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Guest Post: Balancing writing and family by Kate Belle

Guest Post: Balancing writing and family by Kate Belle

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting! Today’s guest post, on balancing writing and family, is by Kate Belle   How do you juggle your family with writing? It’s a common enough question (although interestingly more often directed at female than...

Interview: Sandra Antonelli on advocating for older protagonists in romance fiction

Interview: Sandra Antonelli on advocating for older protagonists in romance fiction

Local romance author Sandra Antonelli and I have been in touch over Twitter and through the site for a while now, but first properly connected over an interview I did late last year with author Maggie Dana about middle-aged protagonists and their representation in fiction. This is, as it turns out, Sandra’s area of expertise, and is something that she...

Review: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Review: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Yesterday I asked the readers of the RIASS Facebook page whether they make themselves finish reading a book that’s really not to their tastes, or whether they put such a book down. And if the latter, at what point would they do so? There’s a reason that this review is appearing about a week later than originally scheduled. And that’s because...

Interview: LA Johannesson on writing “technological romance”

Interview: LA Johannesson on writing “technological romance”

One of the topics that I find endlessly interesting in fiction is the lengths that many authors will go to in order to avoid dealing with modern technology in their work. A functioning mobile phone, for example, can easily put an end to a disaster or adventure story, so it’s little wonder that characters either lose them, forget to charge them, or break...

Review: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Whew, here I am, having emerged from air after slogging my way through Elizabeth Hoyt’s Lord of Darkness, the latest in her Maiden Lane series. Though not a long novel, Lord of Darkness certainly feels it: I suspect that there might be some sort of time dilation powers hidden within its pages. There’s a reason that category romance novels tend to...

Review: A Girl Less Ordinary by Leah Ashton

Review: A Girl Less Ordinary by Leah Ashton

My poor husband has been quite disappointed that in all the romance novels that have made their way on to my bookshelves, his own occupation has not so far represented. Where’s the IT geek love? he wants to know. With Leah Ashton’s A Girl Less Ordinary, he can finally feel vindicated, because the hero in this one gives my geeky husband a run for...

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