Though we’re at the close of August, we still have time to acknowledge the standing observation of Romance Awareness Month. What is romance? I’ll suggest my Top 15 ways to observe this month–extra applicable to readers who love romantic fiction!
I had the pleasure of reading an ARC (advance review copy) of SODA SPRINGS by the author Carolyn Steele. This article provides my review of this charming western historical novel and an interview with the author. I share insights about this coming-of-age novel, recommend the book to more than one type of reader, and am pleased to be one stop along the new release’s Blog Tour journey.
Queen Victoria reigned from age 18 to age 81; June 1837 until her death in 1901. Anything that falls within this time, whether those English-speaking countries were her subjects or not, is referred to as the Victorian Era. The United States definitely had a Victorian Era–and the sheer quantity of significant historical occurrences, inventions, developments, social happenings–is astounding. This overview sheds light on this favored backdrop (Victorian Era American West) for fiction.
Somewhere along the way, authors determine what type of books they’ll write. What is their consistent category? What brings one person to write (and love) spicy romance while another writes (and loves) sweet romance?
I share my reasons for selecting Sweet Western Historical Romance (now more aptly categorized as Sweet American Historical Romance).
What is Sweet Romance? Brain Candy? So sweet, it’ll cause a toothache?
What is Clean Romance? Lots of detergent?
Myriad definitions abound!