I recently came across this wonderful piece by Sophia McDougall called “I hate Strong Female Characters.” McDougall is not referring to female characters with physical and emotional strength (for instance, she likes Buffy and Jane Eyre). Rather, she means the archetypal Strong Female Character, who establishes her “tough” cred through arbitrary rudeness, punching, slapping, kung fu, gunshots, etc. (McDougall calls it “behaviour that, in a male character, would rightly be seen as abusive (or outright murderous)”). Men are more powerful in Hollywood, on which McDougall focuses, but the female-centric world of romance has its share of SFCs, most famously in Lord of Scoundrels but also in some of my recent review books, such as Jo Beverley’s Seduction in Silk and Lilith Saintcrow’s The Red Plague Affair. But what about our heroes? Do we do the same […]
Before romance novels there were love poems. Sometimes sweet, sometimes tender, sometimes raunchy but always intimate and direct. Most love poems are from the author to a specific lover, a genuine communication that wasn’t necessarily intended for commercial consumption. That authentic, sincere emotional communication can often capture the essence of love in far fewer lines than a romance novel. And it does so in such a way that it lingers on the mind and tongue in a way that a book often doesn’t. […]
With this week’s episode, The Locomotive Manipulation, The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler officially became one of my favorite couples ever.
I’ve been a fan of The Big Bang Theory from episode one, appreciating the quirky characters and silly humor supplied by producer Chuck Lorre, the amazing writing staff, and the hugely talented cast of actors. But it was the introduction of Mayim Bialik’s Amy Farrah Fowler as a romantic foil for the seemingly asexual Sheldon Cooper (played by the exquisite Jim Parsons) that really kicked the show up a notch, if you ask my opinion. The evolving relationship between these two characters has proven an absolute delight, and I would say it is one of the best examples ever of the will-they-or-won’t-they tease ever depicted on a TV program. […]
Tessa Dare, a perennial favorite here at AAR, releases her latest novel, Romancing the Duke, today. […]
LinnieGayl: One of my favorite categories in AAR’s Annual Poll is Best Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction. In most years I’ve read several books in the category and have a hard time deciding which book to vote for. This year is different. With just one month before polling begins on January 13, I realize that I haven’t read a single chick lit or women’s fiction book that I would consider voting for in the 2013 Annual Poll.
So I decided to take the advice we give readers: Do a power search at AAR. For Chick Lit titles published in 2013 that didn’t produce very helpful results; only Katie Fforde’s A Perfect Proposal, which received a B- from Maggie, has been reviewed this year at AAR.
A power search for best Women’s Fiction yields more titles published in 2013, including the following that interest me: […]
It’s hard to believe that we’ve almost made it to 2014. One look at our list of Eagerly Awaited titles for January 2014 shows that we’ve definitely been looking for Jill Sorenson’s latest release. And if you’re looking for a historical read set outside the seemingly ubiquitous Regency and Victorian England, guess what? So were we! More than a couple of us are hoping that an upcoming WWI tale will be a read worth waiting for. And that’s the beginning of the list of books that caught our eyes. What do you want to read next year?
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|Badlands by Jill Sorenson||
I chose another dish when I submitted my “Winter Warmer”, cold weather, stick-to-your-ribs recipe – but this one ran a close second. Its delicious, easy and filling, but man, is it ever ugly. I’ll provide the ingredients and directions, and you can decide the quantities. […]
I hope someone here can help me locate another pair of the most remarkable pants. They’re workout gear, men’s, and they have the label “level 8” stamped on them. I own one pair, want 20 more and can’t find them anywhere. The original pair was purchased on clearance at Ross for my son, who refused to wear them because he felt they were too girly. I decided to keep them for myself and now I wear them just about every time they come out of the laundry.
Why are they so special? First, they’re perfect leggings, extremely narrow legged with a band of rubber at the ankle that keeps them from riding up under boots. They’re reversible so you can wear them with either a matte or shiny side out. Best of all is the fit. Being menswear they’re very long in the leg, and being fitness wear they’re very stretchy and don’t bag at the knee by noon. They’re […]
This delicious, easy chicken dish is made on the stovetop, similar to the traditional pot roast. You have control over quantity, so you can feed two or a holiday crowd.
Boneless Chicken Breasts (3-6 or even more. I use tenders)
Heat a couple of tablespoons vegetable oil in a dutch oven on medium. (I use a nonstick spray first)
Fill pot 1/2 way with chicken broth, add water if needed until carrots are just covered. Cook on high to boiling and then reduce heat to slow simmer. Cover and cook for 30 mins or until carrots are about halfway done.
Add potatoes and cook until all vegetables are tender and ready to eat, adding broth or water as needed.
I didn’t provide measurements because the amount needed is […]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryNtVK55OUY Does it seem that commercials have gotten better in recent years? This one is a current favorite.