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Why Do People Like “Predictable” Romance Novels?

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A friend and I were discussing this topic a little while ago. I’d seen a recent social media exchange about it. Some folks expressed disdain. They couldn’t understand why people would want to read “predictable” romance novels. Stop me if you’ve heard this one … (Summer Stock / Pexels.com) And that’s a fairly understandable stance. I mean, I roll my eyes at a lot of Harlequin-type...

The Male Omega: How Does That Even Work?

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One of the staples in omegaverse worldbuilding is the use of the alpha-beta-omega system. Generally speaking, this is used to explain “gender” or “secondary sex.” (Manfred Neumair / Pexels.com) What that means is people are still men or women—or occasionally nonbinary. Yet they are also alpha or beta or omega. “Male” and “female” are often still in play as well. The alpha/beta/omega designations...

Cherry’s 2024 Goals!

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It’s the start of a new year once again, and that means it’s time to lay out some 2024 goals. Last year was a big year for me. I got married in the spring, went on a honeymoon, switched jobs, and published five stories in five months. I’m almost always ambitious at the start of a new year. This year, I need to be careful not to make my 2024 goals too lofty. There are some big life changes heading...

End of the Year Wrapup: 2023

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It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of yet another year. Most of us are already looking forward to 2024 and making plans, goals, and resolutions for the next twelve months.As we do that, though, it never hurts to look back at the year that was. Taking a moment to pause and think about what we did well, what we accomplished, and what we’d like to do differently is almost never a misstep.Of...

My Favorite Books of 2023

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Another year has flown by. In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be saying goodbye to 2023, and hello to 2024. One thing I set out to do and actually accomplished this year was doing more recreational reading. In my day job as an editor, I read books all day long, sometimes six or seven days a week. Most of the books aren’t exactly what I’d choose for pleasure reading, since I mostly deal with non...

Mpreg in Mythology

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There are times when mpreg seems like a pretty modern trope. After all, it’s only be recently that we’ve been able to do things like in vitro fertilization. With advancements in science, medicine, and technology, the “impossible” suddenly becomes the realm of potential. After all, if we can transplant lungs and hearts, why not a uterus into a cis male?It might surprise you to learn that human...

NaNoWriMo 2023 Wrapup

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(lil artsy / Pexels.com) So, it’s December now. Which means we made it through November. This was the first year in a while I actually managed to push through National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. November has, historically, been a bit of a trashier for me. This year wasn’t much different, if I’m perfectly honest, yet somehow, I made it through and reached the goal. A Brief History of NaNo...

Omegaverse Explained

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You have questions. I have answers. Welcome to the omegaverse: explained. Your resource for werewolf kink tropes. (Shelby Waltz / Pexels.com) Omegaverse Explained: What Is It Anyway? Omegaverse is essentially a worldbuilding trope used in fiction. Within it, characters have so-called secondary genders (or sexes). People may be designated as alpha, beta, or omega. Omegaverse originated in fandom...

Mpreg as Body Horror

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One of the most fascinating things about pregnancy, in general, is how people react to it. Some people find it a wonderful experience. Some long to experience it. And others find the entire idea disquieting. That may be one reason that mpreg is even more fascinating. It, more often than not, veers into the realm of body horror. Why Pregnancy Is Terrifying Pregnancy is a weird, although entirely...

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