Before a writer can obsess over craft, voice and all the literary devices, she has to get words on the page. These tips will help you get there.
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?
In which I am reminded that romance novels are sometimes more than fluffy, escapist reads.
Most people know them as bodice rippers, trashy books, and literary porn, but romance novels may actually be the most pro-feminist books you’re not reading. Romance novels — unlike most other literature — always put women in a starring role, rewards their rule-breaking, and guarantees their sexual pleasure. These are the books where women can lean in, fall in love and live happily ever after. Check out this AMAZING list of feminist romance novels from an AMAZING group of authors.
There’s nothing quite like a man in uniform and nobody knows that better than the authors and fans of military romances. These novels feature “strong, sexy heroes and strong, sexy heroines” in dramatic, high conflict situations. “And that is just the tip of the iceberg!” promises author Sara Jane Stone. “These heroes allow for interesting conflicts and plots, but I think they also allow for an emotional depth that draws readers in and speaks to their hearts.” Deeply sexy, deeply emotional, deeply romantic. Here are six reasons to spend a hot night with a military romance.
You know what they say: it’s always the quiet ones. It’s always the quiet ones that surprise everyone with a dramatic, shocking transformation. That’s why so many readers—myself included—love a good wallflower romance.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that men do not read or write romance novels…or are there dudes reading romances? I spoke with a few of them and about the portrayal of men in the genre, how people react to them, and how to make these books more appealing to dudes. Here’s what they have to say…