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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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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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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Romance One Excerpt: Does this opening make me look interesting?

Yes? No? All comments appreciated - thanks! “This is the most beautiful campground we have ever seen. It’s a lovely spot.” The young woman gave Marianna a hug, and stepped into her car, shepherded by her husband. He closed the passenger door, then turned to Marianna. “Fabulous spot for our honeymoon. We thank you.” He …

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The Well-traveled Book

My library is not what it used to be. For decades I accumulated books, dragging them back and forth across the country, and my library was a source of pride. Vanity, to be honest. Changing priorities (a euphemism for not having enough money) meant I had to drastically prune the collection, but that task was …

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#amwriting update 3

As promised, another update on the progress of Romance 1. Almost 1/3 through the year, and I'm still doing my hour a week - sometimes late Sunday night, but it's getting done. Earlier this week I passed 14,000 words, which is still not the 20,000 of an earlier version, but these are better words, if …

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