“What’re you reading now?” my husband asks. “Buggered by the Butler?” Yeah, yeah. Everyone who reads romance knows the titles can earn them some raised eyebrows and a few sniggers. They don’t embarrass me, and I’m happy to see some of my favorite authors having fun with them too. Sound quality’s not great on this,… Continue reading Simply Inflatable – and other romance titles
Don’t bulldoze your writing distractions – win one of mine!
I’m not a natural motivator. I will never do an impersonation of an army drill instructor and yell at you to sit your butt in front of your computer or drop and give me twenty. Why not? Because that’s not me. I’m not interested in having people yell at me, even if it’s online where… Continue reading Don’t bulldoze your writing distractions – win one of mine!
Love for the downtrodden hero
This is cross-posted at The Season. A couple of months ago, I wrote about how I don’t always connect with kickass heroines. The women I empathize with the most in novels are inevitably ones more like me—people whose main fights have been to overcome internal barriers, like fear and low confidence after spending too much… Continue reading Love for the downtrodden hero
A love letter to libraries
This is cross-posted at The Season. My father was laid off when I was 11. My mom had recently quit her job to train as a teacher. Being a worrisome child, my first fear was that we’d lose our home. Mom reassured me that wouldn’t happen. My second fear was that I wouldn’t be able… Continue reading A love letter to libraries
Could you love a rake?
Sabrina Jeffries and Sue Grimshaw pose an interesting question over on Borders True Romance today: How do you feel about “real” rakehells in romance, and where would you draw the line? It got me thinking. Actually, it was a question I’d been pondering for awhile, but it’s been on my mind more since I finished… Continue reading Could you love a rake?