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Creating heroes and villains – why good is bad and evil is fun

Today is another in our Round Robin series, and this month’s topic is pretty deep: “There is a precipice each character stands on–one side is too good to be true, the other side too evil to exist. What makes a character too good to believe? How evil can a main character become before they are…… Continue reading Creating heroes and villains – why good is bad and evil is fun

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Lovestruck poets or DIY handymen? Romantic heroes take the Billy Bragg test

This week the brilliant Billy Bragg (see what I did with the poetic alliteration?) released a great new single.  It’s called Handyman Blues, and here’s the clever clip that goes with it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2YmHtISRcz0 A group of ordinary blokes are sat around in B&Q feeling down because everyone expects them to be able to do DIY,…… Continue reading Lovestruck poets or DIY handymen? Romantic heroes take the Billy Bragg test

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Parachutes, bombs and silk: a review of Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram

I mentioned earlier this week, in my post Saltaire, Lyon and weavers’ stories, that I’d downloaded Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram, a romance in which the silk industry plays an integral role.  The novel has been waiting patiently for me to pick it up, and now I’ve finished it – and thoroughly enjoyed it :)…… Continue reading Parachutes, bombs and silk: a review of Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram

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Good to meet you…author Stan Hampton, Sr

SS Hampton, Sr. is a full-blood Choctaw of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a divorced grandfather to 13 grandchildren, and a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle (2004-2006) and Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007). He has served in the Army National Guard since October 2004, and holds the rank of staff sergeant. He is a published photographer and…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Stan Hampton, Sr

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Good to meet you…author Marie Laval

Today I’m delighted to introduce you to my fellow author, Marie Laval.  Marie is a talented writer with a wonderfully evocative writing style.  I’m currently reading her new novel, The Lion’s Embrace, and am gripped by both the hero and the romance of the setting. (Marie is originally from the beautiful city of Lyon, the…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Marie Laval

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The rise of the geek as romantic hero

A long time ago, in a bedroom far, far away, the geeks were passing their days happily ignored by romantic fiction readers.  Our romantic heroes were no nerds.  They were alpha males who’d dominated their way to the top of their macho worlds, with their ripped bodies and chiselled jaws, hunky men who would offer…… Continue reading The rise of the geek as romantic hero

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The charismatic romantic hero – and how to create him

A few years ago I had a manuscript rejected with the gutting comment that my romantic hero had no charisma. The rest of my novel apparently had everything: likeable heroine, great setting and dialogue and believable conflict.  It was just that no one actually liked the hero enough to want to fall in love with…… Continue reading The charismatic romantic hero – and how to create him