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maggieboyd66
January 29 2015

Matchmakers of Unusual Kinds from Macomber, Evanovich, and More!

Most of us have heard the song “Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof: Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match/Find me a find/Catch me a catch. In this heartfelt ditty, a young woman is asking...
Scarlettleigh
January 17 2015

First Look: Rachel Gibson’s I Do (January 20, 2015)

Rachel Gibson I Do! Avon /January 20, 2015 / $3.99 print, $1.99 digital In New York Timesbestselling author Rachel Gibson's newest novella, Vince Haven and Sadie Hollowell are headed...
MayaRodale
January 8 2015

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

Today 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...
teamhandh
December 26 2014

January 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in January. A new year, brings a new format to our monthly shopping list. We know you each have your...
teamhandh
December 26 2014

Trope of the Month: Unrequited Love

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
Scarlettleigh
December 9 2014

Riches to Rags: Heroines Who Hit Rock Bottom from Gibson, Phillips, Higgins, and More!

Glory Days—we’ve either lived them or observed other people living them. That magical time where you are the king or queen of the world.  The fame, the power, the influence, the adulation...
teamhandh
December 3 2014

What the Heart Wants: Winter 2014/2015’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

December | January | February | Printable Version Even the most avid romance fan has trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year....
Scarlettleigh
October 14 2014

A Trip Down Memory Lane for Queer Romance Month

In the not so distance past, there were no LGBT characters in romance novels. Since October is Queer Romance Month, let’s take a stroll down memory lane—my memory, at first, but I hope...
teamhandh
August 29 2014

Trope of the Month: Separated Spouses

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
Scarlettleigh
August 24 2014

First Look: Rachel Gibson’s What I Love About You (August 26, 2014)

Rachel Gibson What I Love About You (Truly, Idaho) Avon / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / $6.99 digital GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K! Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake...
teamhandh
July 23 2014

August 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in August. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a...
teamhandh
June 27 2014

Trope of the Month: Romances at Weddings!

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
JessicaMoro
June 21 2014

Game Changers: Top 10 Hottest Jock Heroes

Sports romance books have been growing to include more than just the typical “jocks"; football, baseball, basketball have been pushed to the side for fighters, hockey players, and even race car...
JessicaMoro
June 12 2014

Awkward! Top Cringe-Worthy Dad Moments in Romance Novels

Father’s Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate it than by counting down with awkwardly funny dad moments? While dads usually have to enforce the rules, they are oftentimes turned...
Scarlettleigh
June 9 2014

Daddy Dearest: Supportive Fathers in Contemporary Romance from Gibson, Wiggs, and More!

It is an accepted psychological truth that the lack of a positive father figure in a young girl’s life can impact her ability to trust and form healthy relationships. So having a horrid or distant...
Scarlettleigh
May 22 2014

Melting, Branding, Toe-Curling: The Top 10 Kisses in Contemporary Romance Novels

Kisses—kisses that make your toes curl, and your body hum. They can turn your bones turn to water, and make your heart rejoice. Sometimes they are the appetizer and sometimes they are the dessert....
Scarlettleigh
April 7 2014

When Love Doesn’t Come First: Pregnancy in Romance Novels, Part 1

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage... Except when it doesn’t! In the tradition of mimicking real life situations sometimes the hero and heroine...
Scarlettleigh
April 6 2014

This Secret Baby Trope is Simply Irresistible

“He wanted the word “Daddy” added to his list of names. He wanted to teach his son to skate, just as he'd been taught by Ernie. Like every other father in the world, he wanted...
Scarlettleigh
March 26 2014

Binding, Broken, or Unraveling: Family Ties in Romance Novels

Family: any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins. For better or worse, we all have families. And this unit influences us for most...
Scarlettleigh
January 22 2014

Love and Laughter: Humor in Romance

Writing a post on the most humorous characters in romance should be easy peasy, right? I thought so, since there is nothing that I love better than a book that makes me laugh. But figuring out what...
Scarlettleigh
January 17 2014

Good As It Gets: Nice Guy Heroes from Carr, Mayberry, Gibson, and More!

Heroes come in all sorts of different varieties from tortured, Alpha, Beta, wild and dangerous, to just all around nice guy. The journey of the tortured hero’s growth as the author peels back...
SaharaHoshi
January 2 2014

I’m Too Sexy for My Words: Erotica Authors as Heroes and Heroines

Erotica is a huge part of the romance genre, so it makes sense that a romance novel's hero or heroine might themselves write a sexy, scandalous novel. Oftentimes, these heroes and heroines lead...
juliabroadbooks
October 7 2013

Build Me Up, Buttercup: The Princess Bride’s Heroine as Romance Type

Several months back, Shelley Ann Clark wrote a post on The Princess Bride at Wonkomance about all the different kinds of love in the relationships in that movie. It was a lovely post reminding me why...
Janga
September 17 2013

First Look: Rachel Gibson’s Run to You (September 24, 2013)

Rachel Gibson Run to You Avon / September 24, 2013/ $7.99 print, $6.99 digital Stella Leon's bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex-Marine Beau Junger decked her mob-connected...
teamhandh
August 21 2013

September 2013 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in September. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got...
RachelHyland
July 24 2013

Spreading the TV Love: Romance Novel Series as Television Series

Television series adapted from novels are plentiful indeed. But while the Crime, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Historical and Young Adult markets are always well represented – even if we only look at the shows...
Torifl
July 2 2013

Playing for Love: Sports in Romance Novels

Sports-themed romances are making a comeback—and I for one am thrilled. But in order for a sports romance to work, it needs a healthy balance of romance and plot, and not just a card-carrying...
teamhandh
February 2 2013

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Type of Sport in Romance?

We've had sports on the brain all this week as we prepare for Super Bowl XLVII. Not only is there an opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry with friends and family, but it's also an excuse...
Torifl
December 21 2012

On the Wish List for Romance in 2013: Contemporary, Mainstreaming, and More!

This year was an interesting one for romance novel readers. With the astronomical success of E.L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy, we suddenly found ourselves accused of reading “mommy porn”...
Brie.Clem
December 4 2012

Play Ball!: Celebrating the Home Runs in Sports Romance

Sports romances are a sure bet for romance readers, and it's easy to see why. Sports players are part of our collective fantasies, both in and out of fiction, so they work well as romance heroes....