Beverly Jenkins does air electric guitar.
My new cover flashed on the screen! Then I waited fifteen minutes, camera in hand, until it came up again, so I could take a picture.
i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body. i like what it does,
i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones,and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like,slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
of your electric fur,and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….And eyes big love-crumbs,
and possibly i like the thrill
of under me you so quite new
Flying sure does make me tired. I spent most of yesterday feeling very slow and inefficient at everything, and eventually gave up and went back to my room and slept. I feel much better now!
Here are some pictures of folks that I took at the beginning and end of the signing, when I had a little time to wander around and see people myself.
Luckily, for the Literacy Autographing, all I had to do was sit down and talk to people. I can do that for a while even while tired. But the best part of the signing? Leia Rice had her e-reader, and I got to sign The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover with a stylus! I’ve signed my first e-book! Alas, the photo doesn’t show my autograph very well. But I am still thrilled.
My editor stopped by and I got to chat with her; I also got to meet, for the first time, a representative from the German publisher of The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover in translation. It was lovely to be able to tell her in person how much I like the edition’s dust jacket.
Also, I got to sit next to Beverly Jenkins! That was really cool.
This post was originally written for Monkey Bear Reviews.
My Five Favorite Marriage of Convenience Novels
It was really difficult to make this list! The “marriage of convenience” is one of my favorite romance novel plots. I made the rule for myself that for my list of five, I would not choose more than one novel by a single author, so that helped a lot, particularly since Jo Beverley and Mary Balogh have written quite a few Marriage of Convenience novels. (Do I love Marriage of Convenience novels because two of my favorite romance writers have written so many, or do I love those authors because they’ve written so many Marriage of Convenience novels? *ponders* *head begins to hurt*)
Anyway. Here’s my list. They’re not in any particular order.
A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer: I chose this one in particular (I also like Heyer’s Convenient Marriage) because of the class and money issues that are embedded in the story, making the conflict much more rich. The hero is in love with someone else when he learns he must instead marry an heiress for her money. The heiress is diffident, plump, and plain. Conflict! Atypical heroine! Learning to live with each other! A friend of mine once compared this novel to Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which happens to be my favorite Austen novel, so that might be part of my liking for it as well.
Christmas Angel by Jo Beverley: this is one of my favorites by Jo Beverley overall, as well as a favorite Marriage of Convenience story. The thing I like best about it is the negotiation. I know that sounds odd when talking about a romance novel. But in this story, the heroine has two children from a previous marriage, and the hero actually talks to her about how he’d like to contribute to raising them, down to how to discipline their children; they discuss all manner of practical things that will relate to their future life together. This is so rare in historical romances I’ve read that I am still in awe of it. To me, that’s about a thousand times more romantic than, say, wild sex on a beach.
Dancing with Clara by Mary Balogh: Balogh has written numerous Marriage of Convenience stories, so choosing one was difficult. I finally chose this one because the hero, Freddie, is such a mess. He marries Clara for her money, and Clara marries him knowing that he’s marrying her for her money. After a lovely honeymoon, Freddie freaks out and runs away to drink and whore his way across London. He and Clara must struggle through his behavior and the reasons behind it to establish their relationship on a firm footing. Their story feels very realistic to me emotionally and is completely involving, especially given that this was a category-length Signet Regency Romance, and thus very short.
The Wedding Journey by Carla Kelly: Kelly’s books are almost all category-length, and this is no exception. It’s also one of my favorite Carla Kelly books (and she is one of my favorite writers). It’s unusual among this list because the hero was already in love with the heroine before the story began; he’d just never told her. He marries her under the guise of protecting her when her father dies. They’re both ordinary people living not-so-ordinary lives; Jesse is an Army surgeon, Nell the daughter of a common soldier, and they must travel across Spain alone in the middle of a war, facing a whole range of gritty dangers. The chief thing I love about the story is the heroine’s calm practicality and the hero’s shy-but-strong personality. As an added bonus, the book is rich with historical detail about the English army during the Peninsular Campaign.
Beast by Judith Ivory: this book is very different from the others on my list. It’s set in the early twentieth century, and the prose is much more stylistically elaborate than most other romance novels. For me, it’s also a bonus that besides being a Marriage of Convenience, it’s also a Beauty and the Beast story. Two great tastes that taste great together! What I love most about the book is that neither of the protagonists is really a nice person. Love isn’t enough. They each have conquer their own vanities and insecurities in order to make their relationship work.
Looking over what I’ve written, it’s pretty clear to me that “working at the relationship” is something I value highly in a romance novel. I think that’s because when the relationship is the conflict, it’s integral to the story in a way that a pasted-on suspense plot cannot be. And working at the relationship is what the Marriage of Convenience novel is all about.
Per RWA, “The 2010 Readers for Life Literacy Autographing was a huge success with approximately 3,600 attendees and 500 participating authors. This two-hour event raised $55,000 for literacy, with the proceeds going to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Orlando’s Adult Literacy League, and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.”
At the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing tonight (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Pacific Exhibit Hall at the Dolphin Hotel), I’m participating in a Signature Scavenger Hunt to give away a Kindle2. It’s part of the festivities in Orlando, Florida for the 30th Annual Romance Writers of America Conference.
To enter, visit the Romance Diva authors listed below at the Literacy signing, obtain a Scavenger Hunt sheet from one of them, and acquire all the signatures. Leave the sheet with the last one you visit. You’ll then be entered in a drawing for the Kindle2 at the end of the night. By participating in this giveaway, you give these authors permission to add your email to their mailing lists.
My list of participants is helpfully alphabetical, since the authors are seated in alphabetical order at the signing.
Robin L. Rotham
I hope to see you there! I’ll have a pile of author scavenger hunt sheets, some bookmarks for The Duke & The Pirate Queen, and possibly chocolate.
If you can’t attend the conference, check out my blog post from yesterday which features information about the annual Romance Divas’ Not-Going-To-Conference Conference.
I will hopefully be blogging from the conference, but likely on an irregular schedule.