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

2016-01-22T04:33:40-07:00Friday, 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

2016-11-19T10:42:53-07:00Friday, 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

2015-12-04T04:05:02-07:00Friday, 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. ______________  

2016-11-19T10:42:53-07:00Tuesday, September 15, 2015|Categories: The Romance Industry, Writing|Tags: |

Are Strong Women Too Strong?

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

2021-05-14T09:55:50-06:00Wednesday, March 18, 2015|Categories: Ruminating, The Romance Industry|Tags: , , |

I’m Guesting with Denis Agnew Today.

So, my small rant about sex and stories recently got me invited to Denise Agnew’s blog. The post is running there, and I’ll be interested to see if Denise’s readers agree with me the way you guys did. You might want to swing by and see what the comments are like…maybe wade in yourself. Denise

2016-11-10T11:24:32-07:00Friday, February 20, 2015|Categories: Sex & Sensuality, The Romance Industry|

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

2014-10-07T07:56:09-06:00Tuesday, 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

2016-11-19T10:42:54-07:00Saturday, June 28, 2014|Categories: Erotic Romances, The Romance Industry, Writing|Tags: , |

Is SF Romance Really All That Difficult to Read?

Recently, I found myself commenting on a blog post – at length. This is unusual (not, the length, as I’m inclined to windiness, but commenting at all is unusual). The post that prompted the comment was on SF Romance; “Is Sci-Fi Romance Really All That Difficult to Write?” If you’ve read any of my Beloved

2014-06-16T07:47:18-06:00Monday, June 16, 2014|Categories: The Romance Industry|Tags: , , |

The Shot Heard Around the Publishing World

This was going to be a simple Mash post, but it ended up I had so much to say about, I turned it into a dedicated post just on the tornado that is ripping through the publishing world. A few weeks ago, super-sonically successful indie author Hugh Howey (author of Wool, amongst others) launched a

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