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Shakespeare’s line from Romeo & Juliet, that roses would still smell good even if they were called bum fluff  works well in a tale where everyone dies (almost).  But I wonder, would it have been as romantic if they’d been called Nigel & Mildred?

What’s in a name?  Well that’s my point. I believe character names are particularly important and the connotations we put on them can add a whole new depth to a hero, heroine or villain.

Not necessarily a good one, but sometimes the cause for snickery snorts at any rate. (more…)

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What we consider romantic ideals are sometimes the strangest things.  I’ve often been struck by something I’ve thought particularly romantic, which has occurred in the middle of a story that is not romantic at all.  Then there are the stories and movies which are considered romantic and which have left me wondering why.

Take Gone with the Wind for example. (more…)

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Okay – I’m gonna have a mini rant.  About mistakes in blogs, articles, comments, websites and books.  I don’t mean littlies either.  I mean whoppers.  Like putting ‘completely’ when it should have been ‘complete’.  Come on people – that’s two extra letters and a whole other world of meaning!

What really takes my chocolate layer cake is when it’s authors making these mistakes.  Constantly.  After all – we should know better.  And there are some doozies on author websites – ahem – you’re meant to know how to spell. (more…)

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A while ago I mentioned an ms (manuscript) I was writing about vampires.  At the time it was the bane of my existence as the hero didn’t like the heroine and the best friend had the hots for her instead.

After having a tiny moment (1 hour) of screaming, swearing, denial and lying in a ball sobbing, I succumbed to the reality that I’d have to change the hero.  But that was just the start on this 130 k behemoth, I mean, manuscript.

So my vampires got shelved and I started a new story. (more…)

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How do you write a good sex scene?  I mean one that doesn’t leave the reader cringing in embarrassment or laughing so hard they terrify the cat and lose control of their bladder.

We want burning eroticism people – not hysteria! (more…)

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What makes romance romantic?  Can practicality be romantic… washing the dog, making the dinner, taking those screaming monsters you call children to school?

Or put another way… is good old down to earth lemon tart rather than chocolate and champagne, the food of love? (more…)

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