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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 ...
’Twas the day before Christmas with no snow on the ground
How odd in Wisconsin, where we’re often snowbound.
Our tree was alight with baubles and glass,
and the small pile of presents we’d worked to amass.
I do love the gifts this season, of course,
And this year, a new Star Wars movie was a palpable Force.
It’s a beautiful time of grace and fun,
A perfect time to count our blessings, every one.
I adore my ...
The countdown is on, and we’re just one week away from Christmas. Wow, how crazy is that?
Last week I re-posted a great list of gifts for readers on the Read-A-Romance Month Facebook page (in case you wanted to follow me, that’s the best place to see most of what I do), which was a big hit.
As much as I loved it though, it inspired me to create my own list of Great Gifts for Romance Readers. It may ...
Following romance authors on social media is always fun, and not surprisingly, their posts encompass every emotion on the spectrum.
This week, a number of authors have posted various stories—and images, yum!—of the French firemen who posed for a calendar to support the non-profit Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firemen Without Boundaries) and in case a) you missed these posts, or b) you were tired of reading holiday-themed romances, I thought I’d a) share the link to a story about the ...
If you’re a historical romance fan, then this is a great month (plus a few days) for you!
Three of the best historical authors have books out between the end of November and the end of December. (And if you’re not a historical romance fan, well, this is a great time to give them a chance!)
Last week saw the release of Sweetest Scoundrel, the newest (and ninth) Maiden Lane title from Elizabeth Hoyt—Asa’s story, yay! I haven’t ...