Every year around the November 11th Veterans Day holiday, there are books with military themes and heroes on sale. If you love a hero in uniform as much as I do, it is an opportune time to get a bargain on a book in a genre you enjoy. I want to examine what constitutes the military trope and/or hero. In my experience, the books sold as military fall into a couple of different categories, active and former military.
I want to be able to make the rich hero pitch his tent. Why can’t I be a little bit playful? When he’s the man her soul needs, a good romp is fine with me! And while I’m on this subject, romances are often criticized for purple prose, and some of these same critics claim that romances are written for readers with low expectations.
I hear your outcry over that literary snobbery, but perhaps even worse, critics then claim that romances perpetuate clichés and patriarchal social norms with the power play evoked in the relationships between sex, money, and power.
BY JENNA JAXON
Viewed as an indispensable part of a young Englishman’s education in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Grand Tour of Europe was undertaken by all young men whose families were of sufficient means to send them. The tour would provide the young man with experiences to broaden his views of the world at large, hasten his maturity in all ways, and a polish he would not get if he stayed in England. Undertaken usually at about the age of eighteen or nineteen, Grand Tours would last from one to five years and take in most of the accepted cultural centers of the age, particularly France and Italy.
BY ANYA SUMMERS
What is your name? Do you have a nickname
My name is Delilah, but my friends and some of the Doms of the Dungeon Fantasy Club call me Dee.
Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
I would say the girlfriend I’m closest to is Amaya Taneka. Since we are both typically touring, we don’t get much facetime, but when we do we are typically at a BDSM club together.
BY WENDI CHRISTNER
In the late 70s, early 80s I grew up in a very rural part of north Florida. People talked slow, time moved slower. About half a mile from my house, an old man named Mr. Bill lived with his mother. I don’t know how old either of them were, but Mr. Bill seemed much older than my grandparents. He had a slight build, a gentle soul, and the constant odor of alcohol and tobacco on his breath. Mr. Bill liked to get out and visit his neighbors. He didn’t own an automobile. Every morning he hitched his horse Dan up to a cart – imagine the open wagons you see in old Westerns but a little smaller. If any of us were outside when Mr. Bill got close to our house, he’d direct Dan onto our driveway and pull to a stop with an easy, “Whoa, now.”
BY ELLA QUINN
Thank you so much for having me back on your blog. It’s a pleasure to be here.
Not long ago I was discussing one of the sub-plots in my latest release When Marquis Chooses a Bride with someone and they were surprised to hear that human trafficking had been going on for over two hundred years. They thought it was a modern problem. In fact, it’s been going on for over a millennium, but I will focus on the Regency.
What is your name? Miss Katherine Locke Do you have a nickname? My friends and family usually call me Kate.
Where were you born? I was born in Somerset, England. Where have you lived since then? Our primary residence is in Somerset, however, we have a townhouse in London where we stay during the Season and the Little Season, and various estates around the England. We visit them occasionally. Where do you call home? Somerset
If you have a family, how do you get along with them? I have a brother, with whom I get along rather well, if he doesn’t try to meddle in my business. We spar verbally quite often, but it’s more in fun than in anger. Unless he tries to tell me what to do. If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?
BY JAX CASSIDY
Several years ago, Kristen Painter and I were interviewed by Laurie Kahn of Blueberry Hill Productions. She was working on a powerful documentary about the romance industry called LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS. This was a fabulous way to educate the world about a multi-billion dollar industry that has not been given the credit it deserved. Of course, we were ecstatic that we could talk about Romance Divas, the writing community we created and love so much. Although our segment didn’t make it into the film, it was still exciting to participate in such an amazing movie that really captured the writer’s journey. I was fortunate enough to see a screening before the video was released and it’s truly a wonderful and thoughtful piece. I hope it will broaden the minds of those who have been misinformed about the romance world. I encourage anyone who may be interested in learning more about this subject to support this film by purchasing a copy. Heck, have a screening party or a video night to watch with friends and family. It will be a perfect way to start a discussion and hopefully provide a better understanding of why new and seasoned writers and authors pursue this creative path. This documentary will definitely shed light on romance and hopefully erase the misconceptions and stigmas once and for all!
Want to know the origin story of Romance Divas? Take a look at this video from Love Between the Covers of me and Kristen Painter! The documentary film is available now. http://radi.al/LBTC & lov
BY ANYA SUMMERS
Writing for me has always been something that came naturally. Not that I didn’t have to work on my craft, on grammar, and develop my voice over the years, because I definitely have for the better part of my life and will likely continue to for the rest of it. Except, when it came to story development, I’ve always been what we in the writing world call a pantster. Which basically means, I jump into a story not having a clearly defined journey for my protagonist. I just know that they have to get from point A to point Z and allow my protagonist to drive the story forward.
Gargoyles! Diablo Fairies! And Nymphs. Oh My!
Welcome to The Royal Protector Academy.
Paranormal Romance is my reading drug of choice, especially in the summer. Those of us obsessed with urban fantasy and paranormal romance stories understand the pull and fascination readers have with sexy, brooding, supernatural beings. After all, angels, demons, vampires and werewolves aren’t the only supernatural creatures we’re obsessed with these days.