Displaying articles for: March 2014

Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey

Just as in real life, there are commonalities found in every romance book. One of these is trust. It’s the glue that binds the hero and heroine together in their love for one another. Without trust, the relationship is going nowhere fast. Another component is that one character, hero or heroine, will always have a more dominant personality or mannerism in the story. These two specific commonalities are especially noticeable in books such as Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Alpha heroes take center stage in these books, which take the intimacy level between a hero and heroine to a level that has only recently emerged from the shadows into mainstream romance.

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).