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Mon
May 11 2015 2:20pm

The Flame and the Feminist: The Feminism of Kathleen Woodiwiss?

Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya RodaleToday we're thrilled to have Maya Rodale on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Maya's latest book is a little different. Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained, came out at the end of April and explores...the bad reputation of romance novels! Maya is here today to talk about one author that gets a bad rap, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and how her books were actually revolutionary for her time. Thanks, Maya!

When I got the opportunity to write on the topic of feminism and the works of Kathleen Woodiwiss—queen of the 1970s romance novels aka bodice rippers aka the works least likely to be considered feminist—I was thrilled. I had grand plans to count the ways in which these books championed women who got out of the house, explored their sexuality, defied expectations for their lives, and lived happily ever after. But when rereading them, I wondered if it was more complicated. And I got to thinking: how do you look at the feminism of a romance novel? Is it something about the hero, the heroine and the dynamics of their relationship? What about the happy ending or the impact it has on the readers and the culture?

[So many factors...]

Thu
Jan 8 2015 10:30am

Happily Ever After...Eventually: 4 Ways Weddings in Romance Can Go Wrong from Gibson, Phillips, and More!

At the Billionaire's Wedding by Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville, and Katharine AsheToday we're delighted to be joined by author Maya Rodale, who is one-fourth of the authors contributing to At the Billionaire's Wedding, a contemporary set during a wedding where people end up falling in love with people they didn't ever dream they would. Maya and her co-authors, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville, and Katharine Ashe, each contribute a story set during the same time as the other stories, so the result is greater than its individual parts. Maya is here to talk about weddings, and the wonderful ways they can go horribly wrong. Thanks, Maya!

When “I do” is just the beginning....

Nothing says romance quite like weddings, and thus romance novels with weddings are the perfect combination—especially when the big event is fraught with drama, intrigue, hook ups, and surprises. Here are four ways weddings can go disastrously wrong, before the romance ends up exactly right...

[The glory of romance is that usually does happen...]

Thu
Oct 2 2014 12:00pm

Hitting the Road: Why We Love Road Trips in Historical Romance

What a Wallflower Wants by Maya RodaleToday we're delighted to welcome Maya Rodale to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Maya's new release, What a Wallflower Wants, is the third book in her Wallflower trilogy, and is also a road romance—its heroine, Prudence, finds herself stranded at a country inn with a mysterious blue-eyed stranger who discovers he definitely wants this wallflower. Maya is here to talk about road trip romances, and what makes them so delicious. Thanks, Maya!

Sometimes a heroine needs to escape the confines of the ballroom and seek adventure on the open road where the possibilities are endless and the chaperones are scarce. Naturally, such an adventuress is likely to be accompanied by a rogue, who is probably chasing or escaping demons of his own. In a road trip romance, the physical and emotional journeys the characters take mirror each other. All the twists and turns of the trip perfectly compliment the unpredictable ride that is falling in love.

Some of my favorite romances are also road trip romances—Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase, A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, and The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton by Miranda Neville—and they inspired my newest novel. In What a Wallflower Wants Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton must return to London in time for a ball celebrating the anniversary of her finishing school, preferably with a husband. Lord Castleton is also desperate to get to London for reasons of his own, preferably without a wife. But then they encounter highwaymen, the despicable Lord Dudley, and the dark truth about why Prudence is a wallflower on her fourth season. Not to mention the big secret Castleton is keeping...

When writing What a Wallflower Wants I made sure to include all the little things of a road trip romance that I love, such as...

[Life is a highway...]

Wed
Mar 26 2014 2:45pm

The Lovely Bloom of the Wallflower from Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and More!

Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya RodaleToday we're joined by Maya Rodale, whose Wallflower Gone Wild is out now! The book is the second in Maya's Wallflower series, and features a heroine who is a wallflower—with a dreadful nickname—but finds getting what she wants means she has to come out of her shell, with some delightful results. Maya is here to talk wallflowers, and how we love them. Thanks, Maya!

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. Let’s face it: life isn’t always easy for these types of heroines (or heroes!) in the first chapters of a romance novel. But once the going gets tough, the wallflower surprises everyone—including herself—by not wilting. There is nothing quite like the story of a quiet, “oh didn’t see you there” girl who blossoms.

Wallflowers have plenty of reasons for being wallflowers.

Perhaps a wallflower prefers solitude, has a terrible secret, is quite bookish, or is a terrible dancer, or simply “not quite.” But none of that stops her from being lovely, or kind or giving up hope of true love.

[Wallflowers need love too...]