Romance Novels

How To Write The Perfect Romance

Douglas McPherson | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Romance writers are often reluctant to talk about formula, for fear of cheapening the genre or making something creative sound mechanical. There is, however, a cast iron formula used by every one of them, from the best to the worst, and which will never let you down whether you're writing a magazine story, a Mills and Boon novella or a full length novel....

Revisiting Thrills and Swoon: Can Feminists Enjoy Mills and Boon?

Bethan Forrest | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bethan Forrest

Mills and Boon produce over 100 titles a month in a variety of ranges which range from the hospital romance to traditional historical romance to their Blaze series which is decidedly more sexually risqué. As of 2008, over 200million Mills and Boon books were sold per annum...

Pen Names - Why Authors Change Sex

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

In 1859, Mary Anne Evans became George Eliot in order to be taken more seriously as a novelist at a time when it was believed women wrote only light romances. Today, it's male authors who adopt female pen names to be taken seriously as romance writers.

How to Write a Great Sex Scene (and Whether to Include Yourself in It)

Bill Coles | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

What I've realised is that sex scenes are a tricksy little problem for writers of romantic fiction. Do you go for the Full Monty and have page after page of sex in all its most graphic detail? Or should it instead be just a brief lift of the veil? And then what sort of sex are you going to go for?

An Oxford Companion to Valentine's Day

Daniel Parker | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Parker

It's a question as old as time: do you eat out for Valentine's Day or brave the kitchen yourself in a foolhardy attempt to impress your partner? On the one hand, if you dine out, you won't burn your kitchen down, desperately scraping ashen steak chops off the oven walls as your love weeps into her napkin.

Not Another Happy Ending by David Solomons - Book Review

Robert Bradley | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

I have always stuck to the notion of enjoying books providing the protagonist is a person that I can connect with and their sex, it appears until two weeks ago, had been one such contributing factor.

Women Running From Houses: 20 Epic Gothic Horror Book Covers

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK

Beautiful woman, check. Long flowing dress, check. Mist-shrouded, foreboding mansion in the background, check. Welcome to the world of gothic roma...

Thank You Helen Fielding For Acknowledging Widows

Endeavour Press | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Endeavour Press

Fast forward twenty years and me and the fictious Bridget Jones once again find ourselves in similar situations. We are both widows with young children. She has two, I have three. I am fascinated that Helen Fielding has followed this storyline as, since I was widowed seven years ago, I have been amazed at how little contemporary literary reference there is to us 'young widows'.

Pride And Prejudice Study Reveals Modern Parents Rely On Daughters To Support Husbands

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

If you watched Bridget Jones's Diary back in 2001, it wasn't entirely clear whether matters had gotten better, or worse, for women in the centuries si...

A Forgotten Classic: Le Grand Meaulnes

Ben Mirza | Posted 12.02.2013 | Home
Ben Mirza

Le Grand Meaulnes is a novel best read by a man of youth and innocence, as it would be impossible for those who have become immune to life's tragedies, where the rawness of that first lost love has faded into the mists of time, to ever resonate quite so deeply and fall under its spell in such a tremendous way.

Romances and Thrillers - Studying Kindle Reader's Genre Preferences

Martin Perry | Posted 20.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Martin Perry

If there's something that the advertising for the Kindle, and indeed any eReader device, promotes, it's that reading digital books is for everyone.