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09:00 am: Dating the Monsters — Available For Free, Limited Time Offer!

I got this today.

Dating the Monsters is my essay on why vampires and werewolves are the Go To heroes for modern romances. (It is also about the Anita Blake series.)

The full name of the essay is: Dating the Monsters: Why It Takes A Vampire or A Werewolf To Win The Heart of the Modern It Girl

It is one of the best essays I've ever written and has a lot of intriguing ideas…so enjoy for free!

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Hi, Jagi!
 

We have an essay of yours up today. Your essay, "Dating the Monsters," went up this morning on smartpopbooks.com, and will remain available until next Wednesday at 12:00 AM at http://www.smartpopbooks.com/dating-the-monsters/. (After that, the link will still work but for the excerpt-only portion.)
 
We'll put it out via our Twitter (@smartpopbooks) and Facebook page, but we'd love if you'd let any friends, readers, or fans know it's available!
 
Thanks,
 

Heather Butterfield

Publishing Associate, Smart Pop | BenBella Books

 

 

 

 

 

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From:bojojoti
Date:February 18th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Very thought-provoking essay. I'm not a romance reader, but you put your finger on why current novels which try to weave romance into the story often fall flat.

Enjoyable read.
From:ladyhobbit
Date:February 22nd, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
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This is a great essay! The existence of taboos is such an obvious key to the popularity of Regency-era romances, for example, but it also really helps to explain the paranormal romance phenomenon. I just listened to a contemporary romance on audio--Susan Elizabeth Phillips' "Match Me if You Can"--and it's fun to think about the ways that Phillips managed to make the dangerous man and feisty but vulnerable woman romance paradigm work in a modern setting!
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From:arhyalon
Date:February 22nd, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
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Romances do work in the modern setting...they even actually happen. But they take more work on the part of the writer to invent a situation that is believable.

And once you stop having a regular woman and move up to Buffy-type girls, it becomes even harder.

Thanks!
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