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March 10, 2016

Long story short, I’ve been working on getting my backlist back in print with shiny new covers andbonus material. Here is the first of those shiny new covers!

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How pretty is that?!

Newsletter subscribers will be notified when the book goes on sale, so I’d recommend signing up!

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Published on March 10, 2016 13:56 • 36 views

November 1, 2015

{This is less review and more analysis. It goes without saying that there are spoilers all up in here, so be warned.}

I hadno business reading this book. My only defense is that the blurb saidthe couple would go “from spreadsheets to bed sheets” and Iwas captivatedby the wordplay.

Cover for Jennifer Hayward's The Magnate's Manifesto.I do not generally have a positive response tothe Battle of the Sexes trope in romance. (For example, this fiasco.)So although I do enjoy the occasional HP, I am clearlynot this book’starget audience.

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Published on November 01, 2015 09:37 • 16 views

{This is less review and more analysis. It goes without saying that there are spoilers all up in here, so be warned.}

I hadno business reading this book. My only defense is that the blurb saidthe couple would go “from spreadsheets to bed sheets” and Iwas captivatedby the wordplay.

Cover for Jennifer Hayward's The Magnate's Manifesto.I do not generally have a positive response tothe Battle of the Sexes trope in romance. (For example, this fiasco.)So although I do enjoy the occasional HP, I am clearlynot this book’starget audience.

“Not this book...

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Published on November 01, 2015 09:37 • 27 views

September 29, 2015

Jane Austen only ever wrote one duke.

He doesn’t even appear on the page. He warrantsa brief secondhand mention during the amateur theatricals ofMansfield Park, and POOF, farewell to his grace.There are a few titled Austen characters floating around in the novels, buteven such plain titles as Sir, Lord, or Lady are rarefied and remarkable among all the misses and misters.

Caught as we are in the current wave of Ducaphilia, it’s hard for us to dissociate Austen from the sparklingtitles that ab...

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Published on September 29, 2015 16:56 • 22 views

July 29, 2015

Two things in particular happenedthis week.

1. Authors of color shared their experiencesat the national RWA conference in New York. Suleikha Snyder’s ‘A Tale of Two Conferences’ and Rebekah Weatherspoon’s ‘#RWA15 – A WOC Perspective’are both required reading, especially if you’re newly awakened to the obstaclesthat authors of color overcomein addition tomore openly acknowledgeddifficulties(revisions, synopses, caffeine dependency). Subsequent Twitter discussion brought up microaggressions and...

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Published on July 29, 2015 16:34 • 19 views

June 2, 2015

{Content note: the following post talks about forced seduction and sexual assaultin romance and in real life. Nothing graphic, but the subjectis pervasive. It’s also heteronormative as fuck, since the reference piece deals exclusively with heroes and heroines in m/f romance. My apologies that I couldn’t find a coherent way around that.}

We need to talk about empathy in romance. Specifically: who receives it, both in the novels and in the reader/author/reviewer conversations. And that’s a big,...

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Published on June 02, 2015 16:10 • 24 views

March 25, 2015

Here’s a fun set of facts:

I am an Ellora’s Cave author who donated to Jane Litte’s defense fund. I am an author who writes reviews (more like critiques/analysis really) and sometimes those reviews are negative. Like: really, really negative. Sometimes they’re ecstatic! But: you know. A lot of my (long and thinky) analysis posts have cited Dear Author, because they’re a known and important voice in the romance industry. I use the same pen name and website for both my books and my reviews. Be...
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Published on March 25, 2015 20:14 • 33 views

March 24, 2015

When I’m talking narrative and I want someone’s eyes to light up, I just tell them this:Die Hard is one of my favorite Cinderella stories.

I cannot take credit for making the connection myself.It was at a conference. An editor from a well-known publishing housewas definingan elevator pitch for the benefit of a new writer. “It’s like: Cinderella meets Die Hard,” he said. The audiencelaughed, and the editor with them. “I know,” he continued. “What would that even look like?”

Reader, I was shaki...

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Published on March 24, 2015 16:48 • 36 views

February 25, 2015

{Disclaimer: I have not read nearly allof the books I list here, but the author of the original post hasn’t either, so what the hell, let’s do this.}


Short version: someone who’s never read a romance novel showed up today to tell us what she’d like to see in modern romance novels(DoNotLinkified for your pleasure). It’s the usual nonsense— ignorance of the genre worn like a badge of honor, obligatory Fabio namedrop— butsince it takes as premise the idea that these are romance novels the author...

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Published on February 25, 2015 15:53 • 27 views

January 10, 2015

{For the Love of Lit Crit is a post series that takes a feminist look at romance texts — not so much to prove that romance is feminist or anti-feminist, but because sometimes analysis can be as fun and escapist as a love story. Spoilers abound! Also, a content note for discussion of guns and violence, though I don’t think things get really graphic or specific.


Meanwhile, during the month of January I’m catching up on a bunch of books from the TBR list, most of which have been out for some time...

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Published on January 10, 2015 11:14 • 41 views