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3 reader-centric websites to find favorite-genre books

3 Websites for Favorite-Genre Books You know how sometimes, you just want to find a book in one of your favorite genre without wading through thousands? Booksellers have gotten better about categories, but many of them use the same groupings you’d find in a physical bookstore. And let’s be honest, some put their thumb on […]

Happy Earth Day - Love Your MOther

Happy Earth Day I’m extremely fond of the planet we live on, so here’s wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day, 22 April. This year, lots of events have moved online for social distancing reasons, but they look amazing. Environmental causes have some great slogans, and climate fiction has come great books. Clever Earth Day Slogans People […]

Authors of Color Write SciFi Romance

Authors of Color Write SciFi Romances Opinions and Recommendations This is a companion to my post on Authors of Color Write Paranormal Romances. Because apparently it has to be stated that authors of color write scifi romances, too. I know, you’re shocked. 🙀 Not as shocked as I was when I overheard a conversation at […]

Authors of Color Write Paranormal Romances

Authors of Color Write Paranormal Romances Note: Contains opinionated author opinions and book recommendations I’m a sucker for a good story, regardless of who wrote it. Sometimes the author becomes the story, in both good and bad ways, which is a topic for another day. Today’s topic is that authors of color write paranormal romances. […]

9 interracial paranormal romances

9 Interracial Paranormal Romances You Should Read A reader and fan commented the other day that it’s hard to find interracial paranormal romance books to read. “Nonsense,” said I, quite airily. And as it turns out, quite wrongly. Therefore, this is me, making amends with recommendations for 9 interracial paranormal romances you should read. I […]

Evolution of Space Opera

The Evolution of Space Opera I still get questions from time to time about what space opera is, and whether it involves singing*. This is my take on it, and a brief discussion of the evolution of space opera. Science fiction, romance, and mystery all are big enough genres in terms of writers and readers […]

More Pet Peeves about Romances

More Pet Peeves about Romances Because I include romances in my Central Galactic Concordance space opera series, and because I’m working on three new secret projects that all involve romance, I read a lot of them to make sure I’m meeting reader expectations. I love romances in my favorite space opera, fantasy, and paranormal genres, […]

More Pet Peeves about Romances

More Pet Peeves about Romances Because I include romances in my Central Galactic Concordance space opera series, and because I’m working on three new secret projects that all involve romance, I read a lot of them to make sure I’m meeting reader expectations. I love romances in my favorite space opera, fantasy, and paranormal genres, […]

Reading Recommendations for the Holidays 2017

Reading Recommendations for the Holidays (2017) — Books I Love, and Hope You Will, Too I love to read. Books are my boon companions and the chance to visit worlds that aren’t my own. However, I tank at writing reviews, because I know exactly how much work goes into writing a book, so I can’t […]

Romance Is the Hope of Life

Romance is the Hope of Life If you read (or write) romance, chances are, you’ve received subtle or overt negative commentary on your choice of genre. You’ve probably hidden the cover, or felt embarrassed, or made excuses, just to keep the peace. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. The reasons for discounting, sneering at, […]

Pet Peeves: Dubious Consent in Romance

This is one of an occasional series on my pet peeves about romance. If you’re not in the mood for a long rant, please go look the hilarious cat videos on YouTube. Dubious Consent in Romance Has Got to Go I love to read, and I read a lot. I almost always finish the book, […]

Romances Are Subversive

No respect for romances Romance authors, even really prolific, best-selling authors, don’t get noticed for major awards, or mentioned in articles about the publishing industry. I’ve seen more than one listing of “most important books” that goes out of its way to snub romance. But, while romances are being dismissed as unimportant, their readers are being […]

6 Things I Learned from Romances

6 Things I Learned from Reading Romances I’ve mentioned it before, but when I set out on the Central Galactic Concordance journey, I read a lot of romances so I’d know what romance readers expect. Because my CGC universe also has mental talents (hence the title of my latest book, Minder Rising), an element that usually appears […]

Genres Are A Reader's Friend

Genres: Reader’s Friend, or Straightjacket? A classic Saturday Night Live fake commercial had Dan Akroyd and Gilda Radner arguing about whether a new product, Shimmer, was a floor wax or a desert topping, only to have spokesperson Chevy Chase reveal that it’s both. If you’ve never seen it, watch it here.  I feel that way about […]

Buy Ebooks at Your Local Independent Bookstore

Now You Can Buy Ebooks AND Support Your Local Independent Bookstore Most people still read paper-based books, but the number of ebooks read is growing every year, and the number of people who say they mostly buy ebooks also growing. I heard a recent statistic that says 75% of book sales are for paper/hardbound. In […]