At the Back Fence

This is the index for At the Back Fence, quite likely the longest-running romance column anywhere online. At the Back Fence was co-authored by Robin Nixon Uncapher, Anne Marble, and Laurie Gold. Other AAR staff, authors, and readers frequently contributed as well. The last ATBF column was published October 27, 2008. For AAR's recent commentary on romance novels and what is happening in romance publishing, check out AAR's News & Commentary Blog.

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October 27, 2008
A Few Last Words over the Back Fence
Post to Our ATBF Forum

October 20, 2008
North and South

October 13, 2008
For Everthing, There Is a Season

Issue #319 - October 6, 2008
The One Where Abi Is All Bark, No Bite and Living in the Caribbean

Issue #318 - September 29, 2008
"Sex Books"

Issue #317 - September 15, 2008
Them Thar Hills

Issue #316 - September 8, 2008
Here's To the [Old] Ladies

Issue #315 - September 1, 2008
Boys with Big Knives

Issue #314 - August 18, 2008
Dumb Heroes

Issue #313 - August 11, 2008
My Latest Fictional Crushes (or When Honor Is Sexy)

Issue #312 - August 4, 2008
In Defense of Breaking Dawn

Issue #311 - July 21, 2008
Dorothy Parker

Issue #310 - July 14, 2008
Part II: Are Authors Being Pushed To Write too Much (Author perspective)

Issue #309 - July 7, 2008
Part I: Are Authors Being Pushed To Write too Much (Reader perspective)

Issue #308 - June 30, 2008
Love is Attractive

Issue #307 - June 16, 2008
Rich Guys

Issue #306 - June 9, 2008
That's So Dated!

Issue #305 - June 2, 2008
Much Ado About Nothing...Not Enough About Something

Issue #304 - May 26, 2008

Issue #303 - May 12, 2008
A Break from Romance

Issue #302 - May 5, 2008
Six of One...Half Dozen of the Other

Issue #301 - April 28, 2008
The Queen Is Dead...Long Live the Queen
Some News from LLB

Issue #300 - April 21, 2008
A Young Girl's Introduction to Romance

Issue #299 - March 31, 2008
A Book To Keep You Company

Issue #298 - March 24, 2008
Sexuality as Shorthand

Issue #297 - March 17, 2008
From Time, with Love

Issue #296 - March 3, 2008
Results of the Twelfth Annual AAR Reader Awards
Includes a link to the awards page
Includes a link to the interim results for the poll

Issue #295 - February 25, 2008
Does He Give Good Grovel?

Issue #294 - February 18, 2008
Staff's Choice

Issue #293 - February 4, 2008
Sex Before Chapter Two

Issue #292 - January 28, 2008
The Half-Way Mark

Issue #291 - January 21, 2008
One More Headache for Editors

Issue #290 - January 7, 2008
2007 Buried Treasures
Kick off of Our 12th Annual; Reader Poll on the Best and Worst in Romance Reading

Issue #289 - December 31, 2007
LLB's Reading Year

Issue #288 - December 24, 2007
AARLIst's 2007 Hot Topics

Issue #287 - December 17, 2007
Reading at Christmas

Issue #286 - December 10, 2007
Freedom of Expression

Issue #285 - December 3, 2007
Beyond the Top 100 - A Look Into the Larger Picture

Issue #284 - November 12, 2007
Results and Analysis of Top 100 Romances Poll

Issue #283 - November 5, 2007

Issue #282 - October 29, 2007
The Wall-Banger

Issue #281 - October 22, 2007
The Age in Your Head - Part II (click here for 2006's Part I)

Issue #280 - October 8 and 9, 2007
Two Readers Journey through Erotic Romance - Part I online Oct 8, Part II online Oct 9

Issue #279 - October 1, 2007
The Allure of Urban Fantasy - includes interview with Keri Arthur

Issue #278 - September 17, 2007
Paranormal Roundtable:

  • Shiloh Walker
  • Linnea Sinclair
  • Eve Silver
  • Meljean Brook
  • Alyssa Day
  • Susan Grant
  • Cathy Clamp

Issue #277 - September 10, 2007
Authors at Their Best: Mary Jo Putney

Issue #276 - September 3, 2007
Getting It Together

Issue #275 - August 27, 2007
Jumping for Joy

Issue #274 - August 12, 2007
What's Your Hallelujah?

Issue #273 - July 30, 2007
What's In a (Pen) Name?

Issue #272 - July 23, 2007
Do Ghost Romances Have a Ghost of a Chance?

Issue #271 - July 17, 2007
The Perfect Wedding

Issue #270 - July 9, 2007
Let It Be

Issue #269 - June 26, 2007
Happily Ever After?

Issue #268 - June 18, 2007
Expectations - includes input from Anne Stuart, Loretta Chase, Linda Howard, Connie Brockway, Nora Roberts, and Julia Quinn

Issue #267 - June 11, 2007
The Elusive English Hero

Issue #266 - June 4, 2007
So, what do readers want, what do publishers think we want and will ever the twain meet?

Issue #265 - May 21, 2007
Lascivious, Luscious Lusting - a guest column by author Sandra Schwab

Issue #264 - May 14, 2007
Where Are They Now?

Issue #263 - May 7, 2007
The Senses

Issue #262 - April 30, 2007
Guidelines for Writing Literary Fiction

Issue #261 - April 16, 2007
Little Things Mean a Lot

Issue #260 - April 9, 2007

Issue #259 - April 2, 2007
Mothers and Daughters

Issue #258 - March 22, 2007
Let Me Bring You a Sandwich

Issue #257 - March 12, 2007
Oh, Brother...Oh, Sister!

Issue #256 - February 26, 2007
Results of the Eleventh Annual AAR Reader Awards
Includes a link to the awards page
Includes a link to the interim results for the poll

Issue #255 - February 20th, 2007
Staff Choices

Issue #254 - February 12, 2007
Daddy Dearest

Issue #253 - January 29, 2007
Tales from the Ballot Box

Issue #252 - January 22, 2007
The New Romance of Historical Fiction

Issue #251 - January 15, 2007
To Reread Or Not To Reread

Issue #250 - January 8, 2007
2006 Buried Treasures
Kick off of Our 11th Annual Reader Poll on the Best and Worst in Romance Reading

Issue #249 - December 18, 2006
The Best, the Worst, and the E-Book Erotic

Issue #248 - December 11, 2006
Are You Feeling Claustrophobic?

Issue #247 - December 4, 2006
AARList: Hot Topics of 2006

Issue #246 - November 27, 2006
The Side Effects of Glomming or Why My House Looks like Antiques Roadshow Gone Awry

Issue #245 - November 13, 2006
Get in Line!

Issue #244 - November 6, 2006
Proper Deportment and Labeling in the Bookstore: A Guide for Staff

Issue #243 - October 30, 2006
Don't Hate Them Because They're Beautiful!

Issue #242 - October 23, 2006
Texas Candidate Fred Head: Still Reading for the Good Parts

Issue #241 - October 9, 2006
Don't Go In There!

Issue #240 - October 2, 2006
Anatomy of a Glom - adjunct page based on emails and message board posts

Issue #239 - September 25, 2006
Revisiting the Marketing of African American Romance

Issue #238 - September 18, 2006
The Weight Question

Issue #237 - September 5, 2006
Everything Old Is New Again

Issue #236 - August 28, 2006
Of Books & Baby Boomers

Issue #235 - August 21, 2006
Good Girls (And Boys) Don't

Issue #234 - August 14, 2006
Thoughts on Little Women

Issue #233 - August 7, 2006
Video Killed the Radio Star

Issue #232 - July 17, 2006
The Age In Your Head

Issue #231 - July 10, 2006
Where Have All the Historicals Gone?

Issue #230 - July 3, 2006
For the Love of Pirates! - includes segments from Leslie LaFoy, Cheryl Sawyer, Jennifer Ashley, Gaelen Foley, Sabrina Jeffries, Susan Grant, and Sylvia Day

Issue #229 - June 19, 2006
For Whom the Voters Poll: Our Adventures in Updating the Favorite Books by Favorite Authors Poll

Issue #228 - June 12, 2006
Those "F" Books

Issue #227 - June 5, 2006
When Good Heroines Have Bad Ideas

Issue #226 - May 29, 2006
The Male Point of View - includes Q&A's with Bob Mayer, Leigh Greenwood, Tori Carrington, and Nora Roberts

Issue #225 - May 15, 2006
To Blazes with RITA - by British Blogger Karen Scott - includes adjunct link

Issue #224 - May 8, 2006
Romance Gets an Ally and a Friend in Chick Lit

Issue #223 - May 1, 2006
Head-Hopping and Said Bookisms

Issue #222 - April 24, 2006
Villains and Meanies

Issue #221 - April 10, 2006
Books You Didn't Like...and Now You Do
Books You Loved...and Now You Don't

Issue #220 - April 3, 2006
Does Romance Take a Side in the Mommy Wars?

Issue #219 - March 27, 2006
Tracking Down those Hard To Find Books
When Only the "Wrong" Kind of Book Will Do
The Lure of Bad Reviews

Issue #218 - March 20, 2006
Reading Blocks/Slumps
Good Guy versus Bad Boy Smackdown
Cover Quotes and Blurbs
The Series Romance, the Continuity Series, and Connected Books

Issue #217 - March 6, 2006
Results of the Tenth Annual AAR Reader Awards
Includes a link to the awards page
Includes a link to the interim results for the poll

Issue #216 - February 20th, 2006
Reviewer's Choice
Winning Entry in Our Ninth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest
Recent User Survey: Results and Responses

Issue #215 - January 16, 2006
The 2005 Reading Year
2005 Buried Treasures - link to adjunct page added February 6th
Kick off of Our Tenth Annual Reader Poll on the Best and Worst in Romance Reading
Kick off of Our Ninth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest

Issue #214 - January 2nd, 2006
LLB's Reading Year - includes link to best e-book Romantica read in 2005
Conversion Kits

Issue #213 - December 19th, 2005
Summary: AARList - Hot Topics

  • E-books
  • Large Format Mass Market Paperbacks
  • Cheapened by the Check-out?

Issue #212 - December 5th, 2005
Audio Books
A Different Look at Reviews

Issue #211 - November 21st, 2005
Are We Fair To the Big Misunderstanding? - includes segments from Elizabeth Rolls and Jo Beverley

Issue #210 - November 7th, 2005
The Cold Shoulder
Confessions of a Reviewing Author
The Toughest Reviews To Write and Defend

Issue #209 - October 15th, 2005
The Marketing of African American Romance - includes segments by Arabesque publisher Linda Gill, and AA authors Monica Jackson and Wayne Jordan

Issue #208 - October 1st, 2005
The Need To Know
Recalling Mr. Rogers
Getting it Wrong
A Personal Solution

Issue #207 - September 15th, 2005
On Reading Connected Books
Glomming, Connected Books, and GWHR

Issue #206 - September 1st, 2005
Summer Reading
Imperfect Heroes and Heroines

Issue #205 - August 1st, 2005
Celebrating the Traditional Regency Romance...the End of an Era?

Issue #204 - July 15th, 2005
What's in a List?
Results in Our Purple Prose Parody Contest

Issue #203 - July 1st, 2005
Redemption in Romance
Finding the Romance in Your Past

Issue #202 - June 15th, 2005
The Romance Umbrella
Addiction and Recovery in Romance

Issue #201 - June 1st, 2005
Using Harlequin Presents as a Jump-off:

  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Romance Novel Titles
  • Harlequin as Microsoft?
  • P.C. (or not) Heroes
  • Money and Power
  • Variety and Character
  • Who "brung you?"
  • Traditional Elements - do they still work or have you outgrown them?

2004 Cover Contest Results - May 15th, 2005

Issue #200 - May 2nd, 2005
Chicks in Pants
Heroes on the Edge - includes brief Q&A with Anne Stuart

Issue #199 - April 15, 2005
Women, Sex, and Sexuality in Romance - includes segments with
  • Mary Balogh
  • Tracy Grant
  • Mary Reed McCall
  • Anne Stuart
  • Lucy Blue
  • Marsha Canham
  • Adele Ashworth, whose segment is excerpted in the column but is also a stand-alone artice
  • Issue #198 - March 15, 2005
    The Ho, Virgin Widow, Fake Skank, and Mistake Skank
    Romances Across the Board
    The Returning and Tossing of Books

    Issue #197 - March 1, 2005
    Results of the Ninth Annual AAR Reader Awards
    Includes a link to the awards page
    Includes a link to the interim results for the poll

    Issue #196 - February 15, 2005
    Reviewer's Choice
    Winning Entry in Our Eighth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest

    Issue #195 - February 1, 2005
    All About AAR's Readers: Results in Our Comprehensive Demographic Survey

    Issue #194 - January 15, 2005
    The 2004 Reading Year
    2004 Buried Treasures
    Kick off of Our Ninth Annual Reader Poll on the Best and Worst in Romance Reading
    Kick off of Our Eighth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest

    Issue #193 - January 1, 2005
    LLB's 2004 Reading Year (includes adjunct page of her favorite reads from 2004)
    Authors at Their Best: The Passion of Anne Stuart

    Issue #192 - December 4, 2004
    Authors at Their Best: What's So Great About Julie Garwood
    Business & Romance Redux

    Issue #191 - November 15, 2004
    All About Paranormal Romance (part of Our Romance Family Tree series), Features Discussion with:
  • Kelley Armstrong
  • Lisa Cach
  • MaryJanice Davidson
  • Karen Harbaugh
  • Emma Holly
  • Angela Knight
  • Catherine Mulvany
  • Eileen Wilks
  • Issue #190 - November 1, 2004
    Results and Analysis of Top 100 Romances Poll
    Authors at Their Best: Everyone Loves a Lindsey

    Issue #189 - October 15, 2004 with a special mystery guest
    The Ugly or Faux Ugly Duckling
    The Enigmatic and Beautiful Loner Hero
    The Geek Hero
    Sexuality, Sexual Chemistry, Sexual Confidence, and Love Scenes
    The "Manaconda"
    Weird Words
    The Idiosyncratic Sidekick (Crusty or Otherwise)
    The Orphan or Orphan by Proxy
    On Books We Love That Aren't Perfect

    Issue #188 - October 1, 2004
    Secondary Couples To Love
    A Box of Books
    Browsing the Shelves

    Issue #187 - September 15, 2004
    Couples To Love
    Opening of Our 2004 Top 100 Romances Poll

    Issue #186 - September 1, 2004
    Heroines To Love
    In Defense of Series Romance

    Issue #185 - August 15, 2004
    Heroes To Love
    About What She Said
    Books that Fall Off a Cliff

    Issue #184 - July 15, 2004
    Late-breaking News on Harlequin/Silhouette
    The Western Romance
    Results in Our Purple Prose Parody Contest
    PayPal and Romantica

    Issue #183 - July 1, 2004
    New Favorites by Old Favorites
    Reading and Me for 2004

    Issue #182 - June 15 & 22, 2004
    Part One: Laurie's Library
    Part Two: Reader/Publisher Survey Results

    Issue #181 - June 1, 2004
    Q&A with Charlaine Harris
    "Too Funny?
    Romance-Only Myths
    Purple Prose and the 2004 Purple Prose Parody Contest

    Issue #180 - May 15, 2004
    In the Company of Writers
    Q&A with Karen Hawkins
    Random Ramblings on Recent Reads
    Kick Off of Third Reader/Publisher Preference Survey

    2003 Cover Contest Results - May 1, 2004

    Issue #179 - April 15, 2004
    All About Chick Lit (includes a mini-interview with MaryJanice Davidson and comments by several other authors)

    Issue #178 - April 1, 2004
    Hell Hath No Fury
    A Q&A with Kate Bridges
    What's Sexy?
    It's Got To Be Just the "Right" One

    Issue #177 - March 1, 2004
    Results of the Eighth Annual AAR Reader Awards
    Includes a link to the awards page
    Includes a link to the interim results for the poll

    Issue #176 - February 15, 2004
    Reviewer's Choice
    Winning Entry in Our Seventh Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest

    Issue #175 - February 1, 2004
    Interview with Nonnie St. George
    Dinosaurs Still Walk the Earth
    Random Thoughts

    Issue #174 - January 15, 2004
    The 2003 Reading Year
    2003 Buried Treasures
    Kick off of Our Eighth Annual Reader Poll on the Best and Worst in Romance Reading
    Kick off of Our Seventh Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest

    Issue #173 - January 1, 2004
    My 2003 Reading Year
    The Big Assumption
    No More Wire Hangers!

    Issue #172 - December 15, 2003
    Beginning with Anne Perry...Ending Elsewhere
    Hot Button Issues
    That Christmas Feeling

    Issue #171 - November 15, 2003
    The Ick Factor
    How Many New Writers Do You Read?
    Parkay... Margarine
    Flash-Point Authors

    Issue #170 - November 1, 2003
    Bookmarks versus Dog-Ears
    Book Condition
    Book Temples
    Anthology Quirks
    Send the Spies to Alba!
    Please, M'am, I Want Some More (Spies and SEALS)
    Dear Santa: We Want it All

    Issue #169 - October 15, 2003
    A Book's Setting
    Making the Jump
    Secondary Romances
    Character and Action
    Straight Romance, Romantic Suspense, and a Hybrid of the Two
    Interview with Laura Leone

    Issue #168 - October 1, 2003
    Bookie Behaviors
    Beta Heroes (and Alphas and Gammas too)

    Issue #167 - September 15, 2003
    In Defense of the Amnesia Plot
    The Stories of Our Lives (Myth and Themes in Romance)
    Did She (or He) Write Romance?
    The Big Mis
    Passing on the Books We Loved

    Issue #166 - September 1, 2003
    Feminism and Romance
    Dirty Words
    Words in General
    Romance Novels and Men and Women

    Issue #165 - August 17, 2003
    An In-depth Look at Jane Eyre

    Issue #164 - August 1, 2003
    Results of Our Seventh Annual PPP Contest
    Q&A with Time Writer Joel Stein
    Do They Get it Right? (Foreign readers on how well authors portray their countries)

    Issue #163 - July 1, 2003
    The "L" Word
    The All-Nighter
    The HEA Ending

    Issue #162 - June 15, 2003
    An In-depth Look at Gone with the Wind

    Issue #161 - June 1, 2003
    Conversion Kits... with all Due Respect to Anthony Burgess & Torquemada ( includes a snapshot in time of lists and comments on conversion kits)
    Hot Buttons, Personal Taste, & What's Right To Write
    Virgin Sex

    Issue #160 - May 15, 2003
    Super Couples
    Bodice-Rippers, Super Couples, & Romance
    Gotta Have a Gimmick?
    Conversion Kits

    Issue #159 - May 1, 2003
    Super Couples
    (Most) Men Don't Read Romance
    Romance Novel Conversion Kits

    Issue #158 - April 15, 2003
    History from a Different Angle
    When National Issues Affect your Romance Reading
    Accuracy Is in the Mind of the Beholder

    2002 Cover Contest Results - April 1, 2003

    Issue #157 - March 15, 2003
    "When Romance Hurts": A Look at Heartache in Romance
    "Negative Awards - Necessity or Abomination?"

    Issue #156 - March 1, 2003
    Results of the Seventh Annual AAR Reader Awards
    Includes a link to the awards page
    Includes a link to the interim results

    Issue #155 - February 15, 2003
    Reviewer's Choice
    Winning Entry in Our Sixth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest

    The RWA Affair - February 11, 2003

    Issue #154 - February 1, 2003
    Chick Lit
    Holiday Romances
    First-as-favorites, Expectations, "Books of the Moment," and Parts of the Whole

    Issue #153 - January 15, 2003
    The 2002 Reading Year
    2002 Buried Treasures
    Survey Results on Percentage of 2002-Published Romances Read in 2002
    Kick off of Our Sixth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest
    Kick off of Our Seventh Annual Reader poll on the Best and Worst in Romance Reading

    Issue #152 - January 1, 2003
    Remembrances of Books Past
    Q&A with Donna Simpson
    Q&A with Dorchester senior editor Chris Keeslar

    Issue #151 - December 15, 2002
    The Flip Side of Buried Treasures: Books that Never Should have been Reprinted
    If it Ain't Broken...
    Reprints We're Happy To See?
    The Worst of 2002 Romances

    Issue #150 - December 1, 2002
    Romance Thieves - includes snippets from Anne Gracie, Connie Brockway, Katherine Sutcliffe, and Kasey Michaels
    Donna Simpson on What an Author Owes Her Readers
    Your Publishing Questions Answered (submitted by an anonymous, best-selling author)
    Quirky Names

    Issue #149 - November 22, 2002
    Erotica and Erotic Romance - includes a segment from Pat Ryan
    And the Surveys Say
    The Nature of Reviews

    Issue #148 - November 15, 2002
    Following up on WalMart Censorship? Story
    Independent Bookstores and the Chains
    Pat Holt...Definitely and Defiantly Uncensored
    More on Bookstores and the Chains

    Is This Censorship at WalMart? - October 15 - 24, 2002

    Issue #147 - October 15, 2002
    Old School Heroes
    Regencies in Disguise (with Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh, and Diane Farr)
    Book Signing Horror Stories (with Robin Schone)
    Reader Rants on Author Promotion
    Readers Rant about Readers Ranting about Authors
    Just Say Yes

    Issue #146 - October 1, 2002
    Dirty Books
    Books for the Desert Isle
    When Good Authors Do Bad Things
    The Fury of Fans
    Survey Question: How many books have you bought this year?
    Survey Question: How many books have you read this year?

    Issue #145 - September 15, 2002
    Young Adult Fiction/Romance (includes interviews with Avon True Romance editor Abigail McAden, and authors Meg/Patricia Cabot, Lorraine Heath, and Kathryn Smith)
    The Age of Heroines - The Age of Authors (includes a segment with Stef Ann Holm)
    Romantic and Sexy Movies

    Issue #144 - August 15, 2002
    Americans Abroad
    Vikings, Knights, & Indians...Oh My!
    Icons, Stereotypes, and Romance Codes

    Issue #143 - August 1, 2002
    Site-wide Style Poll Results/If You Like...
    Who's Popular, Who's Not, and Who's Jumped the Shark?
    How Widely Read Are they, Anyway?
    Author Approval Ratings
    Individual If You Like... Poll Results
    Imaginary Q&A
    More on Author Popularity
    Kick-off To Revamped If You Like... Feature

    Issue #142 - July 15 & July 17, 2002
    Summary of Part I:
    Results of Our Sixth annual Purple Prose Parody Contest
    Humor in Romance by LLB, with Segments by Teresa Medeiros, Rachel Gibson, Julia Quinn, Sheri Cobb-South, and Patricia Cabot
    Summary of Part II:
    Humor in Romance by Anne Marble and Robin Uncapher

    Issue #141 - July 1, 2002
    When Heroes and Heroines Are Lovers
    In-House Results of Style Poll - includes an adjunct page with detailed chart and round-robin discussion among AAR staff

    Editorial: The Chilling Effect - June 23, 2002

    Issue #140 - June 15, 2002
    Protecting Us from Ourselves (a LLB rant)
    Libraries and Librarians
    A Librarian's Perspective
    Reader's Advisory/If You Like...
    More on the UBS

    Issue #139 - June 1, 2002
    The Selling of Books
    The Buying of Books (survey answer)
    Memories of the Library
    Two Sides...Same Mouth
    Anakin Skywalker & Han Solo - includes a segment by Linda Howard!

    Issue #138 - May 1, 2002
    A Trip Down the Aisle
    Why Can't I Ever Find What I'm Looking for?
    The Used Book controversy
    The Amazon Controversy
    Turn the Page
    Survey Question: How Often Do You Buy Books?

    The Mystery of Cindi Louis' Crazy Thing Called Love - Major Update published April 24, 2002

    Editorial: The Robin Lee Hatcher Fiasco - April 21, 2002

    Issue #137 - April 15, 2002
    Unwed Mothers in the Series Romance
    Includes a link to a Suzanne Brockmann Write Byte on the Company that Sells You Series Romance
    The Guardian/Ward Romance, including a Segment by author Sally Tyler Hayes aka Theresa Hill
    Results and Analysis of Mini-poll Question: How many Romances Have You Awarded DIK status?

    Issue #136 - April 1, 2002
    Reality or Fantasy...or Both?
    Survey Answer: How Big Is Yours? (TBR pile, that is!)
    Survey Question: How Many Romance DIK's Do You Have?

    Issue #135 - March 15, 2002
    End-peekers Anonymous
    Business and Romance
    The Sheik
    Too Much!
    Survey Question: How Big Is Yours? (TBR pile, that is!)

    Issue #134 - March 1, 2002
    Results of the Sixth Annual AAR Reader Awards
    Includes a link to the awards page
    Includes a link to the interim results

    The Mystery of Cindi Louis' Crazy Thing Called Love - February 15, 2002

    Issue #133 - February 15, 2002
    Reviewer's Choice
    Winning Entry in Our Fifth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest - Link included

    Issue #132 - January 15, 2002
    Robin's Third Annual Buried Treasure Column

    Issue #131 - January 1, 2002
    Reader/Author Anger on the Internet - I am helped by several readers and authors, including Eileen Wilks and Tracy Cooper-Posey, in opening up this topic for discussion
    Special link added January 10th; my Q&A with Avon Executive Editor Carrie Feron

    Issue #130 - December 15, 2001
    Virginity, Na´vetÚ, Sluttiness, and the Bitch
    The Adult Woman Virgin in the Modern World
    A Bitch by Any Other Name....
    The Misunderstood/Not-really-no-good Heroine
    Favorite Romantic Themes
    The Series Romance
    The Product Line
    The Gimmick

    Issue #129 - December 1, 2001
    Should Only "Nice Girls" Be Heroines?
    Discovering New Worlds in Romance
    Imperfect Books You Just Can't Part With

    Issue #128 - November 15, 2001
    The Road Less Traveled
    More on the Will Stipulation
    How Many Strikes Before She's Out?
    The World of the Arranged Marriage
    Desert Isle Keepers
    Buried Treasures and One-Hit Wonders
    The Sequel
    Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb on the In Death series

    Issue #127 - November 1, 2001
    Tolerances for Historical Inaccuracies
    Historical Morsels
    The Georgette Heyer Universe (including a segment by YA SF/F author Sherwood Smith)
    The Reviewer's Perspective
    The Will Stipulation

    Issue #126 - October 15, 2001
    What's in a Name?
    The Re-Written Romance
    Romance Re-Issues
    Stay, or Switch
    Strategies for Switching
    The Historical Fox Paw
    Product Placement

    "Extra" At the Back Fence - Inspirational Romance - October 8, 2001 (part of Our Romance Family Tree series)

    Issue #124 - October 1, 2001
    Adaptations, Homages, and Ideas
    The Wrong Turn
    The Hero as Pursuer
    The Un-Slump

    Special Edition - Before and After September 11, 2001 - September 21, 2001
    Reader comments archived October 9, 2001

    Issue #123 - August 15, 2001
    Our Romance Family Tree series: Jane Austen
    AAR staff, readers, and authors Charlaine Harris, Diane Farr, Deborah Simmons, Carla Kelly, Elizabeth Mansfield discuss the influence of Jane Austen
    Includes link to article by Myretta Robens, administrator of, an "everything Jane" web site
    Includes link to article by Regency Romance author Elizabeth Mansfield
    Includes Jane Austen "convenience store" of Amazon links to her books and film adaptations

    Issue #122 - July 29, 2001
    First as Favorites?
    A Body of Work versus the Marketplace
    That Old Black Magic
    The Greedy Reader At the Back Fence
    A Fit of the Vapors
    Beauty and the Beast

    Issue #121 - July 15, 2001
    Whose Slump Is it, Anyway?
    Is it Them or Is it Us?
    A Change of Heart: the "Golden Age" of Romance
    Where To Find the Real Romances
    The Series Romance
    Edgar Bergen's Lips
    You & Your TBR Pile

    Issue #120 - July 1, 2001
    Romance Reading Slumps
    Are Your "Auto-Buys" Still Worth It?
    Brit Chick Lit
    Time for a Paradigm Shift?
    Jumping the Shark?
    The Anal Retentive Romance Reader
    Readers Rave About Their Libraries

    Issue #119 - June 15, 2001
    Love at First Sight
    Reality Check on Love at First Sight
    Love at First Sight as a Romantic Premise
    Realtity and Fiction Merge
    Premise with a Twist
    What Works, What Doesn't?
    Let's Play the Match Game

    Issue #118 - May 31, 2001
    Same Old, Same Old?
    What Makes an Old Story New?
    Innovation, or Innovation be Damned
    Soul Searching Books
    The Book You Never Thought You'd Love

    Issue #117 - May 15, 2001
    Special guest column written by AAR Reviewer Maria K on romance novel titles: The Good, the Bad, and the Forgettable

    Issue #116 - May 1, 2001
    Disabilities in Romances - includes link to Beauty Is in the Eye... Special Title Listing
    The "Issue" Romance - includes a segment by author Tara Taylor Quinn
    Romance and the Guilty Pleasure
    News about Janet Dailey/Nora Roberts in this special article

    Issue #115 - April 15, 2001
    Follow the Drum - includes segments by Mary Balogh, Marsha Canham, and Julia Justiss

    Issue #114 - April 1, 2001
    Bookstore Questions and Answers
    The Fake Rake
    Confessions of a Serial Killer
    When Bad Plots Happen to Good Authors
    Romance Novels and the Movies
    Romance Novel Quotes
    Mouth Frothers
    Historical Inaccuracies

    Issue #113 - March 15, 2001
    What Makes for a Romantic Setting?

    Issue #112 - March 1, 2001
    Results of the Fifth Annual AAR Reader Awards
    Includes a link to the awards page
    Includes a link to the interim results

    Issue #111 - February 15, 2001
    Our Yearly Look at Reviews and Reviewing and the Winner in Our Fourth Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest
    Includes a link to an adjunct page of comments posted to a special message board
    Includes a link to a new Write Byte by author Patricia Rice

    Issue #110 - February 1, 2001
    "Other" Worlds
    "Other" Worlds of Romance
    AAR-Round Table on "Other" Worlds/"Other" Worlds Romance
    Susan Krinard - What Is it About Werewolves?
    Christine Feehan - Those Wild and Wacky Carpathians

    Issue #109 - January 15, 2001
    AIR Syndrome (aka Amnesia in Romance) - includes a link to a full-length article
    The Undead
    Virginal Heroes
    The Duke of Slut
    The Ascetic Hero
    Do Both Change and Familiarity Breed Contempt?

    Issue #108 - January 1, 2001
    Our Year in Romance
    What's a Buried Treasure and a Rising Star?
    Who's a Buried Treasure or a Rising Star?
    Link to Our Annual Reader's Poll

    Issue #107 - December 1, 2000
    The Fourth Branch of Our Romance Family Tree - the Historical Novel

    Issue #106 - November 15, 2000
    The "Golden Age" of Romance - includes segments by authors Teresa Medeiros and Marsha Canham
    The Gay ▄ber-Villain

    Issue #105 - November 1, 2000
    Special Guest Column Written by Mrs. Giggles
    Girls Don't, Wise Girls Won't
    The "Golden Age of Romance?"
    Conversations in a Moonlit Garden

    Issue #104 - October 15, 2000
    Books of a Lifetime
    Where Have All the Wulfgars Gone?
    Can Readers "Go Home" Again?
    The "Reasonable Person" Test - includes a link to a Quickie by Andrea Kane Accounting for Taste
    More Books of a Lifetime

    Issue #103 - October 1, 2000
    The Steadfast Heroine
    Female Archetypes
    The Daddy Dominated Heroine
    The Wimpette

    Issue #102 - September 15, 2000
    Strong Women - History and Real Life
    Strong Women in fiction
    Author Elizabeth Grayson on Strong Women in Romance
    Dames and Wimpettes
    "Let me seduce you, my dear"

    Issue #101 - September 1, 2000
    What's Comfortable - includes link to Favorite Comfort Read Authors
    What About First as Favorites?
    Family & Friends
    Getting Specific About the Big Mis
    Let's Talk (Some More) About Sex

    Issue #100 - August 15, 2000
    Let's Talk About Sex
    More on the Big Mis
    Robin's Kick-off of New feature, Our Weekly Reader

    RWA Conference - Editorial Postscript- August 8, 2000
    RWA's Response - August 9, 2000
    Our Readers Respond - August 15, 2000

    Issue #99 - August 1, 2000
    Results of Our Y2K Purple Prose Parody Contest
    An In-depth Look at the Big Misunderstanding from Readers and Authors such as Gina Wilkins...and Andrea Kane's perspective

    Issue #98 - July 15, 2000
    When Romance Novels Hit You in the Solar Plexus

    • Discussion of The Body Buard, Get Lucky, To Have & To Hold, Lily, and The Major's Mistake
    • Interviews with Suzanne Brockmann and Patricia Gaffney

    Issue #97 - July 1, 2000
    Laurie's Library
    Reader/Publisher Survey Results:
    Conceptions - Before and After
    Keepers and Trade-Ins
    What's the Current Buzz?
    Current Publishing Landscape
    Link to a Pertinent Letter of the Moment - We conducted a Reader/Publisher Survey during the Latter Two Weeks of June, 2000

    Issue #96 - June 1, 2000
    Plucked, Puckered, & Suckled
    Hot, Hot, Hot
    Erotic Nonetheless
    The Series Romance
    The Emotional Content of Love Scenes
    And, please consider, as Robin did, this question: Which Writers Are Good Enough that You Could Delete the Sex from Their Books and the Books Would Stand on Their Own? - Includes a major segment by Adele Ashworth and comments by Mary Balogh and Carla Kelly

    Issue #95 - May 15, 2000
    The Burning Point by Mary Jo Putney:

    • Romance Novel Premises
    • Secondary Characters and Secondary Romances
    • Villains and Villainous Sub-plots
    • "Issue" Romances
    • Context and the Romance Novel
    • Q&A with Mary Jo Putney Regarding The Burning Point
    Head-hopping or heart-stopping?

    Issue #94 - May 1, 2000
    The Third Column in Our Romance Family Tree Series
    Which author had a tremendous influence on Judith McNaught, Mary Jo Putney, Catherine Coulter, Jo Beverley, and Merline Lovelace (among others)? Read this column and find out!

    Issue #93 - April 15, 2000
    So Many Cowboys. . . So Little Rope by Carrie Alexander
    Series Romance Conversion Kit
    En Guard!
    Secondary Character Central Casting

    Issue #92 - April 1, 2000
    The Second Column in Our Romance Family Tree Series
    Respectable Romance - Romance Before the Beefcake
    An Illuminating Look at Some Precursors to Today's Genre
    Lust versus Love
    Gothic Buried Treasures

    Issue #91 - March 15, 2000
    Romance Then & Now (the First Column in Our Romance Family Tree Series)
    Romance Novels
    Romance Readers
    Romance Stereotypes

    Issue #90 - March 1, 2000
    Calgon - Take me Away!
    Author Susan Grant on Connecting to Books - Is it in the detail, the imagination, or the characters?
    Robin on Connecting to Books through Historical Memory
    Laurie on Connecting to Books through Emotional Moments

    Issue #89 - February 15, 2000
    Discussion of the 2000 All About Romance Reader Awards - includes a link to the awards page
    Comments from the Big Winners
    Winning Entry in Our third Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest

    Issue #88 - February 1, 2000
    Labeling & the Multi-cultural Romance
    Women & Literary Fiction - includes discussion by Karen Ranney, Carla Kelly, Theresa Weir, Barbara Samuel aka Ruth Wind, and Jean Ross Ewing

    Issue #87 - January 15, 2000
    Romances that Are Out of Time or Place
    Rifs on Political Correctness by author Sabrina Jeffries and AAR Reviewer Colleen McMahon
    A Reader's Dilemma
    Translating the Cover Blurbs

    Issue #86 - January 1, 2000
    Special Guest Column Written by AAR Reviewer Robin Nixon Uncapher about Buried Treasures for 1999

    Issue #85 - December 15, 1999
    More Bookie Recollections
    A Year of Romance Reading
    2000 All About Romance Reader Awards
    LLB's Favorites

    Issue #84 - December 1, 1999
    Recollections of a Bookie
    Buried Treasures
    The Torture/Torment Quotient
    A Debate About Dark & Light
    Reality Check on LN&V

    Issue #83 - November 15, 1999
    What's in a Grade?
    The Call of the Bookstore
    Titles Gone Awry
    The Color Purple?

    Issue #82 - November 1, 1999
    Those MIRA Reissues and My On-going MIRA Glom
    All the Gloms that Are Fit To Print!
    Buried Treasures/If You Like. . .
    Re-reading aka Books as Old Friends
    Ageism in Romance, including a Q&A with Suzanne Brockmann

    Issue #81 - October 15, 1999
    Glomming, Glom-Reading, and GWHR
    Interview with Nora Roberts
    Buried Treasures/If You Like. . .
    You & Your All-Time Favorite Keepers
    The Irish Have It!
    Bestsellers, the Mid-List, and How Picky are You?

    Issue #80 - October 1, 1999
    The Male Brain - Reality/Unreality and the Uber-Mensch
    The Nurturing Heroine. . . Again?
    Previous Lives
    Hate Is a Four-Letter Word
    The Buddy Romance

    Issue #79 - September 1, 1999
    Feel the Heat
    Heroines - the Doormat, the Strong One, and Quiet Dignity
    Boycott? Reissues, Hardcovers, and the Re-write - includes a lengthy snippet from Judith McNaught

    Issue #78 - August 15, 1999
    The Women We Want To Be: The Eight Female Archetypes by Tami Cowden
    Special link added August 18th in rebuttal to Cowden's article
    More on Heroines - Archetypal Hybrids
    The Ingenue
    Fuming Mad!

    Issue #77 - August 1, 1999
    The Color Purple - includes link to 1999 Purple Prose Parody Contest
    Purple Gone Bad
    Mother's Milk
    The Problem with Young Heroines

    Issue #76 - July 15, 1999
    To Live, Perchance. . . To Torture? (includes a segment by author Danelle Harmon)
    A Writers' Round-Table on Sexuality in Romance
    That Anonymous Author
    Creating a new Special Title Listing on The Sweeter Side of Romance
    Conversion Kits (revisited) - includes a special link

    Issue #75 - July 1, 1999
    We Don't Get No Respect - includes link to a reader article entitled Impressions From a Romance Reader Overseas
    Sexuality in Romance and the Frightening Idea of a Woman's Sexuality - includes link to an abbreviated version of the message board
    How Much Sexuality Is Too Much?
    That Anonymous Reader
    Creating a New Special Title Listing on Sweeter Romances

    Issue #74 - June 1, 1999
    Can It Be - Laurie Hates Books?
    Reviews - My Yearly Rant
    Favorite Funnies - includes link to The Lists and link to Romance Readers' Top 10 Funny Romances
    Questions for Next Time

    Issue #73 - May 15, 1999
    The Big Whine/The Big Blame
    Emotional Baggage & the HEA Ending
    Romances You Hate To Love
    Romances You Love To Hate
    The Kitchen Sink
    Romance that Make You Grit Your Teeth

    Issue #72 - May 1, 1999
    Grabbing and Groping
    The Big Secret - includes a link to The Issue of Masks - both written by Beverly Medos and Karen Wheless
    From the Desk of Kate Smith: A Book of One's Own

    Issue #71 - April 15, 1999
    Romance Appetite and Changing Tastes
    Romance Type and Character Type - how do they mesh?
    Beauty and Romance - includes a link to The Lists
    Groveling Heroes
    Dark and Light and the Hair of Heroes - based on a segment by Robin Nixon Uncapher
    What Is a Tortured Hero

    Issue #70 - April 1, 1999
    Happy Anniversary
    Kissing Cousins: Road Romances and Cabin Romances - includes a segment by author Donna Kauffman - includes a link to The Lists
    Silly Sex Questions

    Issue #69 - March 15, 1999
    The Triple Lutz, Triple Toe Loop Combination
    From the Desk of Ellen Micheletti: Why I Don't Get Jennifer Crusie Or Authors Others Love that You Don't
    Laurie's Feverish Ruminations About Books Read While In Her Sick Bed

    Issue #68 - March 1, 1999
    Anatomy of the Anatomy
    More on the 1998 AAR Reader Awards

    Issue #67 - February 15, 1999
    The 1999 All About Romance Reader Awards
    Comments from the Big Winners
    Isn't It Romantic? Contest Winner Announced

    Issue #66 - January 15, 1999
    The Second Annual Isn't It Romantic? Contest
    Old versus New - Writing Styles, Writers, and Readers
    From the Desk of Ellen Micheletti: On Heroes and Heroines
    Patricia Cabot on Different Kind of Humor

    Issue #65 - January 1, 1999
    The Second to Last Year of the Last Decade of the Millenium
    The 1998 All About Romance Readers Favorites
    Get Ready To Cast Your Vote
    Gotta Love Those. . . .

    Issue #64 - December 16, 1998
    The Year in a Glance
    The 1999 All About Romance Readers Favorites
    LLB's Favorites
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips on Desert Isle Keeper Lady Be Good
    Patricia Oliver on Regency Romance

    Issue #63 - December 1, 1998
    The Sorcerer
    Greek Are the Words
    Heroes according to Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Alicia Rasley, Eileen Charbonneau, and Connie Brockway - includes a special link added December 3 from Eileen Charbonneau on the Warrior Poet
    A Different Approach
    Another Different Approach

    Issue #62 - November 15, 1998
    Humor in Romance - includes a special link and a link to The Lists
    The "P-Word"

    Issue #61 - November 1, 1998
    Romance Reading Slumps
    Romance Reading Slumps: The Flip Side - includes a link to a stand-alone page
    Always Reading
    Still Embarassed (Sometimes)?
    More on Romance Reader Idiosyncrasies
    Is It Good Or Not?

    Issue #60 - October 1, 1998
    The Deserted Isle
    Desert Isle Keepers and Buried Treasures
    Romance Reader Idiosyncrasies
    Balance & Tone

    Issue #59 - September 15, 1998
    The Untamed - includes a segment with author Ruth Langan
    The Get Over It! Hero
    More on Mad, Bad, & Dangerous To Know

    Issue #58 - September 1, 1998
    Reader Survey Questions
    Mad, Bad, & Dangerous To Know - includes a segment with debuting author Adele Ashworth
    Cassandra Speaks (about the problems with immediate expectations)

    Issue #57 - August 15, 1998
    Irish Magic - includes a Q&A with historical fiction author Morgan Llywelyn - includes a special link
    The Marriage of Convenience/Arranged Marriage/Mail-Order Bride Romances - includes a special link
    Alpha Heroes, and the Transformation of Villains to Heroes
    Political Correctness and Alpha Heroes

    Issue #56 - August 1, 1998
    Electronic Publishing
    AAR's Ratings & Reviews
    Online Behavior
    The Mining Company's feature article about this issue

    Issue #55 - July 15, 1998
    The Purple Prose Parody
    Villains. . .Heroes - includes a segment by Mary Jo Putney
    Regency Romance - here's a good link; and here's another
    Stuck in the Middle
    Rifs on Political Correctness - includes a special link

    Issue #54 - July 1, 1998
    Of Scotland & Man - includes a link to The Lists
    The Arranged Marriage
    Random Thoughts on Sarah's Child
    The Good, the Bad, and Both
    To Buy Or Not To Buy

    Issue #53 - June 15, 1998
    Multicultural Romance Revisited
    Reviews, Reviewers, and a Q&A with EW Reviewer Ty Burr
    Favorite Plots and Premises in Romance and Fiction

    Issue #52 - May 15, 1998
    Amazing Statistic
    Revisiting the Duke of Slut
    More Pet Peeves
    Always Reading

    Addendum to Issue #51 - May 3, 1998 re: Reviews and Multicultural Romance

    Issue #51 - May 1, 1998
    Multicultural Romance and the Cigarette Billboard
    Romance as Entertainment and Books that are "Good"
    Visiting a Cherished Friend

    Issue #50 - April 15, 1998
    What do Romance Readers Want?
    Romance & Political Correctness
    The Rising Price of Romance
    Baby, Baby, Baby

    Issue #49 - April 1, 1998
    Introducing the Duke of Slut
    Coffee. . . The Grinds
    Romance & the Reasonable Person
    Publishing Biz - includes a letter from Kensington Publisher Steven Zacharius

    Issue #48 - March 14, 1998
    Itchy Fingers - Do We Tolerate Separations or actually Enjoy Them?
    More on Skanky Sex
    Baby Books - includes a discussion by author Carla Cassidy
    Three Degrees of Romance
    Good versus Bad - A Discussion of Moral Ambiguity

    Issue #47 - February 25, 1998
    Romance and What's "Good"
    Connected Books - includes a brief look at Leigh Greenwood
    Moral Ambiguity - includes a Q&A with Katherine Sutcliffe

    Issue #46 - February 10, 1998
    The 1998 All About Romance Reader Awards
    Comments from the Big Winners
    Most Romantic Story Contest Winner Revealed

    Issue #45 - February 1, 1998
    Separations in Romance
    Three Degrees of Romance
    Villainous Libido

    Issue #44 - January 20, 1998
    The Best Romance
    Grit & Bear It
    Laurie's Picks & Pans - special link
    Going Against the Grain

    Issue #43 - January 10, 1998
    Link for Responses to Julia's Guest Column, including My Own
    Lusty Love
    Gotta Love Those Men, including Nora Robert's Comments on Her Latest Desert Isle Keeper, Sea Swept
    Laurie's Picks & Pans - special link
    Double Standards
    The Power of Tears - includes a special link by Lisa Kleyas

    Issue #42 - December 20, 1997 - Special Guest Column by Author Julia Quinn
    Link added Jan 10 for responses to Julia's column, including my own

    Issue #41 - December 10, 1997
    Women Are from Venus (Reflections)
    1998 Reader Awards Ballot
    Gore in Romance
    Laurie's Picks & Pans - special link
    It's Time for You To Take a Risk!

    Issue #40 - December 1, 1997
    Road Trip Ramblings/Book Store Browsing
    The Love Scene - includes a special link
    Snobbery - includes a special Subtext link
    Laurie's Picks & Pans - special link

    Issue #39 - November 20, 1997
    So You Read those books?
    Julie Garwood:

    • Humor
    • Humor and the Love Scene
    • Mainstreaming?
    • Love Scenes - Garwood and otherwise
    • Settings

    Silly Sex
    On Anthologies and Christmas Romances
    Laurie's Picks & Pans - special link

    Issue #38 - November 4, 1997
    Confessions of a Glommer
    GWHR Syndrome - includes a special link (added Dec 27)
    Sex on Page One
    An Author Asks - Sharon Ihle on Anthologies and Christmas Romances
    Sex - Eyes Wide Open - includes a special link with comments by readers and author Jo Beverley (added Dec 27)
    Romance and the Mainstream - link to Katherine Deauxville's Quickie on Mainstreaming
    Laurie's Picks & Pans - special link provided

    Issue #37 - October 20, 1997
    Talking about High Energy by Dara Joy - (read Dara's response from Oct 23)

    • Covers
    • Heroes and the Gamma Male
    • Heroines and Humor - Good, Bad, & Forced
    • Sex - Eyes Wide Open?
    • Conflict

    A Writer Asks. . . About Sex on Page 1
    Torment or Torture?
    Laurie's Picks & Pans - special link provided

    Issue #36 - October 10, 1997
    Tormented Heroines - links to Connie Flynn's Quickie and Lisa Kleypas' Quickie
    Historical Settings and Cut-off Points - special link provided (updated Dec 27)
    The Mid-list Crisis - special link provided
    Lauries Picks & Pans - special link provided

    Issue #35 - October 1, 1997
    Tortured Heroes
    The English Hero
    The Cover Controversy - including comments by author Tess Mallory
    Laurie's Picks & Pans
    The Mid-list crisis: Letter from Spider

    Issue #34 - September 20, 1997
    Death of a Fairy Tale - with special link
    The Back Cover
    The Too-stupid-to-live Heroine - link to Patricia Rice's Quickie
    Laurie's Picks & Pans

    Issue #33 - September 10, 1997
    Death of a Fairy Tale
    Tormented Heroines
    Tortured Heroes
    The Too-stupid-to-live Heroine
    The Back Cover
    Laurie's Picks & Pans

    Issue #32 - September 1, 1997
    Purple Prose Parody Winner
    More on Purple Prose
    Endings & Epilogues and Link to HEA Endings - part III
    Riffing on Political Correctness and Links to Rifs Index
    Historical Anachronisms
    Tortured Heroes
    The Too-stupid-to-live Heroine
    Tortured Heroines
    Death of a Fairy Tale
    Laurie's Picks & Pans

    Issue #31 - August 15, 1997
    A Discussion of A Well Pleasured Lady and Forced Seduction
    Political Incorrectness and Anachronisms
    Media Alert: LLB turns the tables on the Nora Roberts/Janet Dailey coverage, including a media response (Gil Gross Responds) to reading this column
    Time To Vote on the Purple Prose Parody
    A Reader Writes in about the HEA Ending
    Laurie's Picks & Pans

    Issue #30 - July 30, 1997
    Special Edition about the Plagiarism Case Involving Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey
    Follow-up to Special Edition (August 10, 1997)
    Lawsuit filed - (August 27, 1997) Updated November 1, 1998

    Issue #29 - July 15, 1997
    The Cover Controversy
    Focus on Cover Artist Elaine Duillo
    Covers, Publishers, Stereotypes, Apples and Melons
    Link to a stand-alone page
    Rising Stars and Buried Treasures
    Purple Prose
    Endings and Epilogues
    Copyright Infringement Part Two

    Issue #28 - June 28, 1997
    Copyright Infringement Controversy
    Disappointing Reads
    Talk about Happily Ever After endings
    If You Could Talk to Publishers
    Stars of the Future

    Issue #27 - June 6, 1997
    The HEA ending
    Readers Write purple prose
    If You Could Talk to Publishers
    Disappointing Reads
    Summer Reading

    Issue #26 - May 16, 1997
    Kat Martin on Secondary Characters
    Linda Madl on Secondary Characters and Love Scenes
    Katherine Sutcliffe Does an About-face
    An Anonymous Author on What Readers Want
    Lynna Banning on What Readers Want
    A Reader Gets Mad about Conversion Kits
    Kathryn Lynn Davis - an update
    Lisa Kleypas and Marasha Canham about the Love Scene Parody

    Issue #25 - May 4, 1997
    Conversion kits
    TBR Size
    Is It Three Strikes, You're Out?
    Censorship at The Romance Reader
    LLB Writes Purple Prose
    A Sorry New Trend?
    Lisa Kleypas, Julie Moffett, and Mary Jo Putney Play Casting Director

    Issue #24 - April 20, 1997
    Conversion Kits
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips Plays Casting Director
    Glomming, TBR's, and Time Online
    Authors/Books Others Love that You Don't
    Not Pet Peeves
    Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Males - LLB's picks
    Fox Paws and Other Pet Peeves
    Silly Sex

    Issue #23 - April 4, 1997
    Authors/Books Others Love that You Don't
    Authors and Readers Play Casting Director
    More on the Gamma Male
    A Discussion of Internal/External Conflict
    The Lists
    Glomming and Time Online

    Issue #22 - March 18, 1997
    Romance and Age Appropriateness
    A Sense of Community
    A Rant about Non-"books"
    A Snippet from author Marsha Canham
    More on Wall-bangers

    Issue #21 - February 26, 1997
    A New Hero Archetype?
    The Importance of Secondary Characters
    A Discussion of Wall-Bangers
    Romance and Age Appropriateness
    In Defense of Bertrice Small
    More Reader Rants and Raves

    Issue #20 - February 11, 1997
    The 1997 Unofficial Romance Reader Awards - Link to awards page
    Comments by Winners Mary Jo Putney, Jennifer Crusie, Nora Roberts, and Jo Beverley
    Dis-Honorable Mentions
    The Problem with Authors
    Publishing News

    Issue #19 - January 25, 1997
    Guest Column by Cathy Sova on Series Romance
    Included Interviews with Debra Dixon, Jo Leigh, and Tori Phillips

    Issue #18 - January 10, 1997
    Organizing Our Libraries - includes link to Raves About Libraries
    Love Scenes, Sex Scenes, What's Good, What's Not, etc.
    Accuracy, Historical or Otherwise
    A look at the "unofficial" 1997 Romance Reader Voting. . . so far
    Some New Ideas for Our Special Title Listings

    Issue #17 - December 21, 1996
    Is Anyone Out There?
    Love Scenes versus Sex Scenes
    Violent Sex
    Luscious Love Stories
    Julie Garwood's Style of Romance: Conflict Outside the Love Relationship
    Publishing Bandwagon: Send in the Clones
    Why Are Our Favorite Authors Writing Such Bad Books?

    Issue #16 - December 3, 1996
    1996 - The Year in Review
    Long-time Readers versus Newbies
    Old style versus New Style of Romance
    Sensuality in Romance: How Far should Authors Go?
    Rants about Sexuality
    Getting Hooked on Romance

    Issue #15 - November 18, 1996
    Snippets about Loretta Chase and Julia Quinn
    Authors Play Cast Your Book
    Silly Sex and Other Purple Prose
    What To Do when You're in the Romance Duldrums?
    How Come. . . ?
    How Big Is Your. . . TBR Pile?

    Issue #14 - October 31, 1996
    A Snippet from Sharon & Tom Curtis (aka Laura London)
    Rescue Theme
    Romance as Fantasy
    Labeling of Romance
    Special Heroines
    Mid-list Follow-up
    Precious Gems

    Issue #13 - October 1, 1996
    All-time Keepers and Why
    Silly Sex
    Road Romances
    Do We Really Want To Know/How Come. . . ?
    Kensington Follow-up

    Issue #12 - September 20, 1996
    The Effect of "Cheerleader" Ratings on the Genre

    Issue #11 - September 4, 1996
    A Different Look at Beauty in Romance, including a Discussion with Author Patricia Rice, and the Less-Than-Beautiful Listing
    Do We Really Want To Know/How Come...?
    Road Romance Listing
    Is Everything Old New Again?

    Issue #10 - August 21, 1996
    Mid-list and the Mid-list Crisis (including an impassioned argument by author Patricia Potter)

    Issue #9 - July 30, 1996
    Are Firsts Our Favorites?
    Publishers and Readers' Tastes

    Issue #8 - July 9, 1996
    Celebration of Romance
    Special Heroes
    Gilligan's Island Syndrome
    Road Romance Listing
    A Look at Strong Heroines
    A Different Look at Beauty in Romance
    Luscious Love Stories Listing

    Issue #7 - June 16, 1996
    A Guy (and Author) Who Reads it: Douglas Clegg - (to read the entire q&a with this author, click here)
    Authors Others Love that You Don't
    Plot-lines: The Good, the Bad, and the Silly
    Silly Sex

    Issue #6 - June 2, 1996
    What Romantic Fiction Should Be by Author Catherine Archer
    Authors Others Love that You Ddon't
    Stereotypes faced by Romance Readers and Authors (including Jean Simmons)
    Run for the Hills!

    Issue #5 - May 4, 1996
    Stereotypes Faced by Romance Readers and Authors (including Jo Beverley, Julia Quinn, and Danelle Harmon)
    A Look at Heroes
    Luscious Love Stories: - How Much Is Too Much and Silly Sex
    Favorite Funnies Listing
    Two-Hanky Reads Listing
    Authors Others Love that You Don't

    Issue #4 - April 22, 1996
    Stereotypes Faced by Romance Readers and Authors (including Lisa Ann Verge, Merline Lovelace, and Deborah Simmons)
    Fidelity of Characters in Romance
    Desert Isle Picks - heroes and heroines
    Luscious Love Stories and Listing
    Favorite Funnies Listing
    Two-Hanky Reads Listing

    Issue #3 - April 2, 1996
    Fidelity of Characters in Romance
    Snippets from Authors
    Desert Isle Picks - heroines, heroes, and books
    Luscious Love Stories
    Favorite Funnies Listing
    Two-Hanky Reads Listing

    Issue #2 - March 17, 1996
    Snippets from Authors
    Do You Sneak a Peek?
    Do You Read more than One Book at a Time?
    The Happily-Ever-After Ending
    Desert isle picks - heroines, heroes, and books
    Two-Hanky Read Listing
    Silly Sex

    Issue #1 - March 1, 1996
    Do You Sneak a Peek?
    Do you Read More than One Book at a Time?
    The Happily-Ever-After Ending
    Favorite Funnies Listing
    A Snippet about Kathryn Lynn Davis' Too Deep for Tears

    Laurie's Picks & Pans




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