Guest Post by Sandra Scholes
We have gone through the erotic romance novels, the paranormal ones,
and Regency, but what about the good old comedy romance novel? What is
it that makes a comedy romance good enough to read?
It could be the setting, the characters, or the general story of how
they all interact. Or, as in some of these novels, it could well be
the scrapes the main character gets into, be prepared for a kidnapping
that goes awry, a reformed con man, a private investigator cum
bodyguard, an unwitting photographer, and an undercover cop all spell
disaster in the face of love and as a reader you will love them for
Here is my top ten of comedy romances – you will have your own, and as
a rule I don’t mind you sharing them with me.
- It Must Be Love by Rachel Gibson
- Baby, Don’t Go by Susan Andersen
- He Could Be the One by Elizabeth Bevarly
- Aphrodite’s Kiss (Time of Your Life) by Julie Kenner
- A Perfect Fit (Time of Your Life) by Sheridan Smythe
- Be My Baby by Susan Andersen
- A Ghost for Maggie by Emily Carmichael
- Faking It by Jennifer Cruise
- Do Not Disturb by Christie Ridgeway
- Born to Be Wild by Patti Berg
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Everyone has movies that they tend to watch over and over and over again. We watch them because they make us happy, because we love the acting and the story. Yesterday I saw for the first time a movie that came out in 2007. It was stunning and has without a moment’s hesitancy, entered my favorites list. That movie was Arranged. Look out for a formal review as I will be writing one.
My Top Ten Favorite Romance Movies
(In order by release date.)
- Beauty and the Beast (1991) It’s easy to see that this is most girls’ first introduction into paranormal romance. The Beast and castle are clearly enchanted through magic. The castle itself is very Gothic, and our poor hero is as shaggy as any werewolf, though he certainly cleans up nice!
- Walk in the Clouds (1995) This lovely postwar romance follows a young soldier as he attempts to sell chocolates and winds up rescuing a damsel in distress. The grandfather makes this movie and the scene in the vineyard during a frost warning is breathtaking.
- Ever After (1998) I am surprised I haven’t worn the finish off this DVD. I used to watch it every day or two many many years ago. Prince Henri is a charming rascal in desperate need of a love match to stop his father’s political matchmaking.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Colin Firth as Marc Darcy. Clearly this is an awesome romance. Very strong language warning, but other than that it’s very delightful. If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to love the fight scene. Sigh!
- North and South (2004) Four hours is not nearly enough Mr. Thornton or Richard Armitage. I would like more please. Is there an unedited eight hour version hiding somewhere? No? Drat! I guess I will have to settle for one, “Look back at me!”
- Pride and Prejudice (2005) My favorite version of Jane Austen’s classic. I know I said Colin Firth and Marc Darcy and it’s true. Colin is great as Darcy, but this version with Keira and Matthew and Donald really yanks at my heart. The scenery is gorgeous too.
- Outsourced (2006) This movie is a call center and technical support romance between one yuppy American male and one spunky Indian female. Culture shock to say the very least and wickedly entertaining.
- Arranged (2007) One Orthodox Jewish girl and one Muslim girl are getting matched. They know each other from their teaching positions at the same school and as they go through the process of meeting men under watchful family eyes they become fast friends. Very satisfying ending!
- Enchanted (2007) I just love the songs in this film, especially “How does she know that you love her?” Patrick Dempsey is devilishly handsome and a treat to watch as he struggles against falling for a loopy girl who thinks she’s in love with a prince. Amy Adams is perfection.
- Lost in Austen (2008) Be honest, who hasn’t wanted Mr. Darcy to herself? One English miss from today’s world manages to get stuck in Jane Austen’s ‘fictional’ Georgian England at the start of the story and the rest as they say is history!
So there’s my list. What movies are on yours?
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by Susan S., guest blogger
For the newbies, blog hopping is when you jump from one blog site to another. This should not be confused with bar hopping; which you did in college. All right I’ll rewrite, which is what we did in college. (Hangs head in shame)
Blog hopping mania on the other hand, happens when our TBV (To Be Visited) list expands at an alarming rate.
Before you ask, no this is not found in the DSM-IV and is not a personality nor is it a psychiatric disorder.
You have blog hopping mania if:
- You lost count of how many blog contests you’ve entered in the past day, week or month.
- You’re receiving 10 invitations daily from publishers and authors to join their Yahoo Groups. This causes you to accept, and then follow their blogs, which leads you back to #1.
- Your toolbar is now refusing to add author blog sites onto your favorites list, refusing. Can you imagine? I’m also quite certain, the favorites overload warning isn’t part of BING, Google or MSN.
It’s telling me, “I refuse to add these links onto your favorites.” “I have to draw the line sometime!” I wonder if that’s ever happened to you. Hmmm, maybe I should’ve bought the Toshiba instead. Anyway, if this sounds familiar, then you know just how much fun blog hopping can be. Oops, I have to check St.Martin’s Press blog, hope I win the Bad Moon Rising contest. Already visited TRS Book-a-day, got’a run over to TRS Summer.
(Susan leaves and all that can be heard is a hopping sound)
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