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 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
By September 5, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

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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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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