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Deborah Smith
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September 30 2017

4 Women’s Fiction Best Bets for September 2017

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Ben Franklin A little play on words this month with this quote since we have two books with the word “Something”...
August 17 2016

Romance: A Light in Dark Places, When All Other Lights Go Out

A year ago, in her hard hitting article, Never Read a Romance Novel? Grow Up, Kristan Higgins talked about romance novels and the insidious lack of respect that is prevalent still, even though...
October 10 2014

Dealing with Mental Disorders in Romance Novels

 Romance readers are not afraid of gritty romances, although usually the grit comes from a hero from the wrong side of the tracks, or on the wrong side of the law or one that just doesn’t...
October 4 2014

Meet-Cute (and Not So Cute): First Encounters in Romance from Roberts, James, and More!

Authors have a challenge to come up with creative ways for the heroine and hero to meet. For better or worse, this encounter sets the tone for the book, since it is pretty much the gotcha scene that...
September 3 2014

Sweet Sacrifice: Heroic Sacrifices from Kleypas, O’Keefe, Phillips, and More!

This past spring, I talked about heroines that made sacrifices for their family in What We Do for Love: Sacrificing Heroines from Higgins, Carr, and More so it only seemed fair that I chat about the...
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...
September 18 2013

Be in the Now: Top 10 Contemporary Romance Novels You Should Read

Back in July, Megan Frampton wrote about The Ten Romance Novels You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion). Since I read mainly contemporary books, I am weighing in with 10 Contemporary Novels You Should...
November 4 2011

Southern Accents: Contemporary Romance Novels That Get Southern Right

I’m Southern by birth, upbringing, education, and choice. When I travel, I always give a little “I’m home” sigh when the restaurants I visit start serving grits for breakfast....