The cover is unarguably the single biggest draw to a reader in deciding whether or not to choose a book. A close second, though, is often the title. Just the other day, I read a comment online from a woman who couldn’t bring herself to read a friend’s book simply because the single-word title was […]
Retelling the (Fairy) Tale
Ah, fairy tales. Like so much classic literature, fairy tales form the basis for many contemporary stories. In recent years, retellings have even become so popular they’ve become their own subgenre in fiction. And it makes sense. The originals are clean and usually end happily. Good triumphs over evil. The impossible becomes possible. Romance. Magic. […]
Book Recommendation – My Beastly Billionaire by Jackie Castle
I recently came across an online discussion that questioned the validity of Christian billionaire contemporary romance stories. One line of thought put forward in the discussion was a concern that it was unhelpful for Christian women to read romances featuring billionaire heroes. This discussion piqued my curiosity. I decided to read Inspy Romance author Jackie […]
Love at First Sight?
Readers often criticize romance stories and romance books for the concept of “love at first sight.” The consensus most often expressed is that “love at first sight” isn’t “love”, as in the true love of your soul, but rather just a physical phenomenon, a pheromone reaction to certain identifiers that your psyche recognizes on a […]
The Princess and the Pea?
Photo by Sweet Pea Illustrations via Flickr, used with permission I always loved reading fairy and folk tales as a child, and as an adult too! As I made the bed the other day, I remembered the story of the Princess and the Pea. How the prospective mother-in-law set a test for the potential brides […]
Happily ever after? Plus a book giveaway!
“And they lived happily ever after.” The ending of all good fairy tales. The ending of all good romance novels. But is being in love enough to live happily ever after? I loved reading Elizabeth’s post last week about how she and her husband fell in love. The wonderful stories in the comments made me […]