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Why Romance?

Reading has always been an important part of my life. Books gave me worlds to visit, friends to make, and ideas to explore. I read ahead of most kids in my class and yes, I was the one kid who got excited when the teacher said we could read silently to ourselves.

I don’t remember when I picked up my first romance. It had to be about the time I was allowed out of the children’s section at the public library. I can’t even tell you the title of the first romance I read. All I can tell you is that it started my whole love affair with the genre. I began to devour every book I could find. There is something about the idea of finding that one person who understands the simplicity and complexity that makes you special.

Historical romances won my heart early on. It may have something to do with my dad’s love of Bonanza and Gunsmoke. I used to dream of being Miss Kitty and running off with Marshal Dillon. Western romances took my breath away, but when I discovered Hannah Howell , Scottish/Irish romances took over

It was around 1994 or 95 when I picked up a book that had an interesting theme. I later learned that this genre was called paranormal. romance. If I loved romance on a whole, then paranormal was by far my favorite sub-genre. I picked up any book I could which would fall into this category. Ghosts, weres, shifters, zombies, you name it, I read it.

When I began reviewing at Coffee Time Romance & More, I discovered a whole new world! Not only did I meet friends who shared my passion for books (this is where I met Hollie), but there were sub-genres I wouldn’t have dared pick up before this. With the risque covers and titles containing sexual innuendos, I fell in love with erotica and erotic romance as well as GLBT romance. Slowly, I climbed out of my shell to begin a wild and passionate affair with these also.

To this day, if you look at my bedside table, you never know what you will find on it. From westerns to historicals to contemporary or paranormal and everything in between have the chance of being there. Currently, I’m re-reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (for the 30th time at least) and I have an ARC from Saranna DeWylde on my tablet that I’m reading when I’m on break at school. I can’t even begin to tell you how many erotica, erotic romance, BDSM, and GLBT titles are on my tablet. Most are fairly quick reads so I will often read one or two before bed

As you can see romance has always been a big part of my life. So, tell me which sub-genre is your absolute favorite? Why do you love it so? Talk to me! Let’s discuss books 🙂

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


Learn something new everyday

An old saying, I know, but a good one to aim at, the knack to it is recognising when you are learning something new. It doesn’t have to be something complex and academic, just something you didn’t know yesterday.

So now you asking, “What on earth learning has to do with romance books?” It’s easy. When you write you research, the same goes when you edit, but that is still purposely going to find information. So, in some ways, it could still be called academic. What I’m talking about is the everyday things you come across that make you think “well I didn’t know that” or “oh, here we do it like that or say it like this”.

To us, that’s as important as any research because you’re learning about people and places and the differences between them. Which is one of the things that improves your writing craft. It’s one of the aspects of reading and editing we enjoy the most. In editing, it can be better because you get a chance to ask questions and learn everything your author knows, or sometimes tell the author how it is different where you live, or know about, giving them the chance to learn something knew as well. It’s one of the ways to make editing fun, making about learning and developing and I have to say gossiping, because we do that in our comments as well.

So what did you learn in the last book you read/edited/reviewed? Or what tid-bit of information did you put in your latest WIP?

For me, it was that you can get a black cherry hair dye, it isn’t one I have come across in my town, so I searched a popular online company, famous for selling books, and found some. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized