If you know me at all… you know that I am an avid reader. I read and listen to books every day without fail.
Even on the day I had my operation, I was reading hooked up to a morphine pump in the hospital room.
You know that I am a lover of Paranormal Romance, especially in the vampiric vein, so to speak.
Nothing gets my heart beating faster than a tall, dark vampire hero!
Okay, before I get started with my post, I know those of you will vehemently disagree with me.
So, for the record, let me state this…
I definitely don’t begrudge anyone their 50 Shades of Grey.
That is not my vexation or angst.
My chagrin is that I have a policy to read a book cover to cover. The past several books I have started on my blessed Kindle, I have had to put down because the writing bothered me.
The story troubled me so much that this morning, after I closed my Kindle on yet another book characterized as a romance, I wanted to write why my coveted policy is being abandoned.
I thought romance was attraction, friendship, wooing, a little intrigue, heroism (both hero and heroines) and danger in the mix, but most of all, in the end it was about… LOVE!
However, what I believe to be romance is not the case in all books classified as romance.
I feel some romance novels are based or about meanness, possession, domination, callousness… and then – oh by the way – I love you, if you obey me?
What the heck? Exsqueeze me? Baking Powder? (borrowed phrases from one of my fav movies, Wayne’s World.)
This is my way of stating that I feel in my heart that romance is not a one-way street – my way or the highway, so to speak.
However, romance is different for all of us – some want friendship and romance that turns into love, and some want dominance and chains that melt into love.
Hmm, I was curious and looked to the definition of romance.This is what Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary stated:
a (1) : a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural (2) : a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious (3) : a love story especially in the form of a novel
b : a class of such literature
I am vexed – the books I have shut off my Kindle all have romance in the description. I am not saying that they are wrong.
I will just have to do more research before hitting the “Buy it in 1-click” button on Amazon. No one’s fault but my own.
what’s your definition of romance?
Lots of love,
March 8, 2015 | Categories: Paranormal Romance, REVIEW, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Book, Books, Emily Guido, light bearer, Light-Bearer Series, Literature, Love, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampire, Vampires, Young-adult fiction | 25 Comments
Let’s start with the LOVE…
I love my husband. Yes, I know that’s cliché. And also, I really think my hubby is cute in a “Guido-Geeky” way.
My husband is not perfect. I based a lot of Tabbruis, my hero in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES, after my husband. In my books, Tabbruis is not comfortable in social situations, and neither is my 150+ I.Q. MENSA husband.
However, Tabbruis loves Charmeine and his family so much, he would do anything to make them happy and protected. To be even more of a believable hero, at times Tabbruis lacks the art of finesse with his wife. He makes mistakes. What one of us can say that we don’t? We all go ‘off the reservation’ once in while.
Dealing with PREJUDICE…
Ever since I was a toddler, I was taught no one is better than me, and I am no better than anyone else.
I have dealt with prejudice on many levels… feeling it, seeing it, and fighting against it.
I had hopes that once I got my MBA, which I worked very hard for, I would get a better job… NOT! I found out the GLASS CEILING above my head has be to broken before I can even get a chance to put my MBA to use. It appears some corporate mentalities don’t want to give educated women a chance. That’s not guff, it’s the ‘Unspoken Prejudice’ of the corporate world. I am struggling to have one corporate executive see my potential and prove myself worthy in the Fortune 500 world.
A lot of REGRETS…
I have so many regrets that the light from the ‘Planet Regrets’ can’t reach me.
Who of us don’t?
However, here’s where my hope and love will pull me through. If I pay Student Loans until I am 100 years old, and they give me a bill while I am going to the mortuary, I can’t regret my MBA Education. I am the first in my family to have a Graduate Degree, and that means something. I guess I will be buried with my degree in my casket tucked under my satin pillow.
Now onto dreaded BIRTHDAYS…
Argh! Birthdays suck. It’s mine March 2nd, and I am not at all happy about it…
I don’t feel my age
I don’t relate to my age
I can’t even tell you how I hate being labeled with the damaging prejudice of AGEISM. Especially now that I am trying to break the corporate GLASS CEILING mentality. Birthdays are the minefield of the struggling people of the corporate world.
THANKS and generosity of love…
I am so very thankful for my family, the Esparzas and Guidos. My mother and family taught me wonderful lessons in hospitality, hard work, and ethics, and I am ever thankful.
I am thankful to my PDMI Publishing family including TC and Nessa and all talented people there for taking such a chance on me and THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES.
I poured my heart out in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES… the Tabbruis and Charmeine Hunter family made of Vampires and Angels fighting evil is now a part of my family. I am jubilant that I get to share my heart with the world – literally. I have fans all over the globe now because PDMI took a chance on me.
Last but never forgotten, I am thankful of YOU - My WordPress Blogging Family…
I love you Jueseppi, Mendy, Kristina, Carly, Wendy, Jolene, David, Paula, Marilyn, Al, Val, Ch’Kara, Mari, Kim, Ella, Seamus, Juliette, Anthony, Laura, Sherry, Kimberly, Rebecca, Jennifer, Daven – AND all of you generous individuals I regularly am addicted to reading your blogs every day.
Lots of love,
February 28, 2015 | Categories: GIVEAWAY, Paranormal Romance, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Angel, Angels, Arts, Author, Blood, Blood-Hunter, Book, Books, Charmeine, Emily Guido, light bearer, Light-Bearer Series, Literature, Love, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Pay it Forward Friday, PDMI Publishing, Romance, Tabbruis, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampire, Young-adult fiction | 13 Comments