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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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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Romance One Update: A Better Hero

  Some months ago I published a few excerpts from the draft of my romance novel, Romance One, and asked for comments. Thanks again to all who commented here, by email, and on Facebook. I also submitted a portion of it for a writing class, and discussed it at a writers' retreat. Now I am working …

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Sharing Something about Shoes

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. From tech to fetish, shoes in fairy tales are a mark of status The glass slippers in Disney’s 2015 film version of Cinderella. Allison Shearmur Productions, Beagle Pug Films, Genre FilmsRebecca-Anne C. Do Rozario, Monash University Fairy tales have …

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Luck and Privilege: Book Inserts

Many of the older romances I pick up, and even some of the newer ones, have mail-in cards that sign you up for a monthly book subscription. The cards usually include a gift, sometimes a contest, and always a sticker of some sort that you must remove from one page and attach to another. Presumably …

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Romance One Excerpt: Does this Conversation Work?

Here's a longer excerpt from Romance One. I'm still tweaking this, but would love to have your comments. Darwin arrived at Marianna's campground earlier in the day. She found him attractive, but unprepared for camping. She's curious about why he is there, but happy to have a paying customer. He's there on business - his …

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An Update and Two Questions

Opening Update Thanks to all who responded to my call for comments on the opening of Romance One, whether it was here, on Facebook, or by email. After considering everything, I've decided to shift some things around. Instead of starting with the heroine saying good-bye to the honeymooning couple, the story starts with the arrival …

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