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Romance Novels

How I Learned to Stop Being a Literary Snob and Love Romance

Zola Books | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Zola Books

Having writers who can cater to our private and guilty-pleasure reading tastes is the same as having a truly good sex partner who's willing to act out your most reductive or taboo fantasies, because sometimes that's what you need.

Love and Rainbows -- Romance Novels Blaze a Trail for Everyday Equality

Bobbi Dumas | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Bobbi Dumas

The fact that they are gay is just another character element -- like gum-chewing, the tendency to curse or not being a morning person. And really, how refreshing is the normalcy of that?

9 Contemporary Love Stories That Will Make You Swoon

| Posted 02.11.2014 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus Love may be one of literature’s oldest topics but if an agile, exciting writer takes it on, love can feel new. The...

Is Naughty Nice on Valentine's Day?

Dana Holmes | Posted 04.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

It depends on who you ask. But when you are scrambling over these next few days to get your Valentine's Day game on, you should think carefully about ...

Fun, Flirty Reads for Valentine's Day

Maya Rodale | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

These romantic reads will get you in the mood for romance and/or will be an excellent accompaniment to a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. They might also give you some (naughty) ideas of how to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Heroines Gone Wild

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Maria Rodale

By guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels Once upon a time, if a woman wanted to make it in the world she had to keep ...

10 Differences Between Finding Love In A Romance Novel And In Real Life

Patience Bloom | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Patience Bloom

Sixteen years ago, when I started editing romances, I had an inkling that real love might not resemble the fantasy. There were a few similarities: the goose bumps, surprising emotions, nights out on the town, nights indoors, and the potential for that coveted walk down the aisle.

The Real Men Who Read Romance Novels

Maya Rodale | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Who are the real men who read and write romance novels just because they like it?  I spoke with a few of them and about the portrayal of men in the genre, how people react to them, and how to make these books more appealing to dudes.

On '12 Years a Slave' and Why We Enjoy Watching Others Suffer

Nel McDonald | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Nel McDonald

12 Years a Slave is not the first film to assail its audience with a harrowing tale of human suffering. I am now left wondering why droves of people would willingly, and maybe even eagerly, go to the cinema to experience something so relentlessly bleak.

The Surprising Qualities Women Want in a Hero

Maya Rodale | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

From classic Harlequin novels to 50 Shades of Grey, the hot, inscrutable billionaire hero has been dominating bestseller lists, e-readers, bookshelves...

Dude reads like a lady

Roz Warren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

As he handed me his library card, I waited for the disclaimer. Sure enough, he announced, "These aren't for me. They're for my wife."

On Becoming Fearless

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

By guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels Like any sane person, I was afraid to ride a bike through New York City. But...

How to Get Married at Work

Morgan Baden | Posted 02.10.2014 | Weddings
Morgan Baden

Is it strange to get married in the same place where you already spend 50 hours a week? Maybe. But I prefer to look at it this way: the memories of the most fun, emotional day of my life so far are easily accessible.

Can Guys Write Romance Novels?

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
John Blumenthal

Hoping to cash in on the insanely lucrative market for romance novels, I decided to write one with my friend, Barry Golson. Granted, the genre is dominated by women, but so what? How hard could it be?

Great Wallflowers in Literature

Maya Rodale | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Some of the most popular and well-known heroines of literature are the outspoken troublemakers. Think Scarlett O'Hara, Anne of Green Gables, Emma Woodhouse, Becky Sharpe or Lady Macbeth. And then there are the wallflowers.

7 Things I Learned About Life from Romance Novels

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure In days of yore, there was a tremendous fear that young, impres...

What Makes A Great Romance Novel?

A.D. Robertson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
A.D. Robertson

What makes a truly fantastic romance? Do readers want to gain entrance to a temple or buy a ticket to an amusement park?

Where Is the Love?

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Maria Rodale

What is the appeal of books like 50 Shades of Grey, and why do so many women want to be treated that way--with violence and domination instead of passion, tenderness, and freedom?

Interview With Fresh Women Author, Jodi Lipper

Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent | Posted 11.17.2013 | Books
Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent

Our next book together will be about nurturing and creating beautiful female friendships, but Jodi's newly released new adult novel is a naughty, sexy, and smart look at the other side of these friendships.

Young Adult, New Adult... Mid-Adult?

S.L. Scott | Posted 10.01.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

Mid-Adult contains characters that range from the ages of 35 to late 40s. Yes, some might call that middle age, but I prefer Mid-Adult. Middle age sounds more dated and older than these characters, which tend to be vibrant and worldly.

What I Realized After Reading My First Romance Novel

Hayley Krischer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Women
Hayley Krischer

I can't help but wonder how many romance novels dating back in time, say, Madame Bovary, or, yes, even Forever, allowed women to identify with a female character who is interested in self-preservation, self-pleasure and self-interest. Because those qualities can be a turn on too.

Five Rules for a Gay Summer Beach Read

Mario López-Cordero | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
Mario López-Cordero

Let me set the scene: It's the middle of summer 2008 and as a freelance writer in between assignments, I have escaped Manhattan to a rental in Fire Island with my dog and a stack of books for company.

Senate Candidate's Sexy Side-Hobby Raises Eyebrows

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 07.12.2013 | Fifty

A Republican conservative Senate candidate in Colorado is having to answer for something she's done in her past. Jaxine Bubis' offense? Writing ero...

When Four Authors Went Rogue...

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.02.2013 | Women
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure We were all on deadline. We had books to write and promote, as ...

Romance Authors Dish On First Sex Scenes They Read

| Posted 06.26.2013 | Books

Originally posted on Bookish: While it's true that there's a lot more to the romance novel than the sex scenes, you can't dismiss their impact. At...