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

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

The Fun of Researching a Book

Inside, the terminal was bouncing. That was the only way Leilani could describe it. Greeters jumped and shrieked their welcome at arrivals they had not seen in a while. Children squealed as they played, running through throngs of people. She … Continued

That Festering Issue: Race vs. Culture

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Has anyone who’s lived within at least two cultures not been tempted to weigh in on the broiling issue of being “transracial”? Rachel Dolezal, former regional president of the NAACP, claimed she was black, but was recently outed as white … Continued

Crossing Cultures With Good Eats

Writing the multicultural experience. Part 2 A famous chef, James Beard, once said: Food is our common ground, a universal experience. Who could dispute that food is a universal experience? But is it really a common ground? I have my … Continued

Book Blog Tour: Book Reviews for Hello, My Love

The best thing, so far, about the Virtual Book Blog Tour: Book Reviews for Hello, My Love. I find the feedback quite useful.  I’m changing the cover and have made a bit of revision  in one chapter based on these … Continued

Praise for Hello, My Love from Goodbooks Today

Goodbooks Today: Praise for Hello, My Love ************ “The unexpected surprises and emotional encounters of this novel keeps the reader enthralled until the very last page.”—GoodbooksToday.com Reviews There are few stories that capture the raw emotions of a true and … Continued

The Place of Places in Stories

Places in stories can advance plot and show something about a character. Food and eating can(see Delectable Dishes) do the same.  In Hello, Greg invites Elise to his house presumably to see him in his “true element.”   When she … Continued

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