Edie Harris

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Edie Harris, romance author. Kitchen incompetent. Consistently sleep-deprived. Master of the Kermit Flail. Waiting for the chance to be the chick in a BOURNE film. Easily charmed by flowers. Lifelong Chicago Bears (and reluctant Chicago Cubs) fan. Lover of rainy days, loose-leaf tea, and the BBC. Wearer of wild fingernail-polish colors. Allergic to cute furry creatures.
  • I keep seeing this misclassification when various Tumblr folks are recommending books, and I feel it must needs be addressed. 

    First, some terminology: 
    HEA = Happily Ever After
    HFN = Happy For Now

    A romance is, generally speaking, classified by one of these two terms, where the ending of the story results in a “happily ever after” or a “happy for now” situation for the protagonists. The other condition, of course, is that the main focus of the story be on the developing romantic and/or sexual relationship between the protagonists—that is what makes a romance a romance, be it erotic, chaste, or any sensual heat level in between. (It is this second condition that tends to confuse readers; a love story does not equal a romance, at least in terms of literary genre classification.)

    WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë is not a romance. At the end of the book, Catherine and Heathcliff are both dead. It is a gothic historical novel with strong romantic elements, but it is not a romance.

    THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green is not a romance. At the end of the book, Augustus and Hazel are not together, because Augustus has passed away. It is a young adult novel with romantic elements, but it is not a romance. 

    ROMEO & JULIET by William Shakespeare is not a romance. At the end of the play, the title characters are both dead, due to suicide. It is a highly dramatic stage play centered around a central romantic relationship, but it is not a romance. 

    PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen is a romance. At the end of the book, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are together, living HEA. This is a romance novel. 

    OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, despite the protestations of the author, is a romance. At the end of the book, Jamie and Claire are together (though soon to be separated in future installments in the series, making this a HFN). It is a time-travel historical novel with very strong romantic elements, where the focus of the story is Jamie and Claire’s love story, and is, as a standalone literary work, a romance. 

    I spend a significant portion of my time as an author either defending or apologizing for the genre in which I write. When asked what I write—to which I respond, “I write romance novels”—the nicest response I hear is, “Oh,” followed by a rather strained smile.

    That isn’t actually a nice response, in case you were curious.

    Common perception of romance novels is that they are smut. Trash. Cheap, clichéd paperbacks with embarrassing clinch covers, outrageous titles, heaving bosoms, ripped bodices, and forcefully muscled men who deliver punishing kisses. 

    In actuality, today’s romance novels most often depict healthy relationships between two consenting adults, where regular communication, personal agency, and sexual pleasure are all encouraged. Characters have careers they are not expected to sacrifice, even once falling in love. Children are not always a given when it comes to that HEA. Orgasms are had by all, as it should be

    Trashy, cheap, clichéd smut abounds in the genre—frankly, you can find trashy, cheap clichés in any genre—but there’s enough good out there that readers often do themselves a disservice by refusing to explore romance. And because what I truly want is more people to read the genre, I’m going to offer up some excellent reads that I, personally, return to again and again, thus hopefully making that genre exploration just a little bit easier: 

    Contemporary Romance
    THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH by Laura Florand
    FLIRTING WITH DISASTER by Ruthie Knox
    REAL MEN WILL by Victoria Dahl
    LOVE IRRESISTIBLY by Julie James
    SAVOR THE MOMENT by Nora Roberts

    Historical Romance
    A WEEK TO BE WICKED by Tessa Dare
    BOUND BY YOUR TOUCH by Meredith Duran
    THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn
    A RAKE’S GUIDE TO SEDUCTION by Caroline Linden
    UNLOCKED by Courtney Milan

    Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Steampunk Romance
    CARESSED BY ICE by Nalini Singh
    RIVETED by Meljean Brook 
    WICKED DEEDS ON A WINTER’S NIGHT by Kresley Cole

    LGBTQ
    CAPTIVE PRINCE (VOL. 1 & 2) by S.U. Pacat
    SCRAP METAL by Harper Fox
    (My apologies for the short list; recent recommendations from reputable reviewers also include GLITTERLAND by Alexis Hall and AFTERMATH by Cara Dee.) 

    Erotic Romance (multiple subgenres (e.g., contemp, PNR))
    THE SIREN by Tiffany Reisz
    WILLING VICTIM by Cara McKenna
    ADDICTED by Charlotte Stein
    BEYOND SHAME by Kit Rocha
    EXPOSED TO YOU by Beth Kery

    These are just a very small sampling of some of my favorites. There are so many wonderful romance authors out there whose titles I haven’t listed (or more titles by these same authors), and I wish I could list them all. But what I’ve listed above are excellent launch points for those who believe the only options are FIFTY SHADES or Fabio-covered “old skools” (I wouldn’t touch romance, either, if those were my sole choices). There’s a whole world of HEAs and HFNs out there waiting for readers, where the main characters are alive and happy at the end of the novel.

    You know—romance.



  • My historical erotic romance, THE CORRUPT COMTE, released on Tuesday, 8/27! As of right now, it’s on Amazon’s Top 100 Regency Romance bestseller list (which is supercool, right?), and the four- and five-star reviews keep pouring in.
Any interest in dirty-talking French spies and stuttering English heiresses? Then THE CORRUPT COMTE might just be your cup of tea. :) 

    My historical erotic romance, THE CORRUPT COMTE, released on Tuesday, 8/27! As of right now, it’s on Amazon’s Top 100 Regency Romance bestseller list (which is supercool, right?), and the four- and five-star reviews keep pouring in.

    Any interest in dirty-talking French spies and stuttering English heiresses? Then THE CORRUPT COMTE might just be your cup of tea. :) 

  • George R. R. Martin, on the @nerdist podcast (7/29/13)


  • The Tao of Edie.

    The Tao of Edie.

  • The Honey Bear cookie, complete with bear-claw imprint, is melt-in-my-mouth delish. Am so proud of myself.

    The Honey Bear cookie, complete with bear-claw imprint, is melt-in-my-mouth delish. Am so proud of myself.

  • Procrastination has reached new heights: I made up a cookie recipe—named it The Honey Bear. Note the bear-shaped cookie cutter. Dough is chilling now…

    Procrastination has reached new heights: I made up a cookie recipe—named it The Honey Bear. Note the bear-shaped cookie cutter. Dough is chilling now…

  • Pain-au-chocolat, fresh strawberries, and bacon on a Sunday morning. Tea in the kettle. Country music in the air.

    Pain-au-chocolat, fresh strawberries, and bacon on a Sunday morning. Tea in the kettle. Country music in the air.

  • I bought strawberries from these farm boys at the Saturday market for…obvious reasons. <3 my town.

    I bought strawberries from these farm boys at the Saturday market for…obvious reasons. <3 my town.

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