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Reader Roundup – Romantic Rakes with Amy Alessio

Bad boys were appealing even in Regency times, it seems. These transformation stories add spice to the strict ballroom and ton societal rules of those days.         In Mary Jo Putney’s The […]

Deadline Diva: the Pain and the Pleasure by Tessa Shapcott

Welcome Tessa Shapcott (who met her deadline for the RU post with NO problem). Today we’re going to take a strong look at deadlines, love ‘em or hate ‘em, all writers work with them. Deadlines.  […]

Reader Roundup – Lessons on Love: College Romance with Amy Alessio

The growing New Adult genre means that more romances set in colleges are being published. While some of these have similar themes it definitely doesn’t feel like homework to read and enjoy these stories.   […]

Handsome Hansel “Wakening Your Dead”

Welcome Handsome Hansel from Dance of Romance – posting with us today on how to bring some new life back into an old story. I’ll admit that I don’t go back and read a lot […]

Adam Firestone: I’m Sorry Ma’am, That’s Classified: Security Clearances and Classified Information Basics for Writers

Instead of his usual instructional posts on weaponry, today ADAM FIRESTONE lifts up the curtain on the shadowy world of secrets and classified information. If you’ve read this column with any regularity, you’re probably aware […]

Which Comes First: Romance or Roses? Amy Alessio’s Reader Roundup

I vividly remember the peach roses in my wedding bouquet and many times my romantic husband got them for me. What is it about roses and romance or special occasions? As we try to banish […]

Editor Heather Webb – Making Characters Unforgettable a.k.a. Character Arc

If I ask you who your favorite character is in a book or movie, who pops into your head? And why? Heather Webb tells us about character arcs and making YOUR characters as unforgettable as […]

“Why Me? Why Us?” Handsome Hansel on Romance University

Handsome Hansel from Dance of Romance ponders the questions – why are we writers? What makes us so? And your answer is….? I can’t actually say I was born to write. After-all, I’m not responsible […]

Weekly Lecture Schedule – March 10th to March 14th

It’s time to spring forward! Here’s our line-up for this week… Monday, March 10th – RU contributor Handsome Hansel returns  Wednesday, March 12th –  Editor and author Heather Webb Friday, March 14th - How to Use […]

Reader Roundup – Better than a Leprechaun: When Ireland and Romance Meet – Amy Alessio

As we get ready to don the green on the 17th, I’m in the mood to read about some heroes and heroines with brogues or who find each other in the Emerald Isle. I am […]

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