In the market for hope

Cover of Secret Courtship by Jaycee JarvisI had a new book come out this month which is always a fun event as an author, though this is not the easiest time for a celebration. I’m a firm believer in the power of story and that my books make a positive difference in this world, even if they only provide a moment of much needed escape from reality.

Still it is doubly weird to be sending a book I’ve affectionately called “the plague book” out into the world in the middle of a pandemic. The illness in Secret Courtship is more like a cholera outbreak than the worldwide event we have going on now, and it is a subplot in a story, not a central theme. I can only hope that readers are inspired and encouraged by the way Ulric and Ophelia pull together to help their stricken community.

Because that’s what romance novels are all about. Love and family and community in all its forms.  Sometimes romance novels get derided as being predictable, because of the assurance that love triumphs in a happy ending. I like to think instead, that romance novels are reliable, in a way the real world often isn’t. Tragedy can strike any of us, often without rhyme or reason. Asking for our fiction, for our escape, to offer something better–to offer meaning and hope–is not an unreasonable expectation.

I struggle sometimes with the balance between being a fantasy author and a romance author, and the different expectations for both. When the chips are down, though, I always err on the side of romance, on the side of hope and HEAS. And all the fantasy world-building I do is just to support those central themes.

If you are looking to be swept away into a world where good people can make a difference, and happy endings are guaranteed, I hope you’ll give my books a try. Because right now the world certainly needs more hope and love.

Even if you aren’t reading my books, I hope you are reading romance! What is on your kindle or nightstand right now?


RT_JL_027Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.

When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.

Jaycee is a Golden Heart® finalist and author of the Hands of Destin series. The award winning first book in that series, Taxing Courtship, released in June 2018.

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4 Responses to In the market for hope

  1. Actually I just finished Taxing Courtship. What an interesting world you created. Thank you.
    Yours is one of the very few “new to me” books I’ve read in recent days.
    I am trying to step out of my “rereading” comfort zone. Next up is Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday- a book recommended by a fellow UCB Diversity group. Then I plan to step back into rereading comfort with a reread of Tamora Pierce’s second Round of Magic Circle Books
    Today on my blog I am recommending Alyssa Cole. If you haven’t read a romance by a Black author this is a great place to start.

  2. viola62 says:

    I, too, like the idea of stories offering hope. That’s why we read certain books at certain times. Sometimes, we need more hope.

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