Sunday, May 14, 2006

RBtheBook Outtakes #1


"It's easier to find a virgin in an Ellora's Cave download than a Jewish hero in romance."

That's how I was gonna start this week's feature review of Nita Abrams' "The Spy's Reward" at Romance: B(u)y the Book. But the remarkably romantic and engaging novel deserved better than a questionably-witty cheap shot at homogeneity in Regencies. Plus, I really dig Ellora's Cave. And Regencies.

So hop over to Romance: B(u)y the Book, please, and read all about Nita Abrams, "The Spy's Reward," and Elinor Lipman's "Isabel's Bed," one of my fave re-reads.


What have you said or written that you thought was funny but later wished you'd kept to yourself?

Did you ever find out you had nothing to worry about? That it was funny and you were just being paranoid?

And Part II of Nathan Kamp's interview posts tomorrow, Bellas.

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Encore! My mum just wrote to tell me she now loves Nathan Kamp, because "He's got that beautiful head on straight, and there's no doubt in mind about his (and his wife's) heart.....and he cooks, yet." Praise, indeed, from an Italian mother. He's Anglo-Latino, but I'm thinking that's close enough to being Italian to claim him as one of ours...

Encore due! CosmoChick Michele Hauf is here Wednesday, Bellas. Her newest, "Rhiana," is out now. Fantasy, fey, and the trademark Michele Hauf style.

Encore tre! Our boy in the Romantic Times "Mr Romance" contest, Travis Greiman, is here Thursday. He'll tell us about what's been doing in his prep for next Saturday's contest.

37 comments:

Stacy~ said...

Wow a smorgasboard of goodies this morning! Bring it on!

I've never read anything by Nita, but the book sounds utterly fab, and you caught me in my historical phase. Yet another title added to the TBB list...

You know I'm all over NK, er, I mean part 2 of his interview. You just know how to whet our appetite, don't you...

Can't wait to chat w/ our guest bloggers, Michele and Travis. Should be fun. Is "Rhiana" an ebook then? And are they both prepared for us? *g*

What have I said or written that I thought was funny...hmmmm....Well, I work with someone who is totally obsessed with the Rolling Stones - has been for years. Goes to every concert in Chicago, literally has a shrine to them in his house (his wife refuses to go anywhere near it) blah, blah, blah. Well, one day he was in our office chatting with a good buddy of his, and they're talking RS. I said "Scott, you are like one of those Grateful Dead fans that follow them around all over the country, you know, a DeadHead. Or in your case, a JagHead". Which prompted his buddy to just start laughing. Scott glared at me and I immediately felt like an idiot, when about a few minutes later and his friend stopped laughing, Scott had to chuckle himself. Whew. Close call.

I do stuff like that all the time, I usually don't remember it though. Always thinking I'm funnier than I actually am...

Happy Monday, and when is NK gonna get here again?

Vivi Anna said...

Michelle, I swear everything I think is funny is actually quite dorky, then I realize I dont' mind being dorky, so to me that's funny all over again...

amy*skf said...

Jeez--constantly, but I go for it, you're gonna get strikes when you're going for the homerun. I come from a funny and loud family and my husband is a scream--but even he has clunkers--so I've learned to just keep throwing them out there.

Now writing something--way different, you don't have the immediate reaction to know how something was recieved. I happen to think you have a gift--I am not sucking-up--you are funny.

Stacy--I LOVE jaghead.
Vivi--I love your brain, you never sound like a dork.

amy*skf said...

Oh, and Happy Mother's Day late. All day yesterday I thought, 'should I check in? Nah, it's MD--no one will be on'--I should know us better by now.

Manda said...

Michelle, I read your review of Nita on Friday and immediately bought her first two books in the series. (I am such a series head!)

I'm not Jewish, but I think the Jewish society of the Regency period is fascinating. I think Carola Dunn had some regencies with Jewish h/h back in the early 90s. I remember I really liked them a lot. I think I missed Nita Abrams because she debuted back when I was in school and didn't have much fun reading time.

As for things I thought were funny then chickened out about...
Sometime last fall, The Onion ran a story with the headline "No Robot Can Do My Job As Resentfully As I Can." I, of course, found this funny on many levels (one of them being that I think many parts of my job there could be done by a robot--or at least a trained monkey)and wanted to put it up over the copier in the office. But the more I thought about it, and how sometimes the senior lawyers get ticked off over dumb little things, the more it didn't feel right. So I settled for putting it up behind my desk where only I could see it.

About a week later one of my bosses was in my office and saw it thought it was hilarious. But I still didn't put it up for public consumption.

Did I mention this is the law firm job I just quit to go work in a library? Yay!!!

Manda said...

Correction: Paragraph Three, "my job there" should read "my job at the time". Maybe a robot really could do my job!

Julie in Ohio said...

I have a sarcastic way of looking at things that others don't always get, and if they get it, it isn't always appreciated. So needless to say alot of what I think I'm saying isn't always taken in the right context. So I fear that someone will take offense to what I have said but didn't mean.
Typing makes it harder because when you say something sarcastic there is a tone of voice used which of course doesn't come across on screen.

Have I ever wished I never said something? Hell yes!! Try all the time.

When I finish this post and press Login, I will think to myself "Did I make sense?", "Why did I say that?" "That was so retarded." "Idiot"
(I'm already regretting it. This is a record.)

Am I paranoid? No. I just know that everyone is out to get me and laughing behind my back. *g*

Vivi Anna said...

Thanks Amy!! I love your brain too!

Julie in Ohio said...

I went back and read the previous comments and Vivi, you are my role model. I want to be just like you when I grow up, because obviously I'm a work in progress. Anyone who is secure in their dorkiness is my hero.

Manda said...

Okay, I just posted something over at Squawk that I didn't think was funny, but now am feeling dorky about...sigh. Why can't I keep my cybermouth shut?

Vivi, we have no evidence here of your dorkiness. I think every time you post I think you are just really cool.

Julie, I have your same sarcasm problem. There really is no adequate way to convey nuance over the internet. There needs to be a sarcasm emoticon...

Manda said...

What I mean is that it wasn't funny. It was serious about coverwars, but I think I look dorky. Stupid cyber-comment-remorse.

amy*skf said...

First off, dorkiness is under-rated, secondly, yes there should be an emoticon for sarcasm--I think that we get the sarcasm though. I hope.

Julie--have you seen those "comment removed by author" or what ever they say--you know that was true remorse or paranoia--we all feel it. And Mandacoll you're smart, period.

See, Vivi--everyone thinks you're cool.

Julie in Ohio said...

Amy, I thought all of those were from me! *g*

Manda, I second Amy's conclusion. You are smart and I'm glad I'm not the only one suffering from sacasm remorse.

Viva La Dorkiness!!

(I just can't stop myself) *sigh*

Manda said...

Thanks, guys! I too have taken refuge in the "comment removed by author" on more than one occasion. Usually it's to correct a typo though. I'm always afraid someone will have read my comment, thought it was dumb, then saw that I removed it and thought I was chicken. How's that for paranoid?

Ahh, cyberspace, how you bring out the neurotic in us!

Julie in Ohio said...

Ahh, the company we keep.

I think a techno-toast is in order.

(I'll use any excuse for a drink...of milk...of course.)



As far as I'm telling.

Julie in Ohio said...

On a totally unrelated side topic, if anyone is interested Lisa Kleypas has an excerpt of Cam's story (still a work in progress) on her website: www.lisakleypas.com

It is absolutely delicious.


Julia Quinn is adding another epilogue on her Bridgerton books. She has excerpts on 2 of them; Viscount Who Loved Me and It's in His Kiss on her website. www.juliaquinn.com

Did I mention delicious?

What a banner day!

Manda said...

I'll drink to that, Julie!

Dang it! Lisa's already got me on tenterhooks for Scandal in Spring and now she's making me crazy for Cam's book, which comes out NEXT YEAR??? Arrghh! Those Squawkers have torture down to a science!

But guess I'd better check it and the Julie Q stuff out--it will be delicious pain:)

rachd said...

Ah, end of the day, exhausted, and no hubby to help out,m what with him being 1200 miles away and all. He sucks. (*whine whine whine* I appologize.)

I have horrible sarcasm issues and find it is very wasted on second graders...

I always agonize after I have posted. I think there is a fear people won't really know how we wanted to come across because all we have are words--no facial expressions, etc.--to be judged by.

Did that make sense? Oh, and guys, I'm joining the dork party because I always swore I was the dork queen. =)

Stacy~ said...

Yay, I finally belong! I am a total dork, completely emeshed in dorkiness.

Julie I admored Viscount Who Loved Me.

Okay, I really have nothing else to say...except I loved Part 2 of M's interview...sigh...

a dork, signing off...

rachd said...

Okay, having remorse of overloading the TMI thing again. ARRGGGHHH. (*Siren sound*--Dork alert Dork Alert)

Really, just wanted to say thanks to Julie for the JQ and LK info. I'm DYING for Gregory's story!! And, don't even get me started on Daisy and Cam!


(Complete aside, my word verification is eight letters long. Good grief!)

rachd said...

Oh oh oh, TSO's part 2 is up at RBtB!!!!!! (drool) He is an amazing human behind the snaxy looks! What A Guy!

Stacy~ said...

Amen, Rach, amen! Now if there is someone who should be cloned, I think NK would be a great choice.

Or Clive...hey Gerard would be good...um, Hugh (Jackman that is)works. Or Keith Urban rocks. There's David Duchovny. And something about Chris Angell...and I've always liked Denzel....

amy*skf said...

Rachd--LOL--my 1st grader says to me, "Are you being sarcastic?" but usually it is wasted on him--sometimes it's wasted on the 18 and 21 year old as well. However never on the 45 year old--he gets it. AND gives it back.

I always have typos--but then I just write a disclaimer.

NK is a cool guy...

Manda said...

Rach, if you are guilty of TMI, then I should be shut away for life because of it:) And what IS it with the word verification? Sometimes it's a totally readable font and sometimes it's like greek! And sometimes it's five letters, sometimes it's 10! Stupid word verfication!

Stacy, I'll help you out on your little cloning project there--if you need any help, that is! *grin*

Off to read TSO's interview...

amy*skf said...

I meant to add something about Michelle's Old Flames review--I loved Isabel's Bed--what a great book. And I really want to read The Spy Who Loved Me.

And let you know I'm STILL at work.

amy*skf said...

Oooh Mandacoll--word verification is the bane of my existence.

Seriously.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Sheesh, Bellas. Chatty much? GOL (Giggling out loud, not "Gol!" as they say here in MN. Not everybody, not you Ames.)

OK. Yeah, Dorks Rule. I think that's why we're all drawn to one another. And the dorkiest? Word verification. But I use it so idiots think twice about chiming in with dumb idiot stuff. Opposing viewpoints good; idiot stuff bad. But I have trouble reading the fonts, too. Was it Monica who was getting all the bawdy word vers a couple months back?

I love sarcasm. My son is a total literalist, so we had to explain what the word facetious (sp) meant a couple years back. He would never have made it in this family otherwise. Amy can maybe vouch for this, and Rach, are you the other Minnesotan? Sarcasm don't play well in the Midwest. I have stopped cold many a conversation.

Course it could be as I suspect, that I'm just not so funny.

You know, Rach. Those second graders need to get some damn lives.

Manda said...

Dang, Amy! Slave driving library!

Yeah, I almost cried when Squawk added word verification. Sigh. Stupid spammers...

Just read NK's interview. He is a nice guy. I wonder if he and his wife will start reading Christian romance now? He sounded surprised and pleased that it existed...

rachd said...

I give up on the second graders. Only 20 days to go (YES!!!! Did ya'll know that the teachers are more stoked about the end of the year than the kiddos??). Sarcasm be damned...my four year old gets it for Pete's sake =).

Julie in Ohio said...

I have to say that Mr. TSO is even snaxier than usual.
He did seen excited about Christian Romance. Maybe we will see him on a cover someday.


Michelle said, "Course it could be as I suspect, that I'm just not so funny."

Obviously that statement is sarcasm at its best.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You are such a bunch of dorks.

Julie in Ohio said...

Thank you!! I'm thinking about wearing it like a badge of honor or something.


But then again, I don't think that anyone else would appreciate it nearly as much.

Michele said...

I'm not touching that first question with a 20 foot pole.
No way!
If I knew then what I know now, I'd grow my hair like Cousin IT and never show my face.

The interview was awesome, Michelle...much more oomph! Saved the best for last, didn't you ...
:-)

Stacy~ said...

Hey Queen Bella did you know you made headlines over at SmartBitches? How cool is that?!

http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/check_it_out/

amy*skf said...

What? Michelle made headline at Smart Bitches? I'm going over there.

But first--HELLO...The Spy Who Loved Me? Holy crap--what was I thinking? And I love it that no one called me on it--you all felt sorry for me, right?

Manda said...

Heading over to Smart Bitches...though am not surprised Michelle made a headline over there. She is one Smart Bella! Thanks for the heads up, Stacy!

Amy, I had to scroll up furiously to see what you were talking about. I didn't even notice! You meant Vampire instead of Spy right? Now, who's the dork?

That's the problem with these adapted movie/song titles. Too easy to lapse into the original. Of course they are much better than the vague concept titles like: Sweet Lusty Fire (okay I made that up, but you know what I mean.)

Manda said...

Amy, when I say "Now who's the dork", I mean me because I missed your mistake. Just in case that wasn't clear. Sigh. Need more coffee...