Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Of James Bond, Eileen Cook and Natasha Bedingfield

"Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts." — Coleman Cox

So, yesterday I posted a comment from one of my readers about the romance genre and asked for comments. I have to admit to being surprised that not more of you had something to say! Charity, OTOH, picked up the gauntlet and ran with it... so if you want to read her response to DeeDee and find out how she combined James Bond, knife-wielding LOL cats and Greek billionaires, go check out this blog post.

Charity, I am indebted to you. Again.

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I filled out three interviews, worried about two guest blog posts (one of which I don't even have an idea for--Judy said we needed to find a "Guest Blog Post Subject Generator"...anyone know of one?), worked on the LASR site, managed to read a little, stressed out about the upcoming election results for Super Tuesday, tried to chase down a copy of "Unpredictable" by Eileen Cook that was released yesterday--without success (a POX on all the stores in my area for not carrying it!), played with Dakota and STILL found time to write a little on my mystery.

As I've been reading through it, I remembered how much I enjoyed the story (with any luck everyone else will, too). It's really rather light on the mystery (though people are definitely being murdered... I'm halfway through, and the body count is up to three), but the focus is on the people and the romance. I wonder, then, if this would fit into a more contemporary romance line like Harlequin American? Anyone know if HQ American has ever included a secondary mystery storyline? Trish? Kara?

I'm a little afraid I'm writing something that won't fit anywhere comfortably. Again. Story of my life.

Anyway... just over 200 words again. Yay!

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I really love this song. I love the beat. I love the words and the meaning. I really love it.

I've been singing it all morning. I woke up with it in my head. You must realize this is a bit odd for me, because I mostly listen to country music.

But... it's just a good tune.



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You Are a Light Pink Rose

You represent sweetness and grace.

Your vibe: Kind and gentle

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love with a best friend


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Excuse me just a moment while I pick myself up off the floor... Me? Kind and gentle? Sweetness and Grace?

**snort**

So, Tori, gonna be my twin again? *G*

11 comments:

Sarita Leone said...

I couldn't resist this one. :)



I am a dark red rose.

You represent unconscious beauty and deep passion.

Your vibe: sophisticated and worldly.

Falling in love with you is: wildly carnal and forbidden.

Judy Thomas said...

I'm an orange rose:

You represent desire and enthusiasm

Your vibe: Sexy yet familiar

Falling in love with you: happens instantly - it's a fast ride

What a bouquet we make!

Brandy said...

I am White Rose:
You represent youthfulness and purity.

Your vibe: Sweet and heavenly

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love for the first time.



Awwww, that's neat because White Roses were what my hubs gave me when we were dating!

I'm sure you'll find a home for your mystery.

Have a pleasant day!

Tori Lennox said...

Surprisingly, no.

You Are a White Rose

You represent youthfulness and purity.

Your vibe: Sweet and heavenly

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love for the first time


Awww, isn't that just sickeningly sweet? *g* And so unlike me!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I LOVE Unwritten. It's one of my very favorite songs and I love Natasha Bedenfield's first album. I'm less excited by her newest effort.

I thought Charity's post was simply brilliant... and hysterical!

anno said...

I'm a Red Rose -- my least favorite kind.

I think you (and your commenter) raised an important question yesterday, and I loved Charity's response. I think she said it all.

Melissa said...

I really like that song, too!

Dru said...

I love this song and never knew who it was by, so now I know.

You Are a Light Pink Rose

You represent sweetness and grace.

Your vibe: Kind and gentle

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love with a best friend


Nice post by Charity.

Ceri said...

I'm a pink rose too.

I'm having the same dilemna with my wip too. Where in the world am I going to find a home for a romance that is now over 102K. I know it'll get trimmed down a lot, but still. I had thought about Harlequin American too, but it's much too long. Oh well, I'll cross that road...

MaryF said...

Trish's first American has a suspense storyline, Marianne. It was meant for Intrigue, so a LOT of it had to be rewritten, but it still has suspense.

Trish Milburn said...

Hey, Mary beat me to my own answer. :) She's right. I had a mystery/suspense storyline in my first American as it was originally written, but I had to do three sets of revisions to really cut a lot of that out and make it much more of a background element than one of the main elements. It's still there, but the focus is much more on the hero and heroine's relationship and the heroine's relationship with her estranged family. When you get into body count, you're looking more at a line like Romantic Suspense or Intrigue. They really don't fit in American, which is one of the Hearth and Home lines and thus needs to have that home and hearth feel.