Dysfunctional Relationships in Fantasy: Love Triangles and Codependency Pushing the Hero Forward, by Private: Megan O’Russell
I love a good romance in a book. Star-crossed lovers, the girl next door, the unexpected crush, I love them all. But there are some times you read a book and just want to shake the characters. Scream at them in an older and wiser, holier-than-thou voice, “What are you thinking?! Do you have any […]
7 (But Sort-of 10) relationships in fantasy and why they work for me, by Brit
As I sat to write about the 7 relationships is in the Fantasy Book genre and why they work for me, I discovered most weren’t necessarily “romantic”. For me, my favorite relationships to read about are ones that don’t evolve too quickly but develop over the course of complicated context, survive the trials of their […]
The Marriage of True Minds, by Private: Samantha Bryant
Shakespeare’s Sonnet #116 is one of my favorites. Who can forget Kate Winslet reciting it in the rain, her broken heart ravaging her face in Sense and Sensibility? She thought she and Willoughby had something eternal, but he broke her heart over mere money. In particular I love this line: “Love is not love/ Which […]
Matchmaking May, by Clare Dugmore
This May Curiosity Quills have a match made in heaven for you! To celebrate the first book birthday of Game of Love, and the French Open, Ara Grigorian’s award-winning, new-adult, contemporary-romance will be just 99 cents from May 4 – 23, 2016! Game of Love Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years […]
S is for Shipping, by Clare Dugmore
Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more people, either real-life people or fictional characters, to be in a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It is considered a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of a relationship in a work of fiction. Shipping often […]
L is for Love In the Time of #Hashtags, by Private: Lindsey Culli
My novel, THIS ABOVE ALL, began as the result of a wager with some writer friends. Over coffee, one of them bet me that I couldn’t actually reinterpret Romeo & Juliet in a way that would be fresh and appeal to modern YA audiences. Game on, I said. I was supposed to come up with […]
99 Cents Valentine’s Day Sale, by Clare Dugmore
Love is in the air! No, we’re not about to serenade you with the CQ rendition of the popular John Paul Young song! Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re coupled up or happily single, there’s one thing everyone loves, a good bargain. So treat yourself or someone special in your […]
Second Chance Contest, by Clare Dugmore
Today sees the release of RaShelle Workman’s contemporary romance Because of You, the first book in her Second Chances series. To celebrate the release, we’re hosting a special contest. Between January 18-31, Share your ‘second chance’ story for the opportunity to win a signed paperback, and your tattoo design and story in the second book. […]
99 Cents Sale: Game of Love, by Ara Grigorian, by Clare Dugmore
Curiosity Quills is excited to announce that Ara Grigoria’s new-adult, contemporary sports romance is on sale for 99 cents, September 1-3, 2015. Game of Love: Game of Love is set in the high-stakes world of professional tennis where fortune and fame can be decided by a single point.  Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of […]
X is for X-Rated Scenes, by Clare Dugmore
“Becky and Billy sitting in a tree. K.I.S.S.I.N.G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a golden carriage.”   A challenge many contemporary-romance writers face is writing the (sometimes dreaded) X-Rated scene. I’m sure many writer have played out a hot action between their characters in their mind, but putting it […]