Everybody always talks about book boyfriends, those hot alpha males we all love to read about. But not a lot is said about book girlfriends, those women who you’d love to have next to you in a fight, or as your BFF. Here are my top BBFF (book, best friends, forever)
In contemporary romance, the strong female usually has self confidence and a great sense of humor. Take Jenny Crusie’s Min, for instance in Bet Me. Cal has no idea what hit him. Of course, Suzanne Brockman’s PJ Richards in Harvard’s Education is a sharp shooter, training with SEALS. I’m not messing with her. My personal favorite contemporary heroine has a great job like a lawyer or a business owner, who doesn’t take one bit of the heroes’ nonsense. Julie James’ heroines tend to be wise cracking professional women with a low tolerance for B.S.
Carolyn, my heroine in The Queen’s Wings, isn’t kickass. She’s never been in a fight, unless you count her brother Evan, but he deserved it. He bent the cover of her signed copy of Jude Deveraux’s Knight in Shining Armor. She’s just a regular girl who dreams of becoming a dragon. Yet along the way, she finds a way to be strong, both emotionally and physically.
So I saw a meme like the one above and I should know better to save them to my "funny" file when I see them. Instead, I passed it along. But then the thought of it really dug in and when I went back to find it, of course, it was gone in a long line of new posts. So my friend, Kenny, made this one for me with what I could remember of the post. Then my other friends came through and found the original post. Then, my friend Kristan Higgins shared it and BOOM! The next thing I knew FIVE MILLION people had seen the post. Holy Viral Outbreak, Batman. The best part, though, was reading the comments. I love passionate nerds. They are my people and my tribe. I loved all the discussion about the comic books and the book tie-ins and the debate about one of my favorite movies. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be sharing Star Wars with my son. When my husband, son and I sat together in the movie theater, I got goosebumps when the opening orchestra sounded. We clapped when Han and Chewie came on screen. We left the movie singing "Da Da Da Da DA!" over and over again.
But then all the comments about how Carrie Fisher hadn't aged well came out and it wasn't until Carrie responded with "Blow me" and that the comments hurt "all three of her feelings" that I realized that General Leia Organa kind of got the short straw in all of this. Let's be honest, it's been over thirty years since Luke, Leia and Han soared into hyperspace. We've all aged, gracefully or not.
So then I thought that maybe Carrie Fisher deserved her own meme. . . .
NYC’s First & Only Romance Reading Series
Lady Jane’s Salon® as seen in Time Out New York and The New York Post…
Join us Monday, January 4th, 7-9:00 PM at Madame X (NYC’s “sexiest bar”; loft level) as we ring in 2016 with four fabulous romance fiction readings.
Guest authors: Jamie K. Schmidt, Nicole Banks, Sylvia Halliday and Marty T. McCarthy!
Admission: $5/person. Net proceeds support Win.
Cash bar with $5/$6 cocktails & “mocktails.”
About LJS: Launched in February 2009 by authors Hope Tarr, Leanna Renee Hieber and Maya Rodale and book blogger, Ron Hogan, Lady Jane’s Salon® is NYC’s first, and still only, monthly reading series devoted to romance fiction, now with seven satellites nationwide. The Salon, which donates its net proceeds to Win, has been featured in The New York Post,
Time Out New York and in the award-winning documentary film, “Love Between the Covers.”
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I was thinking of all my favorite holiday songs and I realized that I didn't like the "I'll have a Blue Christmas Without You" songs. I don't want to cry. I want to party. So here's a bunch of rocking songs to get you through to New Year's.