If San Antonio seems like a more romantic place today, it's because The Romance Writers of America have gathered here for their annual convention, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Â It's appropriate, according to best selling author Lorraine Heath, because a lot of romance writers live in the state, which she calls 'incurably romantic.'
Â "Cowboys are strong and they're tough, and the women who settled Texas were very strong and tough as well," she said.
Â Heath has mined Texas for some of the leading best sellers of the genre, including "A Rogue in Texas,"Â Â "When the Duke Was Wicked," and "Once More, My Darling Rogue."
Â She concedes that the San Antonio stop is part convention, and part inspiration.
Â "I was just out on the Riverwalk, and this gentleman in a Stetson walked by and smiled and tipped his hat at me," she said.Â "There is something manly and gentlemanly about that."
Â The convention includes tips on how to get published, and what the hot trends in romance are.
Â The La Cantera Hill Country Resort is even offering a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' package for the romance writers and their partners.
Â Many romance writers say while 'Fifty Shades,' with its explicit sex and bondage scenes, got a lot of buzz, most readers prefer the tried and true romance formula of strong men, sexy women, and sexual activity which is not explicitly described in the book.