It's that time of year!
Time to turn on the heat. I work at home all day, so I sit a lot. Not good for the circulation. I know, I know...I'm supposed to get up every hour and move. But sometimes I get on a roll and forget. Not good for the back, either.
The next thing you know, I'm freezing!!!
Now that the temps are dropping outside, it's time to turn on the heat. I hate the thought of turning on the heat because that means that summer is over and snow is coming soon. I caved in this week and turned it on anyway.
It got me thinking about what I write....mysteries!
How does turning on the heat relate to mysteries you might ask?
Well, I am neck deep in my edits for Corpse in the Crystal Ball. One of the things I have to do is tone down the amount of "heat" I turned on in this book :-) What can I say? The romance side of me shines through no matter what I write.
Don't get me wrong, my editor loves my characters and the romance that's growing between them. It's just "cozy" readers can be very particular about what they want in their mysteries. In fact, there are some people who don't think romance should be in a cozy mystery at all. While others love romance in their mystery. The trend I'm seeing is a number of cozies with romance in them becoming the norm and very popular. I love romance in anything :-)
While sex has to be off page, sexual tension does not. However, it can be easy to make things a bit too sexy! And yet our very own Liz Lipperman has to amp up her romance. LOL ... imagine if we wrote a book together...it would probably be perfect!
So tell me, what's your take on the whole "turning up the heat" in mysteries? Do you like your mysteries with romance in them or without? Inquiring minds want to know.