Guest Post & Giveaway w/ Rebecca Rogers Maher {FAULT LINES}


Please welcome author Rebecca Rogers Maher to Novel Reflections! She’s here today to talk about the Top Five Elements of Contemporary Romance, PLUS, she’s gifting one lucky commenter a digital copy of her 9/25 Carina Press release, FAULT LINES!!


Thanks so much for having me here today!

Top Five Elements of Contemporary Romance

1. Real Women

I like reading books where futuristic leather-clad ladies kick green alien ass as much as the next gal. I like virginal Regency debutantes falling for handsome rakes too.

But what really makes me happy, what really kicks me in the teeth (in a good way) is realistic contemporary romance stories.

Maybe it’s because I’m a shameless voyeur. I’m SO CURIOUS about other people’s lives – what they think about, what they do behind closed doors, what their relationships are like. A good contemporary romance takes a thorough look at the inner life of a modern heroine, and to me, that’s much more fun when the heroine is someone who might actually exist in real life.

Let me be specific. I’m talking about nurses and teachers. Mothers and best friends. Secretaries and waitresses. In other words, real women. I write contemporary romance about real women with real problems because these are the kinds of women who inspire me in my actual life.

2. Real Men

My friend and I sometimes joke that we need a guy like James Spader in Secretary to tell us how many peas to eat for dinner. Because it would make our lives so simple! To be told what to do all day long by some wounded alpha hero? Sometimes that sounds pretty good.

But really, it would get old after a while. Especially since I don’t like peas.

I’ve been with my husband for fifteen years. You know what makes our marriage work? We’re friends. He’s a kind person. We know each other deeply.

In contemporary romance, it’s possible to write about guys like him. The kind of guy who brings home the bacon, fries it up in a pan, and never lets you forget you’re a woman. That guy exists, ladies! And I find him just as interesting and hot as your typical alpha romance hero.

3. Real Problems

Maybe you’re the heir to a massive fortune masquerading as a seamstress working for a notorious rake. Or maybe you’re a glamorous CEO by day while at night you’re a crime-fighting superhero. But chances are that you are not.

Chances are that, like me, you’re actually a normal woman.

We work too hard. We ignore our own needs. We’ve been hurt by people we love.

Don’t we deserve a hot love life? Haven’t we maybe earned it?

I write contemporary romance because I like giving happy endings to modern women with real problems. Divorce, abuse, addiction, loss—these are issues that happen to all of us. Those of us who live through these things deserve happy endings. Contemporary romance – at least the kind I write – allows us to have them.

4. Real Friends

I’ll tell you something. I wouldn’t last a day without my girlfriends. Men are great, and I love my husband, but without my female friends I would be a puddle of goo on the sidewalk.

That’s why I spend so much time on friendship in my books. Contemporary romance novels show us the deep bonds among women of today—how we relate to and support each other in the here and now. That’s why so many romance heroines have the sassy best friend! Because we all need a friend like that.

5. Really hot sex scenes

I love it that when I write a contemporary romance sex scene, I don’t have to pretend the heroine doesn’t know where her own vagina is.

(Oh, that old thing? I never DARED to look down there.)

In contemporary romance, the heroine can be a sexual person without the hero’s permission or instruction. Once that’s established, the sex scene can be real. It can go deeply (heh heh) into the vulnerability, power and intimacy of sex. It can be raw and realistic and can look like sex looks in real life. Only hotter!

Which goes back to the whole voyeurism thing. Contemporary romance novels, at their best, offer an authentic window into the emotional lives of people just like the people we know. People like us. Who deserve great sex lives, intimate connections, and happy endings, as much as anyone.

In my latest book, Fault Lines – the final installment of my Recovery Trilogy, the heroine is a very real, recognizable woman. Sarah is a wedding planner with a terrible secret: at fourteen she was raped by a mentally ill uncle. She’s buried the abuse and gone on to a successful career, but she’s frozen inside and won’t let any man near her emotionally.

Sarah is strong in the way of so many women I know. She’s brassy, funny, loyal and opinionated, but she’s also been deeply hurt and doesn’t know how to let her guard down. Fault Lines is the story of how she learns to trust and love again.

Because Fault Lines is a contemporary romance, I was able to write Sarah’s story as it might actually happen in real life. That, to me, was inspiring, because it’s a story of recovery that everyone can relate to. The characters are deep and authentic, the problem is real, the hero is a hot but loving man, Sarah’s best friend is a rock of support, and the sex scenes are visceral and realistic.

Contemporary romance makes all of this possible, and that’s why I love it.

Thank you again for having me today!

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Book Blurb:Sarah Murphy plans other people’s weddings. She’s gorgeous and successful, but she also carries a dark secret.

At one of her events, she meets Joe Sullivan, a sexy photographer with a difficult past of his own. When he snaps a rare unguarded photograph of her and captures the real person hiding behind the facade, she feels exposed. To restore the upper hand, she tries to do what she always does: use sex to defuse the situation.

While Joe is eager to deepen his relationship with Sarah, he’s aware of her emotional shield and the way she disconnects from her body. Seeing her at her most vulnerable doesn’t scare him off, but he needs to know what she’s hiding.

Sarah has a tough decision to make. Does she want to go on living a lonely, emotionally frozen life? Or can she finally risk revealing the truth and move forward with Joe?

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About Rebecca:Rebecca Rogers Maher lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and children.


“Brooklyn author pens a steamy romance novel reminiscent of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’”
Profile of Rebecca Rogers Maher in New York Daily News

“(T)here’s lovely nuance in the erotic writing in the book…Lee and Dannie are well-drawn out characters and their interactions, though compressed in time, resonate with depth. The sex scenes are nicely done and the love Dannie and Lee make is integral to their emotional journey.”
Review of Snowbound with a Stranger, Dear Author

“This is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming story…The story blends heartache with new beginnings, making Jane an inspiration to the other characters in the book as well as readers.”
4.5 Star review of I’ll Become the Sea, RT Book Reviews

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