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June 16 2017

“Love, Magic, Reckoning”: A Beginner’s Guide to Madhuri Pavamani’s Keeper Series

Everything you need to know to make The Keepers Series your next keeper When you start a new series, quickly getting a feel for the setting is key, and that's never more important than...
May 10 2017

From The Thief to The King: How Megan Whalen Turner’s Eugenides Stole Our Hearts (and the Queen of Attolia’s)

Note: This post contains spoilers for the series. Really, really good spoilers, but spoilers nonetheless! It's been seven years since the last book in The Queen's Thief series appeared,...
August 22 2016

We Want to Be a Part of Kerrigan Byrne’s World

World building is a facet of historical romance that’s often overlooked. Contextually, it’s assumed that even though what you’re reading is fictitious, it’s still happening...
December 6 2013

First Look: Alexis Hall’s Iron and Velvet (December 16, 2013)

Alexis Hall Iron & Velvet Riptide / December 16, 2013 / $16.99 print First rule in this line of business: don’t sleep with the client. My name’s Kate Kane, and when...
August 22 2013

Living Book of the Lore: The Worldbuilding of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series

~If you read The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, then you know the information I’m about to impart is punishable by death if shared with a human, so of course the logical place to...
July 10 2013

Most Unusual World-Building from Darynda Jones, Meljean Brook, Lauren Dane, and More!

The greatest appeal of the paranormal genre and its various limbs—urban fantasy, steampunk, dystopian romance—is the endless possibility contained within. This is a place where authors make...
May 14 2013

Otherworldly: What to Read and Watch If You Love Lost Girl’s Worldbuilding

One thing about the creators and writers of Lost Girl: they’ve spent a lot of time constructing this interesting re-imagination of the world we live in. Everything from the Dal being a place of...
December 7 2012

Character-Worthy Cities: Downside, Bon Temps, Caldwell, The Hollows, and More

Worldbuilding can make or break a book for me. If the setting is strong enough, I’m able to sink into the novel. I’m an escapist reader, so I want to be transported elsewhere. It’s...
June 4 2012

Too Many POVs: Viewpoint Whiplash

Climbing into a character’s mind is a big perk to being an avid reader, part of the escape we so often get as readers of romance and genre fiction. Often in romance we get to flit from the hero’s...
April 5 2012

If You Build It, They Will Come: Erotic World-Building

Even though I’ve currently declared a moratorium on paranormal reading, that does not mean I ignore the subgenre completely; I still buy plenty for my library patrons to read, and I follow many bloggers...
November 10 2011

Worldbuilding in Contemporary Romance: Shalvis, Higgins, Janzen, and More!

When we think of worldbuilding, we’re likely to think about fantasy or paranormal romance where a writer creates an entirely new world for their characters to inhabit. But worldbuilding isn’t just...
October 25 2011

Lily + Rule 4EVA! The World of the Lupi Series by Eileen Wilks

Welcome to the world of the lupi series, created by Eileen Wilks. Death Magic, the eighth book in the series, releases next week. First, let’s introduce: THE CHARACTERS         Age:...
September 27 2011

Only in My Dreams: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dream-Hunter Series

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s phenomenally popular Dark-Hunter series is actually four series combined into one: Dark-Hunters, Were-Hunters, Hellchasers, and Dream-Hunters. First and foremost we have...
September 26 2011

Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin Series: Next Up, Spider’s Revenge

Got a fondness for giants, dwarves, elemental magic and badass heroines who are willing to kill to protect the people they love? If you do, you might already know about Jennifer Estep’s Elemental...
September 25 2011

Anticipating Scandalous Desires: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series

Best-selling author Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series are enchanting, historical romances with a heavy bite of darkness and intrigue. In the series, Hoyt layers bigger story arcs within her...
August 24 2011

Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series: Bones + Cat = TLA!

We’re edging ever closer to another dose of Cat and Bones goodness, compliments of the sixth novel in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. The series does an excellent job of straddling the line...
August 23 2011

Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series: Her Angels are Far from Angelic

Nalini Singh’s Angels’ Blood is the first book in her Guild Hunter series and flings you headlong into its dark, lush world. This futuristic Urban Fantasy series brings to mind all the wicked,...
July 30 2011

Something for Everyone: Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld Series

I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit that I didn’t cotton on to Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series for the longest time, because the thing is, I’m not really a big one for werewolves....
July 28 2011

Angela Knight’s Mageverse Series: Masterful Men and the Women Who Bewitch Them

Earlier this month the writer Lev Grossman wrote a piece for Time entitled How Harry Potter Became the Boy Who Lived Forever. Grossman, who in addition to his duties writing about technology at...
May 27 2011

Kate Daniels’s Magic World: Ilona Andrews’s Apocalyptic Atlanta

Kate Daniels, from Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series, exists in a world that has gone through a magic apocalypse. Kate is an agent of the Order of Merciful Aid, a Mercenary Guild member, and a fearless...
April 6 2011

If You Build It, They Will Come: Worldbuilding in Urban Fantasy

I came to reading romance after already being a longtime reader of science fiction/fantasy and mystery, which meant that my tastes in matters fantastical and suspenseful were already pretty well formed....