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I've Been Looking for the Silver Lining and Perhaps Romance is it..

I keep reading that publishers are completely in the hole and yet, whenever I’m in the bookstore, it seems like there are practically lines out the door. Granted, there seem to be a lot of readers…

Letters to the Santa of Romance

Imagine there was a Santa of Romance. He’ll need more time for preparation than Santa Claus, so his gifts probably won’t be in this year’s stockings. But you might stumble across them on a review site…

Romance’s Foster Kid Ubiquity

I just finished reading Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, a werewolf Christmas anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.  One of the things that struck me about it was how many of the short stories –…

Holy Cow! Has Brockmann Done It Now?

First, you’ll find no real Dark of Night spoilers here, though you should stop reading now if you truly don’t want to know anything.  And, just to get it on the table, I know what happens…

Author Web Sites: Essentials and Fun Extras

I never really visited many authors’ Web sites until I started polling for AAR back in 2006. As part of the Favorite Books by Favorite Authors polling, we compiled lists of books by various authors and the best…

So, How Are We Doing?

It’s been a month and a half since Blythe, Rachel, Lynn, and I took over joint publishing responsibilities at AAR. In that time, we’ve instituted a few changes, including: Streamlining the message boards and loosening moderation.…

Romances in Germany

In last week’s Die Zeit, arguably the most highly respected weekly paper in Germany, there was a review of Schwerelos, the latest chick lit novel by bestselling author Ildiko von Kuerthy. That in itself was amazing…

Where's the Imagination?

While romance has always had its fair share of silly titles or vague and somewhat interchangable titles, when I go back through my older romances and UBS finds, there seems to be a lot more variety…

And We Thought Romance Titles Were Bad

The other day, AAR’s Ellen Micheletti dug up some new Harlequin Presents titles: The Ruthless Magnate’s Virgin Mistress, Bought for the Sicilian Billionaire’s Bed (I bought a new duvet the other day, does that count?), and Claimed by the…