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In my recent addition of RWR magazine, there was a reader who wrote in to say that she didn’t care for some of the romance books she’d read lately because of the explicitness of the sex scenes in them. I’m not going to quote her exactly, but her reasoning went along the lines of “it’s not necessary” and “it’s too much information”. Now, just for clarity, she was referring to adult romance novels, not YA, where of course there’s a different standard. So that got me thinking (always a dangerous thing :). How do you, romance readers, like your sex scenes? Do you like a teaser, then a fade-to-black/closed-door non-descriptive scene that lets your imagination pick up where the author left off? Or do you, as a reader, want that …

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If you haven’t seen the 1976 film Network, run out and rent it. Right now.

Network is a scathing satire about a fictional television network UBS. This Oscar winning screenplay was written by Paddy Chayefsky. It was unbelievable then and today it’s still almost unbelievable. It’s the story of a news anchor, Howard Beale who after many years of reporting the news with integrity finds his ratings slipping. In an effort to boost the ratings, UBS decides to combine entertainment with news. The once lone anchor reading from a teleprompter looking straight into the camera is replaced by fortunetellers, evangelists, and urban terrorists. Distraught by what he now sees as passing for news, Beale delivers his famous on camera speech urging the viewers to open their windows and scream …

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The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced that as of Monday they will be on strike. The first television shows to be effected by the strike will be the late night talk shows. They depend on writers for their opening monologues. Most of the scripted TV series would begin to see the effects of a strike beginning in January, shows like LOST, HEROES and 24. While they are currently filming episodes of these shows, not all episodes have been written and filmed – that means lots of repeats in the middle of the year, which can be death to shows that have a continuing story line, or a mystery that needs to be solved.

Personally, I can’t imagine a world without writers. They are artists and they bring the …

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I noticed last week that they were making one of my all time favorite books into a film. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez . My first reaction – I’m not going to see the film.

I read the book soon after it was published in 1985. I remember being glued to every single word.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the publisher:

The story takes place in the late 1800s, in a Caribbean port city, a young telegraph operator named Florentino Ariza falls deliriously in love with Fermina Daza, a beautiful student. She is so sheltered that they carry on their romance secretly, through letters and telegrams. When Fermina Daza’s father finds out about her suitor, he sends her on a trip intended to make her

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We filmed one of the “Smart Bitches” Sarah from smartbitchestrashybooks.com last week. Marisa turned Sarah onto JR Ward. No Sarah hadn’t yet tasted anything from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. As you may know, Marisa and I are big fans of the series. In fact, Marisa was the one who turned me on. So, when Marisa discovered that Sarah hadn’t partaken in the feeding frenzy, she naturally told Sarah, you must, must read these books.

Sarah started with the first book, “Lover Unbound”, and during the taping, she noticed we had the rest of the series on the shelf in the office. Marisa let her borrow her precious possessions and now Sarah is definitely into the whole drinks blood, doesn’t go out after dark, lifemate/soulmate, eternity thing.

So – what …

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