The Breach

There is a word in the English language I quite detest, and that word is “heartwarming”. If a book calls itself heartwarming, I immediately suspect overcute virgins and overcute pets. If a movie advertises as heartwarming, it could kiss my $8.50 goodbye. No, thank you, I only pay that much money to see things blow up good. The last thing I want to spend my Friday night doing is watching a man who’s about to die from cancer make his last, desperate attempt to right a wasted life.And yet one of my favorite movies of all time has the word “heartwarming” written at least three different places on its DVD box. And it’s the story of—guess what—a man about to die from cancer making his last, desperate attempt to repair relations with his estranged teenage son.

The movie is called Life as a House. Its setup is as clichéd as you can possibly imagine. Middle-aged man loses job. Falls down outside his office building as he leaves for the last time. Cancer, late-stage, inoperable, incurable cancer that would kill him in four months flat. Is he divorced and living alone? Yes. Does his teenage son hate him? Oh, yeah. And is the kid a druggie? Mais oui. And a Goth with multiple piercings too—why not, right?

And yet it works. With a stellar cast, great performances, a gorgeous setting on a cliff jutting into the Pacific, a lovely score, and a director who is unapologetic about making a modern fable, it works beautifully. My frozen heart thaws every time I see it, and I love it with a great fierceness precisely because it is something I wouldn’t have thought I’d like at all.

There is something wonderfully affirming about loving a story outside my small-ish sphere of comfort. It is not only the power of the story itself, it is also me, feeling alive, knowing that my horizons can still be broadened, that my humanity–my ability to empathize, and to be awed and amazed–is still very much intact despite my cynical habits and insular occupation

Here is a list, off the top of my head, of Things I Don’t Want to Read and the books that broke through to me:

• Vampires. Never could stand the thought of those bloodsuckers. Still wouldn’t ordinarily pick one up. But I was totally sucked in by Lover Awakened.
• I’m not very interested either in magic or in children’s books. Well, hello, Harry Potter. Harry rules.
• One Anne McCaffrey’s dragon books was enough dragons for me for life, right? Wrong. God, I adore Shana Abé’s Drákon books.
• I couldn’t care less about football or football players. Yet there is one team whose quarterbacks I can name from years immemorial: Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s Chicago Stars.
• You couldn’t pay me money to read medieval romances. Then one day I realized that two of my favorite books of all time, Laura Kinsale’s For My Lady’s Heart and Shadow Heart, are–what else?–medievals.
• I hate it when the hero is twice as old as the heroine. So it was with a feeling of great marvel that I loved, loved, loved Judith Ivory’s Beast, in which the hero is 35, the heroine 18, an age difference that would have made me broken out in boils had the relationship between the two not been so unique and fascinating.

We are lucky that we write in a genre with such a large built-in audience always on the lookout for new books. While I’m extremely thankful for that, I sometimes I dream that my own book would break through the barrier and reach a picky reader like myself.

Private Arrangements is a pure historical romance set in Britain in 1893. I dream for it to be embraced by someone who likes only Regencies. I’d like it to be a good introduction to historicals for someone who reads nothing but contemporaries. I would love it if it would remind someone who’d left historicals behind of why she loved them in the first place. And I would, with utmost pleasure, deflower romance virgins. ?

Learning from the best—Anna Campbell, that is—I am putting up an ARC of Private Arrangements as a prize for one intrepid commenter. Tell me what your unspoken no-nos are in your reading, and which books made you happily eat your words.

And now I would like to humbly thank everyone at Romance Roundtable for having me here. I’m a pre-debut author who’s had at most 300 readers. So it is a tremendous pleasure and honor for me to participate in this anniversary celebration. Thank you.

Private Arrangements hits the shelves March 25, 2008. Click here for an excerpt.

64 Comment(s)

  1. Welcome, Sherry! Great blog! All of us will certainly be thinking about our reading likes and dislikes today. PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS is a powerful motivator! :) Seriously though, there are all sorts of wonderful books just waiting for us out there if we can just open our minds and see around our prejudices. So, thanks for this thought provoking post!

    Laurie

    Lara Lee | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Welcome, welcome, welcome. I have a hard time reading books that are too stiff. I like them to have a lyrical flow to them. They have to bring me into their world and paint a picture for me. If they don’t I tend to put them down. *runs to check her own writing* : )

    Renee | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hello Sherry,

    LOL! For myself, the older I get the harder it has become to generalize. I find myself willing to try new things whenever possible. As a veteran historical reader I have admittedly tried other genres and liked them. I’m still a historical junkie :-) but now days I will venture into other genres without much hesitation and try out new authors. My first real foray into contemporaries was not long ago actually. It was Linda Howard’s Mackenzie’s Legacy. LOL, did I have a chance? ;-) And you are absolutely right about Lover Awakened, the girls in FF were praising the series not long ago and I couldn’t find them in order. So I started with Z’s story. WOW! I got hooked! ;-)

    Thank you for joining us in the celebrations Sherry, we hope you enjoy your visit as much as we are enjoying having you here. Feel free to come back anytime, our doors are always open. I’m looking forward to the release of Private Arrangements! Aargh! March is sooo long in coming!

    Anastasia | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. Boy Sherry, even your posts are lyrical and gorgeously written!!! I think I’ve tried every genre under the sun but have gravitated basically to historicals (with the odd contemporary thrown in). Lately, because I’m can’t usually find the kind of historicals I like to read, I’ve been thinking of branching out a little more. Where to start? That’s the big mystery.

    Welcome to our celebration!!!!

    Beverley | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. Love the blog and I agree. I want action or something blown up. I don’t want cute either. I’ll take something hot with a lot of action – lol

    Diane B | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. I want my emotions to be wretched. I want emotions that makes my heart ache (literally) and my stomach knot. The one thing I don’t like is when the hero and heroine are getting along peachy keen throughout most of the book except there’s this pesky external conflict that keeps rearing its head. I want their relationship to be the emotional rollercoaster I’m riding. I want to be swung from one gut wrenching emotion to the next. And then I want the big BLACK moment and a beautifully orchestrated denouement. Is that too much to ask for? :)

    Beverley | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. Sherry, lovely to have you here today!! Leave my name off the drawing, because I have already got a signed ARC sitting proudly on my keeper shelf from Nationals — thank goodness for Bev’s smarts in getting me to the goodie room at the right time :-)

    I’m an odd duck when it comes to reading romance. I tend heavily to the dense, angst-filled historical, and away from contemporaries in general. Swept Away by Toni Blake quite literally swept me away — really, she opened my eyes to there being more out there than chick lit in the contemp world.

    And the jury is still out on paranormal. I’m a tough, tough sell on paranormal because I’ve spent too many years reading straight fantasy and sf with great romantic plots. Too often the restrictions of the genre (and perhaps unfamiliarity with worldbuilding in our author base?) leave me feeling cheated in a paranormals. But then I found Sharon Shinn shelved in both places at a lovely local Borders, and the world was right again.

    In the historical world, I’m not a big fan of light and fluffy. So much so that I took a long, LONG break from reading romance when the genre really began to shift back in the late 80s/early 90s. Imagine my *delight* when I discovered Julia Quinn and Eloisa James’s deliciously intelligent humor?

    I still miss the heft of those older novels, but if I read the tea leaves right, the publication of books like yours and Anna Campbell’s signal a return to what I love to read most. I expect to be a very happy reader in the coming few years!

    Chris | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  8. I had no interest, none, in reading memoirs. Reading for was escape. I didn’t want to hear about real people suffering real things. But I devoured Marianne Alireza’s At the Drop of a Veil, the story of an American woman who married a Saudi and her struggles to live in seclusion in his culture.

    I shun chicklit-ish stories and don’t like foul language — but I’ve read every one of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. They go down like Pringles.

    Since leaving behind grade school and Nancy Drew, I’ve cared nothing for mystery novels, until I discovered Lindsay Davis and her bumbling but intrepid Roman P.I., Marcus Didius Falco. This has thrown open the gates to other fascinating historical mysteries, such as P.F. Chisholm’s Sir Robert Carey stories.

    And though I love a good love story, I almost never read romance, unless it’s written by Laura Kinsale. After reading your blog and excerpts, I’m about to add a name to that list of one: Sherry Thomas.
    :)

    Beth | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  9. I have always read contemporaries for as long as I can remember. A year ago a friend of mine passed along “Whitney, My Love” by Judith McNaught. I have been a huge fan of historicals ever since. This is very fitting since that is what my cp, Bev, writes. As for my writing, I stick with contemporary, but I love losing myself in a great historical.

    Devon Gray | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  10. I want my emotions to be wretched. I want emotions that makes my heart ache (literally) and my stomach knot. The one thing I don’t like is when the hero and heroine are getting along peachy keen throughout most of the book except there’s this pesky external conflict that keeps rearing its head. I want their relationship to be the emotional rollercoaster I’m riding. I want to be swung from one gut wrenching emotion to the next. And then I want the big BLACK moment and a beautifully orchestrated denouement. Is that too much to ask for?

    As Yoda would say, Want to much, you. :-)

    No wonder you’ve turned to writing yourself. I imagine your chances of a full meal isn’t very often. :-)

    But I’m as picky as you are. And I think I really like my emotions put through the wringer–a person can’t like Laura Kinsale otherwise.

    I’m not quite sure I ever understood exactly what a black moment is–or how to put it into my own writing. I find the black moment to be tricky, because there is so much manufactured black moment, especially in movies, you just know that there is to be that last crisis 10-15 minutes before the end. It takes tremendous skill nowadays to make me really get emotional over a black moment.

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  11. And though I love a good love story, I almost never read romance, unless it’s written by Laura Kinsale. After reading your blog and excerpts, I’m about to add a name to that list of one: Sherry Thomas.

    Ah, now that’s pressure to deliver. :-)

    I don’t read that many romances either, and I place the blame squarely at the feet of Laura Kinsale and Judith Ivory. Their books are romances in the most fundamental way–fit RWA’s definition to a T–yet it’s marvelous how they twist and break every rule and convention.

    There is no shorthand in their writing. Their characters make me think more about life and people than real people do. And the more I read them, the more I realize one of the things that I’d always appreciated, but didn’t consciously realize, was the even match of their heroes and heroines.

    And the language, of course. Good prose couldn’t save a bad story. But good prose can help a good story be great.

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  12. In the historical world, I’m not a big fan of light and fluffy. So much so that I took a long, LONG break from reading romance when the genre really began to shift back in the late 80s/early 90s. Imagine my *delight* when I discovered Julia Quinn and Eloisa James’s deliciously intelligent humor?

    I think you hit the nail on the head with intelligent humor. There have been many Julia Quinn wannabes. I think they go for the lightness of the mood she creates, but have yet to duplicate the intelligence and heart and individuality Julia Quinn brings to her books.

    In the end, I think what is there in the writer comes through to the books. For authors who are published very young, like Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas, I thnk you can see them grow into themselves in their books, becoming more individual, and stronger in their voices as the years go by.

    I first started PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS when I was 23, finished it when I turned 25. Took it up again when I turned 30. The difference in the book was as much craft and skills I’d learned in another 1 million words as the maturity I’d gained in slogging through my twenties.

    I think I’d gained a little too much maturity, perhaps. When I showed up at the Random House RWA party in Atlanta, my agent told me that people were asking my age. They were expecting someone appreciably older. :-)

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  13. I’m a pre-debut author who’s had at most 300 readers.

    Ooh, I’m one of those lucky 300! So don’t count me in the contest.

    But let me tell you, Private Arrangements was what I have started calling a “pillbug” book. Meaning, the writing was so beautiful, it made me want to roll into a little ball and weep bitter tears of despair and envy. (okay, pillbugs probably don’t weep, so that’s not the best imagery, and I know Sherry would have a better analogy, but…see what I mean? Pillbug moment…) Gigi and Camden are still vivid for me, months later – their angst affected me so viscerally. Gut-wrenching is the word.

    And Lover Awakened was the vampire book that got me, too. I sigh for Z.

    I do think PA will be an excellent book to convert non-romance readers. Aside from the beautiful prose, there’s a lot of nuance and ambiguity to the story, qualities which are lamentably absent in a lot of genre fiction. I think it would make a great book-club book. (psst! Oprah!) I know I wanted to discuss it as soon as I finished reading it.

    When I showed up at the Random House RWA party in Atlanta, my agent told me that people were asking my age. They were expecting someone appreciably older.

    I’ll bet they were thrilled! Just means you have a long career ahead of you…

    Tessa Dare | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  14. I’ll admit it. I’m an extremely picky, borderline snobby, reader. I tend to stick to literary fiction, which conveniently can span a wide range of genres, like historical, romance, paranormal, etc.

    My ever-changing list of Things I Don’t Want to Read would currently include chick lit (and its sub-genres of mommy lit and hen lit), zombies and sci-fi. BUT I’m willing to be persuaded. :)

    And, dear Sherry, please take as a compliment the fact that I can’t wait to read Private Arrangements. I find the the historical setting and the premise absolutely fascinating.

    Precie | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  15. Sherry,

    I don’t read that many romances either, and I place the blame squarely at the feet of Laura Kinsale and Judith Ivory. Their books are romances in the most fundamental way–fit RWA’s definition to a T–yet it’s marvelous how they twist and break every rule and convention.*

    Well, on your recommendation alone, I will try Judith Ivory.

    Not going to get me to open a vampire book, though, nuh-uh, no way…

    Beth | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  16. Tessa, you have your moments of pillbugitude.

    The only difference between you and Sherry (besides, uh, the obvious differences in your voice) is that everyone else here will only have to wait until March to read Sherry, but they’ll have to wait until 2009 for you.

    That is, everyone but me.

    *evil cackle*

    And Sherry, I have to admit I was surprised at how young you look. Chris snagged a copy of PA for me, knowing I was desperate after having read the excerpt on your site. I quite rudely started reading while talking to other people. And then I walked to my room–still reading; walking and reading is obviously no problem–and sat on my bed and missed the general meeting and stayed there until I finished the darned thing. If it had been four thousand times longer, they would have found my desiccated body in the hotel room. Because there was no way I was going to put that book down to do anything so mundane as eat or sleep.

    Your “emotionally wrenching” is superb, and in a class of its own.

    CM | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  17. Well, darn it, put me in the drawing because I’ve read the excerpt 3 times and want MORE. And I’m the one you wrote about…the one who only reads Regency historicals. I’ve been hooked on that period since I read Whitney, My Love. But then the lighthearted, comedy-of-manners historicals arrived on the scene in the 90s and wouldn’t seem to go away. OK, so they don’t have to go away (and I love humor as much as the next person), but I want angst, I want the entire gamut of emotions, I want a heroine/hero who goes through HELL before realizing s/he’s got the one true love, fighting (not just bantering) all the way.

    So I re-read Judith Ivory, Jude Deveraux, and Judith McNaught to the point that I’m afraid I’m writing McNaught’s words because they’re so ingrained in my memory. I was pigheaded about sticking to the Regency period. Even if it meant not reading anything at all because I couldn’t find another one I liked.

    And then what happened? I started getting “forced” to read other things for reasons like a friend wrote it or a contest judge said such kind things to me that I felt I should rush out and buy her books.

    Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could get through a paranormal romance, especially one with vampires (yuck) and then I read Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other because she’s a friend. Never say never, though I will admit that if the hero had been the vampire, I might not have loved it quite so much. Always hated Medievals (never even read Judith McNaught’s medieval, so that should tell you something), contemporary romance, magic anything and then I read Cindy Miles’ (the aforementioned contest judge) Spirited Away which starts out with a contemporary heroine who discovers a medieval knight (cursed by magic no less) trapped in a castle where’s she doing some excavations, and loved it too. If a thriller comes on TV, I switch the channel, but when I was stuck in Kauai in a cottage with no TV and no romances on the book shelf, I ended up reading Michael Crichton’s Prey. Straight through. And then I drove into town to the bookstore looking for more of his books.

    I guess this means I have to be forced to read things…for my own good. (But I should still get to be in the drawing:-)

    Also loved Life As A House, though I’ll admit I was a little annoyed when my sister, who knows I like romantic comedies, brought over a movie about a house, of all things:-) Just one more thing I was forced to endure. Happily.

    Stephie | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  18. I read – obsessively. And I’ll try almost any genre at least once. Some authors have swayed me to their genres with their brilliant stories and artful writing, and others have nearly killed my love of the written word. But there are a few that have completely taken me by surprise.

    I’m in total agreement about SEP’s Chicago Stars series. I’m not a football fan, but I’ve re-read those books so many times, I could probably quote from them. Rachel Gibson did the same for me for hockey with See Jane Score.

    Although the first romance I ever read was a beautiful medieval by Julie Garwood, my subconscious mind still rebels against liking them. That is, until I read something like Michelle Willingham’s Her Irish Warrior.

    I grew up reading nothing but mysteries, but had become discouraged by the predictability of the plots and the screwball antics so often forced into the plots. Until I read Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews, and laughed until I cried.

    The more I write, the more critical I get of the books that I read. But that doesn’t mean that I’m close-minded. I’m happy as long as the story is interesting and fresh, the characters are 3-dimensional and have some redeeming value as human beings, and the plot takes some twists and turns so that I’m not bored by the middle of the book. That’s not so very much to ask, is it?

    Sherry, I can’t tell you how eager both the excerpt on your website and Bev’s accolades have made me to read this. And I can’t wait for you to finish Delicious – it sounds like a story that’s right up my alley!

    Kelly Arden | Nov 6, 2007 | Reply

  19. My ever-changing list of Things I Don’t Want to Read would currently include chick lit (and its sub-genres of mommy lit and hen lit), zombies and sci-fi. BUT I’m willing to be persuaded.

    Precie, if you are a fan of literary works, allow me to suggest Ted Chiang. He has only ever written about 8 or 10 SF short stories, and every time he writes one, he wins like a Hugo and Nebula. His collection is called STORIES OF YOUR LIFE.

    And, dear Sherry, please take as a compliment the fact that I can’t wait to read Private Arrangements. I find the the historical setting and the premise absolutely fascinating.

    I do take it as a compliment and thank you!

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  20. Beth,

    If you like out of the ordinary stuff, try Ivory’s BEAST and BLISS. They are strange, marvelous books. Some of her later books were more toned down.

    Stephie,

    LOL. You sound just like me, except I didn’t have to be forced to read Crichton. Always liked that sort of stuff.

    The more I write, the more critical I get of the books that I read. But that doesn’t mean that I’m close-minded. I’m happy as long as the story is interesting and fresh, the characters are 3-dimensional and have some redeeming value as human beings, and the plot takes some twists and turns so that I’m not bored by the middle of the book. That’s not so very much to ask, is it?

    I think some authors end up not able to read in the genre in which they write. I always think that’s a sad thing to happen. I find myself also more critical of books than I used to be, when I was a wee lass. So then I’m proportionally happier when a book totally grabs me, my internal editor goes AWOL, and I’m just happily sucked in. As it did recently with Shana Abe’s Drakon books.

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  21. Gah! I’ve been trying desperately to respond to Tessa’s pillbug moment, but wordpress has something against me.

    Anyway, the gist of what I was trying to say–not with regard to myself, but in general–is that pillbug moments are a good thing in a writer’s development. God knows I’ve had my share of them.

    In fact, just this morning, in looking over Judy Cueva (Judith Ivory)’s BLISS, I was struck by her characterization anew in just a few lines. I’d come a long way in my own characterization, but compared to hers, mine is like a clump of wet clay before the magnificence that is Michelangelo’s David. Sob.

    Well, I’ll just have to work harder.

    And thank you so much for the great compliment of it. I do get a little antsy and self-conscious when I hear that, b/c I feel I’ve such a long way to go as a writer. But thank you. I wrote for a long time without any feed back from anyone and I don’t think the surprise and pleasure of receiving compliments would ever quite go away.

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  22. And can I just say thank you to all the commenters for your warm welcome and your cool anecdotes?

    It’s been such a fab experience guest blogging here. Everything has been superbly organized, completely professional, and enjoyable. You ladies run a fabulous blog and forum.

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  23. I’m probably too late, but I still wanted to add my welcome and thanks! I’m pretty open minded about what I read, but I may not buy the second book of an author if the writing is contrived or the motivation of the characters just doesn’t make sense in the end. I want the payoff at the end (no matter the genre) to make me wish there were still more pages to read! These kind of books have me re-reading them over and over again!

    Congratulations on Private Arrangements! I can’t wait to read it!

    Maura | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  24. I agree with Anastasia. I find myself getting more open-minded as I get older in regards to what I will consider reading. I loved historicals in my teens and early twenties but by the late 80′s pretty much lost interest in the genre. But Avon Fanlit opened my eyes to all the wonderful historicals out there. Books like Anna Campbell’s Claiming the Courtesan really excite me.

    I never use to like reading books written in the first person but I love relaxing with a book from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.

    I’m one of those who can’t stand horror books or movies but put a Stephen King novel in my hand and I am a unwilling captive until the book is finished.

    But there is such diversity in reading material out there. There is literally something for everyone. I just want to encourage people to read whatever floats their boat.

    Lara Lee | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  25. I came to romance novels from Gothic Romances (Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney–practically anything that had a castle and a woman running away on the cover), then I discovered traditional regencies. From then on I moved to Regency Historicals. And I swore, I swore that I would never read anything set after 1820. Uncanny considering the fact that most Gothic Romances were set in the Victorian era (don’t ask me about my logic!).

    And then somehow, I ended up reading a romance set in the early Victorian era.

    Then I swore that I could never read anything set after 1850.

    Then I stumbled upon a Judith Ivory’s “Untie My Heart”, which not only made me fall madly, completely and dizzily in love with the Edwardian/Late Victorian/Belle Epoque/Fin de Siecle period, but with Judith Ivory’s gorgeous prose and wonderful characters.

    And I swore again that anything after 1900 was it for me. I couldn’t buy into it as a “historical romance”. You know seriously my oath was. Now I’m a veteran reader–and author–of anything set between the years 1890 and 1945 (yeah…WWI and WWII romances are wanted too).

    So yes, my reading journey has been weird. But what resulted is that I have an even deeper appreciation for history in all its facets and warts, and refuse to rule out writing books in any setting and era.

    Camilla Bartley | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  26. Oooooh. Camilla, have you read Atonement by Ian McEwan? You’ll either love it or hate it ;-)

    Chris | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  27. Sherry,

    If you like out of the ordinary stuff

    Well, I write fantasy, if that qualifies…

    I shall read BLISS and BEAST. And can anyone tell me which of Shana Abe’s Draken books is first?

    Beth | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  28. And can anyone tell me which of Shana Abe’s Draken books is first?

    I can, I can. It’s the SMOKE THIEF, followed by the DREAM THIEF, hopefully to be followed in April by QUEEN OF THE DRAGONS.

    And in The Dream Thief, I think, though it’s never openly discussed, that there is a pretty darn big age diff b/t the hero and the heroine, a pet peeve of mine. And guess what, I didn’t freaking care.

    Sherry Thomas | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  29. Sherry–Thanks for the recommendation. I’m adding Ted Chiang to my Amazon wish list immediately. :)

    Precie | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  30. Hi Sherry,
    Congrats on “Private Arrangements.” I have also broaden my tastes as I’ve gotten older. Paranormals have become a favorite of mine recently. I like Heather Graham’s books on ghosts and vampires. I don’t like to read stories where the hero rapes the heroine, although I do like “Once and Always” by Judith McNaught.

    Jane | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  31. Chris–I’ve heard many great things about the book, but I’ve yet to actually go get it. Thanks for the rec!

    Camilla Bartley | Nov 7, 2007 | Reply

  32. from what i read, it is going to be a very interestgin read!

    tami | Nov 8, 2007 | Reply

  33. When I want heart warming I switch from Jackie Chan to Jet Li.

    In romance books my pet peive is the old virgin. In a modern setting anyone over 23 who is still a virgin needs to have a very good reason why. If she was “saving herself” then that has to have an impact on her personality. In an historical a virgin of the same age needs to show the emotional scars of having been passed over.

    Alice | Nov 8, 2007 | Reply

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