Author Archive: John Charles

The Romance Writers of America 2002 Librarian of the Year, Charles has been reviewing romances for Booklist since 1999 and is the author of Romance Today: An A to Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance. After working for the Scottsdale Public Library System for 30 years, Charles retired and went to work for Scottsdale's independent bookstore the Poisoned Pen, where he still gets to push books but has to deal with far fewer computer questions.

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10 Questions for Maya Rodale
By November 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Maya Rodale

Best-selling and award-winning writer Maya Rodale discovered just how great a romance novel can be while in college when her mother insisted that she read one. Now the author of more than a dozen romances, a selection of novellas, and the nonfiction work Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained, Maya […]

10 Questions for Megan Frampton
By September 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Megan Frampton

With The Lady is Daring, the latest sparkling installment in Megan Frampton’s Duke’s Daughters series—out earlier this week—the always- reliable historical romance writer delivers another happy literary marriage of red-hot sensuality and deliciously dry wit. We spoke to Frampton about writing witty characters, Latin phrases, and Clark Gable.   JOHN CHARLES: Who is Megan Frampton? […]

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Hungry for Love: 16 Tales of Food-Based Romance
By September 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Hungry for Love: 16 Tales of Food-Based Romance

Food has the ability to engage at least four of our basic senses, five if you count the sound of popcorn popping or the sizzle of a hot steak. Is it really surprising that food is often an important ingredient in romance fiction? Couple that sensory appeal with just how steamy things can get in […]

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10 Questions with Mary Jo Putney
By September 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions with Mary Jo Putney

Early in her writing career, which began with the publication of The Diabolical Baron in 1987, Mary Jo Putney began testing the traditional boundaries of historical romance. She tackled topics like alcoholism and domestic abuse, set her stories in a wide range of locales from China to Indonesia, and even added a dollop of magic […]

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Toujours L’Amour: The 10 Best Love Stories Set in Paris
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Toujours L’Amour: The 10 Best Love Stories Set in Paris

What is it about Paris that makes it so darn romantic? Is it the thought of stealing a kiss under the Eiffel Tower at night? Enjoying a picnic in the springtime beauty of the Luxembourg Gardens? Sharing a delicieux éclair with your petit chou at some charming little patisserie? Holding hands while enjoying a sunset cruise […]

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10 Questions for Carolyn Brown

10 Questions for Carolyn Brown

Born in Texas, New York Times best-selling author Carolyn Brown currently lives with her husband in a small town in Oklahoma, the state where she was raised. In other words, she’s a dyed -in-the-wool Westerner, a status reflected in the vividly rendered settings of her humorous and heartfelt contemporary love stories, historical romances, historical novels, and […]

Get a Clue: Television’s 10 Best Mystery and Detective Shows

Get a Clue: Television’s 10 Best Mystery and Detective Shows

Crime and detective stories have long been a part of television programming, with many of fiction’s most famous sleuths—Ellery Queen, Philip Marlowe, and Mickey Spillane, to name but a few—starring in their own small-screen shows. With such a rich and varied trove of viewing options, how can a mystery fan find the wheat among the […]

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Five Agatha Christie Mysteries Everyone Should Read

Five Agatha Christie Mysteries Everyone Should Read

During the Golden Age of mystery fiction, four women—Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and Margery Allingham—were dubbed the Queens of Crime. But let’s be honest, we all know who among that group really deserved the crown. No other mystery writer before or after Agatha Christie can match her literary reputation when it comes to […]

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9 Questions for 57-Time Author Christina Dodd

9 Questions for 57-Time Author Christina Dodd

New York Times best-seller Christina Dodd is the author of 57 books—of historical romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and suspense—but it took two children, three completed manuscripts, and 10 years before she got published. Her third attempt, the manuscript that became Candle in the Window, won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for unpublished […]

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10 Questions for Regina Scott

10 Questions for Regina Scott

Regina Scott knew she was destined to become a writer the minute she finished her first story, “Mummies at the Lake,” in the third grade. She put that dream on hold in order to pursue more financially secure jobs—preschool teacher, day-care professional, and communications specialist among them. Later, when she realized that the only thing she […]

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