Wednesday, August 30, 2006

State o' Mayne


Don't hate me, but I just finished the ARC of "Pleasure for Pleasure," and it's every bit as yummy as you would expect Eloisa James' novel about Garret Mayne to be!

Holy God in Heaven.

That's all's I'm sayin.

And further Eloisa news...



It's with great, uh, pleasure, I announce



Romance: By the Blog "Back to School Week!"

September 18 - 22


A week of guest blogs by three smarty-pantses who have lots to say about the academic life as it relates to Romance.

Monday, Sept. 18, Eric Selinger of dePaul U, and creator of RomanceScholar listserve, joins us

Wednesday, Sept. 20, Miss James, of HarvardYaleOxford and, most recently, Fordham fame, graces the blog

Friday, Sept 22, Bill Gleason, Princeton prof, and guy who knows things about my husband I probably don't even know, jumps feet first into our maelstrom of inquisitiveness.

Because romantic minds wanna know.


Assuming we can remember how erudite and intelligent we used to act back when we started this whole RBtheBlog experiment, what do you want to ask our "Back to School Week" Scholars about Romance and the study thereof?

41 comments:

MaryKate said...

Hey! Fresh blog! Yay!

Soooo....what you're saying Michelle is this is like my yearly trips to my great-grandmother's house when I was a kid...my mom started talking about how well behaved we needed to be about two weeks before we left. That way it was beaten into our heads before we got there. LOL! We'll do our best not to completely embarass you! Muah!

I have no idea what I'd ask a romance scholar. I'm excited to hear what they have to say to us though!

ev said...

Uh, I've been out of college about a year or so. I turned my brain off. I will have to think (ug) about this. I have to get this in before one of our guests bloggers is on.

On the other hand... I got to see my big, bad boy last nite- Toby Keith. And I have to tell you 10 feet away he is just so bad looking, I melted. Since I was sitting with my best friend in the handicapped section, (she is in a wheelchair), I was one of the few in the 70 or so) on my feet the whole show. When he was on our side singing How do You like me now, he was looking at me, smiling and he blew me a kiss. ME!! OMG!! He's just the way I like 'em- BIG and BAD and HE KNOWS IT.

Thank god you guys are here to share that with, I don't think my husband would find it as toe curling as I did. When his shirt came unsnapped in the beginning of the show, I just wanted him to take it off- all of it!!

I am such a sick person. ::sigh::

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

lol! Oh, it's so totally not you, it's me! I seem to enjoy leading things in a certain direction that isn't considered appropriate by some who study romance.

Because it isn't all about love and sex you know!

Julie in Ohio said...

Wow, Ev! Toe curling, indeed. TK is a great example of cowboy bad boy. YUMMY!

Michelle, you have again solidified your reign as Queen Bella. That is quite a line up. I won't even go into the fact that you have read PFP because you know I will beg, plead, bribe for any additional little tibbit. (I wasn't sure Mayne was the hero. I am forever in your debt. :P )
I will think and come back to post a question. I am really interested to see what they have to say. :o)

MaryKate said...

Because it isn't all about love and sex you know!

Michelle!! Now you have to spit over your right shoulder and turn around three times! That's blasphemy!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

MK, grazie, Bella, for the reaffirmation!

How unlike you , JulieO. You're usually so shy and retiring about such things.

OK. So here's a tidbit. Some of the Essex sisters have babies in the novel. And some of their husbands love to kiss them still. And the lovemaking is voluptuous. And Mayne is -- well there's just not a superlative purple enough to describe how I feel about Mayne...

ev, it's EXACTLY that kind of talk that gives us Bellas the reputation for caring for nothing but ogling hot me. Brava. :) Congrats on the Toby Airkiss!

Playground Monitor said...

Wow! Scholars. I'll have to put on my thinking cap here and well... uh... think!

I'm such a good girl that I'd have to try hard to misbehave. :sigh: I know, but somebody's gotta behave. That's why I'm the "Playground Monitor" over at the Writing Playground. But I did get a little racy (for me) on our blog today and blogged about Sex and Fried Green Tomatoes. And I put a snaxy guy picture in it. Even used Michelle's word -- snaxy. It's just so perfect to describe a guy whom you'd like to snax on.

Mariyn

amy*skf said...

lol everyone--Ev, I went to a Bruce Springsteen concert and our seats were behind the stage--had a clear view to Mr. Springsteens bum--loved it!

Marilyn, you especially have to keep your eye on MaryKate.

Julie and Michelle--I have loved Mayne since before the Essex sisters...he shall always be my first...do you love the cover, or what?

Eric, Eloisa, and Bill. Oh my. I won't be rude but, do I have to be erudite?

amy*skf said...

Did any of us answer your question Michelle?

I think I'll have to wait to see what they have to say first.

Evasive? Yes.

Vivi Anna said...

Um, I've always wondered what makes a romance expert? I mean is there really a such thing???

A sex expert, I can understand...

MaryKate said...

Marilyn, you especially have to keep your eye on MaryKate.

Hey! I resemble that remark! :wink:

Vivi Anna said...

MK, I think you meant you resent that remark...if you resemble it, you would look like a bunch of words...which is all right if that's the look you're going for..LOL

MaryKate said...

LOL! Vivi. I always say you can always count on me to lower the level of the conversation to dirty. But I'll try my best to be good when we have the scholars here!

I don't want Marilyn to open up a can of whoop a$$ on me! :oP

Julie in Ohio said...

LMAO, MK!! I have every confidence that you will be as good as you *can* be... :P

I just grab a copy of SB THE DEFIANT HERO. It was between that one and one other so I hope I picked a goodie. :o)


What is it that Professor Gleason knows about Michelle's dh that she doesn't? How did he find out?

Playground Monitor said...

I'm afraid I'm plum outta whoop a$$. However, I'll be happy to add it to my grocery list. I'm heading out the door in about five to stock up for the long Labor Day weekend.

If anyone's in Ernesto's path, stay safe. Even though he's been downgraded, there's still the possibility of him spawning tornadoes.

Marilyn

MaryKate said...

Jules - TDH isn't my favorite Brockmann, but it'll give you a good taste. Let us know what you think!

I echo Marilyn's sentiments, be safe those of you in the path!

Julie in Ohio said...

Shucks, MK. I had a 50/50 shot and blew it. Another casualty of iny, miny, miney, moe...

Jennifer Y. said...

LOL...y'all are making me laugh so hard!!

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and a question...how does one decide to study romance and what does it involve?

MaryKate said...

Jenn - It depends on who you're asking. I think some of us may have "studied" something different than the scholars. But we're all experts! LOL!

Jules - I'll be shocked if you don't really enjoy TDH, it's excellent. It's just..well, I don't want to load you up with my "issue" with the book. Let's talk about it when you're done reading it. Stace, wanna chime in here?

Julie in Ohio said...

MK, if you will recall you weren't on board with AYD, so I have no worries. I have yet to meet a romance that I don't love some aspect of. :o)
I'm just excited to begin a book by a new author (to me) that you all have raved about. I got ants in my pants. :o)

Some days you just don't want to be at work...

Julie in Ohio said...

I would like to get a professional opinion as to why romance gets such a bad rap. Why can't we all (readers of all books) just get along? Human nature to one up someone else. {pffftt}

Why do authors/readers have to have an arsenal of comebacks and tougher skin in order to enjoy a HEA? That seems so backwards to me; the need to be tough when all we want is to feel gushy...

Why did Eloisa have to change her name in order to do what she loves (and is so good at) doing? I know *why* she did it but it doesn't seem right to have to hide or be ashamed of what you enjoy doing. I'm the worst offender at that.


Does this sound like I'm whining? Sorry, I spent the day yesterday with my four year old. I guess she rubbed off on me... :P

MaryKate said...

I'm certainly not speaking for EJ, but don't authors often pick a last name for their pen name that begins with J-K-L because they get shelved at eye level in the romance section? I could be way off base, and I'm sure that her professional life impacted her decision too, but I've always heard that.

Anyone? Beuhlar?

Julie in Ohio said...

That's what I heard about EJ, too.

I haven't heard about the J-K-L thing, though. Do you suppose their agents/publishers guide them towards that decision?

Vivi Anna said...

I know I picked Vivi Anna, because well I f*&^ing well wanted to...:-)

It's possible some authors are urged by their agents to change names, or do this or do that.

I know my agent wanted me to do the Silhouette Nocturne deal under a different name...and I said no way! I talked to my editor adn she was fine with having Vivi write for her...

Sometimes authors have to change names because of option clauses with other publishers. So, this author might all their contemporarys tied up with so and so publisher, that if they suddenly want to write paranormal for a different publisher they might not be able to use that name, and have to come out with another.

Or some authors chose to use different names for different genres...that way they dont' confuse or delude readers. Let's say reader A loves Vivi Anna's fast paced futuristics...and then sees another book by Vivi picks it up reads it and finds out its a romantic/suspense...that reader A may hate rom/sus and be very disappoirnted and could inadvertently never read Vivi again, or if say Reader B knows that Vivi writes futuristics, but hates futuristics, and totally misses that new book by Vivi that is a rom/sus, and they love rom/sus...

Hmm, did that make any sense what's so ever????

rachd said...

I understood you, Vivi, and I wonder if that's why JAK write's under three different names for her three different genres. Hm.

Okay, Michelle, so SO jealous! I loved Mayne when he was trying to seduce Helene...ah, what a Rake! =)

Marilyn, I'm glad you'll be around to keep the Bellas in line :wink:, and Amy, "erudite"? I love it! =)

MK and Jules, per the norm, I'm LingOL at you two =).

I SO wish I had blogging capabilities at school. But, then, I'd get NOTHING done!! :oP

Marilyn, isn't snaxy awesome? My girlfriends and I came up with it in college and use it to define men who are sexy with an edible quality. I really don't think there is a better word out there ;o).

As for question, well, I don't have one. I do wonder why we have to make excuses for reading romance novels. My school's reading specialist said today they are her, "No brain" books, meaning she doesn't have to think too hard when reading them. While this is true for some, I wonder why she felt the need to defend her choices to a room full of teachers.

Julie in Ohio said...

Vivi, that makes alot of sense. Thank you! I'm glad you didn't change your name. Vivi Anna just seems to fit you... :o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Rach, we live to entertain... :P
I just hope that we don't *entertain* too much and embarrass Michelle when the profs are in the house... :\

Is there a dress code for that week?
Maybe I need to go shopping... (Julie says rubbing her hands together gleefully)

Vivi Anna said...

Oh I feel a week of misbehavin coming on....;-)

I'm going to wear my little girl school uniform, knee socks and black mary janes. I might even wear my hair in pigtails...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Rach, I haven't been back on all day (the sexy joy of back-to-school supply shopping), but you know I was definitely gonna give you props for snaxy.

Oooh, Vivs. That so reminds me of my favorite schoolroom fantasy from my early music school years. It's rather Nabakovian, although horribly cliched. I was an innocent 17, and there was this guitar master, you see...

Thanks for the nomme de plume stuff, also, Vivs. A lot of readers want to know that, and it was great you brought it up.

Bellas, you SO never embarrass me. It is I who lead you down the garden path, when I should be encouraging discourse on subjects at once sublime and uplifting, bettering if you will.

But I'd rather wax dreamy re Canna in his D&Gs.

Jules, I asked Miss Eloisa if she might like to write a little about just that thing. Course I told her she could write a bit about pls for plsr if she wanted...

Spawn of Ernesto, good sci fi title, I;m thinkin, Marilyn.

OK, Bill Gleason and Dave did undergrad together. Bill is the sweetest man, and I love his wife, who's just smart and pretty, etc. The two of them did Peace Corps together. Bill was in Dave's room group, which still get's together every year or so.

This summer, we hooked up at Cape Cod, and I strong-armed Bill into GuestBlogging with us. He actually turned me on to some early romance scholarship, when I was planning RBtheBook.


Perfect question, JenY.

Stacy~ said...

I love the Mayne man, and have loved him since his unrequited feelings for...what's her name...Helene was it? 'bout time he gets the girl.

I'm praying Ernesto behaves and doesn't bring any brothers or sisters to the party. We don't need a repeat of last year.

Oh those bad*ss cowboys, love 'em, and Toby is my kinda bad boy. Lucky you, Ev. And you're definitely not sick...or if you are, then so am I - LOL.

Julie, TDH truly sets off the relationship of my beloved Sam & Alyssa. (Unsung Hero introduces them, but there's not a lot of interaction between the two). Then you get Over the Edge, which is phenomenal. But I'll stop before I go any further. The thing about Suz's stories is that she sets up quite a few of the relationships and then has them progress throughout several books. The pay-off is definitely worth it, but the journey can be agonizing in some ways. OTE is a prime example of this. I'm not trying to scare you off, but I am trying to explain that the reason that I personally love these books so much is because my emotions have been completely captured throughout the series - and by that I mean I feel the pain, the love, the tears. There are usually at least 2 or 3 secondary storylines going on that I love as well. I think if you loved the Brotherhood books you'll enjoy these ones, even though they are completely different, they succeed in grabbing you and not letting go. I hope that makes sense. I just know that I am going to be an even bigger dork tomorrow with Suz here, and I don't even have the day off (aren't you counting your lucky stars? *G*) Sorry MK, if I lost all credibility here with my rambling....

As for the author name/eye level thing, I just know I look for what interests me, and sometimes I even like to sit on the floor and read the back of the bookcovers...does anyone else do this, or am I just lazy? So I guess it doesn't matter what letter the name starts with. And sometimes I see Vivi Anna filed under "V", other times it's filed under "A". Go figure...

'k, I'm gonna go read about my man Zach in "Where Dreams Begin". He's my fave LK hero....

ev said...

I sit on the floor and read in the bookstore all the time. It was a real problem when I was actually working there. Frowned upon for some reason.

I love the way the characters in SB's books carry on thru out. The same as the Kay Hooper series of books.

I look forward to getting home tomorrow and popping on and off to check the blog.

Niters Bellas!!

Playground Monitor said...

'K, I've pondered on this. I put my glasses on and donned the erudite hat at a jaunty angle. I even put my shoes on cause there's this real bias against people from Alabama, especially ones without shoes. :grin:

So my question is this: Romance may have a bad reputation and be snubbed by folks more into "lit-e-rah-ture" but what do the "experts" say about the fact that 50+% of paperback sales are romance?

Thank you and good night.

Marilyn

Jennifer Y. said...

Thanks Michelle...wasn't sure if that was the type of question you meant...especially after reading the comments LOL!!!

Oh, and I have sat in the floor at the bookstore too...then decided the chair right next to the romance section might be more comfortable (not to mention easier to get up from...almost fell getting up from the floor once...not a pretty sight...LOL)

Manda said...

Hey Guys! Manda, popping in after a long academic haitus. We had orientation and then I had to start doing reference desk hours which cut into my internet time bigtime:( Hope everybody is well. {{{Hugs}}}

Michelle, I am consumed with jealousy that you've read PFP. I've been a Mayne fan since he uttered his first lightly accented French phrase. Sigh. But I will wait. And there is plenty of fanfic over on Eloisa's board to tide me over...I'm still hoping to win an ARC somehow, but the release date is getting closer and closer. I think I can. I think I can.

Academic week is so cool. I have to think about my question though. Cause it sounds like they're all three coming at it from different angles. So I'll need three different questions.

Oh and as for author names, I've never heard that but it makes sense. But are the bookshelf sizes standardized enough to make that a real issue still? Actually they probably are more standard than they used to now I think of it...Hmmm. I was actually thinking of taking my grandmother's maiden name as a pen name if I ever write and it's a K name. But it was just coincidence...

Will try to get by more or at least pop in. I missed you guys.

Julie in Ohio said...

MANDA!!!! Where have you been?!? Did you get the hall pass from Michelle before exiting class? :P
I hope all is well. We've missed you! {{{BIG HUGS}}}

LOL, Bellas! Sitting on the floor of a bookstore? The only thing I use a chair for is reaching the top shelves... :P

Stacy & MK, I am half way done with TDH and I have to ask: Why didn't you tell me about this before? OK, that is more of a scolding then an ask. *shrug* The story starts out hopping at page one and hasn't let up yet. I don't know how SB keeps up that pace. I would be worn out trying to write this...for that matter, it's wearing me out just reading it... :o)
Stacy, I'm really liking Sam and Alyssa, too. I can just tell that they are gonna hook up...right?

Nairobi Typ0 said...

Nom de Plume issue; i seem to recall that Julia Quinn said she picked hers so that her books would be on the shelf next to Amanda Quick's an author she respected.

Here's my question in two parts: What do you think of the evolution of romantic literature over last 15-20 years. And Where do you see it going in the next?

Stacy~ said...

Manda! You've been missed. Glad to see you popping in.

Julie, what do you think? LOL. As for not telling you before, I know I gush over Suz like a schoolgirl with a crush - it's rather embarrassing. And she's not here yet....

Playground Monitor said...

Hmmmmm... perhaps my nom de plume should be Louise Howard. Or Norma Robertson. :giggle:

Marilyn

MaryKate said...

Jules - If I gushed about every romance author I loved, I'd need my own blog! Wait...that's a thought. No, I'm not dedicated enough, and I like our sandbox here!

But, I'm so glad you're enjoying TDH! Next you have to read OTE. As Stace said it sets up Sam and Alyssa. I respect Suz because she spent such a long time setting them up, it puts a lot of pressure on her to deliver. Can't wait to hear what you think when you've finished.

Manda - Where you been girl?! We missed you! {{{{{hugs}}}}}

Julie in Ohio said...

MK, I'm thoroughly enjoying TDH. Thank you for the shove. I often require a push in the right direction... :o)