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Link: The Radical Joy of Romance Novels by Maya Rodale

In her Substack blog, bestselling author Maya Rodale writes about the joy romance brings to her life.

In her Substack blog, bestselling author Maya Rodale writes about the joy romance brings to her life.

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The Radical Joy of Romance Novels

I was afraid romance novels would take over my life. And they did.

I used to be afraid that if I started reading romance novels I would love it so much and be ruined for all other books (especially the hard and important ones I read for school, where all the female characters died in the end). I knew romances would be fun and as a result, they would be addicting. I imagined myself a hoarder of books in an NYC studio apartment, stuffed from floor to ceiling with mass-market paperbacks (I am “reading before kindle” years old), leaving no room for friends or family. There goes my life. Sad! 

This sort of did happen. 

And it has been glorious.

READ MORE at XO Romance: The radical joy of romance novels.

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Link: Dear Author – Republishing Out of Print Books (It’s Not as Easy as You Think)

This is a link to Dear Author’s article on why so many great books remain out of print.

This is a link to Dear Author’s article on why so many great books remain out of print.

When I began posting reviews of Dinah Dean’s long out of print Russian Series set during the early years of the nineteenth century, it was with the knowledge that Ms. Dean was deceased and that I had seen no signs of her books being digitally released. But then – a miracle! Cover & Page Publishers…

Guest Post: Republishing Out of Print Books – It’s Not as Easy as You Think

Link: Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library

Here’s a link to the blog Kristin Kraves Books and her article based on Top Ten Tuesday theme created by blogger That Artsy Reader Girl!
I think I will have to start doing this on Sweet Savage Flame.

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Here’s a link to the blog Kristin Kraves Books and her article based on Top Ten Tuesday theme created by blogger That Artsy Reader Girl.

Check out both blogs, they are great!

I think I will have to start doing this on Sweet Savage Flame.

BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I HAD TO GET A COPY FOR MY PERSONAL LIBRARY

I tend to listen to a lot of audiobooks and sometimes some books are just so good that I need to buy a physical copy for my shelves. This happens a lot for me with eARCs as well! A Psalm for the Wild-Built is one of my favourite novellas and I listened to the audiobook […]

Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library

Link: The Great Smut Debate: Point of View

Great article by the folks at The Smut Debate about all the POV categories in romance. I like being in the heroine’s head as opposed to the hero’s, but knowing some of what’s going on in his mind is fine with me as well.

What say you?

The Smut Report

When we were coming up with examples of definite romance novels, it was relatively easy to find examples written in both first and third person, as well as single and multiple perspectives. However, when it came time for us to talk about gray area books—books that had many hallmarks for the romance genre but sometimes had readers sardonically raising their brows—we struggled to name any that weren’t single-perspective, first-person POV.

This raises the question: How does POV contribute to whether or not something feels like a romance?

What does point of view do?

Let’s start with some terminology. Point of view is the perspective from which a story is told. First person is narrated from inside a person’s head; a book where the narrator says things like “I walked into the bar” is a first-person narrative. Third person refers to the main characters as he/she/they, as appropriate: “she walked into…

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