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Brand Loyalty


How loyal are you to the books you read, and to the authors who write them?

I’m surprised how defensive I felt when I was watching a TV movie based on an Agatha Christie book and a totally different person was revealed as the murderer. How dare they second-guess the Queen of Crime? I was outraged – in fact, I was so outraged it came as a bit of a shock.

My daughter recently complained about a TV series she enjoys  – it’s based on a series of vampire books, and for the most part, she likes it. But she mentioned that a character who, in the books, dies in book two is still hanging around several episodes into the series. Much as she likes the show, this kind of bugs her.

rizzoli and isles last to die book

I’m a big fan of Tess Gerritsen’s books, and I really like the TV series, Rizzoli and Isles, which is based on her characters. The TV series differs from the books in many ways, and Maura Isles backstory, in particular, is different in the show than in the books. But, maybe because I like the cast, I find myself forgiving of these differences. Or maybe it’s just that I know Tess Gerritsen is involved with the show – if it’s okay with her, then who am I to complain?

What about you – does it drive you crazy when movies based on books you like change key details? Readers of the Harry Potter books seemed very supportive of the movies, even though they were hardly carbon copies of the books.

What are some movies or TV shows that did a good job adapting the books? Which ones drive you nuts?

Let’s Get Physical


Beauty’s only skin deep – I won’t argue with that. Romance stories based on Beauty and the Beast abound (many are on my keeper shelves, in fact), and I admit I get a kick out of it when fictional heroes or heroines are less than perfect.

Still, it would be pointless to pretend looks are completely irrelevant. Physical attraction does play a part in the mating game, both in fiction and in real life. I’ve read that women instinctively seek out big, strong men who can protect us and father healthy children. Maybe it was true once, but today I don’t think most of us factor that in – at least not consciously.

I’ve also read that we subconsciously seek out mates with similar features, which I think is a crock. It’s not a popularity contest, either – I don’t think we’re attracted to guys just because our friends are. Several of my close friends list Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel as the Men They’d Most Like to be Stuck in an Elevator With. Another friend is all about Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. Still another friend is drawn to muscular wrestlers, while yet another friend prefers tall, slim, pale British aristocrat-types. There is no one-size-fits-all Perfect Guy.

With that in mind, I thought I’d take a little survey. Yes, it’s shallow of me to objectify men like this and I apologize in advance. I’m having a shallow moment – bear with me.

So, assuming you could piece together your perfect man like a Playgirl-style Frankenstein, what are the top five features you’d select?

This is my top five list:

1) Voice. No matter what he looks like, if a guy has a wimpy voice, all bets are off. Alan Rickman gets my vote as one of the sexiest voices around.

2. A great smile. Michael Weatherly (Anthony DiNozzo on NCIS) and Robert Redford tie for this spot. Extra points for dimples, like the guy in the State Farm ad, Eddie Matos.












3.  I know a lot of you will disagree, but I like facial hair – not beards, but I do like goatees and five o’clock shadow. I have a tie for this spot, too – Ben Affleck and Paul McCartney. I admit, I have a thing for guys with shaggy dark hair, too.











4. Interesting, clever face and soulful eyes. Robert Downey, Jr. and Brad Pitt win this one. It’s a bonus that they happen to be gorgeous, too.












5. Okay, okay, I’m as shallow as they come.  Men have objectified women for yonks, so it’s only fair we should get to share the fun, right? So here’s number five – the chests (preferably not greased, waxed or shaved), the sexy tattoos, the whole kit and kaboodle. This collection includes vintage Pierce Brosnan and my current stuck-in-the-elevator-guy (if only I could magically lose thirty years and a bunch of pounds), True Blood’s Alcide – Joe Manganiello.

Now it’s your turn – what are the top five traits you look for? Who are your stuck-in-the-elevator guys? Let’s compare notes!

My Journey to the Paranormal Side


I’ve always been drawn to fantasy, magic, the paranormal, the supernatural and, to some extent, science fiction. I’ve been trying to pin down my early influences, and I think it starts here:

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I wasn’t only influenced by movies and TV. I mostly read mysteries when I was young, but I read a fair amount of sci fi-type books, too. And even some of the mysteries I liked leaned toward the paranormal.

Gradually, my tastes moved toward the paranormal, with romantic elements…

And the list goes on…and on…and on. Even Agatha Christie wrote paranormals – who knew?

I guess I’ve always been more into the fantasy/paranormal/sci fi genres than I thought! What about you? Do you like to travel to the far out side?

Remember When?


remember when

Remember when you read your first romance, your first paranormal, your first sizzling hot novel?

Back in the day, I wouldn’t have described myself as a romance reader, even though I did read gothics by Victoria Holt and Dorothy Eden, and romance suspense by Mary Stewart and Evelyn Anthony.

The first “romances” I read were probably those written by Kathleen Woodiwiss:

Not long after that, I discovered Harlequin, Mills & Boon, Silhouette and Candlelight Ecstasy romances, in particular:


Heartbreaker by Charlotte Lamb



And then I discovered the…sizzlers!

And that was just the beginning…

So what about you? What were the books that turned you onto romance?