This recent article has started a bit of a buzz regarding romance novels and the lack of diversity in story-telling or the authors who write them. In the historical romance genre, I can see how this lacks because of the historical background where stories are set. A large majority of romance stories are in England and Scotland, during Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras. The opportunity to diversify those storylines are not always available. However, I’m sure historical romance set in other countries such as the colonies and in the early history of the U.S. are available. Unfortunately, because of slavery, it is difficult to romanticize the era. Even period drama movies do not always have diverse stories. The exception recently was the movie “Belle” fromContinue Reading

Stars:Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Emily Watson,  Sarah Gadon, and Penelope Wilton Yes, this is not a book review, but a movie review that is worth sharing.  Since I actually touched on the subject of an aristocratic family, in my book The Price of Deception, making their fortune in slave trading, I found this movie both moving and inspirational on many levels. I took the commuter train to downtown Portland to see Belle at the one theater in which it is playing. It is a shame, because the movie needs to be released in many more theaters across the country. It is, frankly, the best film I have seen in a long time. The story pulls at the heartstrings of the audience and challengesContinue Reading