• romance writing,  THOUGHTS

    Romance is Not a Dirty Word

    I write stories about love. I struggle to call them romances for a couple of reasons. One is that I don’t always hit the markers that make a story a romance – though I hit enough of them and especially the Happy Ever After (HEA) or Happy For Now (HFN) to be considered a romance writer most of the time. The other is the response you get from most people the second they hear the R word. Every romance reader and writer I know has experienced it to some extent. That moment when someone asks what you’re reading or writing and when they find out it’s romance, they roll their…

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    A comedy of errors… so many errors

    I screwed up. Not the ‘oh man, the world is going to end’ kind of screw up, thankfully. More of the ‘oh man, I am such an idiot’ and the ‘my brand is going to take such a beating’ kind of screw up. Let me explain… I have had this idea for a book called The Toye Shoppe for years.The book idea grew into a series idea and eventually I came up with an idea for five books, each looking at a different couple and a different kink set against the backdrop of a sex store called The Toye Shoppe. An overarching story would link the characters and couples so…