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 Elizabeth Everett
By February 25, 2021 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Elizabeth Everett

New York resident Elizabeth Everett can often be found perambulating from her present location to historical sites, most frequently those that have a strong connection to women’s suffrage and civil rights history. Her debut novel, A Lady’s Formula for Love, combines Everett’s passion for female rule breakers and happy-ever-after endings. Who is Elizabeth Everett? Well, […]

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10 Questions for Beverly Jenkins
By February 18, 2021 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Beverly Jenkins

USA Today best-selling author Beverly Jenkins forever changed the literary landscape of historical romance in 1994 with the publication of her first book, Night Song, and since then, she has gone on to write more than 40 (and counting) historical and contemporary novels that celebrate the power of love and family. In addition to being […]

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10 Questions for Arlem Hawks
By January 28, 2021 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Arlem Hawks

A hopeless romantic with a passion for writing that comes to her genetically, Arlem Hawks turned her communications degree into a job as sports information director for Brigham Young University’s Athletics Department. But when Arlem and her family moved to Arizona, she proceeded to channel her love of creative writing and a considerable literary crush […]

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10 Questions for Melissa Croce

10 Questions for Melissa Croce

Melissa Croce traded in the gray skies of the Pacific Northwest for the hustle and bustle of working in New York City. When Melissa is not on the job helping spread the word to librarians about books, she might be found pursuing any one of a number of her interests, which include sleeping, seeking answers […]

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Getting Serious about Series Romances
By October 14, 2020 1 Comments Read More →

Getting Serious about Series Romances

Series romances are the literary equivalent of Rodney Dangerfield; they just don’t get any respect. However, libraries dismiss series romances at their own peril. Not only did some of the romance genre’s best-selling and most beloved authors like Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Farrah Rochon get their start in series romances, but some of […]

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Making Fetch Happen: 16 Dog- and Cat-Friendly Romances
By September 23, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

Making Fetch Happen: 16 Dog- and Cat-Friendly Romances

Pets make everything better. So is it any wonder that many romance novels include a furry, four-footed sidekick in the plot? Authors can showcase the softer side of a hero or heroine who might initially comes across as cold or emotionally distant by incorporating a dog/cat into the love story (as seen with gruff Jack […]

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10 Questions for Olivia Dade
By September 16, 2020 0 Comments Read More →

10 Questions for Olivia Dade

Olivia Dade is a self-proclaimed nerd and book lover and her professional resume includes a master’s in American history, a job bringing that history to life in Colonial Williamsburg (costume included!), and experience working as a high school teacher and librarian (yay!). Dade credits stumbling across her mother’s secret stash of pirate-intensive romances as the […]

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10 Questions for Susan Elizabeth Phillips

10 Questions for Susan Elizabeth Phillips

New York Times best-selling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips began writing after bonding with a neighbor over their shared loved of books. The two women decided to try their hand at writing their own romance, The Copeland Bride, which was published under the pseudonym Justine Cole in 1983. Phillips then began writing on her own, completing […]

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10 Questions for Farrah Rochon

10 Questions for Farrah Rochon

Farrah Rochon began writing while working on her bachelor of science at Xavier University of Louisiana; she went on to receive her master’s degree at Southeastern Louisiana University. Rochon’s first book, Deliver Me, was published in 2007, and since then she’s authored more than 30 novels as well a half dozen novellas, earning two Romance […]

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10 Questions for Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick

10 Questions for Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick

New York Times best-selling Jayne Ann Krentz has built a successful career writing novels under three pen names: Amanda Quick for romantic suspense set in the past, Jayne Ann Krentz for the present, and Jayne Castle for the future. Inspired by her own love of books, such as The Black Stallion and the Nancy Drew […]

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