I live in a state where fireworks are legal, sold on the side of the road, in the dang grocery store... I have a love-hate relationship with them. That said, I've loved Erin McLellan's So Over the Holidays series, so I was excited to read Bottle Rocket. These erotic romance novellas follow the Holiday siblings and are set around Christmas, Valentine's Day and now Independence Day and they're packed with sex toys, a bit of kink and queerness.
Confession: I've never read a romance set in the 1980's. It's always seemed too recent to be historical and too historical to be modern. But here we are in 2020 and 1980 is forty years past.
Historical fiction is my passion. The stories open a door and offer a peek into another time and place. Many readers and writers have a preferred time period. I love all things medieval and earlier! Not that I would ever want to actually go back in time—well, maybe for a few hours—but chances are if I happened upon any time travel doors, I’d be a scullery maid not a princess.
Imagine a room full of people who love books like you do. You get to effuse about books you love, meet the people who write books you love, find out how books you love come to be, and find out about more books you might love! This is what reader events are for me.
Therese Beharrie is known for two things: sweet Harlequin romances and a series of romances that take place entirely in one day. That last bit? Tricky and impressive. (We reviewed the first in that series a while back if you're curious.)
This post comes to us from Melinda, a romance reader and freelance editor. Find her at @melindaedits on Twitter!
Going to a book conference can be overwhelming for multiple reasons – knowing that you’re going to be in the same space as authors you admire? Overwhelming AF! Trying to talk to them!? Ack! One of the things that I also find so overwhelming - but wonderful - is how to pick which books to get signed.
We've been reading about characters who love reading for decades (centuries?), but it's fairly recent that the characters in romance novels have embraced their nerdy/geeky sides. Whether it's Annabeth Albert's Gaymers, Melissa Blue's #DirtySexyGeeks or Christina Lauren's Dark Wild Night, characters who love gaming, astronomy, science, superheroes and/or comics are on the rise in the last decade or so. We've even got some superhero romances, like Blaze, by Christa Tomlinson. And remember when Nadia Diament stopped by to talk about her own love affair with comics?
It won't surprise you that we here at Love in Panels are fans of both romance and geekiness, so we're pleased to welcome author Allie York today to talk about flying her nerd flag high and writing the geeky romance of her heart.
Her latest book releases on February 13, so if you want to read a comic shop romance don't miss more info at the end!
Today we're sharing a guest post about how queer individuals and communities function after breakups and how that may be different from straight relationships. Remember how everyone on The L Word dated each other? Yeah, that. (With less bananas soap shenanigans.)
Author Valentine Wheeler writes both contemporary and SFF queer romance. Her latest book is No Parking, a bisexual f/f romance set in small-town Massachusetts. Scroll down to the end of the post for more on the book, out on February 10th!
There’s a punchline I’ve heard in the queer community for decades, though the joke varies: when women break up, they stay friends. I’ve seen variations about queer men, too, though less often. But it’s rare that that trope makes it into romance fiction. When it does, I for one am thrilled.
When they're not creating entirely new worlds, fantasy authors love to play with different historical time periods. Remember when steampunk was all the rage? Renaissance Italy? Okay, that last one is just a dream of mine, but roll with it.
Bittersweet: What Writing a Character with the Same Crap Brain As You Can and Cannot Do
There is something exquisitely painful about trying to promote a book that features a severely depressed heroine when depressed oneself.