You had me at Fantasy & Paranormal Box set, you lost me at Romance

CREATURES is a collection of otherworldly tales from today’s indie-favorite New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors!

You are about to enter the realm of Creatures, a boxed set packed with more than twenty enthralling tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance! From witches to vampires, shifters to fae, and every dark creature known to lurk the pages of fantasy fiction, you’re sure to find yourself up past your bedtime and reading well into the witching hour!

That’s the main part of their blurb for the book, and I have bought several box sets lately there were ‘pre-order’, and even recognize some of the names {and am mostly horrible at names}, BUT…to me, IMNHO {In My Never Humble Opinion} ‘romance’ in books {and in other places} is over rated, because I consider it an overused crutch by too many authors. Life has moments of ‘romance’, and books even more, BUT…if your LIFE is in danger from a killer, supernatural or not, a normal or even semi-normal person is not going to be spending so much time thinking about the ‘hunk’ or ‘hot chick’ versus their life and very possible death. Now, as much as I avoid ‘romance’ — bookbub has American Historical RomanceChick LitContemporary RomanceDark Romance & EroticaErotic RomanceHistorical RomanceLGBTNew Adult RomanceParanormal RomanceRomantic SuspenseSports Romance, and Time Travel Romance. It doesn’t seem to matter what order the word romance is, as every single time travel romance I have checked has the barest of time travel, often an unexplained transport to another time, being basically a thin frame for the romance crap, and the same goes for hysterical ahem historical romance, definitely for chick lit, whatever contemporary romance is even supposed to mean, so not going in to dark or erotic both of which are the worst drivel possible and then sink ever lower with each page {and would make porn directors blush}, so no way going in to ‘new adult’. LGBT I wouldn’t have an issue with, but again, every story have looked at is basically a ‘romance’, but paranormal romance along with time travel romance are the 2 worst offenders, because not only is romance not the first word but the time travel/paranormal is barely {and badly} touched on. Sports romance needs another name, because it doesn’t neither adequately nor well.

But I digress, obviously. The other parts…of what some of the stories are, or what some of them should be, is what causes a ‘pass’ on these type anthologies. Maybe it’s as if I am throwing out the baby with the the bathwater, but the baby is a zombie or something, okay, and it’s already tried to eat people’s brains. Maybe I wouldn’t be so ‘techy’ if bookbub had, instead of so many ‘romance’ ones or even in addition to {as you don’t have to click on any one section if you don’t want to} a LitRPG, a Time Travel, {and not to leave freebooksy out, they need to SEPARATE their cozy mysteries from their other mysteries}, and some other categories that they don’t have but should have, but that don’t come to mind just at the moment. I’m not asking for the world; in fact, I’m asking for the world to be just a little more separated, in this case. Okay, and a bit more of things that are not in the bookbub/freebooksy world at all right now. Whatever happened to the customer is always right, or at the very least listening to what the customer has to say. It’s not as if I’m saying stop all romances; I don’t care, I don’t read them, and I don’t click on those. I would, however, click on the ones I said should be added, and that would give you more referral points or whatever $ that you get out of listing all the books now, because like a business you are getting something out of doing that, so why not help me to help you by giving you these suggestions what would help you expand as well as to reach even more people.



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