Hi, fellow romantics! I'm a stereotypical life-long readaholic who'll read
anything: cereal boxes, detergent labels, etc., and books, of course, lots
and lots of books. My initial exposure to romance novels was in the summer
following sixth grade when I was first allowed into the closed adult stacks
at the local public library (oh, joyous day!) and found Jan Cox Speas's
Bride of the MacHugh. What a heroine! What a hero! What passion! I
was in love. I was hooked.
Besides romance I also read general fiction, mysteries (especially legal
thrillers), and occasionally non-fiction. I rarely read science fiction or
horror (with the exception of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) because I get too
scared (really!). My favorite romance authors are Roberta Gellis, Laura
Kinsale, Mary Balogh, Mary Jo Putney, Sandra Brown, Edith Layton, Linda
Howard, Elizabeth Stuart, Carla Kelly, Stephanie Laurens, and (always) Jan
Cox Speas. In non-romance my favorites include Diana Gabaldon, Judith
Merkle Riley, Dick Francis, Lindsey Davis, and Wilbur Smith.
I was born and raised in the Midwest but have lived more recently in
northern Delaware (that's about thirty miles south of Philadelphia if you
wondered 'Dela-WHERE?') with my husband of over thirty years (now there's
romance!). We have two sons and a daughter. I am a librarian (no surprise
considering my predilections) and recently received a J.D. after attending
evening division of law school. Naturally, my children were raised with
books and reading (I started reading to them when they were only a few days
old), and they're also great readers and library users. (When he was
eight, my youngest asked how other families made it without their own
librarian.) My daughter sometimes shares romances with me but more
frequently appropriates mine.
I've been interested in the development and changes in the romance genre
(yes, I was an English major in college) since the publication of
Woodiwiss's classic, The Flame and the Flower. I believe that much of
the writing today is better than ever. Making serious (but not devoid of
humor) reviews of romance fiction available to readers will encourage
better writing in the future, guide readers to purchase the good and not
waste their time or money on the bad, and help put the publishing and
bookselling industries on notice that romance readers read romance, not trash.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
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