Who knew!

So I was packing up my bookcases because I will be moving soon, and I started looking through all the different books that I have.  Most of them romances (I know shocker!!) and I realized how many different kinds of romances there actually are.  I have some that are the, I guess traditional romances; you know the ones you picture with Fabio on the cover; though I really don’t have a lot of those (I’m really not one for the damsel in distress kind of book). Then I have some that have a bit of Sci-Fi to them, you know dragons, supernatural powers and vampires.  Then I have my favorite which a comical and have a bit of mystery in them.  Those make up the majority of my collecting.  While I was packing them  up (all 3 huge boxes worth, I feel sorry for the person that will be lifting those boxes) I realized that I have books to fit my every mood.  I can go to my book cases and immediately pick out the book that will best suit the mood that I am in.  I have my own mini bookstore!!  Which I love because I change moods on a daily bases (this can also be a problem when it’s the end of the week and time to clean up cause I find 5 books scattered throughout the house)!!  My mom always says that I should just go to the library to get the books because I read them so quickly and then buy some more that I am just wasting my money but honestly I love my books.  I love to come home from a long day go to my bookcase and pick any book off the self and dive into a new story.  I may already know the story but it is still a great story and oh so perfect for the mood that I am in.  If I’m feeling a little lonely I’ll pick out a book that will either make me laugh out loud (because who cares I’m alone!!) or a book that will make me feel comforted.  If I’m feeling a little vengeful (rarely happens I swear!) I’ll get a book with a lot of mystery where the female leads gets the bad guy in the end!!  I am telling you I never realized how perfect it was to have so many different types of romance novels.  They each have a different flavor to them but in the end they all have some romance too, (because of course every book needs a little romance)!

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Published in: on 30/05/2010 at 02:35  Leave a Comment  
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What a character . . .

If you could be a character in book what kind of character would you be??  Would you be the hero, the wimp, the women, the child, the nerd, the hottie, the victim??  I think that when you write about a character in a book you take pieces of who you are or who you wish to be and incorporate them into that character.

If I were to be character in a book I would want to be a strong, confidant female that is smart and knows what she wants in life.  I wouldn’t mind a little sex appeal because I just think that’s something I don’t have.   I would want to discover something (not like a treasure, but maybe just something about myself), I would want to make a difference in someone’s life.

I know that’s a lot for one book, but no one says that a character has to be limited to one book.  I mean think about life, you can think about it in terms of chapters in a book or even in different books.  I just graduated college and I consider each year that I devoted to school as a different chapter and I have finished the book on that part of my life.  I am currently starting a new book.

Ok so now that I know what kind of character I want to be in a book, what kind of book do I want to be in??  Not a horror or thriller that is for sure.  I think I would like to be in a mystery or feel good book with a little romance mixed in there.  Everybody’s got to fall in love!!!  There most definitely has to be humor in the book because what am I without laughter.  I know what I want now I just need to write it!!

If you could be a character in your own book what would you be like and what kind of book would it be???

Published in: on 12/05/2010 at 13:34  Comments (2)  
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The Bad Side to Romance Novels

I know that I haven’t posted anything recently but that is all because I have been trying to make it through this semester in school.  I am almost done 2 more exams and then I have one more semster before graduation!  Woo Hoo!!  Even with all that going on I have still found the time to read a few books.  I found this series written by an author that I have read before.  Her other books were great so I had no reason to bought that these wouldn’t be good too.  But WOW!  This book was not a romance novel it was a sex book.  In every chapter there was sex and once you to got to the end there was still more sex.  I know that I like romance novels but there still needs to be a story there.  Not just two people meet and then there is sex going on.  I skipped reading half the book because I was just trying to find the story in the book.  If I could I’d like to get my money back.  Anyone can write a steamy sex scene but it takes an author to write a romance novel.  There has to be a memorable meeting and a building attraction to one another, there should be a fight for affections.  That’s what makes a good romance.

I like mine to have a murder mystery vibe to them too.  Rachel Gibson wrote a great short series which was about 4 authors that were friends and each book goes into one of their lives.  The best part is that each book is written in the style of that particular author, a True Crime, Murder Mystery, Romance and Science Fiction.  These are great books! At least in my opinion.  That is the beauty of reading though, what I like others might not.

However if there is no story to follow then you might as well just call the book porn.  It’s books like that, that give Romance Novels a bad name.  That is what most people already think about Romance Novels, so books like that are just perpetuating the cycle.  Come on authors do you really think that is a good book?  Having read other stories that are soo much better than this book to me it just seems like laziness on the authors part. I need a book with more substance than just sex.  Books like this are the bad side to Romance Novels.

Published in: on 14/12/2009 at 19:17  Leave a Comment  
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SO Sex Sells!!!

Ok so I occasionally take a look at the list of the Fastest Growing Blogs, and well today I noticed that one of them was titled “Free Download Video Prono.”  No wonder is was one of the fastest growing, probably most of the people click on it to get copy_of_FreePornthe free download and then it is something else.  I don’t know cause I didn’t click on it.  But that got me thinking.  I went through the statistics on my blog and the most read blog I had written was “What’s wrong with a little romance?” It got 21 hsex_sells_women_cits the first day that it was posted and it was the only one that I have comments on.  Because of the tags I have on it, the most commonly clicked tag is Playboy for that article.  It’s kind of sad that the only way to get people to read a blog is to somehow work sex into the title or blog or just tag it.  In fact maybe that’s what I should do just tag every blog with sex.  Then I might also be one of the fastest growing blogs.  Anyway just a few thoughts of mine.  Enjoy the rest of you day!!!

Published in: on 31/08/2009 at 17:20  Leave a Comment  
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If you can be a sex-addict why can’t you be a book-addict?

I learned something about myself today.  I thought it was pretty interesting.  I have been going through somethings in the last couple days and I needed to escape.  So what did I do, I picked up a book to read and a world to escape into.  I love reading! I can’t help it and I wonder if people have the same thoughts.  I actually think that it is an addiction.  If you can be a sex-addict why can’t you be a book-addict?

I constantly find myself escaping from my world to get into a good book.  Whenever I am lonely I find company in the characters I read about.  Whenever I am bored there is always something interesting to find in a book.  And whenever I need a good cry I can just pick up a book and cry it out along with the other characters.  I’m not crazy I swear, but this is the passion I that I have for books.  I get so tired of people saying that they’d rather watch a movie because it takes less time.  Puleease!!!  You are just too lazy to use your own imagination that is needed when reading a book.

This is why I want to write! I want to be able to allow some one to escape for just a little while.  I want some one to read my books and feel the same way I feel about the books I read.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll be a great writer but I will try my best.  I have to try and see what I can do.  I think that my passion for reading comes from the fact that I almost couldn’t read! Reading changed my life. Through wonderfully observant parents and teachers, I was identified as having dyslexia. I was tested for it and received help from the school system to get treated. I could not read until the second grade. I spent a summer going to Furman University, having a private tutor, and getting tutored in school. There were many privileges because of my dyslexia; longer time on tests, a person how would fill in my answer sheet for me so I didn’t put the wrong thing, and many other privileges. You are never fully cured from dyslexia; it stays with you all your life. I still catch myself reading the numbers backwards or writing down the wrong letters, I always have a little anxiety about reading aloud in class, because it is so hard for me. Since I learned to read you almost never find me without a book I am currently reading. So now you can understand why I think reading is so special.

When people ask me if I have ever read a book that changed my life I simply say yes. I have read so many that have changed my life it would take all day to explain which ones and why. The important part in reading is finding a book that you enjoy. Mystery, Horror, Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical, Romance; as long as you enjoy reading it, it really doesn’t matter what it’s about. Reading can teach you new words, new cultures, new ideas and new things you never knew about yourself.

I love to inspire people to read, because it is so important to me. Whenever I can, I try and get a new person into a good book. A good book, if written well can help you explore your own emotions. A good book can make you laugh (go ahead and laugh out loud its ok) one chapter and tear up the next. A good book can help to develop your imagination; you can picture exactly what is happening in the book. I know that when I have a good book nothing can stop me from reading it, I am right in there beside the main character. A good book will change your life, even if it’s a small change.

* This is one of those tangents that I was talking about!!!

Is it Wrong to Like a Little Romance?

Ok so I don’t have a problem admitting that I like to read romance novels!!  My boyfriend makes fun of me because when he thinks about those kinds of books all he sees is the Fabio style books with a guy on a horse with no shirt and a helpless damsel.  But if you fabioread romance novels you know that they aren’t all like that!  Some have very strong women that with the help of a man figure out a problem.  Or in some cases a woman that deserves nothing but the love that she should be given.  I read romances because I am a hopeless romantic!! I can’t help but always see the good in people and see the romantic side to a story.

Some might suggest that reading a romance novel is the same thing as reading a Penthouse Magazine or Playboy.  I disaplayboy_covergree with this completely, a romance novel sparks the imagination you have to read the words and interpret them on your own to come up with your own picture in your head.  I think with Playboy magazines you don’t really have to picture anything, it’s all laid out there for you.  What is left to imagine?  I may be getting that all wrong it may be different for a guy, but that’s how I see it.  I won’t lie and say that some of the scenes in the books do make my blood pressure go up, but I figure it’s in a good way.  I mean I don’t look down on a guy that looks at those magazines, but please don’t look down on me for reading these books.

There is more to a romance novel than just the sex scenes too.  Some are about murders, and are very thrilling, some are about history and some are humorous.  You have to look beyond the cover and the title of the book.  Most of the time those are deliberately steamy as a way to draw you in.  If in fact you are ashamed of the book you are reading you can always tear off the cover of a not so steamy book and replace the one that is currently on the book.  Though I don’t recommend that you do that with a book that you borrowed from a friend or the library.  But I do hope that someday youCode Name Princess will not be ashamed that you read romance novels.

I do think it is quite funny to watch the women that are ashammed to be walking down the romance isle.  They will either use the hurrying method which is  walk as quickly through as possible and grab a book as they go without really looking at it, or they will use the hop method where they will hop in to the isle at the ends and grab a book before hoping back out.  I tell you people take more pride in what you reading, if your really that embarassed go online (they invited this great little website called amazon.com, you can order as many books as you want.) Trust me when I say it is worth it to find a book that you will enjoy and you can get it in the privacy of your own home!!

Published in: on 31/07/2009 at 17:37  Comments (5)  
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