Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mary Balogh’s TANGLED

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.

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Building Setting: Inherent Conflict

When creating a setting for a novel, it needs to provide opportunities for conflict. For example, in a Regency Romance, the conflict is generally between the characters and the social mores of that time and place. For one reason or … Continue reading

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Active Settings

I had a note to myself that I should blog about “active settings.” I didn’t remember exactly why I’d written that phrase down, but ideas began to spill into my mind, as if the phrase was a cue. Thinking of … Continue reading

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Digital Publishing Linkgasm

There have been some substantial articles recently that go deeper into issues of digital publishing and how it’s affecting and possibly might affect the print publishing market. Romance author Stephanie Laurens wrote a 7-part, very thoughtful commentary on recent changes … Continue reading

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If You Build It, They Will Come: Worldbuilding in Urban Fantasy

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.

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Paranormal Allegories

I have a post on Heroes and Heartbreakers today: “If You Build It, They Will Come: Worldbuilding in Urban Fantasy.” Now, on to today’s post! What do the paranormal creatures in Paranormal Romance represent? Are they allegories? You could say, … Continue reading

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Fun With Rhetoric

As I mentioned a while ago, I’ve been slowly working my way through a book on rhetoric by James Phelan, Experiencing Fiction: Judgments, Progression, and the Rhetorical Theory of Narrative. I’m taking great joy in reading this book and letting … Continue reading

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“Arms and the Man,” Siegfried Sassoon

Arms and the Man Young Croesus went to pay his call On Colonel Sawbones, Caxton Hall: And, though his wound was healed and mended, He hoped he’d get his leave extended. The waiting-room was dark and bare. He eyed a … Continue reading

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Change in Publishing Frequency

(No, this is not an April Fool’s post!) Public Service Announcement: Starting this month, I’m reducing my weekly blog posts from seven to four – in general, I plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, though the weekday … Continue reading

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