Bite-Size Novels by Kate McMurray – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Kate McMurray, who is celebrating the release of ner newest book, The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom, today.

Bite-Size Novels
By Kate McMurray
I just moved a couple of weeks ago, and one of the first boxes I unpacked had a bunch of category romances in it. I’ve been collecting these for awhile. I grab them from conferences, library sales, used book stores, boxes left on stoops where I live in Brooklyn. Personally, I’m a sucker for the more outlandish tropes. If there’s royalty or amnesia or a secret baby, I’m in!

Each of these are short and sweet. In the hands of a good author, the format makes for an entertaining hour or two of reading. These little books are often good for a distraction when you’re doing something stressful like moving.

I wanted to recreate that in my own category romance. It started with a conversation about tropes among a few other authors. Tropes are the basic building blocks of any romance. There are relationship tropes: friends-to-lovers (my personal favorite), marriage of convenience, fake relationships. There are character tropes: billionaires, princes, dukes, firefighters, Navy SEALs. Pair a couple of these together, and you’ve got the bones of a category romance. So, in my case, a Greek tycoon enters into an arranged marriage. (Hence the title: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom.) The trick after that is to put an interesting spin on the tropes. I wanted to do something unexpected. I wanted to write a gay Harlequin Presents, basically, but I wanted to do something new and interesting with the old tropes.

So I thought, well, what if the Greek tycoon is broke. (You know, with the Greek economy being what it is.) And he thinks his intern is cute, so when the intern’s work visa expires, maybe he comes through with an intriguing offer.

So the book is really an homage to the books that have long brought me joy.

perf4.250x7.000.inddMarriage gets less convenient when love is involved.

It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.

But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.

About the Author: Kate McMurray is an award-winning romance author and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with base­ball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers and is currently the president of the New York City chapter of RWA. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  1. Love it! Great post!

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