Awful Eighties Book

I'm not going to name this book or the author, because as much as I dislike the book, it's thirty years old, so I don't need to warn anyone away. Also, the author is a prolific writer, a best-seller in several genres, and this was from early in her career. I assume she was writing …

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#amwriting update

Two weeks ago I promised to work on my Romance One story for at least an hour a week. So far, so good. The second week was easy. This past week was a little harder, thanks to work and other writing projects. Today was the deadline, and this evening I just did not feel like …

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The Good Girl’s Second Chance

I picked up another set of free sample Harlequins, just to keep up with the different lines (and, of course, FREE BOOKS!). Getting a set like this means there will be some books I like less than others. Which brings me to The Good Girl's Second Chance, a 2015 Harlequin Special Edition, by Christine Rimmer. …

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The Penguin Book of Infidelities

Having just read a couple of novels where the plot involved adultery, I found myself keen to re-read this collection. The Penguin Book of Infidelities, edited by Stephen Brook, is a rich collection of literature on the subject of marital and/or sexual infidelity. The selections include poetry, fictional accounts, letters, and historical records. Brook's stated …

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Why I Respect E. L. James

I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey. I know something of the story (submissive relationship) and something of the writing (poor), and I've no desire to read it. It's no secret that the story and writing are widely mocked, which leaves me mystified as to why anyone thought a twitter Q & A with …

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Writing Tips – Character Goals

Further to my entry of a few weeks ago, Is it Hot in Here?, I've been working on my characters and story.  As cherryreads commented, they are intertwined, which makes it more complicated. Today I came across some helpful writing advice. In How to Write a Romance Novel: The Keys to Conflict, romance editor Jennifer …

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Is it Hot in Here?

I rarely mention that I am working on a romance novel. Apart from not wanting to overdo the self-promotion, staying quiet about it keeps the writing pressure off. I abandoned the first draft a few years ago, and the much improved second draft outline is moving slowly. One of the challenges is the correct level …

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Where’s Daddy?

My reading of romance novels is too erratic and sporadic to identify trends, but I have noticed a disturbing pattern in many books. Last summer I read several books featuring women who were single, but either pregnant or with a new baby. More recently I have read several books featuring single women with a child …

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