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Writing The BIG Misunderstanding – Romance Tropes

We, romance writers and readers, love our tropes. According to Wikipedia ( ), the word trope has “come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.” One of our favorite tropes is The BIG Misunderstanding. The heroine (99 percent of the time, it is the heroine) sees or hears something, interprets this something the ‘wrong’ way, and this interpretation drives a wedge between her and her love interest, causing big problems for them. The reader can get frustrated with The BIG Misunderstanding because she knows if the hero and the heroine simply had a conversation, the misunderstanding would go away. Their lives would be honky dory again. Everything would be sunshine and rainbows. She also knows if hero and heroine can’t have a simple conversation, their relationship is likely doomed anyway. Barring unusual circumstances, people in healthy, lasting relationships talk. That’s...

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Review: THE PRINCE WHO LOVED ME by Karen Hawkins

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. What happens when Cinderella meets Karen Hawkins in The Prince Who Loved Me? Well, let’s just say that it involves plenty of classic Hawkins humour, a curse-wielding grandmother, and a prince who redefines the word HOT! The Blurb: A handsome, rakish prince who doesn’t believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less…In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist! Prince Aleksey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Aleksey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn’t at all to the duchess’ taste. Living at the...

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Blog Tour Review: Stay With Me – J. Lynn

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends. But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming. Sexy and intense, Jax is in...

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Sep 18 - Post

Accepting Friends As They Are

I have a terrible memory. It took me a year of daily classes with my now-best friend before I remembered her first name. Twenty years later, I still have to look up how to spell both her last AND first names (her first name is Gillian and I can never remember if it has one L or two). I never remember birthdays. I forgot my own birthday one year (and my buddies will never let me forget it – grins). My friends know this about me. They accept it. They realize that my bad memory isn’t all… well… bad. I don’t hold grudges. I forget their mistakes, their embarrassing moments, their secrets. They tell me everything, knowing I’ll forget most of it. Cyndi, Bee’s best friend, isn’t perfect either. Cyndi is proud of her slut status. She goes home with a different man every night. When Bee ventures out with...

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Sep 17 - Post

What Happened to the Historical Romance Novel?

​These days it seems the ever popular historical romance genre has become dominated by dangerously seductive Regency era dukes. Once upon a time, a girl could find some bad ass cowboys in historical westerns, tycoons in turn of the century NYC, and medieval Knights charging in to save the day. It makes one wonder: has the historical romance genre become narrowed down to just dukes? I inquired with fellow romance authors and editors to check on the state of our beloved historical romances. Read more about dukes, knights, cowboys and other heroes of days of yore at ​The Huffington Post!

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