Wednesday, November 5, 2008

That's "Mrs." Thor Ravenhurst To You

Well I have found a great new website. Paperback Swap is a website where you post your used books to trade with others. FYI, they also have www.SwapaCD.com, www.SwapaDVD.com & www.SwapaGoat.com. No I'm not kidding. They don't currently have any goat swapping going on that I can see, but I guess it's good to have that web domain name reserved should the need arise.

I have hundreds of books in my house & so does my mom. She is one of 9 kids (Catholic) and her & her sisters all swap books. She had a bunch that she was going to take to Salvation Army, but I took them to post.

Somone in my mom's family likes the uh historical romance genre. I have never in my life seen so many ripped bodices. Words like flame-haired, merciless, stallion, aristocrat & desire are tossed around the way we use words like the & have.

What really gets me though are the names. Here are just a few of my personal favorites. Fleur Toogood & Rafe McIntyre. How about Gem McBride & Chase Dupre, Lady Regina Termaine & Viscount Draker, or Lady Adriana Sutton & Colton Wyndham. The last one is a Kathleen E. Woodiwiss book called The Reluctant Suitor, which is described on the back cover as “Genteelly Steamy!”

Another favorite is Sweet Velvet Passion featuring Silly Southern Minx, Velvet McBride & Backwoods Yankee Buck, J. Eliot Cutter

Lake Emerson, the lusty liontamer & his woman Clover Sinclair in Midnight Ecstasy.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better I found the holy grail of trashy romance novels. Behold the cover of Savage Thunder featuring none other than Fabio himself!

Photobucket Fabio is an Native American in this book, so note how they cleverly made his long flowing hair black. Best of all is the name of the character that Fabio represents on the cover. "Colt Thunder" and to think that I settled for John & Jack when naming my sons. *sigh*

86 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

My aunt used to read all of those books. Really...they just seem so cheesey.

Queenie Jeannie said...

What the hell is wrong with historical romances????? =)

Love you.......

Heather said...

Hee! Popping in from SITS (you typed faster than I did and turned up juuuust ahead of me in roll call today) and am totally enjoying your blog!

I have two cousins who are identical twins who are model/actors. Well, they're actually caterer/limo driver/construction worker/model/actors, but you know how that goes. When they were younger and hotter (they're now nearing 50 and more appropriate for roles as extras in the Sopranos or other mob-esque type fare), they did do a lot of modeling. One of their best jobs was posing for the cover art on those historical romance type books you're talking about. Seriously, for years I couldn't walk down the paperback aisle of the supermarket without seeing Gary or Glen gazing smolderingly back from above the bosom of some damsel he was shirtlessly clutching in his arms.....

Off to poke around some more - love your blog design too, by the way!

Cheers!

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Too too funny! My husband's grandma was 95 last year when she passed away and before that we would take her the steamy novels. She would say in her little polish accent "They must be steamy" Thanks for bringing back the memory! :) Have a happy Sits day!

CINDERELLA said...

wow. i love all those ridiculous names. half the fun of reading those old books is all the cooky names people come up with :)

shortmama said...

Colt Thunder? Well I guess its better than Calf Lightening right?

shortmama said...

Colt Thunder? Well I guess its better than Calf Lightening right?

WhiteSockGirl said...

Maybe I should stock up on those romance novels,... just to glide my eyes over the covers? Uhm,.. maybe not...

Laura said...

You are too funny Mimi! Love you!

Geeta said...

Ohhh literature. I can't say I ever gravitated towards that genre to that particuliar extent. There WAS however a series that I positively loved that took place around Regency England time about a women who kept playing matchmaker with everyone. Can't remember what it was called...but truly delightful!

That Fabio though... lol

Michelle (hometc) said...

Fabio looks about as authentic a Native American as the white people running around in black wigs and bad make-up in the 1960's B westerns!

Yaya said...

Lol!!
When I do the filing at the office I love coming across random names! The best was "GoodEnough"!

K said...

I love it.

Those are the best names ever!

(I do read the occasional trashy book - I felt I must confess. It's like watching trashy tv, a little brain candy.)

mommytoalot said...

Morning.
Oh I love book swaps. I come from a family of 8, (also Catholic) and we always swap books. All of us are readers too. Imagine.
Hope you have a fantastic day.
love your blog.
i will definately be back
cheers
Lisa

Selaen said...

I TOTALLY just posted a comment meant for this in a completely different screen! :D

But what I was meant to say was that when I was a teenager and just.. erm.. finding myself, I used to read these books. They were almost like porn to me! :D

But hey, who wouldn't want some hot, steamy, chest-heaving, foot-trembling, stomach-crunching action with Steamy McDreamy? ;)

xx

Greta said...

Those names are hilarious! You have such a funny way of describing these books. I love it! Great blog.

Becky said...

So hysterical. And now we just call men McDreamy or McSteamy! I guess THOSE were the days! ;)

Joy said...

Colt Thunder...ROFL...!

Astrid said...

Funny! I remember my mom went through a stage of reading that sort of ummm..."literature" after my dad died.

I'm actually looking for someplace to donate a bunch of books- unfortunately they're all in German. Any ideas on what to do with them?

Mandy said...

LOL....I love me a good historical romance. :)

Robin said...

LOL....
I wonder how long it will take to find someone who will want to swap for those. And when shipping them off, will you use plain brown wrapping paper? :-)

Cher said...

GOAT swapping? What on earth...i'm going to check that out right now. Congrats on your SITS day!

Allison D said...

OMG! Those names are too much. You couldn't make that stuff up if you tried. Worth all the quivering loins...

Mary at My New 30 said...

You know, I recently heard that in these trying times, romance novels are selling like hotcakes! I've never been a reader of romance much - not that type anyway. But, I dunno... maybe it's a nice fantasy diversion??

I have a LOT of books too - I seriously think I need a 12-step program for it.

Jennifer Juniper said...

I swear I learned about the birds and the bees from stealing my mom's harlaquinns (sp?)

Happy sits :)

pan x 8 said...

HI, Visiting from Sitsas! Great great names! Unfortunately for me. my parents got mine off the street they barely bought our house on! Good 'ole Janice St.

AndreaLeigh said...

haha! i love bodice rippers, as I call them. sex is never so inventive in the real world.

James' Mommy said...

If only they could turn Savage Thunder into a movie. I would like to see Fabio attempt to portray a Native American. The only Native American with a German Accent!

James' Mommy said...

If only they could turn Savage Thunder into a movie. I would like to see Fabio attempt to portray a Native American. The only Native American with a German Accent!

cat said...

Oh gosh Mimi, I loved this post. I will certainly return to your blog - good reading. Greetings from South Africa.

cat said...

Oh gosh Mimi, I loved this post. I will certainly return to your blog - good reading. Greetings from South Africa.

tammy said...

Hehe...those names are a little too much. Can you imagine a preschool class filled with Fleur, Rafe, Colt, Clover and Velvet?

Karen MEG said...

"Genteely Steamy" had me cracking up.

I used to read tons of these in high school, which, uh, maybe wasn't such a good thing.

Little Miss Baker said...

haha who thinks of these names and how?! Happy SITS Day!!!

What A Card said...

Hmm, you've gave me something to consider as we try to pick names for baby boy #3. Colt Thunder, you say?

Mama Nut said...

I remember as a teenager sneaking peeks at my mom's forbidden stash. She actually had that one! Haha. It had been many years since I picked one of those up, and it was after I was married. After one very laughable love scene I called it quits. It wasn't just the names that were unbelieveable :)

Amy said...

My Mom reads those trashy books.

Future Mama said...

hahaha!! Ok, you are funny! you won me over! I'm becoming an official follower now! I'm loving the look of your blog, and you crack me up!!

Hope you'll share some of your mommy advice with me sometime! :)

2 Little Irish Boys said...

If I only had time to read!
Happy SITS Day!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

These go beyond soap opera names! I've never read bodice rippers - but who DOESN'T get a kick out of the genre. I often think that the writers must have a lot of fun with the names.

Industrioushead said...

That is the reason I don't read romance novels; it's all a little too cheesy. Give me a great murder mystery anytime!

Amy said...

I didn't think anyone really read those books. Too funny! :)

Reluctant Housewife said...

'Savage Thunder'?

Bwahahaha!

No way. That's too funny.

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

I hope people keep buying romance novels. They have kept a roof over my head and chocolate in my pocket. I am a photographer and have done many covers...only one with models however. I always get a kick out of the names.

Jessica - This Is Worthwhile said...

Oh yes, the historical novel... Oh how it shaped what I thought dating life would be!

If only someone could have told me boys were NEVER that awesome and I would never have flowing long hair that would make a man swoon.

Vivienne said...

Sadly, I think several of my 5th grader's classmates have Mommas who were fans of the Historical Romance novels....

Robbie S.Redmon, LPC said...

Great post!

Tonya said...

Lol! I signed up the used book swap too!

Laura said...

Those are some strange names. I never go into the romance books - too make-believe for me.

Charmaine said...

Love it!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Funny!!! My Nannie has shelves and shelves of those books.

I really like your blog layout. :)

Mrs. M said...

Historical Romances are good (might I suggest Irresistible by Karen Robards-featuring one Hugh Battencourt, Duke of Richmond?)but you know what I think are even better? Mystery/Crime Romances. Seriously for real. Courtroom drama+crazyderanged serial killers+ultra hot leading couple=cheesy delicious brain candy.

Jaci said...

Oh, bodice rippers are the BEST! I love to pick one up in Barnes and Noble, then walk over to my husband while he's quietly staring at man books, and then start reading OUT LOUD in a breathy, gaspy voice. Never fails to embarrass him. :)

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

Poor Fabio. Does anyone read those novels anymore? Maybe he could get a side gig on the next Twilight cover!

Brandy said...

My Granny read these all her life, and my aunt still reads them so I have had the displeasure of reading a couple myself.

While the love scenes are completely over-written, the historical facts are usually fun.

And I'm not talking about anything that pertains to Fabio.

Mountain Mama said...

I read Kathleen Woodiweiss for the clothing. Seriously.

Whay are you all looking at me like that?

Pricilla said...

Hmmm, I will have to keep this in mind for my next kid.
Kevin is just so mundane...
Happy SITS day!

Cammie said...

Happy SITS day!!!

Mandy said...

Ah yes the trashy romance novel. There was a time when my mother and my aunt were trading these back and forth. I had the misfortune of reading one and only one as I have no stomach for the "genteely steamy" parts.

Mariel said...

What a great site! Thanks!

Marshmallow Circus said...

he he, as a romance writer I see these names quite often. What is funny is how the same book in the US can have a completely different name in the Uk.

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

Haha! How funny. My aunt used to read these, but at the time I didn't know what they where cuz she ripped the cover off all of them and read them in the bathroom! I'm sure they were a hot item on the book swapping site! Enjoy your day in the SITS spotlight.

Jadehollow said...

Oh my gosh .. I had completely forgotten that Fabio's gain to fame was from modeling for these books. I've only read one romance book .. and it was a Kathleen Woodiwiss book titled.. The Flame and the Flower. It was smoking lol.
I never read another one out of embarassment... My World History teacher Coach Parker caught me reading it in class and decided to share a few paragraphs with the class... I nearly died.
Thanks for making me have that lil flashback .. I've really enjoyed getting to tour your blog today .. I will for sure be back.
Hugs,
Debbie

Jamie said...

Have an AWESOME SITS day!

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Hey, I think I've read those books! I used to love them, but now I'm too embarassed to read them in public any more. I stick to People magazine and the Twilight books.

Jones-Keeping Up With Mom said...

Those names are rediculous. Yes, I spell ridiculous with an E. Those names deserve it! Found ya on SITS! :) K bye!

Mommy of Many said...

I will be checking out this site, thanks

Michelle said...

I love PBS...but I have to be honest with you. Even if my MIL (Who also loves romance, although the christian variety) gave me all her books I would not/could not post them on PBS for the embarrassment factor. You are stronger than I.

And really, blah. I'd rather read something good.

Marrdy said...

I have to admit that I have read Kathleen Woodiwiss a time or two.

My favorite is actually Shanna. Read it when I was about 20 and really messed with my mind! I always wondered where my Ruark is!

BettieBlogger said...

I find I just cannot bring myself to read those books and not giggle. Can you imagine your other 1/2 saying some of those things to you during sex? rofl ..

Bettie

becca greene said...

i suck at book swaps. i always want to keep them for myself. i love my books and have way too many, but cannot bring myself to part with them. i think those romances are uber weird too. i never got how fabio was supposed to be hot.

Kathie @ my net finds said...

LOL

Mikki Black said...

My grandma has TONS of those books, and when we were pre-teens, my cousing and I used to read them, but we'd always warn each other to skip chapter 7, "cause that's where they always do IT".

--gasp!--

I have no idea if that's true or not, though, as we never were able to read a single chapter 7.

Susan said...

good gracious - what names...i think i'll stick with the more mainstream novels.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Swap a Goat????? That sounds so....so...scandalous! Hey, it could be the name of one of those romance novels! Fabio would just need to trim his hair a little for the cover. And grow a beard. And bleat.

Congrats on your SITS day!

- Margaret

Trish said...

I dated a iy one time that wanted to change his name to "Johnny Colorado". And no.... I didn't end up marrying him!!!

Mrsbear said...

Ew, Fabio. lol. Happy SITS day.

Mrsbear said...

Ew, Fabio. lol. Happy SITS day.

Rae Ann said...

Sadly, some poor susceptable pregnant gal is going to read one of those and go, " 'Colt Thunder?' How masculine!" and name her poor kid after him!

Sapphire said...

Colt Thunder! *swoons*

Vickie said...

Ah yes, I have been known to read the historical romances. I love your discription. Yu make it so legit:)

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Who gave you my copy of Savage Thunder?!?!?!?! I want it back!

Esther said...

I have to admit that in moments of weakness I have read certain books that could be a bit like that. If I do read them I try to do it discreetly because the covers embarrass the hell out of me. And my family tease me about the names. But I have never read anything with Fabio on the cover. I have my pride. And does anyone else get bored by the sex scenes. It always makes me giggle at the various original ways the authors try to come up with to describe it. But after you've read a couple of sex scenes, you've read them all. I skip them to get on with the story.

Gamma Sharon said...

Every once in a while it is nice to pick up a book where you don't have to think. Those are them kind of books.
And I agree with Esther... I skim through the sex scenes... they get very tiresome.
Congradulations...
Hope you had a great SITS day in the sun!

Michelle said...

Oh I'm thinking I found my writing niche. I could totally come up with better names (and probably plots?) than those! ;)

Controlling My Chaos said...

They could be worse. They could be soap opera names like Stormy, Stone, River, Cricket, etc.

Congrats on your SITS day!