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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Something To Ponder

First things first. My apologies to all of you who subscribe to the RSS feed for my Upcoming Historical Romances wiki. I was at work, went in to update a few things using Internet Explorer, and ended up corrupting several images and links. There was no easier way to fix it than wiping out a crap-load of cover art and starting over from scratch. Which is why those of you using the RSS feed probably got about 5698 notifications that I had added content. I did add some new content, but the vast majority of my time was spent fixing stuff that got mucked up because IE blows donkey balls.

Anyway, yes - I recently did some updating to the wiki and spent some time last week tip-toeing through some databases scrounging up some upcoming historical romance releases. It was while I was looking for cowboys, Dukes and rakes that I came across this happy little gem, due out in March 2010:
Longtime readers of this blog know that I'm a massive ho for the Harlequin SuperRomance line. Um, and unless the title of this blog hasn't clued you in, I'm also a librarian. So how awesome do I think this book sounds? Very! Hell, I don't even know what the damn thing is going to be about yet, but that title sounds like it's chock full of Harlequin-y goodness.

Which begs the question? What exactly did the librarian do? Something positively scandalous, no doubt. Maybe she had to break the news to some poor little orphan boy that Harry Potter isn't a real person? Or maybe she inadvertently allowed a book burning committee to meet in the library's community room? Ooooh, or maybe she banned Eric Carle and Maurice Sendak from her secret baby's book collection?

Heh, or maybe the librarian just refused to keep her mouth shut and started a blog.

Is it March yet?


Phyl said...

Maybe all of us librarians need to have an "event" around this book. I am so buying it!

nath said...

Can't wait to see what you'll have to say about this book!! :D

JamiSings said...

It's obviously what the librarian did. It's a Harlequin. She did her boss. Or the head of the Friends Of The Library.

Barbara said...

LOL, you crack me up. I have no doubt you'll love it. I love it when the heroine is a hairstylist ;)

Karina Bliss said...

Hey Wendy, I see you've mentioned my March book. I'm hoping my librarian heroine breaks as many stereotypes as you do.

Rosie said...

That does it. I'm ordering the "My tiara lights up because I'm a Harlequin Ho" t-shirt. Pink with glittery letters I presume? You can wear it under your cape or your staid mild-mannered by day librarian garb.

Tara Marie said...

Holy cow, Wendy, that is one ambitious project and it looks great!!

I love librarian romances--they're ususally so cliche, but I still love them :)

Wendy said...

Jami: Since the average age of Friends Of The Library members is around 124, that's just wrong - LOL.

Rosie: Yes, of course with glittery letters! Do you really have to ask? And for the record, my most awesome plastic light-up tiara has found a home sitting on top of my book case.

Tara: I started the wiki mostly because I like to look at pretty, shiny book covers. Well, that and I obviously have too much time on my hands.

Karina and everybody else: Yep, sooooo buying the book. And I can't wait to see what cover art Harlequin cooks up for it!

JamiSings said...

Wendy - Depends on your version of "wrong." I happen to find older men way sexy and would rather date a man in his 60s then a boy in his 30s!

(I'll actually never get why it's okay for say Demi Moore to be married to a much younger guy but it's not okay for a woman to be attracted to a much older man. SO hypocritical!)

Though the fact most of the Friends are either women or married or both is a bit off-putting.

Wendy said...

Jami: The last Friends group I worked with, I don't think there was a member under the age of 80! I was trying to figure out a way to entice some new blood into the organization when I switched jobs.

And 80 is just too old for me to think about. Unless the 80 year old guy looks like Paul Newman did when he was that age. I'll admit it. I so woulda taken a piece of Newman even though he was old enough to be my grandfather. If that's wrong, I don't wanna be right.

JamiSings said...

Wendy - Heck, some of our 80 and 90 year old patrons are in better shape then our 20 to 30 year old ones! Probably because they don't smoke, hardly drink, and don't do drugs, plus excercise more.

Anyway, we're talking about a fiction book. So it could be the member of the Friends is a hot 50 year old widower.

I'm still waiting for Harlequin to break the mold though and have a Jewish lead. And also a dog. I was finding covers for Lyndee today and noticed that they have this whole "familiar" line that's all about cats. Dogs can be magical too!

Seriously, which I could write - I'd totally do a romance novel involving a Jewish musician, his sexually repressed bride, and the mystical dog that brings them together.

Anyway, I guess we have to wait to see who - I mean what the librarian did.

Karen S. said...

JamiSings - I did actually read one Harlequin where the female lead was Jewish. Can I remember the title of it? Of course not. I mainly remember because, dude, a Jewish protagonist! And also because part of the sign that the (not Jewish) male lead was now part of the family was that he took part in he female lead and her kids' sabbath service.

Even as someone who's pretty much agnostic with a Christian family, I was looking at the Christmas category romances coming up and thinking I'd like to read more of them set at Hanukkah (or Passover, as IIRC that's actually the more important holiday?) or Ramadan (though they've missed a chance for that) or basically holidays that are not the usual Christian ones.

And as for the original topic, as a Library Assistant I'm a sucker for librarian romances. This one's on my must-buy list for March!

JamiSings said...

Karen - but how often do you see a Jewish male lead? I always see Christians, anyone a Christian would term "Pagan", and a made up form of Islam. I've only heard of one romance novel where the male lead is Jewish and it's a historical.

I want my "The Jewish Musician's Sexually Repressed Bride", doggone it - with the bride being Jewish by maternal ancestry but pretty ignorant of her true heritage cause she was raised Christian. And totally freaks out when touched. Until her musician hubby whom tricks her into marriage while in Vegas - married by a Sammy Davis Jr impersonator who was wearing a Star Trek uniform at the time - helps her out of her guilt over enjoying sex. And there must be a dog whom brings them together in the first place.

I'm on a tear again.

And totally off topic.