Love & Family

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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May Your Hearts Not Break

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger “May your hearts not break…”—A Wish for My Children, Evangeline Paterson I don’t remember anything about my last Mother’s Day with my mom. Other than that it was in 2011. It may be because it was ordinary and the details would disappoint in their blandness. We gathered […]

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Putting Yourself in Parentheses

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger In Nick Hornby’s charming and disarmingly thought-provoking new book, Funny Girl, we meet a group of people working on or near a 1960s U.K. television comedy called Barbara (and Jim). A dazzling and talented young actress who calls herself Sophie Straw is cast as Barbara, and the […]

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Björk at the MoMA—Music as Art

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I’m a music lover. But Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk holds a special place in my heart—admittedly a place I’d forgotten about for a while until recently viewing her “show” at the MoMA (showing through June 7). I really wanted to go the Björk sound and video installation because while […]

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