Friday, December 07, 2007


It's been a long week, but hubby comes home today! I am so happy. Gotta run to the dentist now. More later.

Update:   I'm back from the dentist.  The left side of my mouth and tongue are all numb.  But at least it's over.

The Internet has been abuzz about an article published in the UK's Guardian about the romance novels published by Harlequin Mills & Boon (my publisher.)  I've posted before how I feel about negative press and romances, but even this one got me a riled up.  If you want to know more check out the blog Teach Me Tonight.  Laura Vivanco wrote about the situation yesterday and includes links to the article itself and various opinions out there in the blogsphere.

This one goes under Oops!... I got the following email from my best friend since college.
I just got my copy of the book. I can't believe my non-romantic husband got a mention in one of your books before I ever did! Now he has to read it!
I'll have to remedy that one somehow! Care to share any Oops! of your own?

Have a great Friday!


Bailey Stewart said...


Melissa said...

That's exactly what I thought when I woke up this morning. YAY!!!!!

Nathalie said...

You mentionned your best friend's husband... hilarious!!

The criticism is stupid... the research was based on books that were written in the 80s when bodice rippers - aka K. Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers were the rave!
If you want to make an unbiased analysis, update the info!!!!!

Melissa said...

Nathalie - Well, my best friend's husband helped me with the research in Italy so that's why I mentioned him. He also helped me with my mermaid book so I named a character after him!

And you nailed it about the criticism!

Marianne Arkins said...

That article...Ugh... round and round and round we go.

Simple fact is -- romance will NEVER get respect. I belonged to a writing group at one point full of literary writers. For the most part, everyone was respectful of my choice to write romance... except one. She made constant jabs about romance books, to the point I finally stepped out of the group, which was a shame.

Worst part? This woman admitted to never having read a romance novel in her life.


YAY on hubby coming home!

Brandy said...

Woo-Hoo! Your hubs is coming home! I bet you're so ecstatic that you're jumpy. *g*
Hugs on the visit to the Dentist. I hate the Dentist and I use that word sparingly.
Oops in my life are a common occurance, so nothing really stands far out. *g*

Now, go enjoy the hubs! *G*

Nathalie said...

Ok... so the husband in question helped you... I remember reading your mermaid book :)

Now, I think your best friend will have to help you for your next book, I mean, if she wants to have her name in one of your books.

The dentist again... how horrible! Once a year is really enough for me :)

Romance is not getting the respect it should, they say it represents a 5th of the book market! People think that romance readers are just plain stupid and utopic - they don't know how bright we are!! and that we perfectly know how to differentiate fiction from reality!!

It seems your husband is not at home during weekdays... you finsihed your book and took care of your 3 kids alone, fascinating!

Dru said...

I'm glad hubby is coming home. Is he there yet? How are you feeling? Do you still have your cold?

I can't think of any oops, but if I have/had one, it would most likely be work related.

Enjoy your weekend!

Melissa said...

Thanks, Marianne. I'm so happy he's home.

I'm so tired of the same old same with the genre. You can't please everyone, and romance is not everyone's cup of tea, but I just really dislike the critics who criticize without really know anything about the genre other than their own perceptions.

Haha on your oops, Brandy! He stopped by the office when he got back, then came home in time to put Rose down for her nap! He's now cooking dinner. Sigh...

My husband has to travel for his job, Nathalie. Luckily he managed to be around at deadline time, but left the morning after I turned in the book. That's the trip he's home from. He still has another trip to Israel coming up. He never had to travel for his job until this summer. It's getting old fast.

He's here, Dru. I'm happy he's home, but still sick. Oh, I used to hate work oops. I made several of those unfortunately.

Bailey Stewart said...

Dru couldn't remember an oops. Seems I remember a certain light bulb ... Just kidding.

You don't have enough space here for me to list my oops. Fortunately for me.

Dru said...

LOL Bailey. That's not an oops, but a "duh" *g*

Brandy said...

I have to side with Dru on this one, that was a "well, duh!". *g*

Nathalie said...

I don't really have a major oops... maybe once I told my friend that her ex-boyfriend was now dating her sister and she didn't it know it yet... she needed to know!!

Travelling can be tiresome!! It is fun for a while, but nothing is better than home!

windycindy said...

Hi, Enjoy your family day! "Happy Holidays!" Thanks,Cindi