Monday, November 20, 2006

Who You Callin' Turkey?

Well, it's that time of year again. So while we're all thinking about stuffing birds and dealing with nutcase relations, I thought we might take a week to think of all those special things we're thankful for.

Welcome to

Give Thanks for Romance Week -- or --
Michelle Didn't Schedule Any GuestBloggers
and Can't Remember Why Week.

ThanksDay #1

I'm thankful for historical romances, and bloggers who send me pictures of hot guys.

What do you love/hate about historical romances? What do you love/hate about hot guys?

Encore! Thanks Bella marykate, for this pic of George Clooney.


Michele Hauf said...

I give thanks for you giving thanks for hot men! And as a little pre-Thanksgiving gift, here's a site that'll make any appreciator of hot men, deliriously happy.


ps - Christian Bale is mine!

ev said...

Oh, Lord, my heart can't handle seeing George this early. :big fat sigh: He's as bad a Toby to me.

I am not a real big historical reader, although there are certain authors I do read. :ducks: I always want to slap the women and tell them to get a backbone and the men for being such idiots.

On the other hand what is there to hate about hot men???

Kati said...

What I find sexiest about gorgeous George is that he's using his celebrity for good. I'm thankful that he's making time to fight the good fight for Darfur. They need him. Also, when he sits in front of the UN, all I can think is, "How can anyone ever tell the man no?"

OK, I'm also thankful that he has such long eyelashes! :BIGGRIN:

So, Michele, you can have Christian, I'll take George.

kim h said...

he is hot.
i use to read historcal but found contemp and can't go back. i like here and now.

Jennifer Y. said...

I started reading romances with historical when I was about 13 and for almost 9 years that was all I read...then I discovered contemporaries and other subgenres and now I read a little of everything. Historicals will always be my first love though. I love visiting times and places that I can't visit now. It is nice to lose oneself in a historical where things are different, but the people are just as fascinating. And, yes, I have read some where I wanted to slap the heroine for being weak, but I have read some contemporaries like that as well. There are quite a few strong heroines in historicals too. It is interesting to read historicals and contemporaries and think about how the roles of women have changed over the years in romance.

What's not to love about looking at hot guys?

Vivi Anna said...

I dont' read historicals...although I'm gearing up for the new one about the vampire hunter...I can't remember the name. The cover's cool.

And what I love about hot men? I get to ogle them all day if I want!

Julie in Ohio said...

I LOVE historicals. It may have to do with loving history, period. However, I enjoy the innocent (not stupid)herione and the experienced (not jerky...but that works, too) alpha hero story.

Ev--I don't know who you read but you need to try Kleypas, Quinn, Dodd, Medieros and C. Brockman. They have superb historicals with smart heroines and sexy heroes. :o)

Here's what I *don't* like about hot guys.

I only get to look. Never touch. *sigh*

Unknown said...

Thank you for the picture of George...

Now about historical romances-
Being English (and a history major)I love the history and I love to learn something.
I hate inaccuracies and lazy research-for example Regency Brits did not have maple syrup and biscuits (which are cookies to us btw) for breakfast.
Sometimes I can suspend disbelief because the writing is so fabulous-sometimes I want to throw the book away.
Don't get me started on this-I want to be giving thanks!

Playground Monitor said...

I've read a few American historicals that were set in my home state of North Carolina. That made them enjoyable, but otherwise I'm not much of a historical reader. I much prefer contemps.

Hot guy? Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!

I have so much to be thankful for this year -- a happy, healthy family, a new grandbaby, a fledgling writing career, lots of friends all over the world AND my tiara from Kathryn Caskie, which came in today's mail! :grin:

I've had two things happen within 24 hours that make me even more thankful: a friend emailed last night and her husband had a seizure and brain bleed on Saturday. They declared him brain dead yesterday and last I heard she was making arrangements to donate his organs. She's only 24 with 3 children under age 6 and he has a young daughter from a previous marriage. It's awful enough, but to happen at what's supposed to be a joyous time of the year makes it worse.

And earlier this morning, a school bus in town flipped over an Interstate overpass in the downtown area. There are 2 confirmed fatalities, several more students in critical condition and a lot of unanswered questions. Several eyewitness reports indicate a car suddenly pulled in front of the bus and when the bus driver swerved to avoid it, he/she bumped another car and that caused the bus to lose control and flip over the concrete guard rail. The town is in shock needless to say.


Kati said...

Ah Marilyn - I'm so sorry for your friend and for your town. SIGH. I also had a friend who this year lost her husband too soon. It's such a terrible thing, and really no words can help. The best that we can do is be there to listen, or sympathize as often as possible. My BF and I split our calls to Heather (my friend who lost her hubby), we call once a week, and generally talk about nothing: television, her baby, my dog, a good book, whatever. It's more about making ourselves available if and when she needs us. With the holidays coming up, I'm so sorry for your friend's loss.

Monica Burns said...

Marilyn, My stomach churned when I read the news about the bus on the internet. I lived in Huntsville for about 3 months a long time ago, and I always think of it fondly. My heart goes out to those parents.

Mon - who's thankful her 16yr old just called to say she's home from school

Stacy~ said...

Marilyn, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. What a devastating loss. I know she will value having someone like you there to help get her through as best as she can. I'm thankful there are people like you out there. What would we do without our friends?

What sad news about the bus accident. People drive like maniacs, and I cringe when I see some drivers around school buses, or fire trucks, or ambulances. Total disregard for their presence.

I've read both historicals and contemps for years. I like switching back and forth. I think historicals have a lot of elements that really increase the sexual tension between the characters, whereas that's not as much the case in contemps, especially now with all the erotic romances out there. I love the hot stuff, but sometimes I just really want to read a story where the couple isn't having sex by page 5.

Hot guys are a necessity, and I love 'em. Though Julie makes a valid point - look but don't touch? Come on, that's just asking for trouble ;)

Keira Soleore said...

I am a straight historical kind of gal, though I will read contemps once in a while when someone I like publishes a new book (like Connie B's Hot Dish).

Hot guys are great, no make that GREAT to look at. What I'm thankful for is that I don't have to live with one. Living with that kind of ego 24x7 would pall very quickly.

Wolfy said...

Marilyn - sorry to read about your friend, and am glad that she has such a good friend in you.

I am really sorry also to hear about the bus accident, and my heart goes out of all involved. It is so sad.

I used to read historicals, but have kind of weened away from them, but still enjoy one occasionally.

And just love the hotties. I have a fair stable of

Julie in Ohio said...

Marilyn-- I'm so sorry for your friend's loss. I can't imagine being that young with 3 kids to raise on my own. I will keep them in my prayers.

Keira-- You are absolutely right. A gorgeous man with an ego to match wouldn't be fun to live with. But wouldn't he be fun to play with a little... :P

Keira Soleore said...

Ah, yes. Play a little. Ah, um, er, YES!. Anyone know of any hunks who are available?

Anonymous said...

Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear about your friend's loss. Many prayers will be sent her way to get through the sad days ahead.

Yes I saw that on the news today about that awful bus crash. My heart dropped when I heard that 2 lives were lost and one died later in the hospital. Gosh, my heart goes out to those families.

I love all books! Historical romances are always great. I don't like it when the author doesn't do any research and gets the facts wrong. Argh! men is a hot topic all right! Oh, and George Clooney, sigh......Keanue Reeves, I still think Sean Connery is handsome, Dermot Mulroney(he played in "My Best Friends Wedding" with Julia Roberts), and some others I can't remember there names. Ahh...they are all so delicious to look at.

Cathy M said...

my favorite historicals are those that are less about the history and more about the relationship. Pages of history bore me, and I tend to scim through them. I enjoy Stephanie Laurens'titles because they balance both so well.

Anonymous said...

I love the provac... site! Drool, drool, drool all over the keyboard. I also love historical romances and contemps. Not picky here. Since I like to suspend my disbelief, I'm not too interested in millions of historical details as opposed to character development and relationships. But, it does drive me bonkers all these regency spies and crime sleuths and other such plot devices that seem popular right now in historicals. They seem so historically far fetched. Maybe it's because they're so many in the market right now.

On hot guys what's not to love. As long as when they open their mouths they're hot on the inside too :)

MaryKate said...

LOL nearhere! I, on the other hand, shallow, shallow woman that I am, sometimes don't need to hotness to talk at all.

Just sit there and be pretty.


BD said...

Another education...