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In the past few weeks, between one thing and another thing, I’ve done more re-reading of old favorites than reading of new books.

Among the re-reads were all the Psy/Changeling books, and a couple of Stephanie Laurens’ Bastion Club novels. Reading these two authors so close together has made me appreciate the former even more, and wonder (once again) at my attachment to the latter.

The changelings in Ms Singh’s universe often talk about their beasts and how said beasts’ reactions differ from their human side. This makes complete sense in the context of the series, because the changelings are both human and animal. On the other hand, when Laurens’ heroes start going on about handing the reins (and what’s with the horse racing thing, by the way?) to their primitive selves and the like, I can’t start wondering whether they would benefit from some quality shrink time.

What say you?

Remember this?

Well, apparently I was not the only one struck by the beauty of these spiders’ silk–look at what’s being exhibited right now at the American Museum of Natural History:

Go on, read more about this amazing, amazing textile–and if you are near New York any time soon, go see it in person!

(Thanks to Dances with Wools for the heads up)

Over on Paz Edward’s blog, she has a list of the qualities for her perfect man:

1.Is kind-hearted to animals.
2.Is caring of others.
3.Is giving.
4.Is thoughtful.
5.Is not afraid to cry.
6.Is not afraid to laugh.
7.Has a great laugh that makes me laugh along or at least smile.
8.Notices the things I like.
9.Notices the things I don’t like.
10.Knows how to paint my toe nails. (more…)

oh, really yeah, really

When a man makes a point of telling you, “I am the most intelligent man/person you’ll ever meet,” he may or may not be right about his intelligence; but the fact that he felt compelled to point it out rather than simply being (show,  not tell) says volumes more about his character than his self-proclaimed brilliance.

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This observation may seem a tad sexist, but it’s based on the fact that in 44 years I’ve yet to hear a woman say this, while I’ve met my share of men who have.

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Lisa Stansfield, I salute you.

So I actually looked at my Google Reader yesterday and caught up on the happenings in RomLand.

Firstly, I discovered that SuperWendy has moved, so I updated my links accordingly.

I also caught the whole AAR Vs Blogs lovefest. Man, some of those AAR peeps sure got their knickers in a twist. I did love all the frothing at the mouth though, especially from that Xina bird.

Here’s an ‘interesting’ comment from Xina herself: (more…)

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Am I the only person who finds romance novels where the heroine and the hero are already married to each other mind-numbingly boring?

I’m not talking about H&Hs who get married early on in the book either, I mean the ones that when you open up the first page, they’re already married, and probably having marital problems.

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Why do the heroines and heroes always have to resolve any familial issues before they can have their HEA? Seriously.

And those stories where the heroine has Daddy Issues and can’t find happiness with her hero until they’re resolved? Very effing annoying.

I’d love it if an author just let the heroine come to terms with her familial issues without having to have a big emotional scene, whereby she’s then able to finally have sex with her hero.

Is that too much to ask for?

Really?

adam and eve

Erm, this post really isn’t about inspirationals, so all the peeps looking for a cheap thrill may want to surf elsewhere. *g*

Anyway, one of my favourite biblical films of all times has always been Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments. Mostly because Charlton Heston as a young Moses was hot, but also because of the many themes that are oh-so-familiar in the romance genre.

Let’s see, you have the unquestionably heroic lead, his Mary Jane virgin, a secret baby, the spurned seductress, and the over-the-top bad guy. The HEA might have left a lot to be desired, but for the love of God, the guy was old, he was bound to die at some point.

If you had to choose any story from the bible to recreate in a romance, which story would it be?
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Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and I don’t play one anywhere.

What I am is, having a lot of trouble parsing the new FTC guidelines–how exactly does it affect people like me, who review books online?

Jane at DA fears it will make bloggers vulnerable to petty and malicious attacks–and given what we have seen about how the regulations set in place for the protection of children (i.e., the Michigan case, my neighbors in Florida) are abused by grumpy neighbors, I don’t think it’s a stretch that bloggers who believe every other person who disagrees with them, hates them*, or that bloggers who rejoice over other bloggers’ personal hardships**, would indeed gleefully abuse the new guidelines in order to make life difficult for people like the gals at DA or Karen.

(Yes, it’s a long sentence, deal) (more…)

I came across this glowing review of LB Gregg’s book over at Smexy Books, and I couldn’t help but wonder if I could trust it.

The cynic in me couldn’t help but wonder if Mandi had really loved the book as much as she said she had. What? I’m just being honest.

Listen, maybe the book was the best thing since sliced bread, but you must admit, if you know that a reader-blogger is friendly with a blogger-turned-author, it does make you wonder doesn’t it?

Here is the setup:

An acquaintance organized an event recently, hosting it at her house. With a few weeks to go, she invited about 40 people, more than half of which accepted the invitation. Then she spent the full week before the event working like a fiend–from cleaning her house from top to bottom, to buying groceries and cooking for at least twenty people.

Only four people showed up.

puzzled 3And I’ve been wondering… is it a cultural thing?

An education thing?

A generational thing?

I mean, to say, “Yeah, of course, I’ll be there” and then not only not showing up, but not even calling to excuse oneself?

I know my mother would have flayed me alive had I done such a thing. Then again, it’s also customary in my family that if someone doesn’t show up after promising to be there, phone calls ensue–it’s a given that if there was no apology/excuse before hand, something dire must have had happened.

What say you?

Beyonce’s Single Babies… Funny As Hell

Friday, September 25, 2009
Posted in: random musings

That baby was just too cute.

By the way, just discovered that TTG’s biological mother was a twin 🙂

Squeamish?

Squeamish?

Monday, September 14, 2009
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, random musings

(If you are, you may want to skip this one)

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Drive by quandary

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, random musings

In light of Quartet Press closing before opening, and among the wank already started and the much more to come, it strikes me (again) to see all those comments that boil down to, “Never submit to a new publisher.”

While I understand being cautious, there are two things that bug the hell out of me whenever I read that:

a) New publishers aren’t, by a long sight, the only ones screwing up their authors–and editors–all over the place *coughnewconceptscough*

and

b) If no one submits to a new publisher, how the fuck is that publisher ever going to have anything to publish?

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I mean, I know I’m not the only one who wants more reputable choices in the marketplace, so this whole “smart people don’t submit to new pubs until they’ve proven themselves” seems… well, self-defeating. After all, no submissions, no published books, no profit, no publisher.

(this is not a post; it’s literally a drive-by musing)

It is a sad thing indeed when a reader looking to figure out how novels are connected fares better looking at their fantastic fiction page rather than the author’s own site. (more…)

Breast Implants = Slut In Romance?

Monday, June 8, 2009
Posted in: random musings

big-boobies

It seems to me that along with evil villains being gay in romance books, (I’m looking at you Anne Stuart) women with implants are often portrayed as the slutty other woman. Why?

The message seems to be that having a boob job makes one a Slutty McSlut, and I have to say, it irritates me no end.

This obviously doesn’t count if you only read historicals, seeing as there probably weren’t too many heroines with silicone implants floating round prior to the 1960s.

I’m guessing that the romance heroine who decides to have breast implants out of vanity hasn’t been written yet?

Chicklit really doesn’t count.

If you could have brain surgery that could help you control your weight, and stop you from eating bad foods, instead of doing it the hard way (e.g. good diet and excercise), would you?

Thanks to CreoleinDC for the question.

Taking care of Business, by Megan Hart and Lauren Danetaking-care-of-business

Published originally in October 2008 in the United Kingdom by Black Lace, Taking Care of Business is being released in the United States on March 31st. I have read some of Ms Dane‘s work (Undercover, reviewed here) but nothing by Ms Hart until now.

I only mention this because during the first few chapters I found myself trying to identify which author had written which section or character. Not a good idea, because as long as I was analyzing the writing I wasn’t being pulled into the story, which is ultimately why I read. Once I stopped the guessing game, the characters and their circumstances grabbed me.

Before we get into the review, the usual warning: this is an adult novel, with adult themes, graphic language and explicit sex scenes. Minors, and any adult objecting to any of these, should avoid reading further, let alone the book itself. (more…)

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Obviously this is directed at those of you who blog.

My best Blog-Thinking place is in the car. Mainly because I’m spending a lot of time in mine at the moment.

I come up with a blog post subject in the car, then the next time I boot up my laptop, I post my thoughts. Talksport.net, and Radio Five live, are also great places to find topics worth posting about.

How about you?

How Come…

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Posted in: random musings

beyondreach2 skinprivilege2

…Publishers feel the need to have different book titles for the same books in different countries?

For instance, Karin Slaughter’s last Grant County book, was called Beyond Reach in the US, and Skin Privilege everywhere else.

Why?