Wild Kingdom!

Modern metamorphoses transform the script of Beauty and the Beast.

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Cinderella Stories

The allure of the classic rags-to-romance tale has proven a lot more durable than a glass slipper.

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High Octane Love

The roar of the engines can get your heart racing.

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Reading Romance: Practical Magic

Setting supernatural gifts to the tasks at hand. Read more...

Reading Romance: Loving a Barbarian

The erotic intrigue in social mismatch.

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Reading Romance: Romancing the Stubborn

Could the most alluring phrase in English be "You were right"? Read more...

Cupid & Psychics

If novels are any indication, the last thing we'd want to be able to do is read the future. Read more...

FAME!

Eloisa James asks: what happens when the star-crossed lovers also happen to be stars? Read more...

Romancing the Future

Eloisa James charts the stars of Futuristic Romance. Read more...

Some Like It Scots

Is it all about the kilt? Read more...

Lions and Tigers and...Heroes? Oh My!

Eloisa James on romantic fantasies with teeth -- and claws. Read more...

Kisses and Killers

This month, Eloisa James explores the unstable chemistry between crime and passion. Read more...

Men in Black (or Not)

The perennial appeal of the "anti-duke." Read more...

Out of the Broom Closet

Eloisa James on spellbinding new romances. Read more...

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

One of the novel's great themes -- coming of age as an adult -- is also one of the most powerful drivers of many tales of romance. Read more...

My Fairy Godmother, Myself

Eloisa James on the many updates of the Cinderella story. Does the slipper still fit? Read more...

Couples in Crisis with Mistletoe Dreams

Eloisa James on the cornucopia of Christmas-themed romances. Read more...

Bite Me, Biker Style

Eloisa James on the literary heirs of Romeo and Juliet -- and the complicated business of young love. Read more...

About the Columnist
Eloisa James is a New York Times–bestselling author of historical romances, as well as a memoirist (Paris in Love) and professor of English literature teaching Shakespeare at Fordham University. Her latest novel is Once Upon a Tower.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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

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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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."