The Romance Festival is back!

Valentine’s isn’t far off, but that’s not the date we’ve got circled on our calendar – because the Romance Festival is BACK! On February 7th and 8th we’ll be spreading love across the internet as we host a packed schedule of virtual events with our friends at Harlequin Mills & Boon – all of which you’ll be able to enjoy from the comfort of your homes. What could be better! There will be something for everyone, reader and author, and we’ve got a few extra surprises up our sleeves this time – so make sure you follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up to date. But how do I ‘attend’ the festival, I hear you ask? Easy! Register here to…

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Should anything be taboo in women’s literature? -Radhika Sanghani #Romance14

There’s a scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary where Bridge realises she’s wearing her granny pants, just before she’s about to shag Mark Darcy. Cue a rushed bedroom trip where she swaps into some sexier knickers, and ta-da, she’s ready for sex. Only… Is she? In the real world, I can’t imagine so. Surely, for a woman who hasn’t had sex in a while, worrying about her underwear choice is only half of what’s going through her mind. Isn’t she also freaking out about her unshaved legs and the fact that her knickers are an inch away from her skin because she hasn’t waxed/shaved/trimmed her pubes in months? Or that she’s on her period and has to figure out whether to broach the period sex chat,…

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World War II and Romance: Embracing the Past – Roland Moore #Romance14

Roland Moore created the award-winning  returning BBC1 drama series, Land Girls and was lead writer on series one to three. During this time, the series won the Best Daytime Programme in the Broadcast Awards and four RTS Midlands Awards (including Best Drama). The series has been sold to territories around the world and been translated and dubbed into various languages. Why is the Second World War still such a big draw for romance writers and book readers? The answer, I feel, is entwined with the psychology of how people actually behaved during the war and why that proves attractive or resonant to us today. When I was writing the BBC1 series Land Girls, we researched many aspects of war time life – not just of the Women’s…

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From Randy Dukes to Darling Debs: Why Romance is Timeless – Erin Lawless #Romance14

So what exactly is the appeal of historical romance, I wondered. I should know: I certainly read enough of it. What’s the deal with us sexualising true-life historical figures anyway? Why do we so conveniently forget that these people didn’t have access to things like toothpaste and tampons? And haven’t we as humans evolved past the point where heaving bosoms and phallic swords are quite so titillating? Obviously not. Because despite a brief waning over the last decade or so, historical romance sales are now skyrocketing and we even seem to be moving past the days where all historical fiction had to have a cover with a headless woman in a beautiful dress. It’s a brave new world. Historical romance is massively diversifying: yes, there…

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Wedding Tips: The High Street Bride’s Guide – Samantha Birch #Romance14

Samantha Birch, author of budget wedding bible The High-Street Bride’s Guide, on planning an affordable reception that doesn’t skimp on style… 5 Top Tips for Saving on Your Wedding Venue 1. The Time of Your Life Weddings are all about timing—and I don’t just mean him choosing the right moment to get down on one knee. When can be just as important as where when it comes to saying your ‘I do’s, so opt for an out-of-season, midweek big day and you’ll be surprised how much most venues cut your costs. Dare to plan the whole day in three months or less? Ask if your fave setting offers a whirlwind package. Fancy kissing the groom at sunset? Consider an evening do. 2. The Food of Love…

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