Posts By: Ridley

Links: Tuesday, July 1st

Links: Tuesday, July 1st

July 1, 2014 Links 2

Happy Canada Day! The Problem With Juliet – So many of the problematic things people defend as “historically accurate” really aren’t. Sexing up young teenagers is one of them. Argument: Early teenage sex and marriage were common in Medieval Europe, as in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet where the heroine is… Read more »

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All They Need by Sarah Mayberry

All They Need by Sarah Mayberry

June 27, 2014 Contemporary, Reviews 5

I was talking on Twitter yesterday about how books with tattooed heroes with violent tempers are frequently described as “edgy” and how it didn’t make sense to me. How can a violent construction of masculinity be “edgy” when it’s clearly the norm? Wouldn’t a straight hero who’s really into musical… Read more »

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Links: Thursday, June 26th

June 26, 2014 Links 9

Tom Waits/Cookie Monster mashup – God’s Away On Business On Street Teams, and My Lack of One – I strongly dislike the sort of reader who’s attracted to joining a “street team.” At best they’re sycophantic cheerleaders and at worst they’re intimidating bullies. I avoid reading authors with street teams… Read more »

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Links: Tuesday, June 24th

Links: Tuesday, June 24th

June 24, 2014 Links 9

20 Yard Sale Signs That Are Advertising Gold Robin Thicke and the Dynamics of Abuse – This post could easily describe a substantial portion of romance’s “alpha” heroes. Seeing this behavior written by a real live man actively pressuring a real woman to reunite with him makes it a lot… Read more »

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Links: Saturday, June 21st

Links: Saturday, June 21st

June 21, 2014 Links 3

Cat Shaming Only Spinning Forward: On the Commercial Viability of LGBTQ Literature – What I know about trends in general fiction could fill a thimble but this article completely ignoring romance seemed to weaken its argument pretty significantly. Aside from sucking generally, this dismissal of LGBTQ artwork has personal resonance… Read more »

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The American Duchess by Joan Wolf

The American Duchess by Joan Wolf

June 20, 2014 Historical, Reviews 7

This month’s TBR Challenge called for participants to read a “classic” romance from their stash, for whatever definition of classic the reader decided on. I decided to define classic as “old” and went diving through my stash for books old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes and a scratch… Read more »

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Links: Thursday, June 19th

Links: Thursday, June 19th

June 19, 2014 Links 1

A bad idea no one can resist. Gendered Violence, Annotated – Olivia Waite read through a writing guide and was horrified at the prevalence of violence against women offered as great examples of ways to add drama to your writing. James Scott Bell, the author of Revisions and Self-Editing, is… Read more »

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Links: Tuesday, June 17th

Links: Tuesday, June 17th

June 17, 2014 Links 3

Ubisoft Refused To Talk To Me About Women Women writing m/m, yada yada, redux, etc. – I’m putting this here but I don’t agree that the authors writing the books are irrelevant. m/m is a genre run, edited, written and read mostly by women, largely straight women, and I don’t… Read more »

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Links: Saturday, June 14th

June 14, 2014 Links 1

Dear Kitten An Interview with Farrah Rochon – Smart Bitches hosts a podcast interview with LITM favorite Farrah Rochon. Good stuff. At RT, Sarah sat down with Farrah Rochon about her contemporary romance writing, her experience both self publishing and publishing through traditional presses, and about her conversations with writers… Read more »

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Links: Thursday, June 12th

Links: Thursday, June 12th

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Pocket Watch – 1910 Why Isn’t Just Reading Enough Anymore? – This post reminds me of why I quit Goodreads and why I don’t miss it at all. Between the event invites, the recommendations and authors sending me friend invites, I felt like I was under siege. Even now I… Read more »

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