Luck and Privilege: Book Inserts

Many of the older romances I pick up, and even some of the newer ones, have mail-in cards that sign you up for a monthly book subscription. The cards usually include a gift, sometimes a contest, and always a sticker of some sort that you must remove from one page and attach to another. Presumably …

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An Update and Two Questions

Opening Update Thanks to all who responded to my call for comments on the opening of Romance One, whether it was here, on Facebook, or by email. After considering everything, I've decided to shift some things around. Instead of starting with the heroine saying good-bye to the honeymooning couple, the story starts with the arrival …

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We Should Have Talked About this Years Ago: The Sheriff’s Pregnant Wife

I'll admit being hard to please. Sometimes the titles are too vague, while other times they are too specific. The Sheriff's Pregnant Wife sounds more like a working title than a release, but I must admit it's a better working title than I use (Romance 1, Romance 2, etc.) This is a 2007 Harlequin from …

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The Well-traveled Book

My library is not what it used to be. For decades I accumulated books, dragging them back and forth across the country, and my library was a source of pride. Vanity, to be honest. Changing priorities (a euphemism for not having enough money) meant I had to drastically prune the collection, but that task was …

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#amwriting update 3

As promised, another update on the progress of Romance 1. Almost 1/3 through the year, and I'm still doing my hour a week - sometimes late Sunday night, but it's getting done. Earlier this week I passed 14,000 words, which is still not the 20,000 of an earlier version, but these are better words, if …

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Seduced at Sunset

Seduced at Sunset, by Julianne MacLean, is a 2013 release, and the sixth of the Pembroke Palace series, a mix of novels, novellas, and shorts. Some, including this one, are self-published, but others are published by Avon. I haven't read any others. This one was a freebie I picked up from the Romance Writers of …

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Her Secret, His Surprise

Her Secret, His Surprise, is a 2014 novel by Paula Altenburg. This is from the Red Hot Bliss imprint at Entangled Publishing. The Bliss imprint promises "sweet contemporary category romance with a small-town, family vibe," and it appears Red Hot Bliss replaces sweet with some heat. I am predisposed to like this, partly because Altenburg …

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Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday is a Harlequin Temptation, from 1990, by Karen Toller Whittenburg. This is one of her earlier Harlequins. She started writing in 1981, took three years to get published, and became a Harlequin author in 1987. Whittenburg starts off with a fabulous meet. Merry is on a plane experiencing problems. As they come in …

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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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