter of an earl. Gideon’s charming and worldly, but he wants out of the life he’s been living. Susanna is stiff and sheltered, and she wants out too. These two may seem unlikely to fall in love, but if you know a thing or two about tropes, you’ve probably already figured out why the story works.
My favorite tropes.
1) A second chance at love.
I don’t use this trope in The Rogue You Know, but it’s still a favorite of mine. I used it in at least three of my Lord and Lady Spy series books. I like writing about when people meet and fall in love, but sometimes it’s interesting to see what happens when something has gone wrong after the initial love affair.
2) Secret/Lost Heir
This is another trope I’ve used in several books, including Earls Just Want to Have Fun and The Making of a Duchess. There’s a hint of it in The Rogue You Know as well because the heroine of the story does have a secret she’s not aware of. I wonder if readers will guess it before Susanna does?
3) Enemies to Lovers
This is a classic romance trope. All readers love a good enemies-to-lovers story, especially if the love story comes with some lively banter. Susanna and Gideon aren’t exactly enemies, but they’re not friendly at the beginning of the book. In fact, Susanna is blackmailing Gideon. I have used this trope often. Most notably in The Rogue Pirate’s Bride.
4) On the road
It’s always fun to throw two people together on a road trip and see what happens. I don’t know about you, but I pretty much want to strangle even my best friend after a few days of traveling together. Gideon and Susanna stay in London, but they have to navigate the dark and dangerous world of the London underground. It’s certainly a new adventure for Susanna and one Gideon would like to survive.
5) Fish Out of Water
This is my favorite trope. I use it in almost every book, and I use it in The Rogue You Know. I love throwing my characters in unfamiliar surroundings and watching what happens. Susanna completely surprised me by her reaction when she’s confronted by a group of thugs intent of abducting Gideon and returning him to a crime lord for the offered reward.
Most romances probably rely on one or more tropes. There are so many to choose from! I didn’t even get to mention Opposites Attract, which is certainly a factor when one throws a thief and an upper class lady together as I do in The Rogue You Know.
What’s your favorite romance novel, and do you know what trope it uses?
She's beyond his reach...
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London's dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society's most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.
...and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London's glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it's too late. But as she descends into London's underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she's willing to pay...for the love of a reformed thief.
MORE IN THE SERIES
His heart may be the last thing she ever steals...
Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London's Seven Dials. It's a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she's alone, she allows herself to think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.
Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
This contest is sponsored by a third party. The winner's prize will be sent by the sponsor. We are just posting their contest on Night Owl Reviews so our users know of the contest. Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Night Owl Reviews. The sponsor is solely responsible for the contest prize and shipping.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice Winner The Making of a Gentleman and the RT-nominated When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.