Romance Authors, Romance Novels, Royal Weddings, Royalty, Writing

A Romance Author’s Royal Dilemma

In A Princess in Theory, waiter Jamal is really Prince Thabiso of Thesolo who’s come to New York in search of his runaway betrothed. At the outset, let me state I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the fairy tale nature of it. I loved the romance between Naledi and Thabiso. And most especially, I loved the scenes set in the mythical kingdom of Thesolo. Which worries Liza… Sure little girl Liza loves a good royal fairy tale—real or imagined. I thrilled to Princess Diana’s wedding thirty-odd years ago. And to Kate’s thirty years later. And don’t get me started…

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Dating, Men and Women, Relationships, Romance, Sex

One-Night Stands: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Odd

Nina Crespo’s romance novel Rules of a Rebound got me thinking about one-night stands. Of course, Natalie and Rome got their happily ever in the story. Still, I wondered about all things one-night stand in real life. Like how often it happens, how men feel versus women, how often it becomes something more. So Liza went googling. The Good If you’ve had a one-night stand (or two or three), don’t sweat it. You have loads of company. A recent poll of 500 Americans and 500 Europeans by online medical practice Zava revealed 66% have had a one-night-only encounter. Even more…

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Book Reviews, Interracial Romance

Book Review: Rules of a Rebound

When recently divorced Natalie Winters attends the private Breakup Bash party to celebrate her freedom, the driven advertising exec doesn’t expect a hookup. But a Do Me condom escaping her purse and the ensuing sexy banter with bartender Rome Collier change things. The elite security specialist is the only drink she wants. And right now. But can a spur of the moment quickie actually become more? And should it? Especially when she’s on the rebound and needs to focus on her career. Ain’t even gonna lie. I was a sucker for the excerpt reveal. The moment Natalie and Rome locked…

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Blog, Love and Marriage, Men and Women, Relationships, Romance

What’s Your Breakup Shakeup?

In author Jasmine Carter’s Demetrius and Alexis, librarian Alexis comes home to find her fiancé in the arms of another woman. Yes, she was devastated. Who wouldn’t be? But girlfriend wasted no time. She scraped him off her foot like dog doo she’d just stepped in. Then she didn’t just kick him to any ole curb, but to one an ocean away. Kudos to Alexis for being decisive. Would that all women could be so resolute. Myself included, because there was this one time in my younger years when… Okay, that’s another blog post. Back to that curb an ocean…

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Gender, Humor, Love and Marriage, Men and Women

The “Gender Gap” and What My Refrigerator Woes Taught Me

How could a refrigerator could reveal anything about differences in gender thinking? It all started four years ago with the Hisense fridge my hubby and I bought. Within a year, both door handles had cracked. Replacements cost $100. Roughly a year later, the digital display on the door went dark forever. A few months after that, the open-door alarm died. Shortly thereafter, we noticed everything in the bottom drawer of the fridge begins to freeze. Through all this, my husband remained perfectly content with the appliance. Me? I knew we had ourselves a real POS. Finally, I decided to google…

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Blog, Love and Marriage, Relationships, Romance

Are Men in Uniform Sexy: Yea or Nay?

In Healing His Medic, author Nana Prah creates hero Commander of Warfare Akin Solarin, a drop-dead sexy military man any woman would swoon over. Me included…on the pages of a romance. True Confession…I’ve never been attracted to men in uniform. Not military, police, or fire department. But why? The answer is my dear old dad, may he rest in peace. A self-employed attorney, he vowed never to work for anyone. Not having anybody order me around, he’d say. I followed his footsteps into law, but not self-employment. I’ve always worked for someone else. BUT my dad’s attitude must’ve rubbed off…

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African Romance, Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: Healing His Medic

When the West African pirate patrol ship Reckoning’s doctor is out of commission, the beautiful Doctor Comfort Djan steps into his shoes. For Commander Akin Solarin, the last thing his ship needs is a lone woman on a ship with a dangerous mission and a boatload of hot-blooded men. And yet, he’s drawn to her strength and her vulnerability. Can he help the new medic heal her tortured heart, and not lose his own in the process? Chosen to read the ARC for Healing His Medic, I dove right into my first Nana Prah romance. I have heard such good…

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Book Reviews, Interracial Romance, Romance

Book Review: With a Kiss, I Die

When news reporter Ben Strickland hears of a mysterious Black woman with blue hair whose mere touch kills, he travels to the Caribbean island of Oyster Key to find her. Though I had never read the work of K. Alex Walker, the book blurb intrigued me. It sat on my Kindle for months before I opened, but once I did, I was floored. Now, y’all know I try to write, but K. Alex Walker has me rethinking that. Her language and imagery are so stirring and beautiful, it leaves me feeling I’m splashing around in the kiddie pool. Seriously. Like…

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Dating, Relationships, Romance, Work and Romance

Career Change: Can It Boost Your Love Life?

In Candace Shaw’s sexy romance Cooking Up Love, Shelbi Arrington has abandoned her medical career to become a food critic. Doctor to food critic?! Strange to some, but working on my third career, I got no room to talk smack. Writer Ciannait Khan outlines very practical reasons to move on down the road to a new career in 5 Reasons Why It’s Time to Make a Career Change. A new challenge, changed values, focus change, new passion, or unhappy. All great, but she forgot one totally unexpected reason. LOVE. WONDERFUL LOVE. Think about it. Shelbi Arrington leaves the hospitals and…

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