Blog Changes 2: Site Update

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com As promised, I've updated my web site. It's now a full site instead of a blog, which is to prepare for promoting my books. Maybe I should have finished at least one book first, and then updated the site, but I like to be prepared. And I like to procrastinate. …

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I’ll Make it Anywhere: Duchess by Design

The dress shown on the cover does not match the practical dressmaking discussed in the book. Maya Rodale's 2018 Duchess by Design is a great story, with a perfect balance of romance, humour, and social commentary. It's 1895, and the Duke of Kingston has inherited an estate in desperate need of funds. His solution, a …

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Blog Changes 1: Reviews are going to Goodreads

I've been writing this blog almost as long as I've been working on Romance One - five years! - and I am still having fun with both. I try to review every romance book I read, for my benefit and to support the authors. Ideally, the reviews are informative and enjoyable reading. However, they take …

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Novellas under the Mistletoe: Santa, Baby

Perhaps I am pushing the boundaries of the season, reviewing a Christmas themed novella collection in January, but, as Calvin Coolidge reportedly said, Christmas is a state of mind. (He also said, "the words of a President have an enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately." Sigh. Okay, back to thoughts of romance …

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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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Second Chance Coma: Coast Road

Coast Road (1998), by Barbara Delinsky, was published by Simon and Schuster. Though not marketed as a romance, it's essentially a second chance romance story. Jack and Rachel met in college. He was studying architecture and working as a TA in an art course, she came from a wealthy family and was studying art. His …

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Grit meets Grace: Season of Wonder

Since it's shortly before Christmas, let's review a Christmas romance. Season of Wonder (Harlequin, 2018), from RaeAnne Thayne, is her ninth Haven Point novel (and her 60th book). Haven Point is an idyllic small town (is there any other kind?) in Idaho, and the new home for Dani and her two daughters. Dani left the …

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The Original Marriage of Convenience: The Convenient Marriage

After a complex book exchange (and some trading) at a meeting of romance writers, one of my gifts was a copy of Georgette Heyer's The Convenient Marriage. At first glance, it appeared to be a standard Regency romance. The Earl of Rule is obligated to marry, and has selected Lady Elizabeth to be his bride. …

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More Small Town Bliss: The Best Man Takes a Bride

In The Best Man Takes a Bride, by Stacy Connelly (2018, Harlequin Special Edition, Home and Family), Jamison Porter is a single dad struggling to look after his four-year-old daughter. He had an unhappy marriage, separated, and a few months ago his wife died in car crash that also injured his daughter. His parents divorced, …

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Small Town Bliss: Coming Home to Crimson

One of the many things about literature that I learned from film studies is how to spot the 'right romantic couple.' They are the couple that speak the same language. In other words, their conversations with each other suggest a deeper connection or a greater understanding than their conversations with others. In genre romances, the …

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