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October 20, 2014 at 09:26 PM UTC

Hi Kitty,
I hope you feel better soon.
In response to your query – and knowing that you can’t please everyone! – one of the reasons I enjoy your books so much is because they are not super-diluted with romance. I enjoy a good adventure story, and frankly I think too much romance can spoil it. Partly because people -at least in my experience – don’t actually talk like that. If you read the weddings column in the Washington Post the most common refrain is “I married my best friend” not “Oh my knight in shining armor swept me off my feet.” One of the great things about the relationships at the MBRC, for example, is that the romances that work out are the ones based on the hallmark of friendship – “having each others’ backs” no matter what.

However, an example of sweet, clean period romance would be Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix. His inspiration was Georgette Heyer. The problem with period romances of course is that the characters are either impossibly saccharine (Heyer) or incredibly unlikeable (Edith Wharton).

Take it easy and get well soon 🙂


October 18, 2014 at 09:41 PM UTC

Anything by Melanie Dickerson is great. She writes historical fairy tales. Also consider Wildwood Dancing and Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier. They’re both amazing. Hope you get well soon and enjoy reading lots of books! 🙂

Kelly Adams

October 18, 2014 at 06:39 PM UTC

Hope you feel better soon, being sick is not fun.


October 18, 2014 at 05:21 AM UTC

Thanks for the well wishes, everyone! I’ve snagged a few of the books that were recommended (specifically Dragon Slippers, Crown Duel, and Entwined) and plan to read, read, read over the weekend! Time will tell if I can learn anything from these masters…


October 17, 2014 at 07:01 PM UTC

Entwined is one of my favorites. And I love how yours end. I always have that happy bubble at the end of the book that makes me want to read it again. Feel better.


October 17, 2014 at 08:23 AM UTC

Another great series is the Dragon Slippers trilogy and the Princesses of the Midnight Ball series by Jessica Day George. These books have all of the amazing characters that are very stubborn and determined like every great book needs. If you have already read these trilogies, then the Keeper of the Lost Cities would also be an amazing series to read. These books are by Shannon Messenger and portray a young girl that has special abilities, past those that are even exceptional in her kind.
Thanks for Writing Amazing Books,
Taylor Thornton


October 17, 2014 at 05:48 AM UTC

Sherwood Smith? Particularly Crown Duel and The Trouble with Kings


October 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM UTC

Your Red Rope of Fate is a good example of clean romance 🙂


October 16, 2014 at 11:54 PM UTC

You have now obtained +2,981 brownie points. Well done! 😉


October 16, 2014 at 11:43 PM UTC

Get well soon, having the lurgy is truly vile……especially when it won’t go !

Sad Panda Strikes Back

Sad Panda Strikes Back-and looks quite angry.

sad panda strikes back

For the poor Champions who have never experienced this metaphor of mine, when under considerable distress I liken myself to a panda. Because even angry pandas are cuter than what I really look like, which is more similar to roadkill.

I apologize for my lack of…well…being around. As this year seems to be the year of bizzaro diseases–2014 comes and suddenly I’m a walking petri dish for the weirdest sicknesses ever–I have come down with another incredibly painful “I’m-sorry-we-don’t-have-antibiotics-that-can-kill-this” sickness, this time affecting my throat and my ears! (Because multitasking wins!)

As soon as I finish this entry I’ll be hopping off to email the wonderful Champions who have been patiently waiting for me to send them the extra chapter of Farewell to the MBRC? I just wanted to let you know I’m alive. Also I wanted to add that next week I’ll be announcing a special contest!!! I need to iron out the rules and get my links lined up, but please look forward to it. If it works it seems like you all will enjoy the outcome.

In random news, I’ve been reading romance. I’ve talked with a few Champions who have mentioned they would like to see the ending scenes be a little more romantic–while retaining my signature level of “Clean-ness,” which is now a word because I’m in pain and I can’t find any cute panda pictures. Anyway, I’ve been reading the Austenland books by Shannon Hale (a MUST READ for any Austen fans) Edenbrook-a proper romance (this book was recommended to me by Editor and is a great favorite of mine) and Jane Austen books to get a better idea of how clean romance can be portrayed. Anyone have any authors or books they can recommend? Please leave me a comment! I’m sequestered in my house for the next few days to refrain from spreading this godzilla virus, so now is the time to read.

Thank you for reading, Champions. And stay tuned for the contest announcement next week!

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