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First: I'm the guest at the BN Nook blog today, talking about Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels , and the lessons for happily ever after we've found in romance novels. Yay! Thanks for having me, folks.

Meanwhile, the Oxford Dictionary has found some obsolete terms of endearment, which I am going to put into regular use. Thank you to Ruth for the link.

And finally, AbeBooks has a feisty entry about embracing romance proudly – complete with old skool Harlequin trend analysis and recreation. My favorite part:

In fact, I challenge you, lovers of love, readers of romance, devourers of devotion – to take back the romance novel. Stand proud in line at the bank, paperback clutched in hand. Read boldly on the bus, not caring who sees. Make waiting rooms your reading rooms, with no apologies. After all, what better to do with romance…than embrace it?

Oops- forgot a handful of deals on ebooks today:

  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Beauty and the Duke by Melody Thomas * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Paris in Love by Eloisa James * 14.08 Pre-order * A | BN | K | S
  • Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S



General Bitching...

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  1. 1
    delphia2000 says:

    (Runs screaming from the Twilight!) But I did buy “Unlocked” for my ColorNook the other day so I have some lovely stuff to read while I sample these lovely chocolates my son left for me this morning when I woke up. Russel Stover…breakfast of champions.

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    Tania Kennedy says:

    Definitely read “Unclaimed” by Courtney Milan on the bus yesterday, bright yellow cover and all!

  3. 3
    SarinaArahovas says:

    I have romances sitting all over the apartment….wherever my boyfriend looks, he’s reminded of the only competing love in my life!

  4. 4
    cleo says:

    Hey Sarah – the Paris in Love links are going to a search for Elizabeth Lowell books.

  5. 5
    Bonnie says:

    Thanks for this!  I’ve been wanting to read Twilight forever, but didn’t want to pay the higher price.

  6. 6
    Tam says:

    Any thoughts on the LJ Smith ‘Vampire Diaries’ shenanigans?  I can’t remember the last time I felt this badly for an author – her YA paranormal romances were a guilty pleasure of mine back in the early 90s, when very few others were even writing paranormal romances.  And now they’ve booted her from her own series, and they’re going to have a ghostwriter take over her characters.  Awful!

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    cecilia says:

    Thanks for the obsolete terms of endearment, which I am defiinitely going to use in the classroom. I just haven’t decided whether to use them to make a point about the way language evolves, or to express warm feelings, or just when I want to annoy the children.

  8. 8

    There is no book cover so tawdry I won’t read it in public.  Well, maybe that one book where the cover was nothing but a crackless ass.  That one might be too tawdry for me to read in public.

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    Rebecca says:

    I enjoyed the obsolete terms of endearment also.  (I always thought “turtle” came from “turtledove.)  They remind me of a Flemish song I love, “Loetse, bolleke, zoetse.”  The words are Ghent dialect, and hard to translate, but the first half of the chorus (also the title) is basically a string of synonyms for “sweetheart.”  Roughly, “Darling, baby, currant bun, sweetness, little love, cutie, butter cookie.”  (“Scheetse, loetse, bolleke, zoetse, lieveke, schatse, boterkoekske.”)  I love the idea of calling someone “boterkoekske” – “my little butter cookie.”  (I’m quite grateful to Dutch for contributing “cookie” to American English for that endearment.  “Butter biscuit” just doesn’t sound as cute.)

    Video with words available here:…

  10. 10

    I’m going to start calling my oldest flitter-mouse. She’ll get so steamed.

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    Jewel says:

    So does that mean Doc Turtle really does love us? That’s so sweet! Plus I’m going to start calling my hubby ‘ding ding’ ‘cause that’s just too cute.

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    SB Sarah says:

    All fixed – and added one more. Sorry about that!!

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    Susan Denison says:

    The obsolete terms of endearment are great.  I’m going to have to start using “flitter-mouse” on my hubby.  And “turtle” makes perfect sense to us – “my little turtle poop” has been a term of endearment between us for years, thanks to a shared love of Bloom County, mostly.  Opus was known to come up with some really sweet ones from time to time in that strip. :-)

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    ECSpurlock says:

    If you can still find it, Poplollies and Bellibones by Susan Kelz Sperling is a great resource for obsolete words of all types. The two words in the title are words of endearment, “poplolly” being derived from the French “poupoulet” meaning “pretty little doll” and “bellibone” from the French “belle et bonne”, “beautiful and good”.

    Also, check out http://petitfoursandhottamales… today for a great list of all that is good about romance and romance heroines.

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    Heather says:

    I just finished “Unclaimed” yesterday. Holy crap, that book was just as good as (and quite possibly better than) “Lord of Scoundrels”. I don’t keep many romances around—most just don’t a) meet my standard for a good love story, or b) have the nostalgia factor going for it (such as “Half Moon Bay” by Meryl Sawyer, one of the first romances I ever read about 10-12 years ago, or truly epic cover art that I must keep for all eternity). Anyway, the other two books in the Turner trilogy are on my “must buy” list now.

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