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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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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After the Book Fair

I recently attended an indie book fair, featuring independent authors selling their works, and related folks such as editors and cover designers. I admire anyone who has completed a book, and believe that authors are important to society, regardless of the genre they are working in. I realize the best way to support authors is …

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The Babel Codex

I’m a sucker for free ebooks, from the monthly University of Chicago freebie to the collections from Harlequin, and don‘t always pay attention to what I’m downloading. When I clicked “Read Now” on Alex Archer’s The Babel Codex, downloaded free from Harlequin, I assumed it was another romance, albeit with an odd title. One of …

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Wicked Loving Lies

Another serendipitous find from the laundry room, Wicked Loving Liesis a classic bodice ripper. From 1976, by Rosemary Rogers, this historical is almost 500 pages, covers a span of several years, and is over the top in every respect. We meet young Marisa in a Spanish convent, where she awaits the arrival of the man …

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Where’s Daddy?

My reading of romance novels is too erratic and sporadic to identify trends, but I have noticed a disturbing pattern in many books. Last summer I read several books featuring women who were single, but either pregnant or with a new baby. More recently I have read several books featuring single women with a child …

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The Countess Angelique

I thought I was old enough to have learned not to judge a book by its cover. Apparently not. I found The Countess Angelique in the laundry room library. The author is Sergeanne Golon, which I later learned is the pen name for the French writing couple Anne and Serge Golon. Apparently book six in …

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