Let’s talk about romance novels for a minute. Romance novels come with a specific stigma. They’re “cheap, cheesy, trashy, not real literature”… Do any of these sound familiar? Then, there’s the fact that romance novels are written for women only. Aren’t they? Maybe once upon a time. Now? That would be debatable. But consider, at least for the purpose of this post, that romance novels aren’t specifically written, NOT for men. Men read. As a matter of fact, men read a lot. And contrary to popular belief, a lot of men read.
Some of us could still use a small burst of joy to power through these next few weeks... not to mention some suitably breezy reading material for sunny days in the park. The good news is, YA rom-coms are just the ticket, and there are tons of amazing titles floating around these days. I’ve gathered five YA romances that will spark joy and provide a nice escape from the stress of daily life.
Let’s talk about books. There’s nothing I love more than cracking open a volume, going to the first page and diving into a great story. As writers, we hope to create characters and worlds that truly resonate with readers...
Why Erotica Is the Missing Ingredient in Your Romantic Life First, I want to explain what I mean by ‘romantic life.’ I don’t mean to sound like the beginning of a cheesy maid of honor speech, but the definition of romantic is an idealized view of reality. Inherently, a ‘romantic life’ is something that we align… Continue reading Why Erotica Is the Missing Ingredient in Your Romantic Life: a guest post by Gabi Levi
Hi, readers! I hopped on the bandwagon for this one. Thanks to the fascinating C.G. Drews at the Paper Fury blog, I stumbled across this awesome book tag post... She didn't officially tag me, just encouraged people to participate. So, I thought, hey, why not? I also missed Read A Book Day and International Literacy… Continue reading 20 Questions Book Tag
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Romance Novel Memories, Plus a Reader Poll!
Do you remember the first romance novel you ever read, or even which romance story in a film, that made you ‘swoon’?
As a child I’d always been swept away by the tales of Snow White, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. And romantic comedy movies were wonderful! While I was growing up, I savored the Mary Anne/Logan couple dynamics in The Baby-Sitters Club book series.
Being a writer and a bookworm at heart, however, I must be true to my passion. The first romance novel I remember being simply thrilled with was Annette Curtis Klause’s The Silver Kiss. I was browsing my library at school. I think was about twelve or thirteen. I had just finished two other reads, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (YA historical), and Say Goodnight, Gracie (YA fiction/drama).
I needed a change, something altogether…
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Big Myths That Should Be Dispelled About Romance Novels If you’re a fan of romance, then you’ve probably heard an insult or two regarding your favorite genre. And for those who don’t often gravitate towards romance for various reasons, now is the time to listen up and take this into consideration. You might be… Continue reading Big Myths That Should Be Dispelled About Romance Novels: a romance blogger post by multi-genre author Marie Lavender
Why YOU Should Read at Least One Romance Novel in Your Lifetime When people hear the term 'romance novel', usually they think of some cheesy story where true love triumphs at the end and it fulfills someone’s secret desires. However, there is so much more to these stories than just “sappiness” and “smuttiness.” They… Continue reading Why YOU Should Read at Least One Romance Novel in Your Lifetime: a guest post by Lady Silver
Top Historical Romance Books We Can't Stop Reading Whether you’re in a biker dating rut and need some way to keep things interesting, or are a bookworm that’ll read anything and everything, today we present a short yet comprehensive list of historical romance books that are a true hit with their readership! Mostly set… Continue reading Top Historical Romance Books We Can’t Stop Reading: a guest post by Dating Connections
Here’s a fun post for all. This is a Book Lovers Tag challenge. I came across this great tag over at D.G. Kaye Writer’s blog, where she invited anyone to join in. I thought it would be exciting to jump into the challenge, as besides being an author, I love reading romance novels (hence the blog's… Continue reading Book Lovers Tag