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Friday, April 1, 2011

New Romance Genre



I drew the straw for the April 1st blog.   I am a professional, and am not about to succumb to the temptation or mischief that besieges us on April Fool's Day.  No, instead I am going to share some news regarding a new genre that is being hyped in the industry and is currently flooding the market with submissions. The genre is referred to as Romulan. Romance under land.

Inspired by recent events, this category features love stories for the likes of miners, borers of the earth's crust and subterranean cave dwellers.  Underwater plots are considered eligible providing the setting is at a depth greater or equal to that of the Mariana Trench. Most recently, the novel, "It's Dark In Here" captured the ill-fated romance of a reclusive cave dweller and the engineer of an all-female drilling team. 

You are wondering why we are discussing Romulan on a Mystery/Suspense blog? Well, the article cited that submissions were being accepted for a hybrid category called Romulanse.  Romulanse is classified as "Romulan with Suspensful elements".  An example of this can be found in the novel, "The Pit and the Passion" featuring Katarina, a Russian scientist heading a project to bore the world's deepest hole. A seeming victim of sabotage, Katarina’s venture is plagued with accidents and escalating destruction. The turmoil elicits Klaus Gulluksen from the parent company to assess the situation. He learns that Katarina is the target of a greedy politician looking to misappropriate the project’s funding.

In a basement of basalt at the Earth’s lower crust, Klaus will protect Katrina at all costs...

Okay, you got me.  Happy April Fool's day to all!

Is anyone working on any Romulan plots? J

22 comments:

Debra L Martin said...

Very clever, Maureen. I loved it!

Wynter Daniels said...

LOL! Not to be confused with the Romulans of Star Trek fame? From your description, I thought you were going to make Katarina's story an erotic Romulance;-)

Adrienne Giordano said...

LOL. You totally had me! Good work. That was great. And you know, I think it would be an interesting sub-genre. I immediately thought of the mover The Core.

Adrienne Giordano said...

Grrr...Sorry for the typo! Should have been "movie The Core."

MaureenAMiller said...

Thanks, Debra! :)

Wynter, you're right, "The Pit and the Passion" complete with it's drilling subject-matter does sound like a candidate for erotic romulance! :)

Adrienne, typos are completely permitted on this blog. Worry not!

Shirley Wells said...

LOL. I think you've got a winner here. :)

Toni Anderson said...

Muwhahaha. I've got jokers everywhere. My son thinks it is Christmas with his hand buzzer :) Fun post, although it might have sparked some ideas...

Marcelle Dubé said...

Nice to start the day with a chuckle, Maureen. Thanks and good job. Hmm. I hadn't given April Fool's any thought this year but you've now inspired me...

MaureenAMiller said...

Shirley, Toni and Marcelle,

I apologize if I've inspired any devious doings. :)

Cathy in AK said...

How funny! I have been researching mining and underground environments for a SFR I'm writing! Dang, for a second there, I thought I was finally hitting the bull's-eye on the marketing target ; )

Thanks for the chuckle, though I wouldn't mind starting a new genre boom : )

Margaret said...

Shoot, and I was already plotting a Romulan in my head based on a Science Channel show I just watched.

Good one, Maureen.

Julie Moffett said...

Ha, ha, ha, Maureen!!! Thanks for the chuckle. Perhaps there is a future for a Journey-to-the-Center-of-the-Earth kind of romance. :)

Elise Warner said...

Maureen, you never know what you will inspire.especially on All Fools Day. How erotic is mud, dirt and drills?

Rita said...

Not Nice! I'm such a sucker.
I was rolling my eyes and saying what next?
Great post. Thanks for the giggles

Betsy said...

I can see it now..."He was the driller, and she was the woman stuck deep in his core..." Oh, there are just sooooo many questionable places we could go with this. BWHAHAHA!

MaureenAMiller said...

@Cathy in AK. See! Your book will be a great success!

@Margaret. I hear they're taking submissions. (wink wink)

@Julie. Yes there is...or a Disney ride at least. :)

@Elise, I have a rather interesting 'mud scene' in Endless Night. LOL

@Rita. If we really see this genre pop up, then the laugh is on me. :)

@Betsy. As Wynter said, "The Pit and the Passion" really had makings for an erotica.

Anne Marie Becker said...

Love it! I think I'd get claustrophobic writing for that subgenre. LOL

Jenny Schwartz said...

Great post! great April Fools joke :)

C.C.Cole said...

Yaaay Maureen!! very good...

MaureenAMiller said...

Yes, Anne Marie, the research was quite stifling. :) Thanks Jenny and C.C.!

Clare London said...

Thanks for the smile! Though to be honest, I'd believe anything of today's genres *lol*.

Josh Lanyon said...

Darn. You had my hopes up. I was already to submit in a new and thrilling genre! :-D

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