love stories

September 23, 2015

Writer Wednesday: Organic Romance

I love romance, and no, I never pretended I didn’t. I never rolled my eyes at the genre or tried to improve other people’s opinions of me if they got all judgy about what I was reading. Here’s the thing, I read. I read a lot.  I grew up reading my grandmother’s Harlequins from Penny Jordan to Carole Mortimer to Nora Roberts to Kay Hooper and many, many more. I would raft with Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and I shipped Tom and Huck with Becky (yes, I was that girl.) I ran wild with Trixie Belden […]
September 15, 2010

It’s the Romantic Moments

Letters to Juliet is romance. I got to watch Letters to Juliet yesterday when it came out on DVD. It’s one of the films that I really wanted to watch when I came out, but sadly, I just didn’t get to the theater. But I can say honestly, about this film, it was so worth the wait. The Little Moments Romance isn’t always about the great grand gestures. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s about those little moments, the little things that take your breath away. Not too long ago, my critique partner gave me the most wonderful compliment. […]
November 12, 2009

Through Love Struck Glasses

I love to read romance to see the hero or the heroine through the love truck gaze of their partner. Romance. Passion. Sizzle. Smoking hot bods. Ripped abdominals. Gentle eyes. Hard jaws. The hot guys of romance all share one thing in common – they’re good-looking charmers who are ardent protectors of the ladies in their lives. Reading Shannon K. Butcher’s Love You to Death I am reminded of why I love to read romance – and it is not just for the hot guys, but they don’t hurt. Eyes of Love In Love You to Death, Elise is terrified […]
September 18, 2009

Angst for the Memories

In German and Dutch, angst means fear or anxiety. In English, angst has come to mean emotional strife. It is most keenly associated with teenagers (teenage angst). But angst itself is a powerful motivator in fiction whether we are talking about teenagers, adults, fantasy or romance. For a writer, angst is the obstacle to be overcome in their hero or heroine’s journey. For the reader, angst generates empathy and sympathy. You want the characters you are rooting for to overcome their angst whether it is coming from an internal or external source. In the Buffy episode Lover’s Walk, all the […]
July 19, 2009

Sunday Snips and Clips – Second Edition

What a fantastic week this has been. I got a great review for Remembering Ashby over at the Book Junkie; kept up with the latest events at the RWA including rule changes that make entering the RITAs a possibility. Prepped my entry for the Eppies and of course, spent a lot of time writing, writing, writing in and around doing laps, playing with the kiddo and avoiding being swept up in Harry Potter madness. Enjoy your Sunday snips and clips here at the Daily Dose. This coming week, we turn the spotlight on the book reviewers who take the time […]