Everyone should read the Temeraire books.

“Patrick O’Brian meets Jane Austen meets Dragons.” Just in case you haven’t read Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series yet, I’m going to tell you why you should. And the chief reason to do so is not “because you don’t have enough books already.”Temeraire is a dragon. With his captain, William Laurence, and a vast number of […]

Maili McVane’s Keeper Categories – Exploring Category Romance

Please welcome my guest, sometimes known as Maili and sometimes known as McVane. # I have a love-and-hate relationship with category romances. I love it because it has great diversity and I hate it because it lacks diversity. Either way, category romance novels are the spine of the Romance industry. It’s so part of the […]

"She’s So Unusual" – Exploring Category Romance

Category romances, contrary to many peoples’ beliefs, are not at all the same. Sometimes, they push boundaries. I have not yet read Mallory Rush’s Kiss of the Beast, a Harlequin Temptation that features an alien hero (the only alien hero I’ve heard of in a category), but it looks very interesting, and was recommended to […]

Victoria Janssen’s Keeper Categories – Exploring Category Romance

I had a difficult time narrowing down this list–I tend to keep a lot of books–but finally decided to choose books I am most likely to re-read more than once. (Also, I did not include any of Carla Kelly’s Regency categories because that would be the whole post. Take it as read that I recommend […]

SuperWendy’s Keepers – Exploring Category Romance

Please welcome my guest, the incredible SuperWendy! # When Victoria asked me if I’d be interested in doing a guest blog post for her, I immediately said yes, for no other reason than we both adore category romance. Yep, we’re both unabashed, slobbering fangirls for all things Harlequin, and aren’t afraid to declare our love […]

Mira Lyn Kelly – Getting the Call – Exploring Category Romance

Please welcome my guest, Mira Lyn Kelly! # All about “The Call” If you’re an aspiring author, you’ll know what I mean when I say we all have fantasies about “The Call.” Some may be vague and general, others elaborate and detailed. Mine were definitely of the latter variety, and usually followed by self-directed mental […]

Exploring Category Romance – Elle Kennedy

Please welcome my guest, Elle Kennedy. # Romantic Suspense: Finding a Balance When I first started submitting to Silhouette, I have to admit, I had no idea what I was doing. I read Intimate Moments (now Silhouette Romantic Suspense), and I thought, I could write these. But after several rejections, I realized that reading romantic […]

Laura Barth on Category Slush Piles – Exploring Category Romance

Please welcome my guest, Laura Barth! Laura works with the Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin American Romance lines. # Many hopeful writers probably wonder about the process that results in either a rejection letter, a revision request, or–for the lucky few–a contract. So I thought I’d try to dispel some of the mystery by explaining the […]