Sarah MacLean: How Trump killed off my romantic lead

What an article! This piece appeared in the Washington Post a few days ago and I enjoyed it even more because I’ve just read the book in question: How Trump killed off my romantic lead That hero? The one I’d lovingly crafted in that mold of masculinity that romance readers have loved for centuries? Sure, …

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The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean

You have a choice of two covers: the 1990s-teen-with-messy-hair cover the rest of us get, or the half-naked dislocated-neck cover from the US! The one woman he will never forget… Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a …

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Romance authors, misogyny, and conservative conversations about men.

In light of recent developments in the US (which are being reported in real time across the world), I have a request. Everyone read the Twitter thread below. Everyone, but especially men and conservative women. Read it, memorise it: Jeremy C. Young (Alternate link.) And then, if you’re still having doubts, read this article, too: The …

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The Week: 3rd – 9th October

Partially storm-damaged – but still pretty – flowers mid-week. Wow. Something weird happened this week, and my half-done draft of this post went up days ago! More or less back to proper spring weather here, apart from a freak storm that came rolling in over the mountains with over 100km an hour winds, lasted about …

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‘Women are having different fantasies’: romantic fiction in the age of Trump

X ‘Women are having different fantasies’: romantic fiction in the age of Trump This article was published in The Guardian on International Women’s Day last week, and even though it rehashed some things from recent articles (1 2) on the quickly evolving romance genre, it is definitely worth a read. I like this part: Rich heroes …

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The Week: 17th – 23rd July

Winter sunshine in Canberra on Monday afternoon. This week marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Three years since MH17 was shot down. There was another major service at the Ukrainian Orthodox church in Canberra on Saturday, with more ambassadors attending than three years ago (now more countries are worried about the threat from Moscow). Congratulations to Canberra …

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