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Good to meet you…author Gilli Allan @gilliallan

It’s been a long while since I ran one of my ‘Good to Meet You’ posts, and I’m really happy to be starting again today with this interview with author Gilli Allan. Her answers are thought-provoking, her worst ever job sounds an absolute nightmare, and I was delighted to find we’d both marry the same…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Gilli Allan @gilliallan

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From Regency to sheep farming: Some books I’ve loved in 2016

It’s coming up to the end of another year and this is my fourth Christmas running this blog. I didn’t know when I started just how much fun I’d have with it, how many people I’d meet, and how many authors and book lovers I’d come to know because of it. I remember writing my first…… Continue reading From Regency to sheep farming: Some books I’ve loved in 2016

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Why romance writers are “frittering their talents away” writing a predictable genre

Earlier this week an author colleague posted a link to a review of her latest novel. The reviewer was highly complimentary regarding the author’s writing skill, but he expressed deep disappointment that a writer of her ability was “frittering away her talents in a genre that didn’t deserve them” – ie romance novels. Boy meets girl, boy…… Continue reading Why romance writers are “frittering their talents away” writing a predictable genre

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Bad boys in fiction – why we love them, yet revile the bad girls

It’s time for another Round Robin, and another thought-provoking topic, especially for romance authors and readers: In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, why do you think “bad” boys are so popular as heroes, and “bad” girls so often reviled? In real life, can those labelled “bad” really change, or are such fictional romances misleading? This…… Continue reading Bad boys in fiction – why we love them, yet revile the bad girls

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Good to meet you…author Sarah Mallory

Today my visitor has come from just across the Pennines. For anyone not familiar with UK geography, the Pennines are a range of hills running down the north of England, separating Lancashire and Yorkshire. In the fifteenth century there was fierce fighting between the two counties in the Wars of the Roses. And even today…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Sarah Mallory

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Ten British romance authors you should read…

This isn’t the definitive list, and everyone has their opinion, but here are ten British and Irish authors you should definitely try reading if you love romance.  (I haven’t put Jane Austen or the Brontës on the list, as they’re a given.) So, here they are, in alphabetical order: Maeve Binchy is a best-selling Irish…… Continue reading Ten British romance authors you should read…

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Georgette Heyer – mistress of Regency

A few weeks ago I came across this list on US blog Heroes and Heartbreakers, naming the ten Regency romances you should read.  The author did say it was her own opinion – and I know these types of list are always contentious! – but to be honest, I was pretty amazed that the author…… Continue reading Georgette Heyer – mistress of Regency

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Etiquette, flirting and hidden passions: all the thrill of the Regency ballroom

Yay, it’s Friday!  Tonight I’m going to sit down with a big bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and a glass of wine, and I’m going to watch a programme I’ve been looking forward to for ages.  It’s called Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball.  The programme recreates in full the dramatic events of the Netherfield…… Continue reading Etiquette, flirting and hidden passions: all the thrill of the Regency ballroom