Category Archives: It’s a Family Affair

Reading on the Road, with Janet, Jane, Jo Baker, and my Mom

With so much of my family on the East Coast, my trips back here from California become elaborate omnibus affairs, with so many craftily-designed stops up and down the eastern seaboard that I sometimes lose track and wind up having to pay megabucks for a last-minute Amtrak reservation (and worth every penny, needless to say, … Continue reading Reading on the Road, with Janet, Jane, Jo Baker, and my Mom

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Happiness

“I think we’ve found our family,” Jasper says to Marina at the end of The Edge of Impropriety. It makes me particularly happy to think that I wrote these words back in 2008, before  my son Jesse ever met his now-wife Masha and now-daughter Sasha, and before they were joined by new baby daughter Rory just … Continue reading Happiness

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Sense and Sensuality Basket Contest Update

And a sheepish apology. Because, dear bewildered contest-lovers — you are not going blind. My current contest should indeed have ended on October 3 (as you were quite quite sure my contest page said), and not November 14 (as it clearly says now). Apologies. I messed up. So intently was I preparing my erotic writing … Continue reading Sense and Sensuality Basket Contest Update

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Gobsmacked

…was the word that insisted on being used, yesterday, when I got an email telling me there was an entry for me on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pam_Rosenthal. Yes, it’s okay to click on it — it’s not, as I was sure at first, a Trojan horse designed to sneak onto my hard drive via the soft … Continue reading Gobsmacked

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Be My Baby Now, Part II

I had to leave off this argument to go post at the Hoydens about Sex and the Historical Sensibility. But I promised to come back and finish it off with “subtleties, shades, differences.” To ask — of a genre that guarantees its readers a happy-ever-after ending every time — whether it’s possible to mix things … Continue reading Be My Baby Now, Part II

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And Don’t Miss…

The last few History Hoyden posts, particularly from our bestselling authors Lauren Willig and Mary Blayney, about funny and fascinating branches of their family trees. Not to speak of the terrific comments — from hoydens and readers alike — about our own families and all the places they came from, including this continent, before Columbus. … Continue reading And Don’t Miss…

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Of Grace, Lord Byron, and Vampires: A New Year in the Lives of the English Majors

I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to let so much time fly by since my last post. But part of what was occupying me and Michael was the Modern Language Association Convention, which is always held between Christmas and New Years Day, and which was held in San Francisco this year. For those of … Continue reading Of Grace, Lord Byron, and Vampires: A New Year in the Lives of the English Majors

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