Love Among the Stars

In science fiction—at least in the movies or on television—love among the stars often ends badly.  Take the iconic heroes of Star Trek.  Poor Mr. Spock had to go through a time-travelling portal to an ice age wasteland to experience tender emotions, or endure mind-bending hormonal surges that turned him into one crazy Vulcan.  Love didn’t work out so well for Captain Kirk, either, since falling in love with him usually amounted to a death sentence.

 

And Darth Vader?  Let’s not even go there.

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Love Rocks: Off The Beaten Path

New romances with plots that head in surprising directions.

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Love Rocks: Royal Realism

You can’t turn the television on these days without seeing a report regaling the English royal family’s latest antics. Whether it’s Kate sporting her most recent outfit at a charity function or William flying a helicopter or Harry dancing in the streets in purple suede shoes, the whole world is infatuated with lives most of us can only imagine.

 

Is it the money, the power, the sex appeal, the fame?

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Love Rocks: Around the World

Vikings. Sheikhs. Spies for the Union army. French Revolutionaries. Russian archdukes. There was a time during the heyday of historical romance when authors wrote settings that spanned the globe—North America, Europe, India, Africa. Rosemary Rogers’ iconic series that starts with Sweet Savage Love took our protagonists, Steve and Ginny, from France to Mexico to Tsarist Russia and a few places in between. 

 

Nowadays, historical romance seems to have settled down and made itself a home in Regency and Victorian England, with occasional side-trips to Scotland. What happened to the rest of the world and the rest of human history?

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Love Rocks: Unearthing Gems

 I’m thrilled to be inaugurating Love Rocks with a column about two wonderful new works of self-published romance. As Mia Marlowe writes, the authors of Rock*It Reads know how important quality is to readers because we’re readers too. We also know that self-publishing opens up doors for authors and readers. Once seen as the red-haired step-child of traditional publishing , self-publishing in the digital era is fast becoming  part of the literary mainstream.

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Welcome to Love Rocks!

Once upon a time ‘self-published’ was synonymous with ‘self-indulgent.’  Novice writers were duped into spending small fortunes in order to have their novel published in book form. More often than not, once the writer’s cousins and great-aunts had been manipulated into buying a copy, the hundreds (or thousands!) left over simply moldered in the author’s garage.

 

Enter the Brave New World of digital publication. 

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.