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Eight reasons why we need a Marion Ravenwood movie
Forget Indiana Jones 5. We want to drown our crystal skull-induced sorrows with a story about our favorite badass heroine. Here’s seven reasons why Disney should pull the plug on another twenty-years-too-late Indy follow-up and give us the flick we really want to see: the Marion Ravenwood movie.
When you’ve run out of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody books
If you're like me, you've read every novel in Elizabeth Peters' beyond-delightful Amelia Peabody mystery series about eight times over. The wit! The adventure! The exotic locations, archaeological mysteries, and prolific corpses! Egyptologist Barbara Mertz (who wrote under the name Elizabeth Peters) was kind enough to give us nineteen (and a bit) Amelia adventures before …
Great summer reading series to get hooked on
It's summer! Time to pour a cocktail, kick off your shoes, and let the lawn turn into environmentally-responsible jungle. And what better way to while away those hours in the hammock than by diving into a purely entertaining read? Diving into a whole pile of them, of course! The following are my utterly arbitrary picks …
Are romance novels good for you?
Romance novels get a lot of crap. Very Serious Readers are inclined to label them ‘trash’, as though the 74.8 million women (and men) who read them each year either have poor taste or simply aren’t bright enough to appreciate Real Literature. Well, that’s a load of bollocks. But perhaps even more insidious is the …
Launch day festivities!
We've finally made it, kids: The Smoke Hunter launches today! In between jumping up and down like a teenager at a Bieber concert, I have a few things up my sleeve for launch week. I've gone rambling. Check out My top ten romantic adventure flicks on USA Today's Happily Ever After blog.I'm also over at The Strand Magazine …
Best-ever heroine introductions
Today, I'm working on a new protagonist. Forget Pygmalion. Creating the central persona of your novel is more like being a five-year-old with a tub of Play-Doh. Grand ambitions abound, but your elephant often ends up looking more like a lumpy purple rock. Secondary characters are soooo much easier to create. Distinct and quirky personalities …

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