Romance Articles

The Alpha’s Edge – Chapter 2

June 21, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This is the second excerpt from my latest short story, The Alpha’s Edge — a prologue to my new supernatural romance trilogy. You can read the first chapter here — and download the full novella by signing up to receive my blog posts via email, using the form on the right.... read more

The Alpha’s Edge – Chapter 1

June 14, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

This is an excerpt from my latest short story, The Alpha’s Edge — a prologue to my new supernatural romance trilogy. You can download the full novella by signing up to receive my blog posts via email, using the form on the right. I hope you enjoy it!  -Julie I... read more

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How to Talk About Love and Sex

March 29, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are probably many disconnects in modern American public discourse. I’m not referring here to our polarized political discourse. (And on that score: Holy moly!) Rather, the disconnect I’m most interesting in talking about (and then seeking to heal) concerns our fractured public discussions on how to talk about love and... read more

Fabio

March 22, 2016 9:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Fabio. Just one name, and  1980s and 1990s romance novels come to mind. I first learned of him when I was at a book signing for my second medieval, The Viking’s Bride (1989) and someone exclaimed, “Oh, you got a Fabio cover!”

Vocal Fry/Creaky Voice

March 8, 2016 8:35 am Published by 1 Comment

I’m a fan of HGTV. One of the shows I like is Flip or Flop with telegenic husband-wife team Tarek and Christina El Moussa. Every time I hear Christina talk, I’m always struck by how often she uses the voice register known in the media as vocal fry.

Writing Myself as a Character

February 26, 2016 1:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Alfred Hitchcock was famous, among other things, for his cameo appearances in the films he directed. Cameos are, by definition, brief appearances in a work of the performing arts, and the people play themselves. The topic of this blog is not quite cameo appearances, but it is akin, because I... read more

Love and Linguistics III

February 8, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: This post is part of a series. You may wish to read first Love and Linguistics Part I & Part II. The pleasure I take in exploring the many varieties of romance has two sides: the love side and the linguistic side.