Links: Adventure Romance, Cover Design, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s time for Wednesday Links!

It’s a very tiring week for me. No particular reason; just tired! At the very least, the heat is breaking here in New England and I’ve getting invigorated for fall.

On a more somber note, lots of places in the US are either on fire or underwater, on top of *gestures to everything els*. I hope you all and your families are staying safe and being well.

I love behind the scenes scoops on cover design and art, so thanks to upcoming debut romance author Vanessa King for documenting this process!

As a reminder that the Romancelandia for Afghanistan auction is still going and won’t close until September 5th. There are over 250 items to bid on!

I loved AV Club‘s ode to the adventure romance in Hollywood a la Romancing the Stone and The Mummy. I would love to see these stories reflected in romance novels too!

Enjoy this ranking of cat paintings!

Don’t forget to share what cool or interesting things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. Emma says:

    Yay, cat video! I’ve been going down the Youtube rabbit hole of cats outsmarting their automatic feeders. There was a really great one where a chonker was patiently, determinedly, TENACIOUSLY lifting the whole thing up with her snout (and it was one of those where you can put in like 5 lbs of kibble). Then she would drop it and one or two kibbles would come skittering out. Repeat ad infinitum. Video:

  2. denise says:

    Romancing the Stone is a book written by a romance novelist. Or did I misunderstand? Joan Wilder, aka Catherine Lanigan.

  3. Penny says:

    Saw this on Ursula Vernon’s Twitter and *immediately* thought – oh look, someone found one of Jane Fairfield‘s gowns (from Courtney Milan’s THE HEIRESS EFFECT”).

  4. Penny says:

    Just looked & saw Courtney Milan also retweeted it… so… guess I should finish scrolling before I comment on things lol

  5. Emily C says:

    @Denise- I believe the romance novel of Romancing the Stone is the movie tie-in and came after the fact. In the movie the main heroine is a romance novelist named Joan Wilder who dreams of her own “leading man”. She has to travel to Columbia to save her sister, meets Michael Douglas’ character, goes on her own romantic adventure (as you do) and then writes the novel of her own story at the end of the movie. I learned only recently that “Joan’s” novel was actually published.

    I love that movie and coincidentally re-watched it last weekend. It holds up pretty well in its 80’s goodness for all the reasons noted in the article. Adventure romance probably encompasses most of my favorite movies though- The Princess Bride, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and on.
    I saw there was a Rec League for Adventure Romance about 7 years ago… maybe time for a revisit?

  6. JudyW says:

    The Romance adventure post just reminded me of how good a movie could be made out of the Loretta Chase book “Mr. Impossible”. Yum that sounds good. Anybody a screenwriter? We NEED this movie.

  7. Sue says:

    It’s been a week, but the Comedy Wildlife Photo Award finalists have lifted my mood a bit. Though I relate maybe a tad bit too hard to the third photo….

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