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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Lord of the Privateers

Stephanie Laurens' Lord of the Privateers is a 2016 Harlequin from their Mira Books imprint. Mira appears to be a premium line for established authors. Although the web address (www.mirabooks.com) redirects to Harlequin, the book does not mention that it is a Harlequin. This particular story is a historical romance, but I've got another Mira …

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The Good Girl’s Second Chance

I picked up another set of free sample Harlequins, just to keep up with the different lines (and, of course, FREE BOOKS!). Getting a set like this means there will be some books I like less than others. Which brings me to The Good Girl's Second Chance, a 2015 Harlequin Special Edition, by Christine Rimmer. …

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A Modest E-book Proposal

Pricing for e-books is a black art. Too high and you scare away purchasers; too low and you are competing with all the 99 cent sale books, and the risk of being perceived as low quality. The solution might be to take a page from gaming applications: Give away the book, and make money by …

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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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