Friday, January 28, 2011

Jolene, Is That You?


I finally did some long overdue housekeeping over at the Upcoming Historical Romances wiki this week, which is how I stumbled across this little upcoming gem due out May 24, 2011.

OK, I could be PMS-ing over here, but is anyone else slightly turned off by this title: A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man?

Not "Her" man.  Not "A" man.  But "Your" man.

Now my mama always said that any man who gets his head turned that easily by another woman ain't no man worth having.  So I say you're better off without him honey!  Of course this begs the question.....

Would you then want to turn around and read a romance novel about the asshole who dumped you and the stupid heifer he ran off with?

(And for the record, you know what I know about this book.  No whiff of a mention on either author's web sites.  Authors, while I have your attention: if your book is listed on Amazon?  Yeah, you might want to put a little something about said book on your web site.  Just sayin'.)

(Today's musical reference brought to you by Dolly Parton.  How I love me some Dolly....)

8 comments:

ChristyC said...

I read it more as the Courtesan is instructing poor sad me on how *I* can get my man. Suppose painted-on jeans are in that guide?

Leslie said...

I didn't read it as the courtesan's trying to take "your" man. It sounds more like a "how to" guide to get a man using a courtesan's wealth of information on the subject. :)

Either way - doesn't appeal to me.

Wendy said...

Christy & Leslie: OK, yeah....I have PMS. Because you're right, you can read it that way as well. Which begs the question: am I that pathetic that I need a fictional character to tell me how to "land" a man?

Wait....don't answer that ;)

And if painted on jeans are in that book, I would hope platform stripper heels are in there as well....

LoriK said...

I think ChristyC & Leslie are correct about how we're supposed to read the title. The PMS misunderstanding is totally worth it though because it got us a Dolly Parton reference and the phrase "the asshole who dumped you and the stupid heifer he ran off with". Both of those things are made of win.

I say, sooth your PMS and congratulate yourself at the same time by having some really good chocolate.

nath said...

LOL, Wendy. You already have a man, so you're good and can skip the book :)

The only reason why I'd pick that book would be for Susan Donovan written on the cover... but then, 1) SD usually writes contemp or RS, so why would she venture in historical? and 2)collaborations are rarely wowzer...

Wendy said...

LoriK: Dolly is full of win. All the time. Whether I have PMS or not :)

Nath: I couldn't scare up any info at all on this book yet. I'm wondering if it's two separate stories. Bradley writing "the historical one" and Donovan writing "the contemporary one." We shall see though......

Hilcia said...

Wendy, PMS or not I got a great laugh out that line, "the asshole who dumped you and the stupid heifer he ran off with."

Either way, I'm curious as to the book's content.

Wendy said...

And I found a blurb! Just as I suspected, we have a two-prong story. Part of it set in the past, part of it set in the present. It's not disclosed in the blurb, but my guess would be Bradley = historical; Donovan = contemporary. Here it is:

Regency London's most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time–uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries...

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird's steamy memoirs, she's aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan's diaries be used as a modern girl's guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator–and one very lucky man–are about to find out...