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romance novels versus avante garde literature

The Romance Novel and Avant-Garde Art

August 9, 2014 11:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In a previous blog post, I mentioned how romance novelists and avant-garde artists are at opposite ends of a numbers spectrum.[1] The number of people writing romance novels, novellas and/or short stories is huge. The number of avant-garde artists is small. If the number of people doing anything is more... read more

the romance novel is an art form, painting the love relationship in its many colors

The Romance Novel as an Art Form

July 16, 2014 11:18 pm Published by 1 Comment

I don’t have to go out on a limb to say this, because I’m already out on that limb: the romance novel is an art form. Yes, it’s an art form like any other. It’s a very popular art form, which means in terms of numbers of practitioners, it’s at... read more

why setting matters for story

The Sense of Place in My Novels

June 24, 2014 11:45 pm Published by 1 Comment

I love to travel. Either I go out into the world by setting foot outside my door, or I let the world come to me, primarily through books. Right now I am far outside my front door, namely in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. At the same time I have Kristen Ashley’s... read more

gender bias about film or book genres

Gender/Genre Bias

June 16, 2014 6:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The most quoted of Shakespearean questions– What’s in a name?— now has a clear answer: gender bias. Female-named hurricanes kill about twice as many people as male-named hurricanes. Why? Because people are less likely to evacuate for a female-named hurricane. Fact of the matter is, people don’t take female-named hurricanes... read more

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My Recent Best Romance Reads

June 9, 2014 8:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

MC Romance: Jaci J The Ride (Hell’s Disciplines MC). I noticed that some of the reviewers online complained about the many spelling and grammar mistakes. They didn’t bother me. In fact, as I kept reading, I thought they were part of the authenticity of the story. The hero, Tank, isn’t... read more

elizabeth bennett the heroine of pride and prejudice

The Romance Heroine

June 5, 2014 11:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are two kinds of romance heroines. (Yes, I just made that move. There are two kinds of people: those who divide the world in two, and those who ….) The first kind is naked aspirational. The second kind is self-sufficient. The two are easy to confuse. Let’s blame the... read more