Monday, Dec. 18th!
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the -- well, she's the last chick to squawk during
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***Jacquelyn Frank's "Jacob" is this week's Feature Review at "Romance: B(u)y the Book!" I think you'll enjoy reading about it, and Jacki's AuthorView.
OK, so I'm like anybody else who writes, I try to get it right. And I try to make each column I write a special tribute to the author and her book. All of this, in language romance fiction readers recognize, one that speaks to them and -- maybe, if I get it just right -- makes em laugh.
But my editor, who's a nice guy, don't always get my jokes, or see immediately what we romance readers understand pretty much intrinsically.
So, in this week's Old Flame tribute to Loretta Chase's, "Lord of Scoundrels," I try to convey the theme running throughout the novel of the hero's being compared to Beelzebub in various incarnations, including the ways he courts the heroine. And I come up with a line that I thought was fairly clever, but in retrospect I could have lived w/out. Here's the line:
"Lord of Scoundrels" is nearly quintessential in its blend of unabashed sensuality, deft writing, witty dialogue, and diabolically romantic love story.
Admittedly, not as inspired as I thought when I jammed it out. Yet it's been edited to:
"Lord of Scoundrels" is nearly quintessential in its blend of unabashed sensuality, deft writing, witty dialogue and diabolical romance.
I was told the proofer felt the phrase diabolically romantic love story was redundant.
Well, yeah. Like, maybe if you've NEVER READ A ROMANCE?
Does a love story have to be hearts-and-flowers, moon and June, to be romantic? What are some decidedly not romantic romances you've read and enjoyed?