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07:07 pm - Yeah, that whole week, Post #75
I cannot even tell you what happened, because NOTHING really happened, but I was a shambling sneezing wreck of a person for a week. By the time the weekend rolled around, I cocooned with a bunch of Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick paranormal romances (contemporary/SF/historical, in order of her pen names) that I'd somehow avoided in the past ten years. They were about all my brain could manage.

Krentz is one of the 1980s crop of Famous Romance Novelists: her specialty was then, as it is now, sharp and independent heroines and Competence-Porn heroes, the kinds of fellas who can help a smart woman survive in a tough jam because they've done it all. Krentz was an early adopter of the term "Alpha Hero," but she actually writes fairly complicated guy's guys who are not assholes but are not always Good With Their Words. The early 80s stuff was suffused in second-wave feminism with a side-helping of gender-essentialism, but she's moved away from that in more recent books -- I wouldn't say that she's exactly taken on a lot of newer feminist ideas, but she's clearly done some thinking.

She's also noteworthy for being one of the very first romance writers I can remember who wrote same-sex couples into the worlds of her het stories. The paranormal SF series (Harmony, for those playing at home) has as part of its world-building two different kinds of marriage -- Marriages of Convenience (basically, formalized living together, easily dissolved) and Covenant Marriages (The Real Deal). This might sound regressive, except in several of the books, same-sex couples are seen in both kinds of marriages, presented without fuss or comment as quotidian elements of the world.

Anyway, I don't know that I recommend them to those who don't already like her work, but they sure hit the spot this past week.

And now the extreme heat wave is about to break, and soon my air-conditioner will fall silent and my electric kettle will go back to making me hot tea, and I will be myself. At least that's my story right now. ;)

Cheers, and may your coping strategies give you respite!

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From:anne_d
Date:November 11th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
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There's nothing like a good stack of comfort books. [hugs] and may the sneezy weather and the heat pass soon.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 11th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
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[sends good comfort-reading thoughts your way]

[hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:November 11th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
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Sends the coolness.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 11th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Alas, it's still hot! [weeps]

Maybe Saturday.

[hugs hugs]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:November 11th, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Shares cooling rain from Boston.

I had a Jayne Ann Krentz period when I really needed me some Georgette Heyer with Sex...it definitely filled the bill.

Here's hoping the sneezes abate soonest!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 11th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I envy cooling rain! But I hope you enjoy it. :)

Yes, the early Amanda Quick novels do fit that description perfectly!

And hugs hugs, ALH. Happy travels!
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From:roguedemon
Date:November 11th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
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We are need brain candy when we're sick. I hope you feel better....how long until your allergy treatment starts working? ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:November 11th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Allergy treatment should start to take effect at the end of December, if I'm lucky. La la la....

Hugs! Happy recovery-from-travel time to you!
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From:gwynnega
Date:November 11th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry you've been a sneezing wreck, but those books sound like perfect company at such a time!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 11th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
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The books were just what I needed. I mean, other than proper autumn weather and the lack of allergies.

:)

Hugs hugs!
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From:wildrider
Date:November 12th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
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I've only read Amanda Quick (and I'm woefully behind), but it sounds like I'll have to check out some of her other works.

I had gotten to where I realized she just writes the same story over and over again and just changes the names of the hero and heroine, but I like them anyway.

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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2015 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Yikes, belatedly --

Krentz/Quick/Castle does have a basic template, it's true. What I liked about the Arcane Society and Harmony series is that she's doing paranormal worldbuilding that starts with the late Victorian historicals, continues in the 'present' (2000s), and then culminates in her SF world of Harmony, where she posits that colonists from Earth got stranded on Harmony and its very different ecology and psi energy. She's developing the same core families (the Jones and the Winters families, with Harpers, Sweetwaters, and Snows there too) in all three periods, but you don't have to read them in order to get the gist.

Hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:November 12th, 2015 04:06 am (UTC)
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We're supposed to get cooler weather any day now. I hope it's true and that it heads your way next.

I just bought two old Barbara Cartland novels. I'm not sure I'll ever read them, but the covers were exactly what I remembered.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh man, I actually kind of loved those Barbara Cartland novel covers. The pink! The soft-focus hero in boots! (I cannot say the same for the novels, of course.)

Hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:November 17th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
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I liked a couple of the Amanda Quick novels; nice, easy, take-me-away reads.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 19th, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)
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That's a perfect description!

Happy middle-end of the week, T. :)

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