I've not blogged recently because I was busy working on Faith, Love, Hope and Popular Romance Fiction . It's a book which, as is rather obvious from the title, is about faith, love, hope and popular romance fiction. Since we're in a pandemic, I felt particularly uncertain about what the future might hold and so I decided I'd just publish the book in whole myself, on this website. That may or may not have been a good idea, but my hope is that this way I can get feedback/constructive criticism from other romance readers, romance scholars, and also romance readers. I've had some of that already and updated the book as a result, but I hope there will be more.
Since it's all online, there probably isn't all that much point writing a synopsis here, but it does include:
* a new definition of romance which suggests that romances are a form of pastoral care
* detailed analysis of romances by Alyssa Cole, Piper Huguley, Rose Lerner and Nora Roberts
* analysis of how "devils" and protagonists "in hell" are saved
* use of guides to romance writing and statements by readers and romance authors