• Tropes to Love and Tropes to Hate blog post by Shaw Montgomery/MA Innes at authorshawmontgomery.com
    Tropes to Love and Tropes to Hate

    I love how passionate people get about tropes in books. Every reader always seems to have one or two tropes that they hate or that get a very visceral response from them. Mine is enemies to lovers. (no ganging up on me if you love this one) I’m just really sensitive to the idea that you shouldn’t fall for someone or even sleep with someone who isn’t nice to you. Period. Full stop. But I wrote the first Beautiful Shame book that’s technically enemies to lovers. So… I was talking to another author the other day and they love anime and manga and all kinds of fun naughty things, but they hate the accidental pervert trope that can show up […]

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  • Falling in Love with Reading blog post by Shaw Montgomery/MA Innes at authorshawmontgomery.com
    Falling In Love With Reading

    I hated reading as a kid. The books were boring and I just refused to do it and it was driving my mother insane. So she made the executive decision to bribe me with romance novels. She’d paperclip the naughty parts and tell me to skip over them, and I was such a goodie-goodie I did. Some of the first characters I fell head over heels for, and who felt so real to me, were from Jude Deveraux. She had the Montgomery family and their stories spanned probably several hundred years, but the ones that stand out to me now are about the old Highland castles and sexy lairds to more modern times in the American West. I had so […]

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