Blog Policy

The I Love Romance Blog, or ILRB (as I love my acronyms), was built so that we could talk about the different facets of romantic relationships, and discuss romance novels. Posts can take the form of new release features or book features, cover reveals, romantic thought posts or romantic poetry, interviews (character interviews and exclusive author interviews), guests posts about romance or dating tips (contact me with your ideas!), articles on romance writing, book giveaways and other events like blog tours, as well as guest book reviews. Please browse our archives on the right hand side of the page to explore the blog’s posts.

Posting days are set for most Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless we are on blog hiatus.

UPDATE for February 2021:  This site is getting a major overhaul, and my policies have changed. Now and then, I may pop in on any day of the week to announce an event. As I am an author as well, I occasionally post about news regarding my own romance novels. I like to keep you apprised of all related book releases. I also might post personal, written articles sometimes – always relevant to this blog’s theme, of course. For the most part, I will be stepping away from my blogs for a while, to take a much needed hiatus, and to focus more on my writing.

Sometimes I will squeeze in an author’s new release feature, if it coincides with a book launch. However, keep in mind that I am only human and I will offer what my schedule allows. I am posting for two other days on a different blog, so all of this keeps me incredibly busy. If you have a book release coming, it’s better to contact me early on, as our spots get grabbed up so fast.

*****ONLY THIS OPTION IS STILL OPEN –> Please email me if you’d like to gush about a great romance book you’ve read! Don’t find this daunting. A book review can be as short as a paragraph, and as lengthy as you like! Then I’ll post the guest book review as soon as possible in this format. Drop me an email with the subject heading ‘Willing to write a guest book review for ILRB’.

We want to hear from readers! Recently, we began a new feature titled ‘What Does Romance Mean to Me?’, in which we get a take from any book reader of romance on how reading romance novels has shaped his or her life. You do not need to be an author to write a guest post for this feature! ♥

Plus, we have another feature, titled ‘Heroes & Heroines’. With this type of guest post, authors will tell us about one of their characters from a book. It doesn’t need to be from a character’s perspective, though that’s a possibility. It could simply be a casual approach on how the character was developed, what was it about the character’s personality that kept the author up at night, what parts of their story demanded to be told…that kind of thing.

SUBMISSIONS CALL –> As aforementioned, GUEST BOOK REVIEWS are an option. If you have a book you’d like to recommend, and you don’t mind writing some of your thoughts about it, we’d love to feature your book review of a romance novel (any subgenre). For reference, this is the format. I can also provide a book title for you to read from my extensive TBR pile.

****SPECIAL NOTE: I no longer have the time, energy, or health to write book reviews on my own, so DON’T even bother asking. Yes, we were offering book reviews. I was taking on this enterprise to bring great romance novel reviews to ILRB…however, my reading list got too long, and I am beyond exhausted from a few illnesses this year. I’ll do my best to fulfill my promises for past book review requests. Please visit our Review Policy page for more details… ♥ Feel free to reach out to me if you have a creative idea for a romantic post, or if you’re an author who would like one of these features for your book, at marieannlavender@gmail.com.

***PAID OPTION –> In the meantime, if time allows, I may be willing to do sponsored posts, if your company’s budget allows it, and only if your post would fit the premise of this blog. Please reach out to me for a quote and details. I will NOT turn this blog into a forum for your inflammatory political views, so don’t even bother sending political articles, and I won’t post about unrelated products or services. Stick to the theme! If your article/product helps readers find a great romance book, or your service can assist our readers with their romantic relationships in some manner, even if you offer tips about romance writing, then I’m more than happy to work with you.

**Please consider submitting a short reading list to ILRB, so we can add it to ‘Our Fave Reads‘ page! We want to know your favorite romance books! ♥

****PROPER CONDUCT FOR GUEST WRITERS****

This shouldn’t need to be said, but given some of the poor behavior I’ve witnessed in recent years, here it is…

If you are participating, PLEASE have your information for a post sent to me in a timely manner – preferably a week in advance. I will also take something by the Friday of the previous week (yes, that means even if your post is coming up on Tuesday). But for God’s sake, communication is key. IF for some reason you cannot meet a deadline, please offer the common courtesy of sending an email. Flaking on a blogger is just rude, and even as an author with occasional features on other blogs, I would never do that to someone else. Know I am human too, and I understand when life gets in the way of your plans. But just tell me with a quick email (or even a private message on Facebook), and we’re good. I hate having to chase people and beg them to send in their stuff, especially if I never EVER receive a response. It’s a waste of both of our time. Just keep in contact, and I will fully understand if you need to reschedule or require more time to get everything together. As a blogger, I prefer to be prepared, but things will go smoother if you respect me the way I respect all of you. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, right? 😕

In the event that you do need to reschedule your spot, PLEASE let me know as early as possible so I can get another guest settled in for that date. Thanks! ♥

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