Young Adult

Expect Civilian Casualties By Gary Bonn

Blog Diva - Sunday, December 09, 2012

What sets the romance genre apart? Why does writing it drive me into a passion and leave me exhausted? All genres can involve the excitement of anticipation, the desolation of betrayal, and you feel it as you write, but no other genre has the same intensity of effect on me.

In no other genre is it so critical that the reader gets into hearts of characters, goes through the heady moments, the hope and despair. This can only be achieved if the author writes with the same degree of emotional immersion as he or she hopes the reader will achieve.  Read More

Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide To Getting Girls By Tallulah Darling

Blog Diva - Sunday, November 25, 2012

Romantic advice to my 15-yr-old self

Dear 15-yr-old self,

Any day now, you will be handed your first romance novel, featuring that most dangerous and tantalizing of creatures – the alpha male. Whatever you do, DO NOT read it. That way lies madness and unrealistic expectations.

May I suggest some nice books about day trading? Which have not yet been written but keep an eye out for them because future you needs a retirement plan beyond depending on the kindness of strangers. Books about plumbing are also a good option for two reasons: 1) seeing everyone’s crap will give you a very realistic world view (especially regarding the opposite sex) and 2) see retirement plan above. Read More