So here we are, in the week between the terrorist attacks against my beloved Paris and a national holiday that celebrates gratitude and abundance—you know, the one that’s so often skipped over between bats and witches and Santas and elves.
Since my column will fall on Thanksgiving next week, I’ll write more about that holiday later, but this seems a good time to focus on the spirit of the holiday: gratitude.
Then again, it’s always a good time to focus ...
Diwali is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in the Hindu faith. This Festival of Light, celebrating the triumph of light over shadow, good over evil, lasts for five days, though the third day is considered the biggest day of the celebration. In 2015, the holiday falls November 9-13, so the biggest day was Wednesday, but there is still time to light a candle in honor of this luminous, beautiful celebration.
I thought it might be nice to ...
A few weeks ago, two sisters launched a Kickstarter campaign for a romance bookstore in LA. (If by some chance you missed it in the huge launch media blast, their pitch video is here.) They’ve currently reached about two-thirds of their goal of $90,000.
A couple of days after they launched, I posted this on Twitter:
“Am I the only one who loves [the] idea of [a] romance bookstore but dislikes [The] Ripped Bodice & ‘fine smut’?”
Are you doing anything fun this year? For the first time ever, my kids are out of the house and I have a professional obligation that night. So I won’t be home to give out candy. :o(
However, I love the holiday and I do try to do a little seasonal reading around this time of year. I prefer my endings happy and my ghosts and ghouls either light-hearted or vanquished, so I avoid the more horror-filled end ...
Lisa Kleypas photographed by Danielle Barnum
After more than two years, Lisa Kleypas fans finally have two new titles to sink into—one contemporary, Brown-Eyed Girl, and one historical, Cold-Hearted Rake.
I had a phone chat with Kleypas recently and we discussed romance novels, careers, risks, and reviews. If you’re a fan, you may already know that Kleypas was a Miss Massachusetts; that she started writing a book at summer camp when she was 16; that she sold her first novel just after she graduated from ...
Hi romance friends!
You may remember that last October I had a piece on NPR that celebrated diversity in romance.
Hard to believe a whole year has gone by, but here we are again, with cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and Halloween decorations.
Last year I also did a post here on Kirkus around National Coming Out Day, in which I mentioned a number of great LGBTQ+ authors and titles, and Queer Romance Month, which is back for year two ...
Wow, how about that baseball?!
It’s been quite a postseason. Not only has there been a simply astonishing level of play, but none of the biggest names in baseball are in there, with the arguable exception of the Dodgers. And after that heinous hard slide by Chase Utley that broke Ruben Tejada’s leg, all I have to say is, “Let’s Go Mets!”
But seriously, wow! The Royals, The Mets, The Blue Jays, The Astros, the Rangers—and THE CUBS! Who ...
Recently, I was stunned to discover that Sherry Thomas, one of my favorite writers, has never hit the NYT bestsellers list!
People! People, please! Do yourself a favor. If you haven’t already, pick up one of her books!
(Am I using enough exclamation points? Do you feel my urgency on this matter?!)
Now, I know many of you romance readers are ST fans. She routinely ends up on Best-Ever romance lists, and it’s never a surprise when authors claim her ...