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What Happened to the Historical Romance Novel?

Maya Rodale | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.

Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

There is statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If women suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.

10 Surprisingly Funny Romance Books

XOXO After Dark | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
XOXO After Dark

The best lovers can laugh at themselves.

Romance Writers Told This Type of Hero Would Never Sell. These Authors Showed How Hot They Could Be.

Maya Rodale | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

When I first began writing romance novels there were very few rules, including the book must end happily and do not write a sports hero. Seriously--even though women crush on them in real life (Hello, Beckham)--they were deemed off limits if you wanted to sell a romance.

I Almost Quit Writing; This Book Is Why I Didn't

Maya Rodale | Posted 09.05.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Earlier this year, I almost quit writing. The hours are endless, the pay is wildly unpredictable, and writing emotionally driven books is draining.

10 Books To Read Lying On The Beach... Or If You Wish You Were

XOXO After Dark | Posted 08.29.2014 | Books
XOXO After Dark

Summer reads to carry you through Labor Day.

Bestselling Author Marie Force Provides Her Path to Success

Michael Price | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Michael Price

Like so many successful writers of this era, Marie Force has built her career as a hybrid-writer, having published books on her own as well as through traditional publishers.

Sign Off the Internet and Start Reading Outside

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels Stop reading this blog. It's summer and you should turn off the Internet, p...

A "Sistah's" View: Fifty Shades of Gray

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Maybe it's just me, but a guy ordering me to give up all control and let him tell me what to do in bed or anywhere else is not okay.

Six Reasons to Love Military Romances

Maya Rodale | Posted 09.01.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

There's nothing quite like a man in uniform and nobody knows that better than the authors and fans of military romances. These novels feature "strong, sexy heroes and strong, sexy heroines" in dramatic, high conflict situations.

Love Is Dangerous... Still

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

The other weekend the Sunday New York Times Book Review had its annual summer reading issue. Now, it's not like I need any more books to read, since...

4 Bad Side Effects of Reading Fiction According to the 19th Century

Beth Bartlett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Beth Bartlett

These days we're desperately trying to get more people to read ("Please, read anything, here's a YA novel by the Kardashians") but in the 1800s, it was a different story.

This Teen Has Published Two Books Before Graduating From Middle School

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Black Voices

Writing a book is no small feat at any age. But one Brooklyn teen has completely exceeded the expectations of any author, despite her age. Angela...

Hacker Heroes, Girl Gamers and Other Reasons to Love Geeky Romance

Maya Rodale | Posted 07.15.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

I know, I know: Mark Zuckerberg is an unlikely sex symbol/romantic hero. But the young, successful tech entrepreneur is the hot new hero in romancelandia -- the new aristocracy, if you will.

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

Zola Books | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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."