Tuesday, October 06, 2009

High-Seas Tease

Don't spread it around, but I rather don't hate the prospect of having my bodice rent asunder by a lusty, yet remarkably cleanly privateer. For those of you who've never stopped digging the same -- or at least would love to add to your keeper shelf of shipboard love stories from days gone by --I'm happy to report the horizon looks fine for a new, sorry, wave of high-seas romance. READ MORE, BELLAS!

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Congrats, Jessa Slade, on the release of your debut, "Seduced by Shadows!" And congratulazione to your GuestBlog winners: Ali/Grand Prize winner; Stacy/'graphed SBS; Maggie J/'graphed SBS.
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Thursday: Becke Davis goes beyond The Shed Scene with her take on Roxanne St Claire's "Make Her Pay," and the scoop on Bouchercon mystery lovers' conference. And COMING SOON...Meet a new addition to the RBTB Team!

15 comments:

Becke Davis said...

I'm still snickering at your clean pirates -- how odd, mine are exceptionally hygenic, too!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yes, like in that Beatles' movie "hard day's night,' the pirates always are 'very clean [men].' And I always get a kick out of the fact that they turn into slavering, Sunday-mannered fools for the heroine, all 'please, Miss, beggin' your pardon, Miss' and blushing around her, etc. It's so silly, but I love how the old tars get. Of course, sometimes they end up all lusty, rapine dogs, and that's fine, too, because it's realistic, but I definitely like the warm/fuzzy pirates.

Princess Bumblebee said...

Hey, Bellas! I just read the article over at B&N. Still can't comment, oddly, even though I can reply on the Kresley Cole/Gena Showalter part. Odd, very odd, hehe.
Pirates? Ahoy, matey. I watched the first Pirates a couple of weeks ago yet again, hehe, and every time I do it puts me in the mood for some high seas adventure, hehe. I think Johnny Depp really just makes pirates more appealing, hehe. And there's something about being stuck on a ship with a hot alpha male that just gets me every time, hehe. How can a girl resist?

Vanessa Kelly said...

Great article over at B&N, Michelle. And who doesn't love a pirate - especially the clean ones (maybe they stopped by the bagnios the Two Nerdy History Girls are talking about today)?

My love of pirates began at a young age - with reruns of Captain Blood with Errol Flynn. Sigh.

Jill Kemerer said...

I'm lovin' this cover--meow! And, now that you mention it, he's remarkably well-groomed for a seafarer.:)

My luck, if I got captured by a privateer (and I'm sure I will since I spend so much time at sea, you know), I'd get Mr. Stanky who hasn't bathed in four years and who's never heard of hair removal. Shuddering...

Princess Bumblebee said...

Jill, that's another thing we love about romance novels: Not only are the men hot, but well-groomed and clean, hehe. Squicky clean escapism, well, at least most of the time, hehe. Except for those times they get down-n-dirty! But, we love those parts! *grin*

Jill Kemerer said...

Princess Bumblebee, aren't romance novels the best way to escape? Ahh...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

lol, Jill, Mr. Stanky instead of Mel Gibson's Mr. Christian from Mutiny on the Bounty. And the Jenkins cover really is beautiful. The book itself is amazing, because she weaves tons of hi-seas history that encompasses what most of us know about the Middle Passage of Africans with other little-known info re non-slave sea trade and seafaring stuff that black folks took part in.

Jenkins has a way of opening up readers' eyes to black history w/in her novels that never feels like anything other than good writing that needs to be there to rock the romance.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

principessa, are you using firefox or IE at BN.com? If you write and tell me what's happening, I'll see if I can help or pass along your info. I saw you at Center Stage today w/Kresley and Gena. :)

I think you're right about the 'stuck on the ship' part. I don't remember when, but I think Anna Campbell did a GuestBlog here about 'kidnapping' romances, and why they work for some of us. And I think we discussed the idea of having the h/hn stuck together ratchets up the romantic and sensual tension. Also, it solves the problem of getting the two together pretty tidily. But it's the 'nowhere to hide from that sexy pirate' part that is so awesome, as you say.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

nessa, those swashbucklers were great, and I love when that energy is reflected in romances. Tessa Dare's Siren definitely has that in the action scenes. In books, that's always about the ability to make the choreography work. I imagine they're incredibly difficult scenes to write and maintain both action and emotion simultaneously.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

principessa, I know you mean 'squeaky clean' escapism, but I love love the idea of squicky clean escapism, which really is more like what you'd get, even w/the handsome pirates. :) And I'm not razzing you, cause if it weren't for spell check, i'd be doomed, and I freely admit it often.

Princess Bumblebee said...

Lol, Michelle! I know, I didn't even notice until you pointed it out, hehe!
As for the B&N, i have no idea what I'm signing in under. All I know is I sign in but it still won't let me comment, unless it gives me an option to reply as I did today at Center Stage. Becke informed the tech guys and they're checking it out, thnx! I'm sure they'll figure it out.
And I love the kidnapping romances, hehe! Close proximity to a hot man...I'm there, hehe

debbie haupt said...

Ok that's quite a six pack you've got showing up there Michelle, and I can't wait for tomorrow because I so want to go beyond the Shed Scene. But no spoilers without warning Becke cause my palpitations haven't slowed down enough from Hunt Her Down to start Make Her Pay. Give me a few days. Whew

debbie haupt said...

Oh and congrats to the winners YAY
Deb

Becke Davis said...

Debbie - I hope you have good news (I'm almost afraid to ask).

I have saved that book cover in my Chest Collection -- I've posted a few examples on the links page of my website. www.beckemartin.com

(Becke Martin: pen name; Becke Davis: real name.)

I know what Debbie means -- that shed scene in HUNT HER DOWN will go down in the annals of romance writing history as one of the most sizzling scenes ever. I have to say, though, the scene where Con and Lizzie meet in MAKE HER PAY comes darn close -- I've never read a scene quite like it!

Princess - I'll give you the email address if you haven't heard back from our tech guy. I know he's swamped, but you've been stuck long enough.