What Makes a Book a Book?

During 2017, a discussion via my newsletter and email from various readers alerted me to the confusion over book lengths and what makes a book a book, or a novel a novel. Novels and books are not interchangeable terms, anymore, although they used to be. A “novel” is a preset wordcount range that defines a

2017-12-15T13:00:14+00:00 Monday, December 18, 2017|Categories: Reading, Romance, The Romance Industry|Tags: , , , , , |

Angry Male Readers and SFR

I just realized that "SFR" (science fiction romance) could also stand for Self-empowered Female Readers.  Very cool. Last week, the producers of the newest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, released the first official trailer.  I saw it, loved it and can't wait for the movie to come out (December!). Within hours of the trailer release,

2016-04-12T04:52:18+00:00 Tuesday, April 12, 2016|Categories: My Books, Science Fiction Romance, The Romance Industry, Upcoming Books|Tags: , , , |

Romance Over Repression

On Women and Love in Dystopian Novels Today my guest author is Beth Elisse, and she has written a thought-provoking look at dystopian stories, which have become such hot property in the last few years -- particularly in the Young Adult genre. ______ Novels foreseeing the fall – and subsequent repression – of human society

2016-01-22T04:33:40+00:00 Friday, January 22, 2016|Categories: The Romance Industry|Tags: , |

Are Your Amazon Reviews Being Deleted? Here’s Some Reasons Why (and what to do about it).

Have you noticed that some or <gulp> most of your reviews are being deleted by Amazon, lately? Yeah, it's a big club. Some history. First, a bit of history about Amazon reviews, so you can understand why Amazon are doing what they're doing. Amazon have always had a "review policy" that determined what was an

2016-11-19T10:42:53+00:00 Friday, January 8, 2016|Categories: Reader Resources, The Romance Industry, Writing|Tags: , |

Romantic Times Reader Convention 2016 – Las Vegas!

It probably seems like the completely wrong time to be talking about a convention that is happening sometime next year, but the fact is, the RT convention is only 4 months away. Are you going to RT? Are you thinking about going? If so, let me know. I’ve added a sticky post to the top

2015-12-04T04:05:02+00:00 Friday, December 4, 2015|Categories: Fun Stuff, The Romance Industry, Upcoming Events|Tags: , |

For the Indie Authors.

My latest Indie Author column had just been released over at Night Owl Reviews.  This month's column is "Add More Sales Channels" - and is the latest installment in the Year's Resolutions Series. Click here to access it. ______________  

2016-11-19T10:42:53+00:00 Tuesday, September 15, 2015|Categories: The Romance Industry, Writing|Tags: |

Are Strong Women Too Strong?

Romantic suspense and urban fantasy romance are littered with über strong female leads, who kick ass as good, if not better, than their heroes. I’ve always personally leaned towards strong heroines. The virginal, trembling heroine that many historical romances seem to specialize in have sub-zero appeal for me. I’m not even going to touch the

2015-03-18T04:53:05+00:00 Wednesday, March 18, 2015|Categories: Ruminating, The Romance Industry|Tags: , , |

How Books Are Made

Paper folding has been around forever. The Japanese call it Origami, but there are all sorts of complex and quite beautiful forms of paper folding beyond Origami, as the image to the right demonstrates. If you’re curious, plug “paper folding” into Google Images. The styles, creativity and beauty of some of the finished pieces is

2014-10-07T07:56:09+00:00 Tuesday, October 7, 2014|Categories: The Romance Industry|Tags: , , |

Erotic Romance…What It Is, and Is Not.

Erotic romance first crept into the publishing industry at the turn of the millennium. Fast forward nearly fifteen years, and it’s one of the hottest genres in town, thanks to books (and now movies!) like Fifty Shades of Grey. But despite fame, fortune and a decent dollop of notoriety, there are still a huge number

2016-11-19T10:42:54+00:00 Saturday, June 28, 2014|Categories: Erotic Romances, The Romance Industry, Writing|Tags: , |