Category Archives: The Edge of Impropriety

Pam Rosenthal’s November 2008 historical erotic romance novel

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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In Search of Cleopatra

And also of some of the origins of my own fiction. Because my relatively recent fascination with the ancient world (indulged to the fullest in my just-posted History Hoyden’s discussion of Stacy Schiff’s magnificent Cleopatra biography) is the product of the loving research I did in order to understand the Regency classical scholar Jasper Hedges, … Continue reading In Search of Cleopatra

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Bright Star, Heart in a Book

Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul? That’s from somewhere in John Keats’ letters, as quoted by biographer Walter Jackson Bate. And as I copied it out from Bate this morning, it occurred to me that certainly that’s one of … Continue reading Bright Star, Heart in a Book

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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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Am I Having Fun Yet?

Actually, I am today — blogging away at History Hoydens about the research I’m doing, about the clothing Regency fashion prescribed for sailing and what people most likely actually wore. And (most important for a writer) how to describe all that. With nods (of course) to Jane Austen, Shelley and his circle, and fashionistas everywhere. … Continue reading Am I Having Fun Yet?

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Congratulations

To the winners of my just-completed contest. Lisa from Granite Falls, NC and Rachael from Cairo, MO will each receive an autographed copy of Janet Mullany’s hot and hilarious Regency read, A Most Lamentable Comedy (and everybody else should check out the excerpts I’ve posted, here and here, of passages that made me giggle, snort, … Continue reading Congratulations

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Words Fail Me

..in trying to describe how it felt last night when The Edge of Impropriety won the RITA® for Best Historical Romance at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Awards Ceremony, the culminating event of our National Conference. So I just keep saying yes — yes, thanks — yes, it’s amazing, overwhelming, awesome, thrilling. No hold-the-presses … Continue reading Words Fail Me

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A Fish Without a Bicycle

Not a woman without a man (as the old second-wave feminist quip had it) but a romance writer without a bookmark to give away… No, wait a minute, it’s the opposite. A romance writer never leaves home without a bookmark to give away. A romance writer without a bookmark is like a fish without… fins, … Continue reading A Fish Without a Bicycle

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