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Romance Novels 101: The Infamous Book List That Changed My Life

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels When my mother insisted that I, the snobby academic, read romance novels, I demanded a syllabus to get me started (after I laughed at the ridiculous notion). If I was going to study the genre, I was going to do it properly. Of […]

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The Most Powerful Word in the English Language: Hope

by guest blogger Jennifer Probst, author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance I remember I was hanging with my family one afternoon, and we were going around the table asking about our favorite (and least favorite) words. Of course, every time my family gets together there’s a lot of food, there’s wine, there are laughs, […]

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10 Things I Learned from Reading Romance Novels

From the very first lines of the very first romance novel I ever read in 1977 (Shanna, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss), I was hooked: “Night gripped the city with cold, misty darkness… The miserable night masked the passage of a carriage that careened through the narrow streets as if it fled from some terrible disaster.” […]

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You Say You Want a Revolution

by guest blogger Megan Mulry, writer of sexy, stylish romantic fiction “It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness.” —Alcoholics Anonymous I spend a lot of my emotional, mental, and creative energy at the intersection of acceptance and resentment. Obviously, what this AA quote states are universal […]

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Why I Read Romance Novels

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels I started reading romance novels in college at my mother’s insistence (long-ish story). As a student of women’s literature, she declared that I couldn’t legitimately receive such a degree without reading the most popular and profitable books by women, for women, about women. […]

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In Defense of Fairy Tales

The other day I saw the first half of an Albert Einstein quote: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent…” At this point the quote was cut off, and of course my mind went to something like “read math books!” or how […]

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The Top 5 Business Books I Read This Year

  I don’t usually read a lot of business books. My primary reading time is right before bed, and reading books about business right before going to sleep not only doesn’t feel right, but it also leads to unnecessary weird dreams. So my situation of choice for reading business books is strapped in to an […]

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2014’s Best Books for Women

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels My goal this year was to read 100 books, including everything on my to-be-read (TBR) shelf and all those books I’d bought and forgotten about on my e-reader. Ha! Snort. Like that happened. I blame the people publishing all the amazing books I […]

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