See, don’t ever set me free I always want to be by your side
You Really Got Me/The Kinks
May 2020 is #RomBkLove, a social media celebration of romance tropes and romance-related conversations. I’m a romance author, but a reader too, and as part of the fun, I’m talking about the trope wrapped around your pinky.
To me, this about softness. Who, or what, makes the MC show their soft side? Who enchants the tough cookies or melts icy hearts? What does that normally stoic character get mushy and adoring for?
The incredibly lovely Sarah Zama, a fellow historical fiction author, invited me to write a guest post for her dieselpunk blog, The Old Shelter! When I was working on Spellbound, one of my go-to research resources was New York historical newspapers. In my guest post, I share 1920s advertisements for things found in Spellbound–and a spoiler-free peek at two things that will be found in the upcoming Magic in Manhattan #2!
Hint: It wasn’t grammar. (It’s still not grammar. Sorry, editors.)
This post was requested by a friend planning to do Nanowrimo (a yearly challenge to write a 50K novel–or your own “rebel” goal–in a month). My confession is that despite three attempts, I’ve never “completed” Nanowrimo. But after some false starts, I did manage to finish a novel, and my friend asked how I finally pushed past the roadblocks. And when I told them some of what worked for me, they asked me to put it in a blog post and share with everyone. So here goes. 🙂