romance

The Brantford Wagers – highlighting a book about a female “artful dodger” in Regency times

  Today, I have the pleasure of hosting a stop on Ms Kampen’s blog tour for her recent release The Brantford Wagers. Ms Kampen has set her story in the perennially popular Regency period, and speaking for myself, I love escaping into a well-written historical romance. Besides, the young Ms Vincent sounds like an intriguing …

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Addicted to the Happily Ever After – or celebrating the pink and fluffy parts of life

There are days when I toy with the idea of writing a book that leaves every single reader in tears with not a Happily Ever After in sight. On occasion, my books start out that way, with my rather calculating muse considering just how to permanently tear my loving couples apart. My release from earlier …

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The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage

Twenty and counting…

Today, dear peeps, is the release date for my twentieth book. Sheez! I have to sit down and fan myself a bit, I think. It feels like a very long time since I released my first book, but it is only nine years ago, and if anyone had told me back then that one day …

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Escaping it all – of an addiction to romance and Happily Ever After

2020 has not been a good year. It has been a year of increased polarisation, of a sad downward spiral when it comes to common decency in prominent politicians. It has been a year of pandemic and fear. It has been a year when some governments have used the pandemic as an excuse to permanently …

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Of emotional wrecks and other writing hazards

“Do writers in general suffer from low self-confidence?” hubby asked me the other day. Hmm. I would not describe myself as low on confidence. Low on self-esteem, yes, but that’s another matter. Or maybe it isn’t, because if your self-esteem is a bit shaky you become vulnerable as to what other people think of you—and …

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Every time we say goodbye I cry a little…

…or the downside of bonding too much with your characters… Today is the release date for the third book in my series The Wanderer. It is also the last book in the series, and as always, I am torn in two between pride at having completed yet another series and a desire to weep as …

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The Romantic Hero – an exercise in male objectification?

The other day, I heard an interesting interview on the radio about the objectification of the male body. This, apparently, was major news, with the male presenter stating that women have been the unfortunate recipients of equivalent objectification since ages back but men had so far been spared. I fear I disagree: the male of …

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Losing the history and sticking with romance – something of a challenge!

I’m going to come right out and admit it: the reason I write is because it allows me to indulge the huge romantic streak within, the one that has me sighing happily whenever true love overcomes whatever obstacles crosses its path. This doesn’t mean that I necessarily write 100% pure romances – you see, I …

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