Monday, April 25

Why is it...And other thoughts

Why is it that a 3 year old fidgets and can't stop talking, and I mean talking loud not a whisper or even a stage whisper, while in church, but take him to an all you can eat Chinese food restaurant and he's an angel? Okay, maybe not an angel, but at least better. And, once again, the "bathroom browser" hit in both places yesterday, at least in church he really had to go a little, at the restaurant we stood there for 3 minutes just looking at each other.

On the way to the restaurant, I made my husband stop at the mall so I could go into Waldenbooks. Somewhere I saw something that interested me--of course, I couldn't remember the title, but I did remember the release date of April 26th. Pathetic, I know, but I figured I'd remember it if I saw it. Didn't happen, which either means nothing jogged my memory or the release date really is the 26th. But, all was not lost. I picked up 2 books Till Next We Meet by Karen Ranney and My Surrender by Connie Brockway.

I must be on another reading binge, I finished Christina Dodd's Close to You yesterday afternoon (it was very good) and started and finished Till Next We Meet last night. And, even started My Surrender before I fell asleep.

Till Next We Meet is a fabulous "Cyrano De Bergerac" type tale. The review over at is great. If that link doesn't work it's under new reviews at AAR. I love Karen Ranney's books, her characters are often off-beat and untypical of romance novels.

One more thing, make sure you take some time to pop over to McVane and read Maili's "Reader Interview" with Jorie., it's great. (I'm still tremendously computer challenged--how the heck do I put the accent thingy over the a in Maili?). Jorie mentions one of her peeves is "too feisty to live" heroines. I so agree with her. For me TSTL heroines come in two categories those that are absolutely without a clue and continue to be clueless through the entire book (I'm fine with a heroine who starts out clueless and grows to actually have a clue--LOL).

But, the heroines that truly annoy me and are really TSTL are the "TOO FEISTY TO LIVE" ones. They do stupid things to prove independence and usually need some kind of rescuing, and they remain "feisty and stupid" through the entire book. They are also the morons in Slasher films that go out into the woods by themselves only to be killed by Jason or Freddie. Talk about really being clueless. If the word "feisty" appears in the blurb on the back cover, it goes back on the bookstore shelf. I know, I know--Bitch, Bitch, Bitch. That was today's complaint.

Sorry, this one was kind of long.

Have a great day and happy reading.


erika said...

Hey Tara Marie, I know that I wrote on AAR that I'll pass on buying this Karen Ranney's book but I think I'll give it a read. I may get it from the usedbookstore though. I read So in Love and I liked it but it wasn't a keeper. KR used to be an auto buy but her last books haven't been compelling reads.

Anne E. said...

I dislike the TSTL heroine as well. We have evidence in many books that there are other ways that an author can put the heroine into a dangerous situation without making her an idiot at the same time. One of the main reasons I dislike Julie Garwood's historicals is because she had so many TSTL female characters. None of my favorite heroines are in the TSTL category -- the Frasier women from "Outlander," Elizabeth Middleton from "Into the Wilderness," Marsha Canham's heroines, the list goes on. Why do authors continue to use this type of heroine? I think for the most part those characters have the effect of demeaning women..There is nothing strong or empowering about a woman saying "black" when the man says "white," just because "he's not the boss of me!" It's funny when a five year old says it, but silly when a grown woman says it.