by Eva Leigh I can’t remember the first romance novel I ever read. I wish I could say that it has been forever branded into my memory, and after reading its opening lines, I knew right then that I wanted to write romance. But the truth is that those first few titles are lost to me,… Continue reading Duran Duran, Judith McNaught, and Me
The excitement I felt when William Morrow became Agatha Christie‘s publisher still hasn’t faded, and it’s wonderful to see her books in classrooms from middle school through college. For younger students, the motivation to solve the mystery becomes a lesson in the importance of deep reading as they learn to read like detectives. You’ll find teaching resources… Continue reading Female Detectives in the Classroom
by Cathy Maxwell When I was a child, I was encouraged to read anything that struck my fancy. If it intrigued me, the adult mentors in my life considered it a good book. Pirates, starships, alien creatures, time travel, historicals, dramas, and comedies—they told me to have at it and I did. In fact,… Continue reading Don’t Judge My Genre
Ilona Andrews‘s spot-on BRIEF ANALYSIS OF ALPHAHOLE TROPE IN ROMANTIC FICTION was published in February, but we’ve just discovered it. Love the charts.
by Beverly Jenkins When I began my career in 1994 with Avon’s publication of Night Song, academics paid very little attention to romance as a genre. The stories penned were often viewed as not worth the paper they were printed upon and the readers were given even shorter shrift. Now, twenty years later, my historicals… Continue reading Why should you assign popular fiction to your students?
by Megan Frampton The best books in the romance genre provide the most satisfying ending, the “Happy Ever After” first developed in fairy tales and expanded upon in romance novels. The Happy Ever After (or HEA for short) in romance novels is a given, but what’s not always there is great writing, distinct characters, and… Continue reading Romance Classics