Booksale pile

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 12:55 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I got a satisfying stack of books at a recent booksale.

I've already started one of the many Harlequin romances in the stack, The Beast Within (published in 2007) and two pages in been rewarded by the sentence "Grief choked him along with noxious fumes." Yay, science-experiment-gone-wrong werewolf!

Also Sex, Power and Pleasure, which is an ostensibly nonfiction book from 1985, solely because it fell open to the declaration:
Apart from being potentially versatile, lesbian sex can be tremendously powerful. It is of course true that any strong love, or any strong sexual urge, unleashes a powerful force in human beings. But without entering into competition for the Olympic sex medal, one can claim that the unique power of lesbian eroticism is one of the strongest forces in human existence.


Ironic that for both of these I'm linking to listings of ebook editions.

Dog covers

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 09:10 pm
katherine: You have been chosen to ride the Kingdom Chums' Love Light text against blurry rainbow colours (rainbowy)
There exists a whole series of Harlequins (Love Inspired Suspense, too bad for my reading preferences) with nothing but dogs on the covers: Rookie K-9 Unit.

My favourite is either Honor and Defend (there's puppies!) or Rookie K-9 Unit Christmas.
katherine: You have been chosen to ride the Kingdom Chums' Love Light text against blurry rainbow colours (kingdom chums)
I may never get around to reading more than the first three or four chapters of Dakota Child, a Love Inspired Historical by Linda Ford, but I enjoy an assumption made by the hero:
The mewling sound came again, louder, more demanding. [...]

He put the basket on a stool before the fireplace. The warmth of the yellow-and-orange flames made her ache to hunker down and extend her hands. But she didn't dare move. Who knew what would trigger this man into action? And she wasn't about to hazard a guess as to what sort of action he might take. Instead she waited, alert and ready to protect what was hers.

He bent over and eagerly folded back the blanket to reveal the contents, then jumped back as if someone shot him. "It's a baby," he muttered. The look he fired her accused her of some sort of trickery. "I thought you had a cat."
katherine: Spotted cat with tall tufted ears has her tongue sticking out as she stalks. (stalking)
With my Fic Corner and Jukebox Fest assignments safely submited, I felt I could polish up a teeny Twelfth Night piece.

These Two Creatures (90 words) by Katherine
Fandom: Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Antonio/Sebastian
Characters: Antonio (Twelfth Night)
Where Viola had found her proper women's clothes Antonio knew not. It might have been moments or an hour that she was gone from the chattering crowd. Antonio had significant attentiveness only for Sebastian.

Inspired by the production I saw at Bard on the Beach, though that had Viola in a pink dress at the end.

Unrelated to the above, I landed on a romance author Tessa Dare's 2008 blog post "My FanFic Confessions - Yes, Tessa has yet another pen name!", linking to her Jane Austen fan fiction, so her name was fresh in my mind in a bookstore today. I picked up her Any Duchess Will Do as it looked fun.

Repeated

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 06:10 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I enjoy Janice Kay Johnson's novels a lot, but happening to read both of these Superromances by her within a short time period and finding this mental image repeated...

From No Matter What by Janice Kay Johnson (October 2012). The boy is 17 years old.
"Yes! I understand! Are you happy?" He hated the tremor in his voice. The little boy in awe of his daddy. The wriggling, squirming need to piss on the floor because daddy was mad at him.


From All That Remains, published a year earlier (October 2011).
She nodded, thinking that if she'd been a puppy her tail would be whipping and she'd be piddling on the floor in relief and pleasure because he wanted her help, because he was smiling at her. And that made her mad at herself.

Sight of a Stranger

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 07:48 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I'm reading Sight of a Stranger, a 1981 Harlequin I picked up. It's set on Vancouver Island, at least so far.

In chapter three, the hero says, "I've put your name on the waiting list for a guide dog."

Of course now I'm looking up dates. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was founded in 1984. Perhaps there was somewhere in Canada prior to that? Or the hero will fund travel out of province?

("British Columbia Guide Dog Services was incorporated as a registered charity on June 28, 1996, becoming British Columbia’s first guide dog school".)

Something tells me the heroine's vision will be miraculously restored so where she travels to acquire a guide dog won't be a plot point.
katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (glasses)
I walked to my local library branch today, thinking it's been ages since I went there. Actually I guess it has, since they've moved things around since I was last in.

Things that happen while my reading is mostly Harlequins (Reader Service and various ones already in my house) and re-reading SF&F from my own shelves.

The booksale cart is now a set of shelves and further from the door. I refrained from picking up a paperback of Black Powder War as I already have that novel as part of an omnibus edition.

Plot twist

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 04:37 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
This Harlequin has food poisoning as a romantic plot twist.

Romance Covers

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 10:47 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
As ever, I'm enjoying looking through the results of the Cover Cafe Contest of romance covers.

Harlequins

Friday, February 10th, 2012 09:50 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
Fun thing on the bus today: I sat down and continued reading the Harlequin Historical that I'd been squinting at while waiting at the stop. Then realised the person in the seat beside me was reading a Harlequin Presents. (The Billionaire ______ Forbidden ______ is as much as I could make out of the title.)

10:46 PM ETA:
After a Goodreads search, I think it was either Ruthless Billionaire, Forbidden Baby or The Billionaire Boss's Forbidden Mistress.

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