A Romantic Experiment


My experiment with turning my books into audiobooks has been a great success. They’re already outselling all other formats except ebooks, even including the direct sales of my physical books at book events (which tend to do well themselves.)

My next experiment is to write, (are you sitting down?), a western romance title, with emphasis on the romance. The cover image will make clear it is NOT an action western. Why? Excellent question! Except for my action-packed (aka violent) westerns, most of the buyers of all of my other genres are women. And when I display my top two selling genres (children’s picture books and westerns depicting violence on the covers) at book events, my sales of both genres are negatively impacted by the other. (in hindsight, that outcome should have been obvious to me.) And, in addition to action and war movies, my other favorite genre is the better-made RomComs. I love well-done comedy and happy endings. I’m a romantic at heart.

I may also consider some of my prior stories that were long on action and short on romance and re-work them for a romance audience removing all or most of the violence and turning up the romantic aspects. I think that will work for stories such as “Catherine and the Comanche.”

One of my first titles may be “Longshots of the Heart.”

May your days b filled with blessings.

With love,


Photo Credit: Meireles-Neto via Unsplash.com


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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8 Responses to A Romantic Experiment

  1. utesmile says:

    Sounds great, I love romance! (Even the romance in the Upside down duck book :-)) It was a happy ending ♥

  2. ksbeth says:

    I think that’s a great new path for you to travel, russ –

  3. I like audio books and a western romanace sounds good

  4. Mrs. P says:

    Wonderful idea, Russ. I personally find that once I have accomplished a goal, i like to try something different to see if I can stretch my wings even further. This sounds like you’re doing a bit of that as well.

    Good catch on product placement. One of the biggest mistakes one can make is forgetting who they are marketing to, perhaps the children’s books could be at one event and the westerns at another. It might be interesting to try something different and see if the results are better.

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