Category Archives: What I’m Reading

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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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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Big Days Coming Up in Cyberspace and in Washington DC

Tomorrow, Friday the 10th, I’ll have a post at History Hoydens that I particularly enjoyed writing. It’s called “Umberto Eco, Barbara Cartland, and Me: Saying I Love You in Historical Romance.” And it’s about how, as a romance reader, it’s exclusively historicals for me (well, almost exclusively — sometime I’ll write about the exception cases). … Continue reading Big Days Coming Up in Cyberspace and in Washington DC

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New and Fun, and you heard about it here first

I like to offer books as contest prizes, so when I heard that Janet Mullany‘s new Regency chick lit novel, A Most Lamentable Comedy, was coming out this summer (published by the British company Little Black Dress) I emailed Janet for some info — as well as a promise of two signed advance copies my … Continue reading New and Fun, and you heard about it here first

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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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Pam at Lake Chacahua and other items briefly noted

Yes that’s me, in shades and a distressingly unflattering hat (not mine), in a boat (not the leaky one I still have to tell you about) on Lake Chacahua in Mexico. But the pic of the hotel we stayed at on the shore is accurate and worth your attention. It’s called La Almendra — you … Continue reading Pam at Lake Chacahua and other items briefly noted

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Reading My Way Across a Few Borders

According to Travelocity, you can only fly from San Francisco to Puerto Escondido (on the Oaxaca coast of Mexico) by making two 3-hour layovers, the first in Guadalajara or Dallas/Ft. Worth and the second in Mexico City, from which you connect to the once-a-day MexicanaClick plane to Puerto — which drops you off at the … Continue reading Reading My Way Across a Few Borders

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