Contemporary Clichés

RB-0811836428-LgI’ve got my cranky pants on today.

First of all, I’ve always loved contemporary romance.  And there are many – many – writers of contemporary romance I love.  Really love.  Welcome to Temptation is my touchstone for all that is perfect in contemporary storytelling.

Still, I’ve been burned a bit lately and I could use a little help in identifying the books I want to read.

In historical romance, we’ve got handy code words to help readers know what they’re going to get when they open a book:  Wallpaper or Not Wallpaper.  Though some may define what constitutes a true Wallpaper a bit differently, I think most of us would agree that we know one when we see it.  (Clue:  If a 19th century heroine uses “whatever” as a snotty response, you’re looking at a Class A Wallpaper.)

In contempories, however, we’re swinging out there in the breeze.  There’s no way to tell between a …say, a Rachel Gibson-smart small town book or a “contemporary” romance featuring a setting straight from the turn of the century.  And I’m talking the 20th century.

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AAR Book Club Discussion: A New Date

38995205-186x300Well, these things happen, don’t they?

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Book Club Discussion of Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie has been moved from this weekend to Sunday, November 15th at 4 p.m., eastern time. We’re sorry for the delay, but, on the positive side, that gives you two more weeks to brush up on your Crusie or, for those lucky readers who haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Phin and Sophie, to read it for the very first time.

We’ll see you here on the 15th.  Whether you love the book – or not.

-Sandy AAR

Who’s Your Fantasy Beach Companion?

beach_readingLast week’s Washington Post featured a nifty column in which they asked a few authors (no romance authors, of course) to name a fictional character with whom they’d like to spend a day at the beach.

As we’re heading into a lazy summer weekend, I thought it would be fun to ask our readers the same – only this time we won’t leave our romance.  So, here’s the question:  What hero or heroine is your fantasy day at the beach companion?

Here’s a clue to mine:

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