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Fusion Fiction and the Romance Genre.

Despite the urging of marketing gurus, there is no good reason for an author to strictly adhere to only one genre, even within a single work. Authors who write Fusion Fiction use the interaction between crossing genres to fuel the creativity that can take their stories’ arcs beyond the simple standard curve.

The Romance Story Arc


The meaning of the writing term “Romance” has evolved over the centuries and in different literary locales. We’ll use the word in the current “genre” sense: that of a love story which ends Happily Ever After (HEA) or Happy For Now (HFN).

While pondering the path of a fictional romantic journey, it occurred to me that the story arc of a romance aptly resembles the shape of what’s called “normal sinus rhythm,” as it’s traced on an electrocardiogram (ECG). (This is not surprising, because I’m a retired Registered Nurse.) Perhaps you’ve had an ECG done, as part of a physical exam, or to prepare for surgery. In brief, this is how it works:

The ECG electrodes detect and the readout depicts the wave of electrical energy that’s generated by the heart, and results in the “lub-dub” of a heartbeat. The letters P, Q, R, S, and T are used to label the…

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A Challenge for Challengers.

Make Irish Firebrands one of your 2020 reading goals!* It fulfills almost 25% of the challenges on the list at the left.


  1. A book with more than 500 pages (in e-book)
  2. A book by a female author (yep, that’s me)
  3. A book set in a different country (Ireland)
  4. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (I enjoyed my two-week research visit to Ireland, and I hope the story helps you feel as if you’re there)
  5. A book with a love triangle (a rivalrous triangle, including a bad-boy boyfriend and a nice guy who finishes last … but which one’s which?)
  6. A book that made you cry (it made me cry to write it, and other readers have reported that reaction)
  7. A book by an author you’ve never read before (blogging doesn’t count; BTW, how different do you think my writing is in the blog vs the book?)
  8. A book that was originally written in a different language (Commonwealth English and Gaeilge)
  9. A book written by an author with your same initials (C. P., anyone?)
  10. A book based entirely on its cover (front: a stunning digital painting; back: a beautiful claddagh ring)
  11. A book at the bottom of your to-read list (are you among the more than 100 who’ve downloaded sample from Smashwords, but haven’t got round to trying it, yet?)
  12. A book you started but never finished (if you’ve got the Smashwords preview or the PDF available from this blog, and you want to finish and review the book, talk to me via the Guestbook page on the Feedback menu.

Here are a few partial fulfillments:

A classic romance (it takes classic romance traits, tropes, themes and tableaux, and reinvents them)

A book set during Christmas (takes place over 18 months, so it includes scenes during the holiday season)

A funny book (there are some episodes of comic relief)

A mystery or thriller (there is definitely something mysterious about Drumcarroll farmhouse)

A popular author’s first book (I’m not popular yet, but it’s my first book, and your review may be the one that makes all the difference!) 😉

* List was posted at Lynette Noni’s site in 2015.



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