Category Archives: Romance

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog Four

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog Four

The month-of-love is officially past but I was having so much searching out information on my favorite love songs and finding the best YouTube recordings that I could not stop! After today, the series highlights 48 love songs from an assortment of genres and styles and decades. Still a mere drop in the bucket so… CONTINUE READING…

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog Three

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog Three

More love songs! Whether silly, pure joy, heartfelt, deep, sappy, or even sad … a great love song will always elicit emotion. I’m back today with another dozen selections of classic, beloved songs about romance. In the previous two blogs (click links below) I briefly explain what constitutes a “love song” and give an overview… CONTINUE READING…

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog Two

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog Two

I am back with another blog sharing love songs I love. If the previous post with 12 randomly selected titles was missed, the link is here: Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog One. As I noted in the prior blog, a comprehensive and definitive list of “best romantic love songs” is literally impossible to compile, for… CONTINUE READING…

Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day Around the World

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY 2022! As a romance novelist with the above tagline, the month of February and Valentine’s Day are quite important to me. Over the years, I’ve written a horde of posts about the holiday itself, history, floriography, and general themes of romance and love. A topical search on the blog sidebar will bring… CONTINUE READING…

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog One

Romantic Love Songs ~ Blog One

We are smack in the middle of the “Month of Love” and what better way to immerse oneself wholly into sappy sentimentality than with old-fashioned, silly love songs! I was going to attempt to come up with my favorite 20 or so, and maybe even rank them, but quickly realized that is impossible. After nearly… CONTINUE READING…

Romance Poet: John Clare

Romance Poet: John Clare

John Clare  (1793–1864)   John Clare is “the quintessential Romantic poet,” according to William Howard writing in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. With an admiration of nature and an understanding of the oral tradition, but with little formal education, Clare penned numerous poems and prose pieces, many of which were only published posthumously. His works gorgeously illuminate… CONTINUE READING…

Need Valentine Help? Richardson’s Valentine Writer is the answer!

Need Valentine Help? Richardson’s Valentine Writer is the answer!

In 1828, British publisher Thomas Richardson provided the gentlemen of England a twenty-six page pamphlet full of Valentine’s Day samples to use in conducting affairs of the heart. As often seen with publications from the days of yore, the title is recorded from the whole front page and extraordinarily long— Richardson’s New London fashionable gentleman’s… CONTINUE READING…

Romance Poet: John Keats

Romance Poet: John Keats

John Keats (1795-1821)   John Keats was born in London on October 31, 1795, probably at the inn owned by his grandfather and where his father Thomas Keats worked in the stables as a hostler. His upbringing was humble, John one of four children with the most basic education available to those with limited finances.… CONTINUE READING…

Passionate Kisses in Art

Passionate Kisses in Art

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems fitting to share a collection of classic paintings of lovers in passionate embraces.  “A man had given all other bliss and all his worldly worth for this, to waste his whole heart in one kiss upon her perfect lips.” ~Lord Alfred Tennyson “A Kiss Under the Parasol” by Ludek Marold… CONTINUE READING…

Romanticism and the Romantic Poets

Romanticism and the Romantic Poets

Our modern impression of “romantic, romance, romanticism” immediately brings love and sentimentality to mind, particularly as it relates to other human beings. Indeed, that is one correct definition. However, when referring to the poetry written by the Romantic poets during the artistic movement known as Romanticism, which began in the late 1700s, the definition encompasses… CONTINUE READING…