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The Carola Dunn is in my TBR pile, and the McKinley an old favourite. I always think traveling will give me more reading time, but somehow it doesn't. Perhaps I should go back to carrying a couple of paperbacks to read. I haven't opened my e-reader since I left home.
Toggle Commented yesterday on What We're Reading in July at Word Wenches
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"I married the boy who gave me that first novel." But of course! How wonderful that you persisted and read that book. There are a lot of titles in translation, but sometimes the translations aren't that great. Do you always read in English now, or do you sometimes read translations.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Networking at Word Wenches
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That's great, Laura. In addition to the free books for Kindle, you can check out the excerpt books on the HRN. Also free.
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Jikie, I hear what you're saying, and I don't think you're alone, so it's the sort of thing the HRN can work on. For example, in an anthology I was in called Dragon Lovers Karen Harbaugh had an historical story set in Japan with a Japanese dragon. Mary Jo has brought Asian elements into some of her books, in particular China Bride. Jade Lee has many books with oriental elements. Perhaps you can add some titles for a list on the HRN.
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Janice, there are young writers. Plenty of them. But few are writing historical. They're writing YA, NA, fantasy and some SF. But at RWA there were so many youngsters, some winning awards, my friends and I were thinking of designating ourselves the crones.*G*
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Good point, Faith!
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That's bleak, Janice! Possibly true, but depressing. I shall go on a hunt for great young writers -- though often I don't know their age. I think a lot of good young writers go toward paranormal rather than historicals these days.
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Thanks, Els.
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I'm with you on humour, Annette. Good characters need that.
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Thanks, Arlene! I love those Gellis books, too. And humor. And congratulations on discovering Anne's books. You have a feast.
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I don't think the HRN has a newsletter, Faith. It's not primarily a promotions organisation. It's more of a genre support one. So, though we hope to have really good information on the genres we probably will rarely have "news." Would you want an occasional prompt to visit the web page? The Facebook page is more dynamic.
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Thanks, Kathy Lynn!
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Thanks, Mary. It is interesting to see some ordinary people's lives.
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Laura, I quote the latter part of your message in a talk I gave today as that is basically what it was about. Raising the stakes through historical reality. Thanks.
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Sonya, as I said above, Harl Historicals offer a great variety. It's great that you like historical romance so much!
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Nancy, I like the upper classes, too. You're right about the first bit often being polished, but it's something to go by, at least.
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I know what you mean about mood or style, Bona. That's so important, but it's hard to define. Reviews can help with that. Thanks for the comments on the web site. It is a work in progress and we'd like to know what readers want from it, so your opinions are very important.
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Helen, Harlequin Historicals do have great diversity, yes. Laptop seems all right!
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Hi, Jo here, doing a very brief blog from the Romance Writers of America in New York about the Historical Romance Network. At last year's conference, author Madeline Hunter gathered some authors together to talk about promoting the genre of historical romance, including spreading the word about the diversity of the genre. I wrote more at length, but then my laptop gave me an alarming message and I had to shut it down, losing what I'd written. Therefore, I'm going to be brief. And save often! I'd love your opinion about the historical romance genre. Can you find the books... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Word Wenches
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I don't mind addressing the subject,and I include bodily functions in my books whenever they're relavant. Otherwise the characters can seem rather ethereal! I don't know how things were done at Versailles. I could guess that the page boy handed the used vessel off to a lower minion and took a fresh one. Then the lower minion to a lower, etc etc. But that's because I know Versailles was a crazy place. Re bowel movements, most people only have one a day and don't have urgency, so I assume the lady or gentleman would slip away for that. Though it's easier for men to piss in a corner, a bowel movement would have been more difficult for them as they did have nether garments to deal with. Why do we never consider that for our heroes? *G*
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2015 on Introducing Kate Forsyth at Word Wenches
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Good reminder, Sue, of Mary Jo's Lost Lords.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2015 on Mothers and sons at Word Wenches
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Ah, interesting, Kathy. Especially as many think that Wimsey was a bit of the inspiration for Lymond.
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Thanks, Shannon. That sounds like a good one.
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Yes, above, Tempest. It's a good example. She came top in my historical fiction poll on Facebook for Mother's Day.
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As I said to Mary Jo, Anne, this independence thing is interesting. I suggested it might be an American thing. Perhaps a colonial one? Does strength require independence, or as in the old Roman story, are we stronge when tightly bound together? We do kill off most of the heroes' father in order to give them titles. Terrible gene pool! As for mothers-in-law, isn't love potentially infinite? Does it have to be either/or? As you say, depends on the characters.
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