Assistance Needed!

I received this email from Michelle Buonfiglio of Romance by the Blog and I felt the request was perfect for our intelligent and enthusiastic Risky Regencies readers (that means ALL of you!)

Here it is:

Monday, April 16th at

My pal Bill Gleason is a Princeton prof, and this Monday his “American Best Sellers” class will be spending the day at Romance: By the Blog to learn about the romance genre from the women and men who read and write it. The students, who in class are examining popular works of American literature in their historical contexts, have created a list of general questions they’d like to start with. From there? Who knows what sorts of mischief we can lead them into?

Won’t you please visit and take part in this fun, groundbreaking experiment to excite bright young minds about our important, vibrant genre?

Some of the questions/topics students wish to discuss:

1. Do you feel romance novels objectify men/women? If so, does this bother you?
2. If seduction is more than a whirlwind of passion, to what extent do aesthetic elements operate in its nature and in the texts themselves? Also, are there other traces of formal elements at play in these novels that might give them greater literary status than the typical mass-produced, formulaic fiction?
3. Do you consider the novels a form of pornography?
4. What’s the appeal of the novels to men?
5. Since they’ve studied “Gone With the Wind,” they’ll also be talking about why it’s “not” a romance.

I look forward to your joining us. Please let me know if you’ve got any questions. And please do invite any friends — especially readers — you feel can add to a lively and positive discussion.

All Best,


Michelle Buonfiglio
Romance: B(u)y the Book™ — Only the Good Stuff: Weekly Feature Reviews, AuthorView Interviews, More!

I’m going over there now to say my piece and I hope you will, too.
Here at Risky Regencies we can discuss what we think of whatever is going on there!!

As Michelle would say, Ciao, Bellas

Oh Oh! Innocence and Impropriety was reviewed in the Chicago Tribune yesterday! (along with several other romances, but it was there! ) Take a peek HERE! (you have to go to the second page to see the actual review. Scroll down. It’s there!)

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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Cara King
15 years ago

Sorry, Diane — I’d love to read your review, but I’d have to register first, which they say will lead to them sending me emails from their advertisers…and I already get sixty spam a day. (Sigh… I once did something foolish online. Once, and I pay for it every after!) 🙂

Can you give the summary of it here?


Diane Perkins
15 years ago

I can give the whole thing (I managed to get to it without registering..Have no idea why)

Beautiful singer Rose O’Keefe is London’s latest sensation, and the Marquess of Tannerton wants Rose as his next mistress. As secretary to Tannerton, it is Jameson Flynn’s job to work out some kind of arrangement between Rose and his employer.

Once Jameson meets the lovely Rose, though, he begins to fall in love with her, which leaves him with a difficult choice between a successful career with the marquess or a chance at romance with Rose.

Diane Gaston’s unconventional male and female heroes give “Innocence and Impropriety,” her latest elegantly written Regency historical, a refreshingly different twist.–John Charles, Chicago Tribune, April 15, 2007

Keira Soleore
15 years ago

Woo Hoo, Diane!! Bazillion huzzahs to you.

What a hopping discussion on RBTB! Loved your post.

Cara King
15 years ago

Ooh, yes, great review!


Mallory Pickerloy
15 years ago

Hello Diane! That’s an great review. 🙂 I liked that the reviewer said it was ‘elegantly written’. For it is such an beautiful story!

Diane Perkins
15 years ago

Thanks, Cara and Keira and Mallory. Mallory, good to “see” you here! It’s been a while. We’ve missed you.

Elena Greene
15 years ago

Congrats on the review, Diane! 🙂