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When the Hero You Want Isn’t the Hero She Gets

I’m thinking of calling it The Eric Factor. For those of you who don’t read Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series, Eric is a 6’ 4” thousand year-old Viking vampire who – and I don’t think I’m giving away much here – isn’t likely to get the girl. Yep, it’s true.  No matter how much I…

Children in Romances

They are a hot button for many romance readers. Rachel recently posted a thought-provoking entry here on foster children in romances. Over the years, I’ve seen numerous threads on AAR’s forums focusing on children in romances, with most posters solidly opposed to them. In many cases, I’ve agreed. I’m not a fan of babies in…

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 enough, as Die Zeit hardly ever reviews chick lit. The reviewer, Ursula Maerz, didn’t like the book, considering it…

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 Rogue Billionaire. She had me thinking titles couldn’t get much worse. At least those titles have a purpose. They help…

Hard Times

It seems that everywhere you go, all anyone is talking about is the economy and how bleak the forecast is.  I can’t speak for other people, but it doesn’t help my anxiety level any to hear or read this stuff anymore.  Things are bad, yes, and they probably will get worse before they get better,…

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