Teri S. sent me the following book cover, saying that it HAD to be an excellent book, what with the cover and the title.
Now, I think that’s hilarious. Almost as hilarious as the couple embracing in the avocado field, which, according to the person who was looking for that book, features the tagline, “The avocado farm was going well, but who could have predicted Jane’s brain aneurysm?….” Wow. From One More Chance among the avocodos to A Flaunting Cactus, old-old-skool Harlequin titles are as much fun as the newer-old-skool titles they’ve recently stopped using.
(NB: I was reading a Sara Craven book, The Highest Stakes Of All, which was pretty much about a woman who allows her long-absent con-artist father to re-enter her life and treat her as a hot distracting accessory to his poker games, all but prostituting her while insisting she pose as his niece. I couldn’t help but wonder what the title would have been had Harlequin not switched their title style. The Assmunch Absent Father’s Highest Stakes? Folded By The Greek Billionaire’s Disdain? Overboard: Where Her Father Was Thrown?)
Anyway, I digress. Since Teri sent me that cover, I’ve found myself wondering what the hell a Flaunting Cactus is. I mean, I know it’s a prick but it is also PRICKLY? If I’m not in a desert climate, do I look for Flaunting Daffodils? What does the title MEAN? Yet Teri and I still don’t know what it means.
So in a variation of Caption That Cover, please, tell me: what’s a flaunting cactus? Don’t Google the book itself – that’ll spoil the fun! Is the Flaunting Cactus the dance they’re doing? Are those balloons in PERIL? (Summon Balloony Tunes to the rescue!)
Winner of the best caption or explanation as voted by me (but feel free to pimp your fave) will get a $25 gift card to the bookstore of his/her choice. Standard disclaimers apply: I am not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Watch that cactus. Do not under any circumstances get caught between the moon and New York City. You’ve got 24 hours to hook me up with a viable explanation or caption.
Please, PLEASE, help us out here: What the hell is a Flaunting Cactus?!