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The Happy Ending

I  participated in a symposium on Genre Fiction at Melbourne University last week. It was a fascinating day and I enjoyed myself immensely. I was on two panels and took part in a debate — “In the battle of the genres, romance will always win.” It was lovely, lighthearted fun.

One thing that surprised me though, was that some of the other participants confused “romantic books” (in which one or both the lovers end up dead) with “romance novels” (in which the lovers end up alive, together, and happy.)

It was as if they weren’t comfortable with the notion of “a happy ending” — which is part of the definition of genre romance. 

It’s an attitude I’ve often experienced elsewhere in the literary world, that books with a happy ending are somehow a cop-out, or unrealistic, or even flat out unbelievable — that tragic endings make for a more “real” experience.

The Georgette Heyer Conference

I’m getting ready to fly up to Sydney to attend the Georgette Heyer Conference on the weekend. 

I’m looking forward to it. I missed the first one a few years ago — bought a ticket, but wasn’t able to attend — so I’m looking forward to this one.

I’m giving a short talk on VENETIA, and why I love it. It’s not my favorite Heyer — but only because I can’t pick just one favorite. I have a bunch of favorites, but I chose VENETIA because it’s the one I usually recommend to readers who’ve never read Heyer before, especially if they’re romance readers. 

When I come back I’ll share a little of my speech, and a few photos of the event.
What’s your favorite Heyer?

Massive Giveaway — and a kindle fire to be won

How cool is this? To celebrate July 4th and the release of my new novel THE SUMMER BRIDE, search  I’ve teamed up with more than 50 fantastic authors to give away a huge selection of historical romance novels, mind PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! 

I’m giving away my book THE SUMMER BRIDE
Enter the contest by clicking here: http://bit.ly/july-4th-historical