The institution of marriage made a drastic change during the 18th century and it seems that the early romance novel may have had a hand in switching the focus from power and money to love.
Reidaboutsex.com, for his tips on what to say to your guy to strengthen your connection and ramp up the romance in your relationship. One of Mihalko’s relationship courses, the Romance Home Run course helps his clients identify their partner’s “love language” (from Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages) and how to show love in a way that resonates with their partner so they feel cared for. 1. Tell him he’s doing a good job in the relationship. Men are usually what Mihalko calls “dogs” or “cats” and, just like women, what… Continue
Improve your relationship and heat up your love life with these feng shui tips You tackled the garage and organized your closet as part of your spring-cleaning regimen, but did you know that the clutter under your bed (and on your side table and in your bookcases) could be the reason there’s not much excitement happening in your bed? Luckily, The Feng Shui Guy, Ariel Joseph Towne, author of Serene Makeover Inner Edition shared his expertise on how to use the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui (pronounced FUNG schway) organization and laws in your bedroom to improve your relationship, heat up your sex life, and create a soothing haven for rest. “What’s going on in your space is a metaphor for what’s going on in your life,” says Towne. “Clutter represents obstacles to… Continue
Virna DePaul gives readers insight into the actual writing of the story and the physical impact it can have on the writer too – remember, every week 5 randomly chosen commenters win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck! I used to imagine the ideal writer’s life this way: think Colin Firth in the movie Love Actually. Lush countryside. Beautiful Italian villa. Tons of peace and quiet. The reality is, of course, something different. Stress is a part of it, but I try to remember that’s not always a bad thing.
Those stories that were written typically using the ‘marriage of convenience’ plot? The H/H are left with no other option but to marry which gave the reader an insight into their struggles getting to know one another and then ultimately how it all leads to their falling in love? Stephanie Laurens had a few Cynster heroes fall into these plot lines; Catherine Coulter’s Viking series certainly had a few forced marriages.
It seems to me that we’re seeing fewer marriage of convenience stories today, don’t you think? With today’s romance stories, the actual ‘marriage’ may never even happen in the book – at best they may become engaged . . .they may be devoted to one another at the end… Continue