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According to Lao Tzu, ‘Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.’ And certainly, this site would not exist but for the many kindnesses and support of a small army of people – so here’s thanking you.

Special acknowledgements go to Alex Quin for developing the site and to those people who have given up – and are giving up – their time to be interviewed, to write for or provide other material for the website. Each piece should provide individual thanks, but we would like to take this opportunity to do so again. You can never have too much appreciation, after all.



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Popular culture:


Open Culture – Free onling culture and education site. Superb.

Brain Pickings – Maria Popova’s brilliant literary site. Features unusual articles and links to a wide range of literature and culture.




Mary Balogh – Welsh–Canadian Regency author

Janet Evanovich – American crime writer

Gaelen Foley – American historical-romance writer

Anne Gracie – Australian Regency writer

Elizabeth Hoyt – American Regency writer

Madeline Hunter – American historical-romance writer

Maxim Jakubowski – international crime-fiction and popular genre expert; crime and erotica writer; former owner of Murder One (London)

Eloisa James  – American historical romance writer

Lisa Kleypas  – American romance writer

Dennis Lehane – American crime fiction writer

Caroline Linden – American historical romance writer

Julia London  – romance writer

Sarah Morgan – romance writer

Kate Perry – contemporary author

Mary Jo Putney – American romance writer

Julia Quinn  – American historical romance writer

Nora Roberts (also JD Robb) – award-winning American romance and crime-fiction writer

Ahdaf Soueif  – Egyptian writer




Love Books Group

Scottish-based site run by Kelly. Reviews books and theatre and also organises book blog tours for authors. Great supporter of other bloggers.


Random Things Through My Letterbox

Anne Cater’s wonderful site. Anne also organises book blog tours for authors and runs Book Connectors on FB.


The Word Wenches

Eight historical-romance writers




Jane Austen Society

Daphne du Maurier

Georgette Heyer

Mary Stewart