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December 2018 Newsletter & Book Chat

December romance and women’s fiction book chat with Stella Quinn. FREE reads for you. Such a lot to share with you this December. A new release! Catching Snow, this year’s Christmas novella, is up for preorder now, release date December 1st. Free reads from me and my author friend Megan Mayfair … if you love a heart-warming short story you can read over coffee, you’ll love these A wrap up of what’s been happening in blogland over the past few months: The Travelling Heart (my own blog, where I interview authors about the romantic destinations they’ve chosen for their novels Espresso Tales, Megan Mayfair’s blog interviewing authors about their backstories My Illustrated Review, Jayne Kingsley’s illustrated re-imaginings of her favorite authors’ characters (and their clothes, because Jayne is a style guru) The Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers blog on the RWA website Read on to check it all out!…

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Why I read romance

I am up to page 16 of a novel by Stephanie Laurens. I’m feeling a little tired, a little harassed. I live in a busy house, filled with noise and bluster and rigmarole, and some days the frenetic pace of it all makes me happy. But not today. It’s a Monday – the kids are back at school, and I don’t have to be at work until the next day. My coffee arrives. It is early, and spring sunshine is falling over my face, my arm, the table in the corner where I habitually sit. And I turn the page, feeling like I am just starting to know the characters in this book, to inhabit, in a tiny way, their lives – and I realise that parts of me I didn’t know were tense have suddenly relaxed. It is like a chemical reaction in my brain, my body. And then…

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