Are you a history fan?
If so, then I hope you also know that March is Women’s History Month.
I’ve often talked (and written) about my belief that the romance industry is arguably the most successful women’s business in history, and also that one of the reasons I love romance novels is that they make us feel more positive, optimistic, and uplifted.
One of the reasons I love historical romance (and historical women’s fiction, preferably with romantic elements ...
I just started author Weina Dai Randel’s debut novel, The Moon in the Palace, Book 1 in her Empress of Bright Moon duology, which comes out next week and is getting excellent reviews. (Book 2, The Empress of Bright Moon, comes out April 5.)
So far, it’s both lyrical and intriguing. I’ll give you an update when I’ve finished them both.
Here’s the cover copy:
“There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power.
A concubine ...
Awesome Mr. Dumas and I made our quick weekly trek to the local Costco a couple days ago and I (of course!) took a quick peek at the book selection.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of books I read when they came out a few years ago. I’m not sure why they’re making an appearance now, but I’m not going to argue—and I’ll highly recommend them again, like I did when I first discovered them. So, here ...
I’ve been away due to a death in the family, so this post has been delayed. As we head into Valentine’s Day, I wish you happy reading and a life full of romance wherever you can find it.
Some great books I’ve read in the last few weeks:
Beverly Jenkins’ recent release, Forbidden, was definitely the “it” book in late January, and for good reason. Jenkins is known for the seamless use of fascinating historical details in her ...
Photo courtesy of K.M. Jackson
There’s been some discussion about Kirkus Reviews’ coverage of romance novels in the past few days. We are listening and greatly appreciate the feedback. The editors of Kirkus are always thinking about diversity—all kinds of diversity—when we make our assignments. It’s our mission to cover books by authors of all races and ethnic groups, by LGBTQ authors, by disabled writers, and by women and men. We also cover books from a diversity of large and small publishers, books in ...
Today (and this month, in fact) I’ve decided to dive in to diversity.
Over at the Read-A-Romance site, I’ve invited 31 authors representing a spectrum of nationality, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, and orientation to post on The Joy of Romance, the 2015 theme for Read-A-Romance Month. (I also had a number of diverse authors during August—11, I think, out of 93. Just over 8 percent. Not enough.)
My reasons for doing a smaller version with only diverse authors ...
So are you a resolutions person at the beginning the year? Do you fill your mind with how-to’s, goal-setting, and lists of intentions for the coming months?
I have to say I’m always slightly more organized and “intentioned” at the beginning of the year, and while I don’t always stick to my plans, I make progress bit-by-bit, so I try to be easy on myself and remind myself of forward movement rather than dwelling on the steps back. Because there ...
Happy New Year, friends!
As 2015 comes to a close, I want to wish you all a year to come full of joyful and abundant reading!
This is also a terrific time to point out some great debut authors that launched this year. Since I didn’t get to read many myself, I asked a few reader and author friends and did a little research, plus took note of a few titles that I’d heard about through the year.
It can ...