I’ve got a new post up at Heroes and Heartbreakers: Just a Gigolo…Romance Hero? # Out of curiosity, I recently did a search on the phrase “romance novels.” This was prompted by a conversation I had with Magdalen of Promantica, who’d recently heard the term “Harlequin romances” used as a generic disparaging term. So I […]
At Heroes and Heartbreakers, I analyzed Mary Balogh’s Tangled as an erotic romance. I focused on the first two sections of the novel, and how the marriage of the two main characters develops and changes through their sexual relationship.
If you missed it on Wednesday, I have a new post on Heroes and Heartbreakers: “If You Build It, They Will Come: Worldbuilding in Urban Fantasy.” My other posts at Heroes and Heartbreakers.
If you missed it Friday evening, I posted on “Undressing the Hero: Judith Ivory’s Untie My Heart” for Heroes and Heartbreakers. # For my birthday this year, I decided to get myself a pair of shoes. My first choice was well out of my price range, but then I remembered a pair of saddle shoes […]
I wrote a post, “Undressing the Hero: Judith Ivory’s Untie My Heart” for Heroes and Heartbreakers that went live today. Now on to today’s topic. I don’t intend to make “unusual heroines” a weekly thing, but I do want to know…where are the romance heroines who are academics? Career academic who solves murders, yes: Quieter […]
Where are all the sporty women in romance? The female professional athletes, or the ones who played basketball in college? Is there no Title IX for romance heroines? For a romance with male athletes, I know to look up Susan Elizabeth Phillips or Kayla Perrin. But women athletes? Aside from various equestrian skills (most common […]
Five! Out! Of! Six! (Yes, the cover illustrating this post is meant to be ironic!) In the past, the Nebula Awards have been dominated by male authors. However, this year the number of nominations written by woman are astonishing, and I am so happy. It’s a start. The Nebulas are voted on by the membership […]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the appeal of pirates, particularly in romance novels. Pirates seem to hold a special place in the genre, at least among heroes, along with The Rake or The Highlander. My theory (I always have a theory!) is that for pirates, their transgression is what appeals. Transgression is important, […]
What do you look for in a romance heroine? Or the heroine of a space opera, or of a quest fantasy? What kind of heroine always makes you want to read further?Does she need to be an orphan, or have a big happy family, or a mean and awful family? Should her eyes be amethyst […]
What does it mean, to be a man? To be masculine? What does it mean to be a man who is the hero of a romance novel?Romance readers, including me, often talk about “alpha” or “beta” heroes as two generalized types. The alpha can be seen as a protector and/or a provider (rich in money […]