The month of dark becoming light and whitefish become lutefisk continues! Kate Bjorkman uses her Romance Writer's Handbook, with its three paragraph kisses and dashing heroes, to capture her winter romance. Along the way we get to experience the Bjorkman family Christmas, love in the time of broken glasses and six layers of fleece and wool, and the affectionate embrace of a nerdy, quirky family.
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman: Goodreads
Louise Plummer: Blog
Happy First Night of Hanukkah!
Here are the recommendations we made in this episode:
Side character death, casual 90s homophobia (fruit boots?!), assault of a male character by a female character, friendship aggression and slut-shaming. There's also a horrifying anecdote about baby mice.
Want a modern take on The Romance Writer's Handbook? Try Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Is A Muppet Family Christmas the Best Holiday Special Ever? (Spoiler: Yes.)
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
The Something Awful Christmas Albums