Bye Bye Bethany

I started this blog six years ago to post my reviews of romance novels, and promote myself as a romance author, under a pen name. As I get closer to completing a book and become more involved in the industry, it's become apparent that I should work under my own name, and not a pen …

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I’ll Make it Anywhere: Duchess by Design

The dress shown on the cover does not match the practical dressmaking discussed in the book. Maya Rodale's 2018 Duchess by Design is a great story, with a perfect balance of romance, humour, and social commentary. It's 1895, and the Duke of Kingston has inherited an estate in desperate need of funds. His solution, a …

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Blog Changes 1: Reviews are going to Goodreads

I've been writing this blog almost as long as I've been working on Romance One - five years! - and I am still having fun with both. I try to review every romance book I read, for my benefit and to support the authors. Ideally, the reviews are informative and enjoyable reading. However, they take …

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Novellas under the Mistletoe: Santa, Baby

Perhaps I am pushing the boundaries of the season, reviewing a Christmas themed novella collection in January, but, as Calvin Coolidge reportedly said, Christmas is a state of mind. (He also said, "the words of a President have an enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately." Sigh. Okay, back to thoughts of romance …

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Goals and Writing

Public Domain image. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/46958463@N06/8553343931/ It's New Years Day, and my social media feeds are full of people announcing their resolutions, or rejecting the notion of resolutions, and writers announcing their accomplishments last year, and their aims for this year. I'm sympathetic to the resolution rejectors, but aware that goals are in the air. I …

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Second Chance Coma: Coast Road

Coast Road (1998), by Barbara Delinsky, was published by Simon and Schuster. Though not marketed as a romance, it's essentially a second chance romance story. Jack and Rachel met in college. He was studying architecture and working as a TA in an art course, she came from a wealthy family and was studying art. His …

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Grit meets Grace: Season of Wonder

Since it's shortly before Christmas, let's review a Christmas romance. Season of Wonder (Harlequin, 2018), from RaeAnne Thayne, is her ninth Haven Point novel (and her 60th book). Haven Point is an idyllic small town (is there any other kind?) in Idaho, and the new home for Dani and her two daughters. Dani left the …

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