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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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attempt, the manuscript that became Candle in the Window, won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for unpublished […]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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10 Questions for Linda Howard

10 Questions for Linda Howard

New York Times–bestselling author Linda Howard is passionate about many things including her family, her friends, her dogs, college football, and her home state of Alabama. One thing she could definitely do without? Cows. She describes these as “mean, devious, and psychic.” Before becoming a full-time writer, Howard worked at a trucking company for 17 […]

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Forever FOREVER AMBER: Revisiting Kathleen Winsor’s Racy Romance Classic
By September 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Forever FOREVER AMBER: Revisiting Kathleen Winsor’s Racy Romance Classic

Long before E.L. James was burning up bestseller lists with her spicy 50 Shades novels, another book’s rumored bawdiness had readers flocking to their local bookstores and libraries in desperate hopes that they, too, might be able to get their hands on a copy. That book was Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor. Published in 1944 by […]

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10 Questions for Sheila Roberts
By September 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Sheila Roberts

Before becoming a writer in 1989, bestselling author Sheila Roberts owned a singing telegram company and performed in a band. Since then, two of Roberts’ books have made it to the television screen: On Strike for Christmas appeared on the Lifetime Channel, and The Nine Lives of Christmas became a Hallmark Channel movie. Roberts now spends her days (and some […]

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The Best Romance Films of All Time
By September 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The Best Romance Films of All Time

  Ever since Rudolph Valentino made goo-goo eyes at the screen and left a generation of ladies swooning, romance has been a staple at the movies. With such a wealth of choices in front of me, an explanation of how I selected this list seems necessary. First, all of my choices consist of movies first released in theaters—apologies to […]

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ACTING ON IMPULSE: 10 Questions for Mia Sosa
By September 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

ACTING ON IMPULSE: 10 Questions for Mia Sosa

Mia Sosa doesn’t exactly remember when she first read a romance novel, but she does remember hiding a stash of Harlequin romances behind the covers of 16 magazine in middle school. After finishing college and law school, Mia spent a decade practicing law as a First Amendment and media attorney in our nation’s capital before […]

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10 Questions for Jenn McKinlay
By September 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Jenn McKinlay

New York Times-bestselling author Jenn McKinlay made her name writing cozy mysteries, including A Library Lover’s Mystery Series. Recently, she turned her attention back to romance. This spring, she published About a Dog, the first book in her Bluff Point Romance series, with Barking Up the Wrong Tree following quickly on its heels. We talked […]

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The Ten Best Mystery and Suspense Films of All Time (According to One Critic, Anyway)

The Ten Best Mystery and Suspense Films of All Time (According to One Critic, Anyway)

Everybody loves a good top ten list—just ask David Letterman. But selecting only 10 of the best mystery and suspense films ever produced is quite a challenge. After all, I could easily have put at least five movies—if not more—by Alfred Hitchcock on the list, not to mention all those superb BBC and PBS mystery […]

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