What I’m thinking about … why big books are back – Kirsty Gunn at The Guardian says that big novels are back and that for publishers it means that they can ask more from the reader – more pages, more value. But Gunn cautions that it isn’t just money that the publishers ask for with(…)
Dear Ms. Peterman, This book was the most fucked-up bag of wonderful crazy ever. I will say right up front that it’s getting a B because as a romance it works on the surface, but the hero isn’t deeply drawn and the real romance going on in the book takes a back seat to the(…)
William Shatner calls out Reddit for racism and hate mongering – Reddit is a site that is full of the cutest cat and dog pictures, viral videos at their inception, and interesting question and answer sessions with famous people. Bill Gates was on the site yesterday during an Ask Me Anything where he admitted a(…)
Dear Ms. Ashley: I was looking for recommendations for contemporary romances and this Samhain title was recommended to me. By whom, I am unsure. While this is the first book of yours that I have read, it appears that you’ve been successfully publishing Chick Lit type of stories in the UK which are now being(…)
Dear Ms. Ione: This book was really a struggle for me and I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the review. Ideally books should be reviewed based solely on what happens within the contents of the story. Yet Lethal Rider is the third book in a series of four about the Four Horsemen of the(…)
Dear Ms. Zane: I am trying to a) read more self published books in hopes of finding overlooked gems and b) respond positively to more of the authors who take the time to write us and ask for a review. Part of the review query process requires requesting authors to send in an excerpt, usually(…)
Dear Ms. McCarthy: I have a feeling that this might not be the favorite book in the stock car racing series and I am going to blame it on Kendall, the heroine. She is a woman racing in a man’s sport and she feels her minority status keenly. Kendall Holbrook is the only female stock(…)
Dear Ms. Stein: I get several requests a day from authors seeking a review of their book. I generally read the first page of every book I receive for review. Often times the first page is insufficient to keep me reading. The story however opens with an engaging premise, a humorous tone, any promise of(…)
Dear Ms. Dahl: I’m probably not going to do this book justice in the review and I actually have some fear of turning people off the book based on what I am going to write. Robin and I talked about the book and she said it was brave and I agree. It’s brave because Jane,(…)
A Black Tie Affair begins a series about the Smith sisters who are famously as beautiful as the “Cushing, Bouvier, and Miller sisters.” The Smith sisters have had a long history with the Clayworth’s of Chicago, the last event being the hasty termination of their father, former treasurer of the Clayworth department store. There are rumors that Mr. Smith was let go because of something shady and this only serves to foster negative feelings by the Smiths toward the Clayworths, or so we are told.
Athena Smith fell in love with Drew Clayworth and he with her. When his parents died in the Fastnet sailing race, Athena was there for him. Drew felt that Athena had betrayed him and their relationship ended.
I’ve mentioned before that the contemporary romances that doesn’t feature vampires, campy vampires, werewolves, immortal peril, mortal peril, suspense out the wahoo, or extraordinary extraterrestrial extraneous circumstances seem to be fewer and far between. Every now and again I hear declarations that the contemporary romance is a dying subgenre and it’s harder and harder to(…)
Dear Ms. Alexander: One thing that continually frustrates me in romance is the idea that readers will only find one type of male heroic. To wit, that only the alpha male, stern and unyielding, can make the loins aquiver and her heart to pitter pat. This is why the Duke is such a popular role(…)
Dear Mr. Strand, When I read the title of your book “How to Rescue a Dead Princess,” I knew you were a different kind of author. And that I had to read this book. I did and loved it and then went out and bought lots of your other books. You can thank me later(…)
Sandra Hill’s first time traveling romance book was published over 13 years ago before paranormal was even a sub genre. She is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and four anthologies in various genres, including historical, time-travel and contemporary. Hill’s trademark is her humor and you can see it in her titles, Sweeter Savage(…)
All Scottish men are named Jamie. But that’s only if they’re not called Alistair. All Scottish men wear kilts, even when they were outlawed and even when they didn’t exist. All clans have an identifying tartan. All Scottish men carry claymores. Everyone is a Highlander because the Highlands start right at the border between England(…)