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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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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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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Why I Respect E. L. James

I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey. I know something of the story (submissive relationship) and something of the writing (poor), and I've no desire to read it. It's no secret that the story and writing are widely mocked, which leaves me mystified as to why anyone thought a twitter Q & A with …

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