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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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Many thanks for those kind words about my Scandalous Women series, Karin! I love Miranda's books and Cara's books for the same reason. complexity of characters and shades of strength and vulnerability always fascinates me. There is so much potential for characters to change and grow.
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It depressed me too, Jo. I thought the book was excellent and very well done and the programme was well made but although they tried to present her as a proto-feminist it felt as though she was the victim in the end.
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ROFL, Vicki! I love that!
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Thanks, Prema! I am so glad you enjoyed the blog. The comparison with adding spice to food is a very nice one. No one wants too much blandness!
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ROFL! "A working manroot!" Very delicately put! Yes, well expressed, Quantum. Thank you. Emotion and physical sex should be portrayed together as part of the whole. I guess then it is a case of individual reader choice as to how detailed they want the physical details to be, and how coy the author makes the description.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2015 on The Age of the Euphemism at Word Wenches
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Oh yes, I remember that! I must watch that again.
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LOL, Janice! Absolutely. People are reading for different things. I think it's intersting that the "deep third" point of view that is currently so popular is a deep exploration of characters' sex lives as well as their "internal" lives. A great many of the books on my keeper shelf are traditional Regencies.
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"peaks of passion!" yes, that's a classic Barbara Cartland euphemism, isn't it! We need some sort of happy medium, I think, between the vague and the graphic.
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Yes, some of them are very creative! If I laugh too much I find it spoils the mood!
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Thanks, Deborah!
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Good point about the fun, Janice! I guess men are fond of their "John Thomas" and so give it a name. I don't think many women feel the same compulsion although I could be wrong!
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Fascinating, Kathy! I had heard about "The Prince Albert" but not the other details such as the ribbon! I'm wincing a little here as I think about it!
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LOL, exactly, Sue!
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It's very interesting that the phrase about "Which way you dress" has such a long history, Nancy. I didn't realise. Thank you.
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Wikipedia assures me it is a manroot, Pat!!!
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Haha! Yes, in their dreams!
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Absolutely, Lillian. I think the more mechanical it gets the less you can share the character's emotions, either because not enough emphasis is being put on them or because the instruction manual stuff pulls you out of the story!
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That is a very good point about cultural and geographical difference, Sonya. And now I am wondering about other meanings for the word "nightie"...
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Nicola here with a X rated blog post about the use of euphemism in romance and other novels. Read no further if you are of a delicate disposition! The topic first arose in my mind because my dh returned from a visit to the tailor feeling a little perplexed. He had been asked "which way he dressed." This wasn't a phrase either of us had come across before so I looked it up and discovered it was a euphemism, designed to save both the tailor and the client embarrassment during a trouser fitting. This got me thinking - and chatting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Cara/Andrea, what a lovely blog piece! My dh, a keen birder, has a treasured copy of "Bird of America." We have a close friend who is a bird illustrator and it's wonderful to talk to him about what is involved with his work. Such exquisite detail!
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What a wonderful blog post, Anne. Thank you! That poem by John Masefield is one of my favourites too. A sea break is also my favourite sort of trip away. I find there is something very refreshing and relaxing about a trip to the seaside. We're looking forward to a trip to the coast next month. Not that I ever argue with a break anywhere - seaside, country or city!
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The Kelly Bowen books sound fun, Vivki! I will look out for those too!
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Yes! I love that too, Diane. It always hooks me into a series.
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Thank you for the great recommendations, MJ! I haven't read Kristen Callihan and will look out for that series.
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I didn't know that, Sue. That's fascinating!
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