S.E.C.R.E.T.

S.E.C.R.E.T., by L. Marie Adeline, was published in 2013. It's erotica, and the author freely admits that she and her publisher were inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey. I find this a little odd. Erotic fiction featuring a female protagonist's sexual awakening at the hands (so to speak) of multiple men is hardly new. It …

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Is it Hot in Here?

I rarely mention that I am working on a romance novel. Apart from not wanting to overdo the self-promotion, staying quiet about it keeps the writing pressure off. I abandoned the first draft a few years ago, and the much improved second draft outline is moving slowly. One of the challenges is the correct level …

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The Cautious Amorist

Norman Lindsay's The Cautious Amorist was published in 1932, and released as a mass market paperback in 1947. It seems publishing cycles used to be much slower. The story begins with a shipwreck, and by the end of the first chapter, Miss Sadie Patch, Reverend Fletcher Gibble, journalist James Carrol, and stoker Patrick Plunket, all …

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The Matchmaker Trilogy – Jane Feather

Jane Feather has written more than fifty romance novels, most of them trilogies, and she works outside of the Harlequin juggernaut. I'm reviewing: The Bachelor List The Bride Hunt The Wedding Game The first two are available in a 2-in-1 edition, which I found in the break room at work. I was sufficiently hooked by …

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The World Inside

Robert Silverberg's The World Inside is a loosely connected group of short stories, written in the early 1970s and set in 2381. Nineteen-sixties' concerns about over-population have been fully resolved. In the homogenous world of 2381, the planet comfortably supports a population of 75,000,000,000, and the citizens are keen to breed as prodigiously as possible. …

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Menage on 34th Street

The world of romance novels is much larger than male and female couples. There are romances featuring gays, lesbians, and, in the case of Menage on 34th Street, threesomes. This ebook was written by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis, and recently published by Carina Press, a division of Harlequin.  Menage on 34th Street is my …

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