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Why I Write Bisexual Romance

Cecilia Tan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cecilia Tan

When I write, all my characters are bisexual until proven otherwise. My invisible friends earn their keep, not only by being part of how I make my living in fiction writing, but by keeping me sane, by giving me an outlet for all my urges and desires.

October Is Queer Romance Month!

Suzanne Brockmann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne Brockmann

Over the past dozen or so years, the romance genre has begun to embrace LGBTQ equality. Because let's face it, love is love, and everyone deserves a chance to find their reflection in a book with a happy ending.

Should a Novelist Be Politically Correct?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The recent flap over a romance novel titled For Such a Time whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds that it is too discomfiting and disturbing to have been published.

This Romance Novel Stars A Pit Bull In A Wheelchair

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.22.2015 | Good News

A pit bull in a wheelchair named Robert is a catalyst for romance in novelist Jennifer Probst's new book. Without giving too much away, let's just ...

'Possessing The Lily' And Other Sexual Euphemisms You Never Knew You Needed

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy

Why can't we just say ... *whisper* penis and vagina?

You Say You Want a Revolution

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.26.2016 | Books
Maria Rodale

I spend a lot of my emotional, mental, and creative energy at the intersection of acceptance and resentment. Obviously, what this AA quote states are universal truths that are not merely about recovering from addiction.

Why I Read Romance Novels

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.26.2016 | Books
Maria Rodale

I started reading romance novels in college at my mother's insistence (long-ish story). As a student of women's literature, she declared that I couldn't legitimately receive such a degree without reading the most popular and profitable books by women, for women, about women.

10 Things I Learned from Reading Romance Novels

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.26.2016 | Books
Maria Rodale

From the very first lines of the very first romance novel I ever read in 1977 (Shanna, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss), I was hooked: "Night gripped the cit...

Romance Novels 101: The Infamous Book List That Changed My Life

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.26.2016 | Books
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels When my mother insisted that I, the snobby academic, read romance novels, I de...

The Most Powerful Word in the English Language: Hope

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.26.2016 | Books
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Jennifer Probst, author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance I remember I was hanging with my family one afternoon, and we were g...

Claire Fallon

'Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison's New Book Is The Best Terrible Guilty Pleasure Read | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts

Do you love romance? Do you love reading? Do you love "The Bachelor"? Are you from Texas? If you answered "yes" to any two of those questions, do we e...

Author Beverly Jenkins' Romance With the Past

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.08.2016 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thirty-one books later, Jenkins is known for introducing readers to little known histories of African-Americans in the 19th century, amid tales of complicated and strong heroines and the men who they grow to love.

Who Is the Romance Novel Reader?

Maya Rodale | Posted 05.07.2016 | Books
Maya Rodale

The romance industry is big -- it's the second largest category of fiction, outselling science fiction, fantasy and the classics -- which means there are a lot of readers, who may or may not fit the stereotype. It means that you or someone you know might be reading romances.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Fabio

Maya Rodale | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Maya Rodale

Romance novels are more than just Fabio books. They are also more than bodice rippers, mommy porn, trashy books, rescue fantasies, guilty pleasures, or any of the other "funny" but disparaging slang terms we have for them.

Meet Author C.M. Owens

Neal Wooten | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Neal Wooten

Keep on keeping on, Christie. If you're a fan of romance novels, check out her books. And if you love her books or are already a fan, let me say -- "That's my cousin."

Author Rachael Herron Tells Us About Love, the Coolest Writing Desk in the World and Her New Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

In the hands of another writer, this topic could be dreary and depressing, but Rachael spins a story of resilience and love that leaves you believing in the healing power of family and forgiveness.

50+ Posts That are Sexier Than 50 Shades of Grey!

Angela Keck | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Angela Keck

In those years I have read many, many books that have inspired me to put my love of writing those amazing characters, love stories, and yes sexy love scenes to work for me.

The Secrets of Publishing Success

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Lev Raphael

When I started out, an author friend warned me that publishing was a crazy business, and he was right. Ever since my first book was published in 1990, I've been seeing news items about one scary trend or another.

Reflecting on the Boystown Book Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

Thankfully, things have improved quite a bit since those days. I now enjoy watching Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives, and gay characters populate many shows on television and online. Still, I still keep thinking that there is room for more.

2014's Best Books for Women

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Maria Rodale

My goal this year was to read 100 books, including everything on my to-be-read (TBR) shelf and all those books I'd bought and forgotten about on my e-reader. Ha! Snort. Like that happened. I blame the people publishing all the amazing books I needed to read immediately.

Q&A with Romance Novelist Catherine Avril Morris About Her Rose Quartz Series

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Marry Me Twice and Cassidy's Daddy, the first two novels in the Rose Quartz Series by romance novelist Catherine Avril Morris, were just released in September.

16 Books For Foodies You'll Want To Devour

XOXO After Dark | Posted 12.24.2014 | Books
XOXO After Dark

We love to devour a good book, and so do the editors at XOXO After Dark! They've rounded up a tasty selection of fiction and nonfiction for you to sample, all about the pleasures of food. Use one of these as inspiration for your next dinner party, and you'll be well-read and well-fed!

31 Important Life Lessons From Romance Novels (Yes, Really)

Maya Rodale | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Maya Rodale

Heroes find heroines attractive for their personalities, especially if they are snarky, smart or sassy. Don't worry about being the nice girl all the time.

Am I an Author or Prostitute... Who Can Rightly Say?

D.J. Wilson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books
D.J. Wilson

Do some authors prostitute themselves to make a living creating stories that sell to the masses, rather than writing "their story" directly from the heart? That is the question of the day and one that I've asked myself repeatedly a thousand times.

What Happened to the Historical Romance Novel?

Maya Rodale | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Once upon a time, a girl could find some bad ass cowboys in historical westerns, tycoons in turn of the century NYC, and medieval Knights charging in to save the day.