Hello, My Love onlinebookclub.org Review: 4 out of 4 

Greg is an engaged millionaire playboy who has never been in love. Elise is a younger, naïve law student. He is intrigued by her. She is reluctant to accept the feelings she has for him. Throw in a devious fiancée, … Continued

My Day as BOTD on OnlineBookclub.org

I am a relatively unknown author at a time when all the numbers are against me. Of all the millions of books on Amazon, with more than 300,000 new releases every year in the US alone, why would anyone pick … Continued

No Broad Shoulders? No Romance.

I nearly zapped a historical romance out of my iPad in exasperation, while reading it one evening. Not because it was badly written. Nor was it boring. Rather, it annoyed me that for the umpteenth time, the author describes her … Continued

A Large Income Is The Best Recipe For Happiness — Jane Austen

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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. So says Jane Austen—like her heroines, the ever sensible woman. She probably did believe that. Which is why her heroes are often rich either by inheritance (Darcy, … Continued

Writing As Art: Apt Word Choice

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Do you think of writing as art? Or a task with a set of rules you must follow? Many writers believe both are true and allow both approaches to guide their writing. Both have their uses but a bias for … Continued

Writing As An Adventurous Foodie

Do you remember when Hillary Clinton had to give out her cookie recipe to show everyone she’s an ordinary housewife, when her lesser half first ran for president? Well, Ms. Clinton isn’t ordinary and if the cookie recipe was actually … Continued

Calla Lilies — A Small Remembrance of Things Past

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“Come and see what I found on the side yard today,” my husband said three days ago while we were in the garage. He sounded so excited that, instead of rushing my bag of fresh groceries into the house, I … Continued

Welcome Reluctant Stranger Online Book Club Review

Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org Welcome Reluctant Stranger Online Book Club Review. Post Number:#1 by VinuW » 11 Mar 2016, 19:30: 4 out of 4 stars   4 out of 4 starsWelcome Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds, Book 3)[/caption]The third … Continued

Margaret of the North, Victorian Feminist Romance

Margaret of the North, the first novel I published, is a historical novel. It’s a sequel to Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, a much loved classic, at least in its form as a BBC miniseries. Why write a sequel? I … Continued

Court Your Love With A Serenade

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It’s Valentine or maybe you’ve just begun a-courting. Serenade or champagne? Would you take Honoré de Balzac‘s word for it? Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. That works. But, maybe, only where you can get champagne. … Continued

Realism in Romance Novels?

Romance novels are escapist fare. We read them to be entertained. Or to have a few delicious moments of tingling. Is it a contradiction, then, to inject realism in romance novels? Someone more in the know than I told me … Continued

Words. Sometimes, Like Daggers

Words. We’re inundated with them. From friends and loved ones. From strangers. From the constant assault of media. And from words that churn around in our heads—as they do a lot in writers. Or in some people afflicted with certain … Continued

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