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Romance fiction, and I cannot emphasize this enough, has a history. Let’s record it.

Romance fiction is one of the most popular genres around the world. But the actual history of romance publishing and its authors is scattered across a million different sources. I want this to be a place where people interested in that history can find a lot of it in once place!

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Romance Scholarship & Collections- Where We’ve Been, Where We Can Go

On June 10, 2021 I was part of a panel at the RBMS 2021 conference titled “Happily Rarer After: The Radical Act of Taking Popular Romance Fiction Seriously” with my fantastic friends Rebecca Baumann of the Lily Library at Indiana University and Rebecca Romney, co-founder of the rare book firm Type Punch Matrix. We conceivedContinue reading “Romance Scholarship & Collections- Where We’ve Been, Where We Can Go”

No Quarter Asked first edition cover

Towards an Accurate History

Or, Why I’m Always Carrying on about Janet Dailey. If you follow me on twitter, I’m sorry. You’ve likely heard me banging on about inaccuracy and Janet Dailey’s first book, No Quarter Asked. So what’s that all about, anyways? Well, it’s a story about misinformation, half-truths, and what’s missing from the study of the genre.Continue reading “Towards an Accurate History”

You Just Never Know…

For me, a research rabbit hole can come from anywhere or anything. It can start with a line in a newspaper article, the off-hand mention of a name in a YouTube video, or even a book in the free bin. The free bin is where I came across one of my favorite serendipitous research subjects,Continue reading “You Just Never Know…”

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