The Definitive List of How to Fake It Until You Make It…

Even Though This is Literally the Emptiest Advice Ever. If your Valentine has faded, fear not: 1. Buy a t-shirt that says NAMASTE. Buy a bumper sticker. Now a mug. Nothing conveys your carefully studied not-alrightness like adopting an overused foreign word you only understand from yoga videos. 2. Let everyone know how much you’re…

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When You’re Not Better, or Together, Anymore

We in the romance genre get accused of dealing in the worst kinds of fiction sometimes, of glamorizing or minimizing the heavy elements of human intimacy. Frankly, other genres can keep the heartache. ‘Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery,’ and so on. But it's out there, that specter, haunting the edges of our…

The Not-So-Sexy Science of Flirting

P.S. It's still sexy. After the wonderfully enthusiastic responses to my Fantasy Hive article on romance (read it here), I decided to dig a bit and see what else was out there to support science influencing a genre we love to love. My examples here are mainly romance specific, but it would be easy to…

Everything I Needed to Know…

I learned from romance novels? Well, not everything, but a decent amount. But it doesn't seem I learned any of the lessons detractors claim romance novels are meant to indoctrinate us with. When it comes to gestures of love and sexual encounters, if anything I feel badly for the men in our lives. Romance has…

A Love Letter to Ash

What’s so special about Ash? It’s not my first book, it’s not the last book in a series. There's nothing remarkable about the plot or the writing. No leaps in ability, no revelations. What's special about Ash is something every romance reader and author will immediately understand: Second-chance love. But we have start at what…