Thursday, October 2, 2014

Outlook For Historical Romance Novels - Neige Blanche, Author Of 'Twisted Oak', Releases Statement

While some people believe the historical romance novel genre is in decline, driven by modern readership trends, Blanche sides with the statistics and with those who instead see exciting times ahead for both readers and writers

A recent article on Huffington Post by Maya Rodale entitled "What Happened To The Historical Romance Novel?" brought up a number of very interesting points regarding the historical romance genre and how that genre is affected by current readership trends. Like any genre, historical romance undergoes change with time, driven by the needs of the marketplace. While some people believe the genre is in decline, statistics from Romance Writers of America show that historical romance accounts for 33% of sales in the romance genre. That is impressive.

"Historical fiction is my genre of choice because it tells the story, our story of how we got here. History is daring, brave, tragic, frightening, enlightening, but most of all, it’s romantic. If not for love in their hearts, historical characters would lack motivation and historical events would be devoid of depth and virtue. Without the heat of romance, our histories would be doomed. Yet untitled, the next book in the ‘Twisted Oak’ series delves into the tragic and romantic lives that created the cornerstone of Twisted Oak and the long Delacroix family history. With intrepid bravery, romance, and a lust for power, the Delacroix family history is born.”

Blanche's debut novel, 'Twisted Oak', set a new standard for erotic literature. While new books for women are released nearly every day, many simply rehash familiar and tired story lines. Only a few carve out a new standard for erotic literature. 'Twisted Oak' defines modern American family in all its diversity and strength that will endure for generations. A culture that embraces the alternative, but grasps the past, the characters and scenarios are both familiar and profane, but valuable in the struggle to find our greatest potential. 'Twisted Oak' is not for the faint of heart. It is an honest vignette of the savagery of the human condition and the power in all of us to live in spite of it.

Reviewers have stated, “Accurately portrays the culture of the south and the beauty of New Orleans” and “Prose was beautiful and compelling to read . . . examination of psychology behind the characters was excellent.”

“I guess I was one of the weird kids at school that actually enjoyed history class. I think it’s because I would sit in class and daydream. I could imagine the hardships people endured and overcame. I was always struck by the perseverance of the human spirit in the face of daunting circumstances in many cases. When I would imagine myself in an historical era, I was never the princess, or the marquise. I was the cinder girl, the pioneer woman, the refugee, the slave. To me, this is where we find the real human spirit of the age.”

Neige Blanche is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'Twisted Oak: A Sexual Odyssey' is available at Amazon, Goodreads and at Blanche's website. More information is available at her website at

About Neige Blanche:

A graduate of Western International University, Neige Blanche moved to New Orleans in 1986 and has lived in the region ever since. She has been a community volunteer for over twenty-five years with various groups in support of local public, private, parochial, and charter schools. She lives part-time between northern New Mexico and the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her husband and two dogs.


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