Romance Tropes

Reading Wrap-Up of 2019

2019 was the Year of the Book for me and all is merry and bright. New fabulous authors, great finds, perfect recommendations, fun series, five star reads, crazybananas alien romance FOR DAYS. This year made me so happy. This post also combines my last two Friday Favorites of the year. December 20: favorite releases of 2019 and December 27: Favorite Reads of 2019. Number Of Books I Read: 250 Um. In my defense, I was left unsupervised. With lots and…

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Friday Favorites Has a Brand New Feel

December 13 is Favorite New to Me Authors in 2019 Prepare, friends. Prepare to be bombarded with alien romance recs because that’s 98.5% of the favorite new authors I found in 2019. I can’t recommend Ruby Dixon again because technically I discovered her in 2018. Which is why I so-casually snuck her into the beginning of this post. JUST GO READ ICE PLANET BARBARIANS, you can thank me later. Amanda Milo Despite the dark, angsty, muscle covers Amanda Milo has…

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The Great Blogging Wrap-Up of 2019

Alright, friends. Let’s get to some numbery maths for the year. I’m still at the point where I genuinely enjoy blogging (LET IT NEVER END) and I have a lot of fun breaking my year down in stats. Onward! Visitors in 2018: 2,320 Top 5 Posts from 2019: 15 Gorgeous Literary Tattoos (This is DIRECTLY caused by pinning this post to Pinterest. I stuck it up and then months later it just…took off? And was shared like crazy and ended…

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Friday Favorites is Tropetastic

July 26th is all about our favorite tropes. Oooh boy do I love recurring plot themes in literature. Old ones, overused ones, obvious ones, mixed ones, multiple mashups…I’ll take them all. Seeing a trope in the book’s blurb doesn’t turn me off, it actually makes me more likely to buy the book. This Friday I’ll celebrate all my insta-buy literary themes. Beauty and the Beast My very, very favorite of all the tropes. Something about seeing through outward appearances to the…

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Friday Favorites Urban Fantasy Feels

Friday favorites is a bookworm celebration created and hosted by somethingofthebook.com. On Fridays, we make lists about books! Come join. June 7 Favorites: Urban Fantasy books Before joining #bookstagram and getting flooded with fabulous recommendations from fellow readers, I actually thought I didn’t like urban fantasy. AHAHAHAHA poor smol me. Actually, what I didn’t like was missing out on two of the biggest names in urban fantasy romance and I am so very glad Teresa, The Romance Reader and Lubnaa, Romance Library fixed this lack in my life.…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Plays Favorites

To bask in the care and support of your fellow authors (seriously, big digital hugs all around) you just head to The Insecure Writer’s Support Group and sign your blog up on their nifty form. Our co-hosts this month: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi,Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte! Don’t forget to go wish them a happy IWSG day and thank them for hosting this month. June 5th question: Of all the genres you read & write, which is your favorite to write in and why? To…

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In Which the Author, Who Assures You She Isn’t Crazy, Interviews Herself

What were you like as a child? Okay, first, this is an awfully personal question to lead off an interview with and I’m already questioning your motives. I’m told as I child I was energetic and active, almost to the point of being annoying. I would walk up to perfect strangers, to introduce myself as “shy”. I sang Disney songs ad-nauseum. And I liked to create lots of little stories with my friends. I also remember being dreamy and distracted,…

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Friday Favorites has a Disapproving Look at my TBR

March 1: TBR Books (we all have those books on our TBR that we know will be favorites, but just sit on our TBR forever) Ah, the beautiful Mount TBR, smoking gently in the light of my bedside lamp, just waiting patiently to explode. Foothills made of giftcard purchases and one-click Kindle freebies. Small, winding paths of bookstagram recommendations that end in the sheer drop known as “this series isn’t finished yet. Oops, haha!” And the relentless cliffs comprised of eighteen…

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Friday Favorites is in Love

Friday Favorites is a brand new blog hop from Somethingofthebook. Come hop around your favorites with us! All bookworms are welcome. February 8th Favorites: Fictional Couples This week’s topic speaks to me on a deep, personal level. I read all around the genre spectrum. From horror to sci-fi to fantasy to romance, with a short detour in middle grade and a light stop at young adult. Set me loose in a bookstore and I’m hopping between shelves like a monkey on banana-based…

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The Basics of Romance, for Your Author Toolbox

*Sings* Do you want to write a romance? If you do, you’re in good company. Millions of books published every year. Thousands of authors. HUGE part of the market share. But, where to start? How is a romance different from any other fiction novel? What defines “romance”? At the basic level: A romance novel tells the story of the romantic relationship evolving between people. That’s all. That’s it. When you get right down to the nitty-gritty center of it, this…

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