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Day 7 of The Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour



Welcome to Day 7 of the Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. The question I put out to all of these authors was “What challenges do you face in writing romance in today’s society?”

Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too. I’ll put the link at the bottom of this post.

Today my guest author is Olivia Stocum and I want to send out a big thanks to her for joining me today. Here is a little about Olivia and her book Dawning.

What Challenges do you face writing romance in today’s society?

The greatest challenge . . . I write historical romance, and I tend to sway more toward the Hero who, while he may be a warrior, would never beat or force himself in any way on a woman. Some authors will include this sort of violence in their historical romances claiming that it makes it more realistic. But I just don’t see where it’s necessary. I recently read a Regency Romance where the hero grabbed the heroine and shook her, not once, not twice, but three times. And she never lifted a finger to defend herself, and even fell in love with him. Huh? I just don’t get it. I have, and will probably continue, to take flack from historical purists, but I just can’t have my heroine fall for a guy who is so alpha male that he has to resort toward violence against her. (OK, that said, ‘Dawning’ involves an alpha male character, but my heroine is not falling for his crap, and he is forced to make a permanent change because of it).

So , how does this tie in to the original question?

Easy. Today’s woman doesn’t, and should never, put up with alpha male violence. EVER.


Olivia Stocum lives in upstate New York with her husband, three children, and their Jack Russell Terror (oh, sorry, Terrier). She has been writing since she was first published at eight years old. The majority of her childhood was spent riding horses, playing with her dog, shooting her favorite recurve bow, and going on imaginary adventures with Robin Hood. One day she might even decide to grow up (but probably not). Contact Olivia at:


Olivia Stocum




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Back cover:

Scotland, 1599 . . .  He abandoned her. She had failed to be enough for him. The empty space he left behind hollowed out her heart, and she wondered what to do with the rest of her life.

When Ronan leaves the clan to seek his fortune, Triona MacAlastair fears she will never see him again. Four years later, a threat against her life forces her to depend on a mysterious, cloaked rogue known as Blackhawk.

She knows he is capable of protecting her, but what is he hiding? Why does he refuse to show his face?   

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Go on over and check out Olivia’s book “Dawning”

Thanks again Olivia for joining me this morning.

Here’s the link to Rosie’s side of the tour:


Author: stephaniehurt

Stephanie Payne Hurt has been writing stories since she was a teenager, but only started publishing her work in 2012, 30 years later. The romance genre drew her in at an early age. Since 2012 she's published over 50 Romance novels/novellas. Stephanie is a busy lady. She's a Children's Minister, Accountant, wife and mother along with a blogger and writer, along with starting a publishing service called Horseshoe Publishing alongside her publisher. It's been an exciting ride and she looks forward to what the future holds for her writing. Currently she writes romance ranging from Christian, Contemporary, Suspense and Cowboy. Her work is available at many online retailers, on her website and in a bookstore in Zebulon, Georgia near her home. Come by and visit her at and subscribe to get updates and release dates, also her monthly newsletter! Don't forget to join her Street Team for all the new updates and to get free chapters of upcoming books and lots of other prizes.

5 thoughts on “Day 7 of The Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour

  1. A good point Olivia, women should not put up with violence towards them. Loved your answer.

  2. Thank, Rosie, and thank YOU Stephanie!

  3. Reblogged this on The Claymore and Surcoat and commented:
    And the interview fun continues.

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