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    The First Families of Romancelandia

    I’ve been re-reading (listening to) Sarina Bowen’s True North Series and falling in love with the Shipley family all over again. So, it occurred to me to compile a list of the great, warm-hearted families of Romancelandia. The ones that make us just want to curl up on the couch with the gang, help out in the kitchen, sit around a campfire with…you know the deal. As always, my friends came through! Ilona Andrews, The Baylors of the HIDDEN LEGACY series (Per @IsobelCarr and @JenicaDawn), the KATE DANIELS series – “Over 100 shifters live in a big castle on the…

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    On Submission? Check This Out…

    The lovely ladies at All The Kissing asked me to write an article about how to cope with being on submission, or “on sub.” (For those who haven’t experienced this, it’s when your agent takes your manuscript to acquiring editors and you…wait. If you’re interested in my coping strategies for this stressful time, I hope you like it!

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    The Prickly Heroines of 2018

    Wow. It’s been ten months since I crowdsourced A Home for “Difficult” Heroines.” And it’s been a great year for some stunning, strong women in romance fiction. Women with agency and boundaries.  Women who, inexplicably to me, frequently get the label of “bitch.” So, I’ve asked Twitter to give me their recommendations for this year’s best bitches. Listed below with the Twitter handles of the recommenders. Contemporary Alyssa Cole, A DUKE BY DEFAULT – “I loved Portia because she knew herself.” (Per @damselspodcast) Jenny Holiday, the entire Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series (shhh, I know THREE LITTLE WORDS doesn’t pub until…

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    Happy Holidays from Buck House

    …hee. Yeah. Chez Buck is not exactly Buckingham Palace. And this year’s holidays have been marred by some pretty serious health issues (mostly mine, though some have been Mr. B’s. Spines are the very devil, I’m convinced of it. Specifically, the sciatic nerve is a design flaw and I would like to speak to a manager right this instant.) So, despite having a yearly ritual to go to the local tree nursery and get a fresh tree, we conceded to the fact that neither my nor Mr. B’s back is up to wrangling one this year and finally decided to…

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    Stuff I love – Svaha

    I’m the type of person who, when i find something I love, I tend to do two things: Buy multiples of the beloved thing. Shout the infatuation from the rooftops. So here’s my shout from the rooftops, wearing the second beloved thing.  Dresses from Svaha. These aren’t just cute, funky cotton dresses. They’re cute, funky cotton dresses with pockets. Cute, funky cotton dresses with pockets big enough to carry a Kindle.  Go forth and peruse, loves. You won’t be disappointed.

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    Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime Series

    I’ve been lucky enough to get to be an early reader of all Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime books in ARC (advance reader’s copy) form. And if someone were to ask me which of them was my favorite, I couldn’t begin to tell you. They’re all so good. All so individual, while still retaining that Kate Clayborn-ness. Why don’t you ask me which one of my cats are my favorite while you’re at it, you monster? The basic premise is that best friends Kit, Zoe, and Greer collectively purchase a lottery ticket and actually win. They split the money (life-changing…

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    Get to Know Jane Doe

    People who know me know that I love Victoria Dahl. Several of her contemporary romances occupy prominent spaces on my favorites shelf. Over the last couple of years, she’s taken a left turn away from romance and, under the name Victoria Helen Stone, delved into psychological thrillers. Evelyn, After was her first and I still think about the audacious way she decided to structure it (chapters alternate between events that happened before the event that changed Evelyn’s life and after. It is tense and gripping and I REALLY recommend it). I was given an ARC of Jane Doe, her latest…

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    Short-haired heroines

    To celebrate Kate Clayborn’s cover reveal for BEST OF LUCK (which you can also pre-order!), let’s do a list of short-haired heroines! As always, all recommendation lists can be found on a single page. Listen, let me tell you something important: Greer Hawthorne is a (very) short-haired romance novel heroine and I’m so glad that’s reflected on this cover for BEST OF LUCK! 🍀💙🍀 https://t.co/tJgEfggax2 — Kate Clayborn (@kateclayborn) July 27, 2018 Mary Balogh, SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS – A historical (Regency)! (Per @AWeaverWrites) Suzanne Brockmann, BREAKING POINT – Gina Vitigliano has short hair in this Troubleshooters book (Per me) Lorelie Brown,…

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    “That Speech” – A Letter in Support of Suzanne Brockmann

    At the RWA National Conference in Denver this year, the prolific and fierce Suzanne Brockmann received the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. I, personally, was thrilled. Not only because I love her work, but because the fact that she was going to be in the same place as I was gave me a chance to meet her. And when the time came, I had zero chill, let me tell you. Um. Can you tell I cried when I met @SuzBrockmann? She and @JasonTGaffney were so gracious. pic.twitter.com/08iNUjfYos — Adele Buck 📚🇳🇴 is home from #RWA18 (@_AdeleBuck) July 21, 2018 She…