01-05-2007 05:48 PM
Why do you like to read romance novels? What are some novels you've enjoyed? If you're a new reader of romance novels, what draws you to give them a try?
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01-05-2007 07:07 PM
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01-08-2007 07:10 PM
When I read mysteries, I want to solve the puzzle, preferably before the detective.
When I read Sci-Fi, I want an ethical question.
When I read young adult, I want a clearer, simpler form of the above and I want to finish it in a few of hours.
When I read romance, I want that emotional tug. I want to watch people struggle with their own and others foibles. I want to see them do the thing they know they want to do (or fear to do or don't want to but know is best) and get rewarded in the end. And on days like today (post-house party, very tired) I want no huge surprises. I want to knwo that, in the end, no matter how dark it gets, it's going to work out. In a romance, you know that neither the heroine or the hero is going to die before the end. In sci-fi and mystery, you can't always be sure.
01-08-2007 08:57 PM
Then bloody swords and armor should not be:" Thomas Campion
01-09-2007 05:53 AM
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01-10-2007 06:39 AM
I love medicals!
01-10-2007 10:31 AM
Medical romance involves one or both of the main characters being a medical professional. But it's more than just a romance that happens in a hospital or clinic; the medical background, patients, diseases, etc., form a crucial part of the story and of the conflict. The conflict in a medical is sometimes one care-giver's devotion to a set of patients, when the romantic interest threatens to tear him/her away from those people -- i.e., a female doctor in a small town who has to choose between going with her hero to his city or giving him up and continuing to take care of her practice.
Medicals are published by Mills & Boon in the UK and sometimes as Harlequin Romance in the US.
Hope this helps!
01-10-2007 04:53 PM
This gives me a pleasant end to the day.
01-10-2007 05:01 PM
Perhaps I need to find a webpage with a summary of each line.
01-10-2007 05:41 PM
Mills & Boon was the original romance publisher, merging with Harlequin in the mid-80s. After that M&B continued to originate Harlequin Romance (published in the UK in the last few years as Mills & Boon Tender) and Harlequin Presents (published in the UK as Mills & Boon Modern). Very recently, Harlequin Romance and Silhouette Romance have been merged into a new line, which is still settling out -- it will be interesting to see how it all turns out.
The best listing of what Harlequin, Silhouette, and Mills & Boon publish is on the Harlequin website at www.eharlequin.com. Clear at the bottom of the page is a link called "guidelines" or "writing guidelines" which will take you to a list of all the Harlequin, Silhouette, and M&B-published books. Each type of book then has a link which takes you to the editorial guidelines.
01-11-2007 12:01 AM
Ordered my book. Will be in mid-week next. None on the shelf at Barnes&Nobles--very disappointing. Thimbellia got her copy yesterday and sent me 10 list. Will work on that tomorrow along with redoing post that got lost. Am dealing with severe bronchitis verging on pneumonia. So, my nights just got shorter, as in earlier bedtimes for the night owl. HOO! HOO! Just kidding. Anyway, I am roaring to have a go at this thing. Later.
01-12-2007 04:25 AM
01-12-2007 11:48 PM
I'm still getting used to the board format and often read messages twice or miss new things! Still, in a few weeks time I'll be an expert no doubt.
I am sure glad somebody else is sharing my experiences with this format.
I would imagine that the time differential isn't helping you much, Lynne, but hang in there. We'll all practice and get the hang of this thing. Good to hear you are getting words down on paper/computer document.
01-12-2007 11:53 PM
What is Romance? Why do you read it?
Romance is hope. Romance is comfort. Romance is healing. Romance is inspiration. Romance is motivation. There is something very satisfying about win-win.
My latest reads have been Debbie Macomber and a multitude of Christmas anthologies. Love those multi-story books. They’re just right for a bedtime story before lights out.
I did read a Christmas story from 2005 that had me reading until after the morning alarm went off. I was so absorbed, the alarm scared me. Had no clue I had been reading that long. Even so, it had such a strong impact I reread within 14 hours without any loss of awe and wonder. It was a love story that went beyond romance.
My next read will be Julia Quinn’s On the Way to the Wedding which is the last of the Bridgerton series. I’m going to miss that family.
Every month, I go through my collections and reread one book each. The stories are still wonderful no matter how many times I go back to them. I started my collections back in the day when the neighbor ladies would swap paper grocery bags full of Harlequins weekly. You could do that when they cost $.45 each. My mother, bless her soul, was a charter subscriber to Harlequin Presents. She had every book published for nearly 30 years. She also subscribed to other Harlequin series, but would change them out periodically. I miss that constant flow of reading material. As you can see, I grew up in a house that had shelves of books in every room. I learned early the art of bookcase/book shelf making and placement. Needless-to-say, my house is no different–piles and boxes of books everywhere.
It is not a stretch that voracious reading and a desire to write would grow from that background.
This class will be a lead me by the hand to actually get something finished. Then, I can tackle all the manuscripts that are in various stages of getting off the ground.
Oh, forgot to mention my collections: Georgette Heyer, Betty Neels, Barbara Cartland (her first few years actually produced some substantial storylines), Emilie Loring, Lucy Walker, Grace Livingston Hill, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, and the old Harlequins (some of which were pretty bad but entertaining, none-the-less) When Thimbellia and I lived in the same area, we would haunt the used book stores. I am going to have to go back to that and trade in WalMart.
01-20-2007 02:57 AM