Posted in: magical realism fiction, Renaissance romance novel, romance novels set in italy

Romance Novels Set in Italy

Romance Novels Set in Italy — Isn’t It Romantic?

Have you read any romance novels set in Italy? Hard to imagine a more  delicious setting for love to blossom — the friendly climate, the warm people, the food, the passionate way Italians live. And while you’re dallying with a (fictional) handsome Italian, you’re munching on fabulous pasta and looking at gorgeous art. Longing for a romantic book like that?  I have a list for you, below.

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Posted in: giveaway, Renaissance romance novel, Renaissance time-travel story, romance novel, time travel romance novel renaissance, Time-travel novel

The Renaissance Club on Blog Tour + Enter my Givewaway

Book blog Fabulous and Brunette has hosted me and my book with an interview and my giveaway, plus an excerpt. Read a little of my time-travel novel, The Renaissance Club! This wonderful site bills itself as: “A Lifestyle blog that focuses on all things from fashion to beauty; fitness to weight loss; recipes to coupons; books to movies; travels to entertainment; and everything in between.” From fashion to fiction, recipes to fitness, there’s a lot to enjoy. I’m delighted to make a stop on my month-long blog tour at Ally Swanson’s lively and truly fabulous site. Read More “The Renaissance Club on Blog Tour + Enter my Givewaway”

Posted in: Renaissance romance novel, romantic time travel, time travel romance novel, time travel romance novel renaissance, Time-travel novel

Best Time Travel Fiction and Finding Love

Finding Love in a Past Era

A lot of contemporary time travel fiction involves finding love. And it magically happens. On paper, one can simply step through a fold in time’s curtain or penetrate a magical standing stone and voila! meet your soulmate in a past time. This is magical realism time travel — it just happens.

But think about it:  love across the centuries  has a lot of messy aspects. First, the customs of love are very different. Like trying to speak a different language, you can get the nuances and protocals wrong. When to touch, when not to touch, what does a smile mean in another society than your 21st century one, and what constitutes an invitation for a woman to be treated as less than a lady?  Writing love stories across the centuries is complicated.

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Posted in: Renaissance romance novel, small press publishing

Pros & Cons of Small Press Publishing

Pros & Cons of Small Press Publishing

Gifts of Writing - Author Rachel Dacus's GiveawaysSelf-publishing fiction versus small press publishing? Making that choice can be tricky. Most of the articles I’ve encountered weigh the options as “self-publishing versus traditional publishing”. I had  experience with small press publishing for my first novel, a time travel Renaissance romance  called The Renaissance Club. One thing I learned is that small press publishers are as different from one another as humans are, because most small presses are run by one to three individuals, and they can invent their own rules. Is it traditional publishing? Depends on the publisher. Read More “Pros & Cons of Small Press Publishing”