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Royal Wedding Fever: Where’s the Aspirin?

Im too cute for words. Agreed.

I love fairytales as much as any gal who was Cinderella bride for two consecutive Halloweens in a row.  I’ve got all the classics: Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Anastasia, The Beautician and the Beast on DVD.  Who doesn’t?  However, all of the “Kate Watches” and “Royal Countdowns” are giving me a headache!  The Royal Wedding Fever needs to break! I can’t take much more before I throw my romance novels at E!News…Thus hurting my poor romances and potentially my TV depending on the size of the book and quality–I have a feeling Diana Gabaldon’s hardback Outlander would create a whole lotta damage.

Yes, it’s exciting. Weddings are always happy occasions–well usually, my parent’s wedding photos are pretty gloomy what with the 80’s fashion and all.  But I mean, weddings have pretty dresses, cakes that look like little houses, and ugly hats.  Just add a real life prince to that already combustive cocktail of fun and BAM! Instant madness, an out-of-control fever.

But really E!, you are going to have 5 HOURS of live streaming from the Royal Wedding?!? Is that not excessive? Better yet, do weddings even take 5 hours??? Come on dearest friends!  We’re not even British.  We’re American.  In case you missed it, there was a BIG Tea Party–and not the kind in Washington right now–but with actual tea and Paul Revere rode some kind of horse yelling about red coats.  That ring any bells?  Why. Do. We. Care. So. Much?

Apparently we care because we have no lives.  So dearest reader, put down that remote.  Stop watching re-runs of “Kate’s Best Dress” moments.  Please, do it for me.  Turn off TV Guide’s continual specials on the poor, poor couple.  Instead of watching authentic British people–whose only qualifications are that they are indeed British–discuss Kate’s dress for nearly two hours, why don’t you try a romance with some nobility and happily-ever-afters?

Christina Dodd just released a sexy Victorian era historical about a hunky royal in her novel Taken by the Prince.   Think about it: an hour watching people guess at Will and Kate’s–yeah, first name basis with some royal strangers–potential wedding flowers, or a steamy novel about a governess, revolution, and a man named Raul?  How could you not love a name like that? Or if hunky Princes aren’t your deal, pick up Julie Garwood’s Shadow Music for a little Highland heat.  A laird, a princess, a nefarious scheme.  What’s not to love?  Harlequin even has a whole Royal Wedding line of ebooks for you to check out following real life royal couples.

So dearest friends, please for my sake, take this royal wedding aspirin.  Prescribed dosage: three chapters (0r more) a day of one of these “royal” romances.  Give E! a rest, try to break the fever. But before you do…one last Royal Wedding Hooray! A shout-out to my glory days abroad at St. Andrews:

Royal Question:  What do you think about all of the hoopla surrounding the Big Day for Will and Kate? Are you at your breaking point like me, or do you want more?  Furthermore, dearest friends: is the royal theme in romances a trend? Or will it stick around post-wedding daze?


April 15, 2011 at 12:45 am 4 comments

Past Loves and Romances!

Looking at the groaning, shuddering, non-responsive heap that was once my dearly beloved computer I have to wonder: what did people stress about before God came down and gave man technology?  What did they worry about if not the state of their hard drives, emails, tweets, e-books, itunes library? Seriously. What. Did. They. Do????

Last month my bestie Ria’s phone broke.  Life stopped.  Literally.  We had to make plans like hours in advanced if we wanted to see her. And we couldn’t spontaneously cancel. Like. You don’t know how freakin hard it is to actually remember pre-made plans and to actually show up.  There were no reminder “Dinner @ 5:00” texts–yes, we eat at 5:00 pm deal with it–instead, she just expected us to show up when we said we would.  Bummer.

But seriously, it was tough not being able to communicate with her 24/7 and we had the luxury of email.  Imagine if we were stuck with snail mail.  It’s a little scary.

So now as I am currently on a borrowed computer waiting for some miracle to happen, waiting for my computer to rise from the dead like Lazarus, and I have to appreciate my ancestors’ ability to survive without email, texting, or even Skype.  Thankfully, the closest I have to get to that fate worse than death is the historical romance novel.  It’s like Disney or Vegas: the historical romance let’s you experience world travel without actually having to deal with it all.  Like Epcot, the historicals are brightly painted miniatures of the real deal. You get the experience without the dirt, foreign languages, actual natives and local people, and with nice clean American water, bathrooms, and friendly Disney team members. They are always smiling.

Guide for all men....

And in the case of the historical romances, you get the experience of the history without the loss of technology.  Plus, you don’t have to actually smell those medieval people–who really stunk–or have to actually experience life on a pirate ship–not as cool of Johnny makes it look in the movies.  No one really wants the bubonic plague.  So stick to the historicals and appreciate the romantic rose-colored history.  Sexy, passionate, and romantic. History at its best!  Here you go my dearest friend, my weekly suggestion–albeit a bit later in the week–but my suggestion: the historical romance!

Wait! What should I read?

There you go! Some historical suggestions–please read them and be thankful for this wonderful world of computers we live in today.

March 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

Steaming Up Spring Break: Some Suggestions!

I am faced with a lovely 13 hour drive in the car tomorrow about to embark on my last spring break. EVER.  Well, probably for a long time unless I end up working in education.  I think adults call “spring break” vacation or something odd like that.  But anyway, in honor of my final foray into irresponsible, youthful vacays, I am dedicating this post to spring break reads…and some spring break romance suggestions.  I’ve got my kindle all packed–with wonderful romances that is–and don’t you want to know what made the cut? As I said before, I love me some lists.  So here it goes:

Whatcha Readin? Lizzie’s Epic Plans for Poolside Reads:

Damanding title no?

1. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  Finally, after waiting for months, I have the time to pick up SEP’s newest release.  For those of you who are SEP fans, Call Me is Teddy Beaudine and Meg Koranda’s story.  Those names sound familiar?Think back…coming to you yet? If you said, “Wait, aren’t Ted and Meg the children some of our former SEP favorite characters?!?” Yes! They are.  Let’s see if their story is as good as their respective parents’ 🙂

2. The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander.  This spring break, I am taking chances on some new authors for me and stories. A spicy Regency period historical, this book sounds charming, funny, a little spooky, and undeniably sexy, as it follows Lady Julia Winterset and Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale.  Come on–who doesn’t want a little historical seduction to go along with their spring break?

3. His Heir, Her Honor by Catherine Mann.  I am not typically a HUGE fan of category/series books that deal with the whole “having a baby” theme.  I don’t know.  They don’t usually apply to my life or where I am right now.  Goodness.  College student + babies +pregnancy = scary as shit.  But I LOVE the title. Plus, maybe I need to expand my horizons and all that…

Past Readings? Lizzie’s Epic Former Poolside Reads:

1. Anything by Jennifer Crusie.  I know, I know.  Y’all are tired of me going on and on about Crusie.  But…I first discovered her on spring break, so I cannot not suggest her as a spring break read.  Plus.  Her books are so funny and sunny and the perfect reads for a lazy afternoon by the pool.  Go with a class like Welcome to Temptation or her newest Maybe This Time. You’ll fall in love–assuming you are not a robot.

Fairytales never mentioned the dangers of becoming a swan


2. Iris Johansen.  Another great spring break read.  Her romantic suspense stories are spooky, edge of your seat, and completely engaging.  Just what you need on a relaxed vacation.  A little spice and danger.  I really love The Ugly Duckling and The Face of Deception.  Only bit of advice–before starting one of the Eve Duncan stories–like her newest release–pick up Face of Deception.  It gives you the background and really will make the whole experience so much clearer.

3. Ransom by Julie Garwood.  A clear, fun, passionate, and suspenseful medieval romance.  Two things make Garwood’s book epic–in my opinion at least–the dialogue, which is witty, clever, and very realistic, and the characters who are more than one-sided stereotypes.  Sure the hero is a hunky, warrior, laird Alpha male who is a little cynical, but he is also protective, understanding, and too sexy for words.  Plus, Gillian the heroine is not TSTL (Too Stupid to Live), which is always really nice in my books.

4. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.  A clever, sexy urban fantasy, this book is wonderfully written and really the hero Raphael?  He is simply angelic–note: he is actually an angel.  The first book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series, the book takes place in a world where angels and vampires are out in the open.  Some danger, some hott sex, some good reads.  Perfect for the beach–cause you just might need the ocean to cool off after this one 😉

So there you go my dearest friends.  Some books I hope turn out to be great, and some books that I personally think are worth multiple reads.  Trust me dearest friend, if you are looking for something to spice up your spring break and really get you warm, take a look at some of these books and bon voyage!

March 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

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