Friday, November 18, 2016

What Subgenre Am I?

Today I decided to hunt down what genre my novels really fall under. Yeah, they’re fantasy, but the subgenre needed to be narrowed down.

So there’s my trilogy, Chronicles of the Half-Emrys. And then there’s Fallen Emrys, my new release. We will look at each, and then I will make a declaration, and then you, the reader, can decide if these novels are for you.

In Master of Lies, Ahnalyn is fighting a personal battle within herself while facing the outer conflict with the villain Lord Caedryn. Along the way romance ensues between Aneirin, but if the romance was left out, the main plot would continue.
Fantasy with romance.

In The Two Masters, the novel follows two protagonists, who end up being each other’s antagonists. Einion and Rhianu are both fighting against their competing powers of light and darkness. Take out the tender feelings they have toward each other, and the internal conflict would still be there, but the novel wouldn’t be as juicy.
Fantasy with romance.

In Master of Time, Catrin and Meuric end up back in time, which drops the time-travel aspect. They end up on a quest to learn the way back home while saving a local village and the first dragon egg. Their feelings of hatred toward each other change, but take out their budding romance, and the main plot would still work.
Fantasy with romance.

See where I am going? Fantasy with romance woven in—in a completely different world, making it also high fantasy.

In Fallen Emrys, Niawen feels unrest. She uses Aneirin as an excuse to leave her immortal paradise so she can search for adventure in the mortal world. This novel relies heavily on romance—it’s around every corner—but take out the romance, and the core problem, Niawen’s corruption from coming into the mortal world, is still evident. So the novel is fantasy, but thick on the romance. The story would still work sans the romance, but without all the humans falling all over her, the story would be less dramatic.

So here’s where I say, if you like fantasy elements intertwined with romance, but don’t like the hefty world building of epic fantasy novels, my novels are right up your alley. They are light, but emotional reads. And steamy, clean fun!

Other elements in my novels
Characters engage in conflict, but romance is present—check—sword and sorcery
Focus mainly on personal battle rather than world-endangering matters—check—sword and sorcery
Setting in an imaginary world—check—high fantasy
Good versus evil—check—high fantasy
World has its own magical rules—check—high fantasy
Very strong romance aspect to it, but the precedent is on the events and plot—check—romantic fantasy
The magic is of a gentler, more innate type. Strong intuition and empathy, or mastery of one of the elements (the power of light)—check—romantic fantasy
Plot focuses on the change and choices made by the protagonist—check—high fantasy
Small cast of characters—check—high fantasy
Protagonist discovers that his or her powers are necessary to right some huge wrong, or restore something important that has been lost—check—high fantasy

Master of Time
Time travel aspect—check—time travel romance

Fallen Emrys
Plot is a means of facilitating the romance—check—fantastic romance
Quest is more personal than world changing—check—fantastic romance

So my verdict? Chronicles of the Half-Emrys and Fallen Emrys are ROMANTIC FANTASY!

Keywords to look for

All my novels have magic and dragons. The Two Masters and Master of Time have fae. The Two Masters has angels. My emrys are all immortals, or godlike beings. The Masters are the gods in my novels. The Two Masters has a case of amnesia. Fallen Emrys has a love triangle. All the novels are about immortals who behave between the ages of 18-30, so they fall under new adult.

*** If these elements ring a bell for you, please pick up my novels. I know you will love them. ***

And guess what? My boxed set is on sale now for 99c. You can also pre-order Fallen Emrys for 99c, and it will arrive in your inbox on Thanksgiving! That's all four novels for $1.98! Click on pictures to purchase.

Genre definitions that fit my novels

Sword and sorcery is a subgenre of fantasy generally characterized by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent conflicts. An element of romance is often present, as is an element of magic and the supernatural. Unlike works of high fantasy, the tales, though dramatic, focus mainly on personal battles rather than world-endangering matters.

High fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy, defined either by its setting in an imaginary world or by the epic stature of its characters, themes, and plot.

The secondary world is usually internally consistent, but its rules differ from those of the primary world. By contrast, low fantasy is characterized by being set in the primary, or "real" world, or a rational and familiar fictional world, with the inclusion of magical elements

Thegood versus evil fighting against each other is a common concept in high fantasy, and the character of evil is often an important concept in a work of high fantasy
High fantasy is often used interchangeably with Epic Fantasy. There is a distinction, however. High Fantasy tends to focus more on the setting and the change and choices made by the protagonist while epic fantasy tends to focus on the SCALE of conflict which affects the world at large. Epic fantasy features a large cast of characters while High Fantasy usually fewer.

Time travel romance is a subgenre of romantic fiction associational to paranormal romance. Time travel romance focuses on romantic love and includes an element of time travel. Time travel romances feature at least one character transported to an unfamiliar time period. A recurring theme is the conflict of falling in love and subsequently the character must decide to stay in the alternate time or return to the time he/she came from.

Romantic Fantasy is more traditionally romantic than those in the Fantastic Romance category. 

Romantic Fantasy may also put more emphasis on the plot events than a Fantastic Romance.
There are several “typical” storylines, but they all share the common element that the heroine has lost her home or place in society in some way, and comes to find completion and acceptance in another group. Thus, various relationships are important parts of the story: social, political and—of course—romantic relationships.

While searching for these new relationships and discovering/developing her powers, the heroine is likely to fall in love with a man who also possesses the gift of magic. 
The magic in these stories is usually of a gentler, more innate type than in other fantasy. Things like strong intuition and empathy, or mastery of one of the elements, are typical.
As the two lovers (or they may remain just friends or traveling companions for some time) travel the kingdom and perhaps beyond, they will gradually discover that their powers are necessary to right some huge wrong, or restore something important that has been lost. They will need to learn about each other in intense ways so that together they can fulfill this responsibility.

Fantastic Romance
We've all fallen for someone who's all wrong for us—too rich, too spoiled, too selfish. The heroines in these novels show a more disturbing lack of judgment by accepting the courtship of vampires, werewolves and other creatures of the occult
Oh, that's not to say things won't work out. They're just asking for all kinds of problems that weren't really necessary, like the probability they will have to kill their beloved before the story can end happily.
But seriously, the romance form has two requirements: the love story is the center point of the tale, and the ending must be emotionally satisfying.

Not all blushing brides of Frankenstein will be unaware of their beloved's true identity, and some may even succumb to the temptation of everlasting life by becoming sort of undead. If done right, just about any ending can fulfill the requirements of romance. And these might provide more interesting moral considerations that make the story more than a light read.
Quite often, Fantastic Romance takes place in a contemporary urban setting, incorporating quite a few elements of the Paranormal Fantasy genre with creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and other such myths.

The difference between the two?
Fantastic Romance tends to exaggerate events in some way—the saucy heroine moves through the plot, but the point of the plot is simply a means of facilitating the romance. Fantastic romance often doesn’t take itself too seriously—the quest may be more personal than world changing (i.e. the heroine is trying to find a guy, not stop a dark lord from destroying the universe). As such, if you want light reading, then Fantastic Romance takes the cake. Romantic Fantasy tends to have a very strong romance aspect to it (just like Fantastic Romance), but the precedent of the story is on the events and plot, not necessarily only the romance. Romantic Fantasy may have more epic plots, ones in which the choices faced by the hero/heroine may save or end the world.

Most definitions taken from this site or Wikipedia.