Jane Yolen on plot

From Take Joy, by Jane Yolen: “It is the writer’s privilege, really, to order events, to focus on one strand of an existence while ignoring all others. We cannot do this in reality–but we can on the pages of a book.” [p. 134] “A good plot does not just look forward. It forces us backwards […]

Romance Reading So Far This Year

In 2009, I’m keeping track of my reading. Here’s my romance and erotica reading so far for the year, divided by sub-genre: Contemporary:Janice Kay Johnson, What She Wants for Christmas [category]Victoria Dahl, Talk Me DownKathleen O’Reilly, Once Upon a Mattress [category]Julie Cohen, Mistress in Private [category]Kayla Perrin, Love, Lies and Videotape Historical:Sherry Thomas, DeliciousLoretta Chase, […]

Where’s the sexual line in shapeshifter romance?

Today’s wild speculation–where’s the sexual line in shapeshifter romance? I don’t think I’ve ever read a paranormal romance, or even a fantasy novel, in which a sex scene happens between one human partner and one partner who’s shifted into an animal form. With one exception, I’ve never even seen such a scene happen when the […]

Siegfried Sassoon, "Attack"

AttackAt dawn the ridge emerges massed and dunIn the wild purple of the glow’ring sun,Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroudThe menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowedWith bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,Men jostle and climb to meet […]