#Rombklove 2020 Day 8: Opposites Attract

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#Rombklove 2020 Day 8: Opposites Attract/ La atracción de los opuestos is hosted by Ericka @e_bookpushers.

#Rombklove 2020 Day 8: Opposites Attract Sometimes it’s our differences that bring us together. Which unlikely lovers do you adore? What makes an opposites attract romance work for you? @e_bookpushers has made a list of some unlikely couples to fall in love with: http://thebookpushers.com/2020/05/08/rombklove-day-8-opposites-attract-la-atraccion-de-los-opuestos/

Rombklove 2020, día 8: La atracción de los opuestos: En ocasiones, lo que nos une son nuestras diferencias. ¿Cuáles son tus parejas improbables favoritas? ¿Qué hace que la atracción de los opuestos funcione para ti? @e_bookpushers ha elaborado una lista de parejas imposibles y adorables: http://thebookpushers.com/2020/05/08/rombklove-day-8-opposites-attract-la-atraccion-de-los-opuestos/

 

Day 8 Archive: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gfWWCZZSghRpJAy-EBd-SIYYcjGltxgV1N9q2a_PZBc/edit?usp=sharing

GR Lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147955.RomBkLove_2020_Opposites_Attract_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147985.RomBkLove_2020_Opposites_Attract_2

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 7: Cover Art -- Guest post by Steve Ammidown

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Changes in cover art by Steve Ammidown

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we all do it. In any kind of genre fiction, the cover is an important part of the hook that draws customers in, but it’s especially true in romance. The artistic style, who or what is featured on the cover, how they are posed, and even what they are wearing sends a powerful signal to the experienced romance reader about what they can expect to find inside.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend looking at Kelly Faircloth’s 2019 article at Jezebel about the history of romance cover art. It’s a great primer. I also enjoyed Jen Prokop’s recent piece about Harlequin’s current cover approach.


I’m fortunate enough to work at the
Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which has a lot of old romances. And do I mean a lot. In category romance alone we have more than 16,000 titles, plus somewhere around 20,000 stand-alone books. We also have manuscript collections for more than 40 romance authors and the photo archives of Romantic Times magazine. We also have 130 original paintings by Harlequin cover artist Frank Kalan from the 1980s and 1990s. We are, to put it mildly, surrounded by covers.

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the history of covers, and also highlight some of my favorite old school covers from the 80s and 90s. These can be tricky to find now, especially as most of them have been reprinted with new covers, but they’re fun to look at, and can be a jewel in your collection if you can find them!


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As the oldest name in category romance, the covers of the more than 4500 Harlequin Romances provide a really interesting window into cover trends. From the 1960s into the 70s, their dominant style was similar to these covers for A Girl Named Smith (1966) and Not by Appointment (1976), with the woman front and center and the man lurking in the background. By the 1980s, as seen on The Lost Moon Flower (1989), a Harlequin Romance was more likely to find the couple together on the cover.

 

One of the cover artists who was part of that 1980s shift was Frank Kalan. Our library is lucky enough to have an extensive collection of his works, including many of the supporting materials that show his process, as you can see here for Kay Gregory’s 1992 book, Breaking the Ice. Kalan would get an information sheet from the editors with detail about
characters, plot and settings, and then he’d have an hour in a Manhattan photo studio to take as many pictures as he could to fit his vision for the cover. He’d paint the couple pretty much as they appeared in the photo, adding in details (like pets!), and leaving space for the cover copy. Then he’d take a photo of the cover and ship a slide of it off to Toronto, where they’d transform it into a cover. And he’d work on several at once! Kalan did more than 300 covers for Harlequin all together, and you can see his signature style from the late 70s through the mid-90s.

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Sandra Kitt

Sandra Kitt’s long publishing history gives us a great opportunity to look at how covers have changed. Her 1985 Harlequin American title Adam and Eva marked the first time a Black couple had appeared on the cover of any book published by Harlequin. The cover art by the legendary Dick Kohfield is so evocative and transports us to the Virgin Islands right away.

The 1993 publication of Love Everlasting saw Sandra put her MFA to good use, as she painted the cover herself for the Odyssey edition. 

Sandra Kitt SerenadeIn 1995, two very different covers marked high points in Sandra’s career. Serenade was one of the
 launch titles for Kensington’s new Arabesque line, the first to focus on Black authors and their stories. That same year, Penguin books published
The Color of Love, one of the first interracial romances from any publisher.



While the 90s were generally a time of photorealistic covers in romance, several of Sandra’s books from the second half of the decade have more abstract illustrations.
Suddenly, an Arabesque title from 1996, shows that the line’s shift away from photography. And Kitt’s titles for Signet, like Family Affairs (1999), have a sort of hybrid photo/abstract look to them. 

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Authors on Covers

And lastly, one of my favorite odd moments in cover art is the min-trend in the late 80s of authors appearing on their own covers. The three examples I’ve been able to find are Shannon Drake (Heather Graham) and her family appearing on the stepback for 1985’s Tomorrow the Glory, Sandra Brown posing with television’s McLean Stevenson for 1986’s The Rana Look, and Nora Roberts herself posing for the cover of 1988’s The Last Honest Woman

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I could go on for hours about the amazing covers of romance. How about you? Do you have a favorite old school or current cover artist? Whose covers are you instantly drawn to?  

 

STEVE AMMIDOWN (he/him) has been the Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist for the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University since 2016. He obtained his Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014. In 2019, he was named Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year for his work in preserving and promoting the library’s collections that document the history of romance fiction. Visit the library online at https://www.bgsu.edu/library/pcl.html or follow them on Twitter at @BGSU_PopCultLib and on Instagram @PopCultLib

 


#Rombklove 2020 Day 7: Cover trends come and go, but what does a cover say to you? Share with us your favorite covers, new or old. @stegan is sharing how cover art for romance has changed over the years


#Rombklove 2020, día 7: El diseño de las cubiertas es una cuestión de moda, pero ¿qué te dice una portada? Comparte con nosotres tus favoritas, nuevas o antiguas. @stegan nos habla sobre la evolución de las cubiertas de romántica.

 

Day 7 Archive:

Tweet Archive

GR Lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147946.Rombklove_2020_Covers_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147950.Rombklove_2020_Covers_2

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147951.Rombklove_2020_Covers_3

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147953.Rombklove_2020_Covers_4

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 6: First Person POV Romances

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#Rombklove 2020 Day/día 6:  First Person POV romances/Romance in Primera Persona

#Rombklove 2020 Day 6: First person POV  romances can be polarizing? Do you love them? Who are your favourites? Which characters would you love to tell their own stories? Nix @scorchingrevs shares their favorite first person romances today:

 

https://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/rombklove-day-6-1st-person-pov/

 

#Rombklove 2020, día 6: ¿Sí o no al romance en primera persona? ¿Quiénes son tus protagonistas favoritos? ¿Qué personajes te habría gustado que contaran su propia historia? Hoy @scorchingrev comparte sus libros favoritos en primera persona: https://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/rombklove-day-6-1st-person-pov/

 

 

Day 6 Archive: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MNBTpbTB9RoiZhMDtJPtXa8s0538HkqNVrIbWkWCNz4/edit?usp=sharing

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html

 

 

 

 


#Rombklove 2020 Day 5: Seeing Yourself / Frente al Espejo

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#Rombklove 2020 Day/ día 5: Seeing Yourself / Frente al Espejo is hosted by Alex  @alextweetsbooks

 


#Rombklove 2020 Day 5: Representation matters! What does it mean to you? Have you seen yourself in a book? @alextweetsbooks has seen himself through these books:
 https://bookcornerreviews.home.blog/2020/05/05/rombklove-2020-day-5-seeing-yourself/

#Rombklove 2020, día 5: ¡La representación es importante! ¿Qué significa para ti? ¿Alguna vez has sentido que un libro hablaba de ti? @alextweetsbooks se ha visto reflejado en estos títulos:
 https://bookcornerreviews.home.blog/2020/05/05/rombklove-2020-day-5-seeing-yourself/

 

Day 5 Archive: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/120bFfX3l0wzXS_RMIHcLdrXm7sRmLgnIj6RH2BKMoEg/edit?usp=sharing

Gr Lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147878.RomBkLove_2020_Representation_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147880.RomBkLove_2020_Representation_2

 

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 4: Slump-busting Novellas/ Novelas Breves

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#RombkLove 2020  Day 4/día 4:  Slump busting novellas/Novelas breves para recuperar el ritmo is hosted by Sarah @LustFoundReads (my amazing #Rombkpod editor and romance fan extraordinaire!)

 

#RombkLove 2020  Day 4: What novellas have busted you out of a slump recently? Which tropes do you love best in novella form? What novellas would you recommend to fellow readers feeling stuck? @lustfoundreads shares some recs


#Rombklove 2020, día 4: ¿Qué novela breve hizo que volvieses a leer? ¿Qué temas recurrentes prefieres en formato breve? ¿Qué títulos recomendarías a quien haya perdido el ritmo de lectura? @lustfoundreads comparte algunas recomendaciones.

 

Day 4: Archive

GR lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147803.RomBkLove_2020_Slump_Busting_Novellas_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147805.RomBkLove_2020_Slump_Busting_Novellas_2

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147805.RomBkLove_2020_Slump_Busting_Novellas_2

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#RomBkLove 2020 Day 3: Pet Love / Amor & Mascotas

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RomBkLove  2020 Day 3: Pet Love / Amor & Mascotas


#Rombklove 2020 Day 3: Man’s best friend, a cuddly companion or a four-legged terror? What romance pets are your faves? Who steals every scene?


#Rombklove 2020, día 3: ¿El mejor amigo del hombre, alguien a quien mimar o una pesadilla con patas? ¿Cuáles son tus mascotas favoritas en la literatura romántica? ¿Qué mascota acabó haciéndose con el protagonismo?

Day 3: Archive

GoodReads Lists: 

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147770.RomBkLove_2020_Pet_Love_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147775.RomBkLove_2020_Pet_Love_2

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 2: Space Romance / Romance espacial

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#Rombklove 2020 Day2: Space romances are out of this world! What are some of your favorites? What makes this setting unique?


Rombklove 2020, día 2: ¡Los romances espaciales son algo de otro mundo! ¿Cuáles son tus favoritos? ¿Qué hace que sean únicos?

Day 2: Archive

GR BookLists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147762.RomBkLove_2020_Space_Romance_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147762.RomBkLove_2020_Space_Romance_1

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html



 

 

 

 

 


#Rombklove 2020: Day 1: Comfort Reads / Lecturas reconfortantes

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RomBkLove  2020 Day 1: Comfort Reads / Lecturas reconfortantes is hosted by Heather Lire

#Rombklove 2020 Day 1: Comfort Reads. What books do you turn to when everything else is hard? Angsty? Light? What comforts you? @heatherlire shares her list of comfort reads


#Rombklove 2020, día 1: ¿Qué libros son tu refugio cuando todo lo demás falla? ¿Prefieres lecturas profundas o ligeras? ¿Qué te levanta el ánimo? @heatherlire comparte su lista de lecturas reconfortantes.

 

By day Heather is a hard-working high school Spanish teacher. By night she's a contemporary romance author, and book reviewer. Heather writes under the names Heather Lire and Kenzie MacLir & has run the review website The Book Reading Gals since it's inception in 2008.

 

Heather  has made her post available in English and Spanish!

Day 1: Archive

GR BookLists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147733.RomBkLove_2020_Comfort_Reads_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147756.RomBkLove_2020_Comfort_Reads_2

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147758.RomBkLove_2020_Comfort_Reads_3

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#RomBkLove 2020: Celebrating Inclusive Romance during a Pandemic!

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Maybe you haven't read in weeks, or maybe you haven't stopped reading since this all started. Either way I know you love to talk about books.

Tomorrow #Rombklove 2020 kicks off with a whole new crew of readers, reviewers and writers sharing their love for inclusive romance by writing about the different tropes, motifs and sub-genres of romance that most fascinate them.

Every day in May there will be a prompt tweet to kick off conversation and every week day link to an inclusive rec post full of fabulous books put together by the #Rombklove team.

This post will be updated each day, with links to all  the rec posts, and an archive of the day's tweets.

 

 

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

Still have questions about Rombklove?  Read our Q &A: What is #Rombklove and other questions.

#ROMBKLOVE  2020:

Day 1: Comfort Reads/Lecturas reconfortantes by  Heather @HeatherLire  -- Archive , GR Lists: 1, 2, 3

Day 2: Space Romance/Romance espacial   -- Archive, GR Lists 1, 2

Day 3: Pet Love/ Amor & Mascotas   -- Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 4: Slump Busting Novellas/ Novelas breves para recuperar el ritmo by Sarah @lustfoundreads  -- Archive, GR Lists: 1, 2, 3

Day 5: Seeing Yourself/Frente al espejo by Alex @alextweetsbooks  -- Archive  GR Lists: 1, 2

Day 6: First person POV Romance/Romance en primera persona by Nix @scorchingrevs -- Archive  GR Lists: 1, 2

Day 7: Cover Art/ Cubiertas by Steve @stegan -- Archive, GR Lists:  1,2,3,4

Day 8: Opposites Attract / La atracción de los opuestos by Ericka @e_bookpushers -- Archive, GR Lists: 1,2

Day 9: Older and Wiser / El amor no tiene edad  -- Archive, GR list

Day 10: Romantic Gestures / Gestos románticos -- Archive, GR List 1, 2

Day 11: YA Romance/ Romance juvenil by Melinda @MelindaEdits -- Archive, GR List 1, 2

Day 12: Women in STEM / Mujeres de ciencias by Lucy Eden @lucyedenauthor -- Archive, GR Lists 1, 2

Day 13: Shared Experiences /Experiencias compartidas by Heather @HeatherLire  -- Archive, GR List

Day 14:  Paranormal Romance / Romance paranormal by Kenzie MacLir  @KenzieMacLir-- Archive, GR Lists: 1, 2, 3

Day 15: Marriage of convenience/arranged marriage / Matrimonio de conveniencia by Mary Lynne @emmelnie  -- Archive,  GR Lists 1, 2

Day 16: Just a hint of Magic / Un toque de magia -- Archive, GR List

Day 17: Romantic suspense / Suspense romántico by Sarah @lustfoundreads -- Archive, GR Lists 1, 2

Day 18: Romance Audiobooks / Audiolibros de romántica by Kaetrin  @Kaetrin67 --  Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 19: Kink in romance/Romance y kink  Jennifer Porter @JenniferRNN -- Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 20: Found Community/Pertenencia a una comunidad  by Melanie @melon_reads -- Archive, GR List 1, 2

Day 21: Musician romance/Romances con músicos by Corey Alexander @TGStoneButch -- Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 22: Beautiful Prose/La belleza de la prosa by Ruby Lang @RubeLang -- Archive GR list

Day 23: Small Town Romance/ Romance Rural -- Archive GR List

Day 24: Steampunk -- Archive GR List

Day 25: Activist MCs/Protagonistas activistas by Carolina @wutheringreads -- Archive GR list

Day 26: Religious and Cultural Communities by Stacey Agdern @nystacey -- Archive GR list

Day 27:  Bodyguard romances by Micaela @Siempreromances -- Archive

Day 28:  Wrapped around your pinky by Allie Therin @allie_therin -- Archive

Day 29:  Summer Reading/New Titles by Agata Weronika @Aqueda_Veronica -- Archive

Day 30: Made Me Laugh -- Archive

Day 31: Trope Mashups -- Archive

Day 32:  THANK YOU!

#Rombklove 2020 almost didn't get going this year.  With everything that was going on, with my own head barely above water, I just didn't feel like I could ask bloggers and readers to do more.  But after a few folks let me know how much they were looking forward to having booktalk on their TLs again I decided to take a different approach.  So this year I am delegating and trusting an even bigger group of volunteers.  The amazing readers are stepping up to create graphics, translate, review, help write prompts and even pitch in with the archiving! It is amazing.


Review: The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

Alva Webster is staking what is left of her fortune and tattered reputation on restoring an abandoned and some think haunted house in Upstate New York. Naturally she thinks Professor Samuel Moore’s enthusiastic approach is yet another improper but too common proposition.  As fascinated as Sam is about the prickly and sharp widow, it is her ghost that most interests Sam, a wildly successful inventor from a renowned family of scientists. When contractors flee her house in terror, she reluctantly agrees to partner with Professor Moore in hopes of debunking the ghosts stories and getting her restoration project back on track, but instead find herself drawn into a complex mystery and sure to be hopeless romance.  I was utterly charmed by this debut, so much so that I ordered a print copy of the book for my keeper after reading a library copy. Biller does a fantastic job creating a sympathetic yet prickly heroine, whose traumatic history rightfully makes her wary of marriage and romance. Biller does a fantastic job of unraveling both Alva and the ghost’s past traumas, and carefully building up the romance and tension between Alva and Sam. I loved the way Biller had Sam confront his enormous privilege without zapping away his hopefulness and enthusiasm. I loved how Biller allowed Alva to regain agency in her life, while at the same time learning to trust and rely on others.  

 

I highly recommend The Widow of Rose House to lovers of mystery with supernatural elements and all those who enjoy seeing an MC break free and find love, family and purpose after a life of trauma. 

 

Content Warnings:Ableism, domestic abuse, mental illness, Murder