When discussing whether or not a romance novelist is successful, many people focus on how much money for romance novels sales the author makes. However, is that really the only piece that determines whether or not a romance author, or any author is successful.
Romantic international settings are popping up more frequently in romance novels. Spurred by wanderlust millennials, are these new international locations the new mainstay in romance writing or just a passing fad?
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
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
Why aren’t you married yet? This question crosses the minds of many women and men who want to get married but can’t seem to make it work. However, if you’re in a string of short-lived relationships, lamenting over why you aren’t married may not be the right question to ask... read more
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. 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!” I saw him once in the flesh at... read more
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/creaky voice. Here’s... read more
Alfred Hitchcock was famous, among other things, for his cameos 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 the writing version of movie cameos, because I always write myself... read more
The connection between love and language is connection. What is love? Connection. What is language? Connection. When you love someone, you are connected to them. If that person is in your presence, you are likely to connect with them physically – a touch on the arm, a pat on the... read more