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What Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Taught Me About Writing Sex Scenes: A Guest Post by Heather Anastasiu

I’m a romance reader (and writer) who loves books of all levels of heat. If it’s got a romance tag on it, I’ll read it, everything from Christian fiction to intense BDSM erotica. With my latest historical fiction novel, super explicit sex scenes … Continue reading

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Writing Across Cultures: Right or Wrong?

Earlier this month I was chided on Twitter for saying this: I’m 70% through A Bollywood Bride by @Sonali_Dev. I now feel bereft that I’ve never been to an Indian wedding. Or worn a sari. The chider is a woman and … Continue reading

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TBR Challenge – How did THIS get here?

As a reader with a large TBR pile, I have more than a few books that have ended up in my house even though I have no clue how they got there. The Master’s Mistress, a 2010 release from Carole … Continue reading

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Eagerly Awaited August Books

I know it’s August already, and now that we’re back from RWA, we’re going on one last summer reading binge. And there are definitely some great treats to be had. Meredith Duran’s latest historical has already been given a DIK … Continue reading

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Reflections on Reviewing Graphic Novels

If I were more organized, I’d have written a graphic novel retrospective at the one-year anniversary. But I’m not, and I didn’t, so here it is now: reflections on nearly a year and a half of graphic novel reviewing for … Continue reading

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RWA – Thursday

The first full day of RWA is in the books. Lynn, Dabney, and I have been busy observing, reporting, tweeting, and okay…celebrating. One change this year is that there are no luncheons; the sessions with featured speakers are breakfast sessions … Continue reading

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RWA 2015 – The Conference Begins

I got a slower start than I wanted, as my planned 6:00 arrival in NYC didn’t actually occur until after 11:00pm. However, one night of sleep later, I was raring to go to the conference! I love RWA for a … Continue reading

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TBR Challenge: Lovely RITA

July’s prompt was to read a book that had either won or been nominated for a RITA award; Mrs Drew Plays Her Hand won the award for Best Regency Romance back in 1995. As she does in so many of … Continue reading

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How To Lose Money and Annoy Romance Fans: A Story of Scribd.

About a year ago, I tried the free trial offered by eBook subscription service Scribd. The number and variety of titles were astonishing, and there were books from both major publishers and indie publishers. Big publishers that refused to make … Continue reading

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Romance in Real Life: Personality and Love

So I’m still not reading much (though I did manage a re-read of my favorite romance novel of all time, Mary Balogh’s Slightly Dangerous). I have, though, been paying a lot of attention to real life romance because that’s where … Continue reading

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