www.freedigitalphotos.netA week or so before Christmas my wonderful husband was making breakfast with me in the kitchen one Saturday. He put the bread in the toaster and I so kindly said,
"ah honey, those back slots in the toaster don't work."
"ah, yes dear they do, look it's all red hot in there." (the conflict rose)
"But dear, the automatic pop-up part is broke." (he gives me the--I'm right eyeball)
"Don't worry, I got it," he says--then turns to flip the eggs. We dive deeper into our morning chit-chat and you guessed it---a plume of smoke is rushing from the toaster under the cabinet ready to torch the kitchen and set off the smoke alarm. (the plot thickened)
He does a crazy dance trying to shut it off, run out the door and throw the charred pathetic piece of toast into the snow where it steamed and sizzled. He came back in looking a bit defeated. (it got hot in the kitchen and I planted a sweet kiss on his cheek)
And... I got him a toaster for Christmas. I love my---err--his toaster. It gets the toast just the right shade of a lovely brown.
And as I marveled over my lovely assembled-in-Canada Kitchen Aid toaster this morning, and the lovely shade of brown, I wondered-----about Fifty Shades of Gray, and what is the just-right shade of romance in a novel?
I've heard that Fifty Shades of Gray was a craze because of its sensuality--at least by someone's definition. I wouldn't know, I didn't read it. Mainly because I'm quite certain it wouldn't fit my definition of acceptable romance.
So, readers. Christian men and women--what is the just right, acceptable definition of romance in a "Christian" novel?
I mean, I like it a little "toasty" in the kitchen with my sweet man.
The publishing houses have guidelines for writer's to follow.
Would you, or have you ever stopped reading a Christian romance because it crossed too far past your definition? or because it wasn't "toasty" enough?
Have you ever not purchased a Christian romance novel because you were too embarrassed to been seen in public with its "bit too shiny" cover?