Links of Joy, Fuzzy Feelings, and Really Beautiful Men

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An Ode to Emilie Loring, romance author. Thanks to Holly G. for that link.

Q: Which romance authors (you can only name one) remain enduring favorites through every single book they wrote? New or older authors, doesn’t matter.

(I predict the top three favorites from the comments will be Heyer, Roberts, and McMaster-Bujold. My choice is Julia Spencer-Fleming, mostly because I’m going through a palate-cleanse of mystery reading and I can’t stop turning back to her books to enjoy and savor her character building and small-world-building skills.

Mills & Boon has a new charity calendar for 2011, featuring the men of the Leander Rowing Club. It appears that the men in the calendar might be without apparel – but the behind the scenes video makes me want one even more than the rumor of nude rowing.

The calendar proceeds support the Leander Trust, which helps children learn about rowing as a sport, and supports athletes at the world and Olympic level.

Q: Which sport should have a nude charity calendar next? Curling? I vote curling.

 

 

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  1. 1
    Lora says:

    Austen, by far. 

    Sport? I’ve always been a fan of Olympic men’s springboard diving personally.

  2. 2
    Freshechelle says:

    nice melange of topics today.  I’ve never read Emilie Loring but now I feel compelled to.

  3. 3
    Lisa Hendrix says:

    Hey, look. The guy hiding his treasures behind the oar is reading A MISTAKE, A PRINCE, AND A PREGNANCY by Maisey Yates!

    As for the one writer….for me, Eloisa James is my go to.

  4. 4
    Scribblerkat says:

    I hate to be predictable, but – Georgette Heyer.

    Must. have. calendar.

    For the next sport, I suggest Western pleasure riding. Pun intended. Cowboys are always lovely calendar objects, but most cowboy sports aren’t healthy to be done in one’s boxers.

  5. 5
    Sarah Frantz says:

    As for your question: not Austen for me. Don’t like Northanger Abbey or much like Sense and Sensibility AS ROMANCES. But Madeline Brent—every single one of his books does it for me *as a romance*.

  6. 6
    ev says:

    Curlin?? Better watch where the ice goes. :)

    Bujould is one of my faves but I will put that her in the sci-fi category so I can name another. Julia Quinn is right up there but trying to pick just one?? No. Can’t.

  7. 7
    Joy says:

    Freshechelle—Emilie Loring, wow, she was the queen of American romance writing.  Originally published in the 30’s and on she was reissued in paperback and were extremely popular.  Her heroines were virginal but not shy, “gay” in the happy sense of the world and intelligent.  The romance was what would be termed today “sweet” and there had some inspirational elements.  Often set in New England, they are a quick fun read and very quaint in their depiction of the war years in America which seems impossibly ancient these days.  Even libraries in the 50s and early 60s stocked her books which are somewhat hard to find nowadays.

  8. 8
    Cathy in AK says:

    Curling?!?  How about biathalon?  Men with rifles and poles…..

  9. 9

    I was going to say Diana Gabaldon until you mentioned Georgette Heyer.  I have been reading her since the 70s and I still go back to her for my comfort reads. The Grand Sophy will always be one of my all time favorite books.

  10. 10
    Karen H says:

    Jayne Ann Krentz is my most enduring author favorite.  I started with historical romances (thanks, Fabio!) and practically disdained contemporaries but when I found out Amanda Quick was JAK, I decided to give her a try.  I loved her contemporaries (including the ones written under a different name) as well and then moved on to her paranormals.  In whatever genre, I’ve been very happy with her books.  I always look forward to the next one.

    I agree with biathalon because the cross country skiing portion is good for thighs, chests, and arms!

  11. 11
    Alley says:

    Hmmm.  Not a one, I’d say.  Even among authors whose writing I really, really like, I’ve found books that just don’t do it for me.  Example: I love Meredith Duran’s writing, but one of her books is currently a DNF for me because the interaction between the hero and heroine was making me stabby.  I’m more of a reader with favorite tropes rather than favorite authors.  (Keeping in mind that some books and authors that are almost universally loved by the romance community do not appeal to me at all.)

    As for the calendar, they already make the soccer ones, which would be my vote.  Mmm.  Soccer guys . . .

  12. 12
    Barb says:

    Hmmm
    Author—a toughie.  I love most Heyer, but not all, ditto La Nora.  Lois Bujold does great romance in her books, but only a few of hers are on my keeper shelves. JAK in all her guises is a go-to author of mine, but once again—not all of her stuff rocks my boat.  I guess I have to go with a fairly new author that hasn’t had a chance to disappoint me yet (snork).  So it’s a toss up between Meredith Duran and Sherry Thomas—but I can’t narrow it any farther than that!
    I’m with Lora—men’s diving!  Springboard, platform—doesn’t matter!!
    Emilie Loring—now that name brings back memories!  I devoured a ton of her books back in the day, and Joy describes them very well.
    Ha! spamword is sure62.  Alas, I sure am 62.

  13. 13
    Kelly S says:

    Jennifer Crusie – although, I’d prefer to omit her collaborations except Agnes & the Hitman.

  14. 14
    Kristin says:

    I have a huge soft spot for Johanna Lindsey.

    As for a naked sports calender, I vote for divers/swimmers next.

  15. 15
    Christine says:

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  16. 16
    sugarless says:

    God, rowers are hot. They can be cocky SOB’s (though not always) but, almost without fail, they’re always absurdly attractive

    Julia Quinn for historicals, Meg Cabot (mostly and sort of as a guilty pleasure) and Jennifer Crusie. I’ve yet to read a book by Sherry Thomas or Jill Shalvis I haven’t liked, but I haven’t read them as extensively, so I guess I can’t comment.

  17. 17
    quichepup says:

    I can’t say I love any one author’s books absolutely, too nitpicky.

    The next sport with a naked calendar? Men’s ice skating. Let’s make it interesting.

  18. 18

    Y’know, if guys had to play ice hockey nude it would be a whole new game.

    And my “go to” author is Heyer.

  19. 19
    Lynn S. says:

    Being completely unsporty the calendar question had my brain hurting a bit but looking throught the comments I’ll have to second Alley on the soccer guys, hmm soccer guys … oh yes, there was another question wasn’t there.  That one is easy.  It’s Joan Smith all the way.

  20. 20
    Ell says:

    All one writer’s books, forever and ever? Sadly, no. But… First my Absolute Favorite was Mary Stewart (high school). Then Elizabeth Peters. Then Lois McMaster Bujold. Then Jennifer Crusie. Currently Roberts/Robb. (Some SF and mystery writers in there, too, but this is Romance.)

    I’ve had a very rewarding reading life.

  21. 21
    Sue D says:

    My last attempt to do this got eaten, so I’ll try again.

    Jennifer Crusie.

  22. 22
    LEW says:

    Julie Garwood.  She was my introduction to the genera and I have enjoyed all her books.

    And I’m seconding biathlon.  I love a man with guns.

  23. 23
    Gary says:

    @Ev Bujould is one of my faves but I will put that her in the sci-fi category so I can name another.

    Gotta agree. And Bujold turned me on to Jennifer Crusie but I think she falls under “chick lit” as much as romance (which allows me to mention her and still pick another name, hehhehheh.)

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Not interested in a calandar full of nood doods, and must say you’re being quite cruel. Curling? On ice? You have heard of shrinkage, right?

  24. 24
    megalith says:

    I’m not sure whether you mean remained a favorite with the reading public or with me. If it’s the latter, I’m going to go with Eloisa James for Romance. The only book that really disappointed me at all was the first in her Desperate Duchesses series, and I’d still grade that one at a B minus.

    For historical fiction, gotta go with Dorothy Dunnett. The woman was some kind of freaky genius. My paperbacks of her Lymond series are literally falling apart from being read so many times.

  25. 25
    megalith says:

    Oh, right. The nekkid menfolks question. I vote for runners. Mmmm.

    Why didn’t this question appear on my ballot last Tuesday? It would have made researching candidates SO much less painful.

  26. 26
    Milena says:

    Well, maybe this will sound funny, but—Elizabeth Peters. Although her books are “officially” mysteries, they always have romance in them, and they all work for me. I’d have picked Heyer, but there was one of her books that I only finished because I always do. (And I agree that Jane Austen’s books don’t always work as romances, even though they’re all great books.)

  27. 27
    MichelleKCanada says:

    Well Diana Gabaldon isn’t true true romance since her books are hard to label but since it is Jamie and Claire that I love, and I love their romance, I am sticking with Diana Gabaldon.

  28. 28
    Sharon says:

    One?  Just one?  Impossible.

    But, of writers currently writing, I’d go with Susan Elizabeth Phillips because she reignited my fading interest in romance years ago with This Heart Of Mine. 

    I love Julia Spencer-Fleming, but I think of her as strictly mystery—mystery with romantic elements, but primarily mystery.

    Didn’t the French soccer team do a nude calendar a couple of years ago?

  29. 29
    bungluna says:

    I’m with the soccer fans for a guy calendar.

    As for the romance writer most enduring in my reading life, JAK by far, in all her incarnations.  LM Bujold I love but don’t consider a romance writer.  Dorothy L. Sayers wrote the greatest smart romance but is a mystery writer.  Other authors mentioned here have found a place in my shelves, but the one with the most keepers by far is Jayne!

  30. 30
    Abra says:

    Lois McMaster Bujold could write a telephone book and make it worth reading.

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