I’m very pleased to announce the release of my first book in 2017. February Romance, my attempt to beat the winter blues, has just been released on Amazon Kindle. You can find it here. It’s only $2.99, and in fact free if you happen to have Kindle Unlimited! Within a matter of days after this post goes live, there will also be a paperback version.

I’ve never fancied myself as a romance writer, at least not a conventional one. You’ll find no ripping bodices. damsels in distress or beefcakes with washboard abs in this book. I intended February Romance to be about real characters in the real world, and to maybe say a thing or two about how love works–even in the depths of winter. Here’s the official write-up:

Six fabulously different people hailing from various parts of the globe—from Seattle to Sapporo—pair off in surprising combinations in three exotic locales. Two flamboyant snowboard champions, a retired software designer in the autumn of his life, a Swedish sociology professor unlucky at romance, a British schoolteacher uncertain of his sexuality and a Japanese college student with daddy issues each find themselves unexpectedly in love in the month of February, and none of them seem to know quite how to handle it. Set in New York, Austria and Japan, these unlikely love stories highlight the unpredictability of the heart, the complexity of relationships and the indomitable spirit of romance that can turn the dead of winter into springtime for the soul.

I wrote February Romance because I wanted a change of pace. For a long time I’ve yearned to write an interesting and engaging story without aliens, time travel, metaphysics, magical realism, zombies, ghosts and which does not take place in the past. February Romance takes place in the modern day, 2017, in New York City, Sapporo, Japan and a ski resort in Austria. It’s something real, and, I hope, enjoyable. And, as I’m looking to shift into new writing modes, I thought it might be a fun experiment.

This is my second foray into the field of romance. In September (2016) I put out a short story collection, Hotel Himalaya: Three Travel Romances. In fact, February Romance is related to this book. One of the plots is a follow-up to one of the stories in Hotel Himalaya, though you need not know anything about it to enjoy this new book. Two of the love stories in February Romance are opposite-sex; one of the three qualifies as an LGBT romance.

If you are a fan of mine, and you have any interest in February Romance, please, once you’ve read it, leave a star rating and/or a review–on Amazon, Goodreads or anywhere else.

I hope you have as much fun reading February Romance as I had writing it. Thanks for all the support.

The cover of February Romance is copyright (C) 2017 by Sean Munger, all rights reserved.