Too Much Romance?

I recently stumbled on a review by an Amazon reader citing there was too much romance in the book she’d just read. Really? Can there be too much romance in a romance novel? A recent article in Entertainment Weekly discussed the evolution of the romance genre.  “Not Your Mama’s Covers,” the headline reads.  And apparently not your mother’s romance stories either.  Today’s storylines are like a million hot tamales on your tongue compared with the mild medical romances my mother-in-law read. But isn’t openness about women and their sexuality a good thing? The statistics and comparisons among fiction as cited
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We have winners!

Congratulations to BEC RUTLAND, who won a print copy of the lovely Rachael Johns’s JILTED! Bec, please send me your snail details so Rachael can send you her book: christina AT christina-brooke DOT com. AND… A Kindle download of NO MORE MR. NICE GUY by Amy Andrews goes to SECRET NINJA! Please send your kindle account details to me at christina AT christina-brooke DOT com. Congratulations to you both. We hope you enjoy your prizes!

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My Civic Duty

So I had jury duty last week. I’ve been called to jury duty before.  It was about ten years ago, when Kid #1 was a toddler & Kid #2 was baking in my belly.  I didn’t get to hear a case but it was probably for the best.  I was so tired, so radically sleep deprived, that I probably shouldn’t even have been driving, let alone making life-and-death decisions about strangers’ lives.  I sat in the jury room for five full days without ever being called upstairs, then I went home, well rested & happy.  It was like a little
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Girlfriends

A lot of you know the Banditas are good friends, not just here on the blog, but we love to chat privately, tease each other on twitter, hang out on FB together…and the the ultimate…see each other at conferences or plotting weekends. If we fly in to each other’s hometowns, a planned get together is a MUST! When I moved to Texas and joined my local RWA chapter I met 9 women who have become very dear friends to me. Y’all have met each one of them here on the blog. (Sandy Blair, Jo Davis, Jane Graves, Lorraine Heath, Allie
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Bandita Booty – Robin Giana

Thanks everyone for visiting and leaving a comment on Robin’s blog on Romance tropes.  The winner of  a copy of Flirting with Dr. Off-Limits and a tote bag is: Jane!! Jane – If you could send you contact information to Robin at http://www.robingianna.com/contact/   She’ll get that right out to you. 

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Everyone Loves a Daredevil

I always wondered where my four sons got their love for adventure and risk-taking. As a girl, I never ever took chances – from grades to discipline to dating, I never wanted to take a chance either in disappointing my parents or on risking serious consequences for dangerous behaviors. My sons, on the other hand, tried all sorts of shenanigans. One crawled tardy with one of my best teacher friends – military-style, on thighs and elbows – as if she couldn’t see him sneak in. Another dived over forty feet from a rocky ledge into a lake, unsure how far the rock
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Launch Party for Warrior

Come in and make yourself comfortable!  Sven has a great array of appetizers, and we have these cool-o choices of party favors, midget laser swords or tiny blasters (in honor of Will and Audra’s favorite online game).  Pick one on the way to the bar. I am seriously celebrating–see the honking big champagne flute in my hand?–because some couples are just easier than others, and this couple were not what we might call cooperative. I was working on the book down in my Lair cave, when Will, who resembles Eric Christian Olsen of NCIS: LA with disordered brown/blond hair and
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Favorite Halloween Treats

I was on deadline. It’s not my fault. I sent my husband out to get the Halloween treats, and he came home with… Cheetos? See? I kid you not. Trick-or-treat Cheetos in glow-in-the-dark bags. Clearly a winning strategy from the Cheetos marketing team, since I doubt anyone would’ve thought of this on their own. When I think Halloween, I think candy. And not even just candy. For me, it’s gotta be chocolate. At first, I was outraged. Cheetos???? Cheetos????!!!! How could he do this to me? It’s been a long time since Halloween gave me nightmares, but this just might
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Dianna Love and Demon Storm

 Take three best Friends– Evalle Kincaid Evalle has been an outcast since day one because she’s an Alterant—half Belador, half unknown. From the beginning of BLOOD TRINITY, Book 1 of the Belador series, Evalle has been fighting to save the world, to save the people she loves, and to earn the right to hold her head up and have a normal life. Oh yeah, and the right to NOT be caged as a dangerous beast. All of that depends on uncovering the origins of her mixed blood. Vladimir Quinn Quinn climbed out of a Russian gutter to become one of
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A Trope for Every Taste

Ah, romance tropes! We all have some we love, some we dislike, and some we can go either way on, depending on the story. When I decided I wanted to talk about favorite tropes here on the Romance Bandits, I came up with about six off the top of my head. I knew there were plenty more, but was astonished at how many popular ones there really are! Here are just a few of the ones I enjoy: Military or Law Enforcement Alpha Hero – this trope gives us a sexy, strong hero who is tough on the outside, sometimes
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