Thursday, December 21, 2006

Cranky Commentary, Cannavaro, And A Contest

Tomorrow's the day we've been waiting for. Not only is Roxanne St. Claire here Fri Dec 22 to start the holidays right with "Christmas and Clooney," but she's offering one lucky commenting Bella a signed copy of her Dec release, PLUS a SET of Clooney DVDs, "Oceans Eleven" and "Oceans Twelve!"

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If I seem cranky today, it's cause I am.

We just had that great chat yesterday with Jenna Petersen, deciding whether we're all about the h's or the hn's. Fine. Good. But let me tell you what I like best, cause a) I was buried yesterday and couldn't join in your fun (which peeves me), and, 2. It's my blog, so you should know this about me:

I like heroes. Unfeeling jerks -- bastards, really -- who in all ways are larger-than-life, are egocentric, privileged, and powerful, and who do mortifyingly abusive things to the women with whom they're falling in love.

I don't care if they're irredeemable through much of the novel. What I do care about is whether the author can convince me it makes sense that they're idiots, and that the women they're treating like crap are gonna wreak big, fat emotional havoc over the guys' boneheads before the epilogue. And I do like me some epilogue -- or final chapter alluding to the promise of Contentment Ever After, if you want to get all artsy.

Brenda Joyce writes some of my favorite Old School-type romances. She's not afraid to write a jerky bastard, and one of her best is Devlin O'Neill of "The Prize," (read my Old Flames review) book 4 in her deWarrenne Dynasty series. The series has it all, medievals, Regencies, lusty high-seas hijinx, and heroes who fall in love once, and for ever.

I just finished "A Lady at Last," and loved it. Joyce manages to make Cliff deWarrene a total jerk, but also moral and honorable, and, a stunning mess of emotion beneath his gentleman privateer exterior.

So, I'm stakin my claim to the Bastard Hero. Yeah. And on top of all that, it's been ages since we've had some wet guy photos -- ANY hot, barely clad guy photos for that matter -- so I'm giving you some alpha Canna, cause I knows what's good for my Bellas.

Happy flippin holiday rush.

Are you all about the Bastard Hero? Why/why not?

Contest!!! I believe Canna's trying to tell me something (because it's all about me, isn't it?). Whomever comes up with the best Canna quote for this pic wins a copy of Jacquelyn Frank's "Jacob." ***

Encore! Jenna P Winners: brownone, you win the copy of Jenna Petersen's "From London with Love," and flip you've scored the copy of "Desire Never Dies." Email me your snail mail w/ Jenna P in the sub line @ romance@ibsys.com.

Encore due! Grazie, grazie Jenna Petersen for yesterday's terrif GuestBlog. You were as gracious then as I am cranky today. You are welcome back any time! I, however, may find myself banned from my own blog today if I don't perk up.

56 comments:

Kalen Hughes said...

Oooo, I missed yesterday's talk, but I'm getting in on the ground floor today. LOL!

I don't love a bastard hero, unless I really get why he's such a jerk. And he MUST repent/grovel! I can’t respect a heroine who simply “forgives” his ass-hat behavior because she “understands” it. Ugh. What I really like are the strong silent types, who I think get written off (incorrectly) as beta heroes. A real alpha, IMO, doesn’t have to brag about it, or act like a psychopath to get his butchness across.

What I love most is an alpha brought to his knees by an alpha-heroine. Strong women. Smart women. Proud women. No namby-pamby delicate flowers.

Can you all hear that old duet: Anything you can do I can do better . . . LOL!

Joy said...

Hooo, Mama! I'm with you girl. Just finished A Lady at Last yesterday, and I do love, love Brenda Joyce and her de Warenne Dynasty series. You just know the bastard, jerky hero is the one who's gonna fall the hardest - love it - and like the de Warenne family, each loves only once and forever.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Joy

flip said...

I also love the Alpha male...You have to love a hero suffering from testerone poisoning. Joyce writes great bastards as does Linda Howard. I think my all time favorite writer for the bastard hero is Anne Stuart. How can anyone resist a hero who has the heroine trying to poison him in the very first scene of the book?

krissyinva said...

Well I'm happy to hear that you guys love the de Warenne Dynasty series books. I just got some them for Christmas (we exchanged gifts this past weekend. I really want to wait until I have them all to read them in order. So far I have The Prize, The Masquerade and The Stolen Bride. I'll have to check my shelves to see if I have any of the others.

MaryKate said...

Well, we all know where I'm coming down. I love me some bastard hero! I'm with Michelle, I love when they just act like unmitigated jack*sses the whole book and then realize the wrongness of their ways.

I can't believe I've never read anything by Brenda Joyce, clearly I need to pick up this series! What's the first book?

I finished JACOB last night (so Michelle, of course, no need to put my name in the contest). I enjoyed it quite a bit. He's one of my favorite kinds of heroes. All angsty with the amount of responsibility he has, and so alone with it. And wow, the love scenes were pretty scorching! I hope whoever wins it enjoys the book!

Michelle, Bella, what can we do to make you happier? I'm sorry you're havin' a day, that's no fun. Cheer up Bella, we love you! MUAH!

Jennifer Y. said...

Cheer Up!!! Hugs!!!!

Here's some Canna quotes for the pic:

"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful..."

"I have this itch right here...think you can scratch it?"

"You know you want it."

"You know I love you."

"Got any massage oil?"

"Does this underwear make my butt look big?"

Okay...so I got a little carried away...but it was fun.

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and I don't think I have ever read a Brenda Joyce book...I need to check into them.

Vivi Anna said...

Canna quote...

"Michelle, you've been a naughty bitch, haven't you? You get your pretty little ass over here so I can spank it."

I'm not big on the bastard hero. I like a brooding, smart-ass hero who thinks he's always right and gets schooled big time by his lady.

Playground Monitor said...

Canna quote:

"You gotta problem with read underwear?"

I was going to say I dont' like bastard heroes and then someone wrote that Linda Howard writes them but I haven't read one of those from her. Alpha yes. Strong, in control, yes. But bastard?

Give me a good alpha male but you can keep your assholes.

Marilyn

Playground Monitor said...

Duh! That should be "RED" underwear.

Oh dear -- happy flippin holiday rush!

Marilyn

MaryKate said...

SNORT. Marilyn, I think we should embroider that on a throw pillow for you!

Michelle - I know what'll cheer you right up. Why don't you tell us all about Lover Awakened? You know you want to!

ev said...

Canna quote- "Now THAT"S bringing sexy back!"

I have to agree with kalen on the bastard hero. there had better be a really, really good reason to be one, otherwise, I still can't forgive or forget!!

As to the holiday rush- i had everything done, wrapped and ready. Hubby calls yesterday and asks if i got anything for the guys in his office. I made him take me to dinner and then the liquor store. Me-1 Hubbyy-0

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle-- I'm feeling ya. I've been a Grinch since Halloween. I hope you have a better day...tomorrow. :o)


"I'll be with you in a moment. Take you clothes off and sit over there."

"Take a picture it'll last longer."

"I have Michelle scheduled at 3:30pm. Julie's at 6pm. I'm trying to get Joaquin on the line for a sammich with Vivi at 10:30pm and..."

Maureen said...

"You talking to me?"

alissa said...

I admit, I'm a Prima Donna.

krissyinva said...

Whatcha looking at?...you like it dontcha

joelle said...

When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.

pearl said...

I don't know if I can autograph it, but perhaps I can initial it.

Vivi Anna said...

hhehehehehe, these are all so good..

Julie-oh yeah, bring that on!!!!

ellie said...

is this a good career move?

Amy S. said...

Does red my make hips look big?

Want this package under your Christmas tree?

sharon said...

Sure I eat Wheaties for Breakfast. No wonder I look this good.

David B. said...

Here's my quote, for what it's worth:

"Hey, putta back that urinal. I wassa using it!"

Dave B.

MaryKate said...

GASP! Is this THE Dave? Hi Dave!

Give our girl a glass of wine to cheer her up!

MK

traveler said...

I'm so glad that you like it. It's my favorite color too.

LizeeS said...

Hey Michelle,
So sorry it's a "flippin'" kind of day. It's okay. It's normal. It's "Twas the arsenic-moment before Christmas" (comes slightly before the 'night before'). A little wine, a little kiss, a little hug or two from the wee ones, coupla prayers -- and you could distract yourself with a "hold of on the snow for one more day so a plane can land in Minnesota" dance - that would be great. (Cuz it's really all about me ...)

As for heroes - sorry, no time in my life (reading or real) for the bastards. Egotists and jerks can be trained by someone else, thanks all the same. Let me at the truly kind heart (even wrapped in a bad boy exterior). The one who will die for the heroine even if he doesn't like the idea at first. And give me the heroine who NEEDS this guy - even though she can very well stand on her own two feet without him if she must.

'K, nuff of that - mostly it's all about getting you through the pre-holidays without the arsenic!! And you always have those of us who love you, love you, love you - no matter how "flippin'" the day.

Cheers and love to you Michelle!!!
Lizee

principessa said...

Now, can we get down to the interview?

Estella said...

I love a bastard hero. I love to see him get his comeuppance in the last chapter of the book!

Playground Monitor said...

Oh my gosh! It's Dave! We've heard so much about you and every single word was good, good, good. Wasn't it, girls? Uh... girls? WASN'T every word Michelle said about him good? Ev? MaryKate? Vivi? Come back here right now!

Marilyn

catslady said...

I like them in a novel but not in real life :)

Vivi Anna said...

Dave? Dave who?

*blinks innocently*

Oh riiiiiiiight, Daaaaave. Oh yeah, we love us some Dave around here. Michelle even said she wanted to share the Dave because every woman should experience at least one Dave in her life.

At least that's the way I interupted it...

Julie in Ohio said...

OMG! Michelle said so but I wasn't convinced. Dave really *DOES* read the blog. *gasp*

Umm... Hi, Dave! What I said about Canna and Michelle was purely my imagination. She had no prior knowledge about it. Honest. (shhhh. Michelle, we'll talk later. After dh goes to bed. :oP)

BTW, I think our Queenie needs to be treated like one by her king. A foot massage. Glass of wine. A good book (I hear she has a very good ARC lying around called Lover Revealed that she hasn't torn into yet). But above all; Quiet time. Ahhh, that is the recipe for peace of mind.

Julie in Ohio said...

LMAO, Vivi!!! I think I remember Michelle saying that very thing... *wicked grin*

Julie in Ohio said...

"Alright. The Bellas can take one more day to drool but after that it's gonna cost you. I'm talking kisses, massages, etc. You name it but NO MORE STARING. You have no idea how this "all looking and no touching" is effecting me."

Jennifer Y. said...

"Baby, it's cold outside..."

"I'm wearing red...just call me Santa. Ho Ho Ho!"

"I'll gladly be your Secret Santa."

"I saw Mommy Kissing Canna Claus underneath the mistletoe..."


I had to add some more.

Julie in Ohio said...

ROTFL!!! Jenn-- Canna Claus?


"The Bellas really are a terrific group of ladies who have a discriminating taste in men."

Julie in Ohio said...

"How you doin'"

*said in a Joey from Friends voice*

MaryKate said...

Canna Claus! That's hilarious! Jenn wins!

Jennifer Y. said...

I try Julie and MK! Figured I'd try to get everyone in the holiday spirit...all that's missing is the Santa hat...wouldn't mind seeing what kind of toys Canna Claus might bring...hmmm...another quote.

"Want to see my bag of toys?"

"I'll see you under the tree!"

Jennifer Y. said...

He is kind of looking a bit festive in his red undies.

"I'm Dreaming of a Canna Christmas"

krissyinva said...

Boxers or briefs?
Briefs are definetly better!!!!

Julie in Ohio said...

I canna think of anything else...

Julie in Ohio said...

I was having so much fun doing the caption, I didn't answer your question.

I am a bastard hero girl. I think their redemption is all the more sweeter in the end...

krissyinva said...

Really.....Canna do better than this?

Julie in Ohio said...

"Alright, Michelle. Give me back my clothes."


"Michelle, bring that oil back. You missed a spot."

Julie in Ohio said...

"I canna see what all the fuss is about. I'm just like everybody else... Where are the peeled apples I requested during this interview? I specifically told my assistant's secretary that I wanted peeled and sliced apples on set during this photo shoot."

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle-- I wanted to tell you that I got KMM's "Dark Fever" in the mail today. I can't wait to start reading it. I do so love her...
I'm in the middle of "Miracle in the Mist" by Elizabeth Sinclair. Has anyone read it? It was a rec by Amazon because I'd purchased "Hot Water" through them. It's a contemp with a dash of para thrown in. So far, I'm enjoying it. It's an easy read and after the last book I'd read dated 1983, I really needed a good one...

Anonymous said...

Ok, hand up!
I vote bastard hero!

It just makes sense that a tortured hero be rough around the edges and generally hard to love, hard to catch, etc. That's what makes "his" falling in love so much more meaningful.

Sophie
www.sophiejordan.net

Playground Monitor said...

I read "Miracle in the Mist" when it came out and loved it! I was reminded of the movie "Brigadoon." I've read all of her other books too. I have her most recent SIM called "Baptism in Fire" in my TBR pile.

Marilyn

Jennifer Y. said...

"Is it just me or is my underwear getting smaller?"

Sue A. said...

The bastard hero has got my vote too with the proviso that he has a back story for being one and that he along the way learns the error of his ways, becoming redeemed with the heroines help and love.

(But I wouldn't give him the time of day in real life.)

Sue A. said...

Can anybody read what's tatooed on his lower back?
C R E ???

Jennifer Y. said...

Sue: I read somewhere that the tattoo said "Christian"...his son's name. He also has tattoo's of his other kids' and wife's names...how sweet!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Bellas! How cool of you to cheer me up! I've been laughing like crazy reading your Canna quotes, some of my faves being:

"Does this underwear make my butt look big?"

"Michelle, you've been a naughty bitch, haven't you? You get your pretty little ass over here so I can spank it."

"I have Michelle scheduled at 3:30pm. Julie's at 6pm. I'm trying to get Joaquin on the line for a sammich with Vivi at 10:30pm and..."

"I saw Mommy Kissing Canna Claus underneath the mistletoe..."

"Does this underwear make my butt look big?"

"I don't know if I can autograph it, but perhaps I can initial it."

But I must say, the Canna quote that would make me happiest right now -- and shows she was definitely paying attn durin gHot Topic Week -- would be Vivi's: "Michelle, you've been a naughty bitch, haven't you? You get your pretty little ass over here so I can spank it."

Sigh. If only men were so sweet in real life.

So Vivs, you win the copy of "Jacob," and the rest of you Bellas win my undying gratitude for being the best bunch of e-friends a girl could want. Please let me know when I can return the favor, and I'll try to cheer you up as well as you did me. :)

NOW, about the jerky Bastard Heroes. Glad you fans of the Bastard Boys checked in, and also, thanks those of you who explained why you ain't so hepped on em. I agree that I wouldn't want it in real life, but the angsty appeal of the guy on the pages works for me on a very elemental level. And I think the point kalen makes about the Beta Boy is a good one. Quiet strength is sexy, but a guy who lets a kick-ass heroine -- or a regular ol heroine -- walk all over him is as unappealing as the TSTL wench or the milquetoast miss.

See everyone tomorrow for the much-anticipated Rocki St. Claire Christmas and Clooney GuestBlog!

Julie in Ohio said...

Marilyn-- "Brigadoon" was the first thing I thought of, too...

Rachelle said...

"Like my undie? I'll take it off for you. (with a wink)"