TBR Challenge Review: Lord of Scoundrels

Posted Jan 18 2017 in ,

How do you reach the heart of a man who distrusts and even fears love? That’s not an uncommon question in romances, but it’s handled superbly in Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. This is one of those books I’ve meant to read for a long time. While this month’s theme is short fiction, I didn’t […]

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The Magic Christmas Guy

Posted Dec 15 2016 in , , , ,

This was a fun story to write.  I’m a sucker for holiday decorations, and I enjoyed creating a situation where the decorations played a central role. There used to be a young man in our neighborhood who decorated his small house and yard to the max every Christmas.  He had “Merry Christmas” spelled out in lights […]

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Introducing Nichole Christoff

Posted Dec 5 2016 in , , , , ,

My guest today, Nichole Christoff, is making her Lair debut.  I discovered Nichole when I saw a reference to her debut novel, The Kill List, on an RWA loop.  It sounded like my kind of book, so I grabbed it, devoured it, and started jonesing for more.  Nichole’s protagonist, Jamie Sinclair, combines the ability to […]

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Crossing Genres with Alexandra Christian

Posted Jan 12 2016 in , , , , , , ,

My guest today is a writer and editor Jeanne and I met at ConCarolina last year.  Alexandra Christian, a South Carolina native, writes in various genres, including romance, and has published novels, novellas, and short stories. Recently, she become a small press editor.   Welcome, Alexandra! What led you to start writing? I come from a family of […]

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Continuing Love

Posted Feb 16 2015 in , ,

Have you noticed how the definition of romance has broadened in the past couple of years?  Suspense has made room for grittier stories.  Paranormal/fantasy has become more hospitable to serious otherworldly powers, extended plots, and sometimes even other worlds. Contemporary has accepted some light paranormal elements, and historical has veered away (sometimes to my sorrow) from incorporating so […]

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Love and Money

Posted Jan 9 2015 in , ,

If you’re a regular here, you might remember my post from last October about slogging through the rain in Portugal.  A high point of the slogging was meeting a fellow romance reader and Georgette Heyer fan, Helen Fordham, amid the academics.  Helen was kind enough to send me an article she and her colleague Barbara […]

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The Power of Touch

Posted Jul 16 2013 in , , , , , , ,

I used to critique with a woman who, in any given scene, would say “But what does it smell like?”  This actually was a great service, seeing as I tended not to stop and think what aromas (nice) or odors (not so nice) might infuse  my historical setting.  Writers know we’re supposed to invoke all […]

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Up in Flames

Posted Mar 5 2013 in , , , , , ,

There were a couple of times in my life, before I met the dh, when I was attracted to guys who were seriously wrong for me.  Seriously, totally, obviously wrong.  Did that stop me from being attracted to them?  Of course not, because then life would’ve been too easy. This is the exact problem Josh […]

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Here Be Dragons

Posted Aug 21 2010 in , , ,

by Nancy “Here be dragons,” read the margins of old maps, warning of dangers in the seas beyond the known (flat) world. Today, however, we know what’s in those spaces, or think we do, and dragons are consigned to the realms of myth and magic. A book I’ve been using for research on the current […]

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Happily Ever After

Posted Sep 26 2007 in , , ,

by Nancy Northcott How many fairy tales have you read that end “and they lived happily ever after?” A lot, I’ll bet. One feature that sets romance apart from other genres is that the characters will live happily ever after (HEA) at the story’s end. A lot of critics and non-romance writers mock the genre […]

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