August 2017 e-Newsletter

Boroughs Publishing Group News


Sultry Summer Reads

Legacy Coop
Since he was a boy, Beau has loved Halen right down to his soul and he would do anything for her except when she needed him most, he left, breaking both their hearts. learn more
Running from parents who didn’t know how to love him and a past he’d sooner forget, Sentinel security expert Coop Stenson must protect Matthew Whitton at all costs. learn more


We’re celebrating the 9th book in
Susan Mac Nicol’s
Men of London series

Survival Game
Since his true love died, paramedic Eric Kirby has been living a half life, but when he meets purple-haired Kyle Tripper, Eric's heart is jolted into a whole new rhythm. learn more

Read the Series

Love You Senseless learn more Sight and Sinners learn more Suit Yourself learn more Feat of Clay learn more
Cross to Bare learn more Flying Solo learn more Damaged Goods learn more Hard Climate learn more


Every month Boroughs and its authors are going to offer special prizes for our wonderful fans.

of Our Christmas in July FB Party:

Helena Stone - won $50 in Boroughs Bucks
Misty Dawn - won $25 in Boroughs Bucks
Maari Hammond - won $10 in Boroughs Bucks

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Boroughs Book Club

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(Lunchbox Romances are not included.)

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From the Editor's Desk

What Not to Say

Chris KeeslarI was reminded of the power of allegory. I don’t see many in the Romance genre, or not enough.

For those who don’t know, allegory is the use of fictional people, things or events to express ideas larger than those being superficially presented. A rhetorical device, it allows an author to illustrate complex ideas with broad strokes and requires the reader fill in many of the details, making all the appropriate connections between story elements. Animal Farm is a good example, or The Fisher King. To go more mainstream, some might even postulate that Sookie Stackhouse’s situation in her first book is allegorical of a smart woman being marginalized and endangered by her ability to read men, thus requiring a “supernatural” sort to truly protect and engage her heart, body, and soul…though the device probably breaks down if we go much farther.

There are many reasons an author might not want to hit an idea directly on the nose. For one, some topics feel too lurid, pedantic or emotional when addressed head-on. For another, less is sometimes more; broader strokes can make more accurate depictions, as visually illustrated by the Impressionists. And then there’s always censorship, which requires that an author speak around her meaning.

The important question here is, when it does work, why is allegory so powerful?

Because it requires that moment of personal recognition, of learning. It requires the author be deft, concise, and brilliant. It requires the author see the core of an idea and convey that—and the reader to supply the final piece of the puzzle. Breaking that code engages the mind in a way that is anything but passive. It’s yet another layer of “show don’t tell,” which is a maxim that seems to exist on every level of successful creativity.

I’ll leave you with an assignment. Think up something you want to say, then write a story that says nothing about that but conveys it anyway.

If it works, it’ll be the best thing you ever wrote.