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Book Tropes: A Mail-Order Happily Ever After

Another trope rec post! This time the specific mood I’m in is that carefully arranged, sometimes mail-ordered happily ever after. I’ve always loved mail-order bride books (despite knowing arranged marriage is much more complicated in real life). This isn’t reality, this is fiction, and in fiction picking a partner like you’re ordering an entrée from a menu ends perfectly every time. For this list I’m focusing on the mail-order trope but including some of the more standard arranged-marriage books because…

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Book Tropes: Beauty and the Beast

Yep, it’s time for another trope recommendation post. This one is my very, very favorite, ride or die, auto-buy trope, so this will be a very long rec post. Be warned! Do I know there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of retellings of this fairy tale? Yep. Does that stop me from buying them and hoping more come out? NOPE. Something about seeing through outward appearances to the genuine, worthy, real person within has always caught my attention. You know that…

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Book Tropes: The Grovel in The Novel

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a super specific, really niche trope. It’s like a food craving, where only that certain brand from that one store will do. In this case it’s a good old grovel. Not the little token apology with immediate making-out, ohhh no. I want the real down-and-dirty, sincere, I-fucked-up, oh-my-god-I-was-so-dumb, dawning realization. It doesn’t particularly matter to me which character (hero or heroine or all three heroes in a reverse harem) is doing the groveling. There…

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Book Tropes: I’m A Damsel, I’m In Distress, I Can Handle This. Have a Nice Day.

Every once in a while I’m in the mood for a SUPER specific, niche type of trope. In this post, it’s the typical Damsel in Distress situation, but with an atypical damsel. I want the kind of book where: This post is made under Fair Use. Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act (1976) allowance is made for “Fair Use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship, and research. Non-profit, educational, or personal use tips the balance…

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Guest Post: Welcome Elizabeth Black!

Happy Book Birthday to a fellow eXtasy Books author! In honor of her latest release, I’m hosting her on the blog today and sending sincere congratulations. Be advised this is a mature book with adult themes, as are all eXtasy Books titles. Mostly, if you’re under 18 and wanting to read this book, the answer is no. Them’s the rules. First, welcome to the blog, Elizabeth! I’m getting a strong ménage-á-trois vibe from this sexy paranormal cover. Or is it…

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Guest Post: Welcome Cheryl Headford!

Celebrating her latest release today, please welcome fellow eXtasy Books author Cheryl Headford. Hi Cheryl! First, congratulations on your new book! Let’s hear about it, please. Sure! Let’s start with the (hopefully super enticing) blurb: Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Matthew knows this absolutely—until he doesn’t. Matthew and his friend Cory are thrilled to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. On their pre-entry visit, they met Morgan Bentley and his stuck-up friends. Matthew takes an instant…

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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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Friday Favorites Celebrates Reading

November 29: Favorites Books that Make You Thankful to be a Reader Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers. I hope you’re enjoying a day full of good food and good family. I’m sending you big digital hugs, wherever you are. I’m assuming this week’s prompt means those books which you close slowly while you sit staring into the distance thinking, “damnit that was SO good. So good.” When this unique feeling occurs, I’m very thankful. This week I’m focusing on romances. Sorry, SciFi,…

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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 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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