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  5. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Things are not as they seem. About the fifth time I was about to write that for a story section, I realized I should just put that up here. I'm sure there's some story where this phrase doesn't work, but so many of the stories use it as bedrock - as foundation. A ghost that doesn't realize they are a ghost. A mortal human not realizing she's talking to a ghost different story from that first sentence.

    Werewolves, vampires, fairies, insane women, and the one story I can think of off the top of my head where people go into it knowing about 'the creatures of the night', the 'not as they seem' would be the human mortal human who is 'not as she seems' - human and mortal, yes, but she's also undercover trying to 'bust' the 'bad people'. Several occasions we have people who suddenly realize they knew the other s from some past life or lives.

    Mixed in with two travel related stories well, the first two stories in this volume are travel related - one involving a train accident and the search for terrorists; other involves the TSA and how, while it appears they are really really incompetent, there's a reason for that. I suppose 'Full Moon Weekend' wouldn't fall into the 'not what they seem' - since it involves two women, a shifter and a human, but both know of and intimately know each other. And nothing 'surprising' pops up - other than just what one of the women can shift into. Which is neat in and of itself, but not really the type of 'surprising' indicated by 'not what they seem'.

    Several historical fictions mixed with fantasy - like Faraday's 'The Trickster Codex' set in, I believe, the s and having a noir vibe; and Buck's 'Forget Me Not' set in the s - and one of those ghost stories. Devils, vampires, wolves, cheetahs, dolphins, turtles, several horsies one story has that woman who can shift into basically anything, so she shifts into a horse, another has two 'skin walkers' who can 'control from a distance' animal familars, like horses , succubus succubi?

    Many of which touch on death and grief; many of which touch on immortal lives. Though it is fairly obvious from the beginning what's going on. A bombing occurs on a train. An FBI agent and a rider from that train try to track down the terrorists. Then reports come in regarding another attack that will occur shortly. Rating: 4. Main character works as an agent collecting the 'captured' creatures.

    Not everything is as it seems, though, perhaps - including that attractive woman who shows interest in main character. Rating: 3. Eve and Selene head into the woods for a weekend of, as it is put in the story, nakedness and fucking. Interesting little story. Certain amount of graphicness to the story, but a certain bit less than expected considering author and how erotic some of her stories can be and expressed nature of the weekend a fuck weekend.

    Ever since then, ever since that occasion when 'she should have died', she can't stop obsessing over the doctor. She keeps having this odd dreams, involving volcanoes, large ships, etc. And doing everything to catch glimpses of said doctor. There's more than meets the eye.

    Gives only food of day to dog spotted on street. Very skinny - more because can't afford food than for fashion reasons. Doesn't get much work because of 'that bastard Philip Marlowe hanging around' apparently Marlowe had worked for her, then left and stole all her clients and contacts. Former WASP fighter pilot - shot down over enemy lines. Had been best in code class, but kicked out for lack of balls and dick. Gets a case from Lorena Claw 'five and a half feet of gorgeous, with shoulders like a general, black hair and eyes, and skin like red desert clay' , a 'civilian consultant currently overseeing a project involving a new kind of code' 'Dr.

    The Feds get involved. And then. Interesting, intriguing story. Didn't go anywhere then fizzled away like a cloud of cats. Nightly she dreams of a woman ravishing her. She wakes up covered in evidence of her dreams. At the university, her class is about how women are treated and myths and the like - badly. This story here doesn't exactly help in that specific situation. Rating: 2. She seduces a young female guard to try to help her get inside.

    Though she finds more than she expected. Because of the accident she: lost her wife; lost her baby; gained hallucinations. One of the hallucinations is associated with a hated mirror - but one that had also been beloved by her wife - so she can't get rid of it. Jackson Leigh : Skin Walkers Skinwalkers; Natives A professor has gained certain fame as a myth-buster - best-selling book; grant money; etc. She has been hired to try to figure out what is going on with a 'gathering of wild horses' event conducted by the government.

    Another 'more than meets the eye'; and another 'lives entertwinned through more than one moment alive'. Buck : Forget Me Not Historical Fiction , view spoiler [ghost story hide spoiler ] A woman wanders she knows where not, for she's distracted by 'needing to breath' and eventually drunk.

    She winds up hiding in a church graveyard when she hears a voice. Telling her 'you are like me'. She has a conversation with that woman that goes along with the voice. There's this hypnotic pull to the story that I'm not sure I'd feel any other time, so my feelings for the story and my rating are probably slightly dislodged from the norm.

    Judging by copyright dates, and the actions in this here story, this is probably something like a 3. Well, more stars Olivia. Story shows Olivia going undercover to try to 'take down' a presidential candidate. Goes to that fight club that appears in the Everafter series. If any other characters from that series pops up, I didn't recognize them. For what it is - interesting snippet that I want to see concluded, see more of.

    And I have a vague recollection that while 'something' turns up in book four that is vaguely connected, the story line itself - with Olivia 'doing stuff' didn't really go anywhere in book 4. But I can't really go by memory - right or wrong memory, but what's going on in this here story. And, for what it's worth, I'd give this somewhat incomplete story a rating of 3. Unleashes bad stuff. Sees psychologist. May or may not rape herself, depending on how you interpret the story. Like that vampire series. Nor do I care. I knew I wouldn't want anything to do with that series, but because this short story was in a book I already owned, and because I've liked everything I have in fact read by Weatherspoon, I figured I'd go ahead and read this very short story.

    And now I feel ill. I assume I would understand the story more if I had read at least the first vampire book. As is - it is confusing. The main character's father is the ultimate demon? Something like that? Yet she is human? And has been given by him to his 'most powerful'. Who happens to be a vampire.

    Who feeds on her. And one other at least - people who have been 'trained' to be feed upon. Apparently 'allowing a creature to bite you and suck on your blood while you experience multiple orgasms' is something that you need to be trained for. Meanwhile the main character, a freshman, has apparently found a junior to be her 'mistress' who 'controls' Benny as 'Bunny', her pet bunny.

    Benny is quite shy and doesn't want to have anyone there when she is feed upon, and doesn't want to be there when her mistress is feed upon. B attempts unsuccessfully to seduce and rape Pamela multiple times, he eventually rewards her virtue by sincerely proposing an equitable marriage to her. The book was one of the first bestsellers, with five editions printed in the first eleven months of release. Jane Austen is an important influence on romance genre fiction , and Pride and Prejudice , published in , has been called "the best romance novel ever written.

    While the literary fiction romance continued to develop in the 20th century, the new subgenre of genre fiction, which first developed in the 19th century, started to become more popular after the First World War. In , E. Hull 's novel The Sheik was published in the United Kingdom. The novel, which became hugely popular, was adapted into a movie , which established star Rudolph Valentino as the top male actor of the time. The hero of this book was an iconic alpha male who kidnapped the heroine and won her admiration through his forceful actions.

    The novel was one of the first modern works to introduce the rape fantasy , a theme explored in Samuel Richardson's Pamela Although women were gaining more independence in life, publishers believed that readers would only accept premarital sex in the context of rape. In this novel and those that followed, the rape was depicted as more of a fantasy; the heroine is rarely if ever shown experiencing terror, stress, or trauma as a result.

    The popular, mass market version of the historical romance , which Walter Scott developed in the early 19th century, is seen as beginning in , when Georgette Heyer published The Black Moth. This is set in , but many of Heyer's novels were inspired by Jane Austen's novels and are set around the time Austen lived, in the later Regency period. Because Heyer's romances are set more than years earlier, she includes carefully researched historical detail to help her readers understand the period.

    Her characters often exhibit twentieth century sensibilities, and more conventional characters in the novels point out the heroine's eccentricities, such as wanting to marry for love.

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    In the s, the British publishers Mills and Boon began releasing hardback romance novels. The books were sold through weekly two-penny libraries and were known as "the books in brown" for their brown binding. In the s, the company began offering the books for sale through newsagents across the United Kingdom.

    A Canadian company, Harlequin Enterprises , began distributing in North America in the category romances published by Mills and Boon. They had a "decency code," and rejected more sexually explicit material that Mills and Boon submitted for reprinting. Realizing that the genre was popular, Richard Bonneycastle finally decided to read a romance novel. He chose one of the more explicit novels and enjoyed it. On his orders, the company conducted a market test with the novel he had read and discovered that it outsold a similar, tamer novel.

    The few heroines who worked did so in traditional female jobs, including as nurses , governesses and secretaries. Intimacy in the novels never extended beyond a chaste kiss between the protagonists. On October 1, , Harlequin purchased Mills and Boon. By this point, the romance novel genre "had been popularized and distributed widely to an enthusiastic audience" in Great Britain. In an attempt to duplicate Mills and Boon's success in North America, Harlequin improved their distribution and marketing system.

    Harlequin then began a reader service, selling directly to readers who agreed to purchase a certain number of books each month. In the US, modern romance genre fiction was born in , with Avon's publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss 's The Flame and the Flower , which was the first of the modern "bodice ripper" romance novels to follow "the principals into the bedroom.

    The latter sold two million copies in its first three months of release. By , Publishers Weekly had reported that the "Avon originals" had sold a combined 8 million copies. The success of these novels prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroine and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger.

    Journal article in referred to these bodice rippers as "publishing's answer to the Big Mac: They are juicy, cheap, predictable, and devoured in stupefying quantities by legions of loyal fans. In this new style of historical romance, heroines were independent and strong-willed and were often paired with heroes who evolved into caring and compassionate men who truly admired the women they loved.

    The women were virgins , while the men were not, and both members of the couple were described as beautiful. Category romance lines were slower to react to some of the changes that had swept the historical romance subgenre. In the late s, a Harlequin editor rejected a manuscript by Nora Roberts , who has since become the top-selling romance author, because "they already had their American writer.

    Authors were also expected to address contemporary issues where appropriate. Despite the acquisition, Silhouette continued to retain editorial control and to publish various lines under their own imprint. Harlequin had also failed to adapt quickly to the signs that readers appreciated novels with more explicit sex scenes, and in , several publishers entered the category romance market to fill that gap.

    That year, Dell launched their Candlelight Ecstasy line with Amii Lorin 's The Tawny Gold Man , becoming the first line to waive the requirement that heroines be virgins. A survey of romance readers confirmed that the new styles of writing were attracting new readers to the genre. This means that two-thirds of those surveyed joined the genre after it had begun to change. The number of category romance lines increased at a rapid pace, and by there were 16 separate lines producing a total of 80 novels per month.

    This tight market caused a proportionate decrease in the quality of the novels that were being released. By , the market was saturated with category lines and readers had begun to complain of redundancy in plots. The genre continued to expand in the mid-to-late s, as publishers realized that the more popular authors were often those who stretched the boundaries of the genre.

    A novel by LaVyrle Spencer featured an overweight, middle-aged hero who had to make drastic changes to his lifestyle to win the heroine, while a Dailey novel involved an ugly hero and a heroine who was searching for her birth mother. The age range of heroines also began to expand, so that books began to feature women who had already reached 30 and even Heroes also changed, with some authors veering towards a more sensitive man.

    Despite the broadening of some aspects of the plot, other taboos remained, and publishers discouraged authors from writing about controversial subjects such as terrorism, warfare, and masculine sports. The romance novel began to expand in other ways as well. Her novel, A Knight in Shining Armor , "became a natural bestseller. Because the novels were set in modern times, they could include more of the elements that modern women could relate to, and soon began to touch on themes such as single parenthood, adoption, and abuse.

    By , the covers had begun to evolve from featuring a scantily clad couple to instead showing a view of the landscape featured in the novel. As women's career options have expanded in real life, so have those of their fictional counterparts. In the earliest Harlequin romance novels, heroines were typically nurses and secretaries.

    As time has passed and women have entered the workforce in larger numbers, romance heroines have spanned the career spectrum. Despite recent rehabilitation and merging of the genre with other genres, the stigma attached to the romance genre continues to be strong, with some dedicated readers embarrassed to admit to buying or even reading the books. Some critics point to a lack of suspense, as it is obvious that the hero and heroine will eventually resolve their issues, and wonder whether it is beneficial "for women to be whiling away so many hours reading impossibly glamorized love stories.

    Romance novelists attribute the stigma to the fact that romance is the only genre "written almost exclusively by women for women. Romance novels are divided into two sub-sets, category romances, also known as series romances, and single title romances. Category romances are short, usually no more than pages, or about 55, words. In many cases, the books are numbered sequentially within the line. To write a successful novel of this length, the "author must pare the story down to its essentials. Subplots and minor characters are eliminated or relegated to the backstory. Publishers of category romances usually issue guidelines for each line, specifying the elements necessary for a novel to be included in each line.

    Most recently, erotic and Christian lines have been introduced while traditional Regency romance lines have ended. Single-titles novels are romance novels not published as part of a publisher's category. They are longer than category romances, typically between and pages, or ,, words. Despite their name, single-title novels are not always stand alone novels. Some authors prefer to write several interconnected books, ranging in number from trilogies to long-running series, so that they can revisit characters or worlds.

    Such sets of books often have similar titles, and may be labelled as "Number 1 in the XXX Series", but they are not considered series romances because they are not part of a particular line. Because the definition of a romance novel does not limit the types of plot devices, time frames, or locations that can be included, the genre has grown to encompass a wide variety of material and spawned multiple subgenres.

    Subgenres of romance are often closely related to other literature genres, and some books could be considered a romance subgenre novel and another genre novel at the same time. For example, romantic suspense novels are often similar to mysteries , crime fiction and thrillers , and paranormal romances use elements popular in science fiction and fantasy novels.

    Contemporary romance, which is set after World War II , [76] is often what people mean when they refer to a romance novel. Contemporary romance novels—the largest subgenre—are set in the time when they are written, and usually reflect the mores of that time. Heroines in contemporary romances prior to usually quit working when they marry or have children—while heroines after usually have, and keep, a career. Most contemporary romance novels contain elements that date the books.

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    The majority of them eventually become irrelevant to more modern readers and go out of print. Over half of the romantic fiction published in the United States in out of 2, books were contemporary romance novels. Historical romance, also known as historical novel , is a broad category of fiction which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past, which Walter Scott helped popularize in the early 19th-century, with works such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. However, the focus here is on the mass-market genre. This subgenre includes a wide variety of other subgenres, including Regency romance.

    Mass-market historical romance novels are rarely published in hardcover, with fewer than 15 receiving that status each year, less than one-fifth of the number of contemporary romance novels published in that format. Because historical romances are primarily published in mass-market format, their fortunes are tied to a certain extent to the mass-market trends.

    Booksellers and large merchandisers now sell fewer mass market paperbacks, preferring trade paperbacks or hardcovers, which prevents historical romances from being sold in some price clubs and other mass merchandise outlets. In , mass-market historical romances were published, a year high.

    Kensington Books says they receive fewer submissions of historical novels, and their previously published authors have switched to contemporary. Romantic suspense involves an intrigue or mystery for the protagonists to solve. Like all romances, romantic suspense novels must place the development of a relationship between the protagonists at the heart of the story.

    The relationship "must impact each decision they make and increase the tension of the suspense as it propel the story. In turn, the events of suspense must also directly affect the relationship and move the story forward. This blend of the romance and mystery was perfected by Mary Stewart , who wrote ten romantic suspense novels between and Stewart was one of the first to seamlessly combine the two genres, maintaining a full mystery while focusing on the courtship between two people.

    Paranormal romance blends the real with the fantastic or science fictional. Time travel , futuristic, and extraterrestrial romances also fall beneath the paranormal umbrella. These novels often blend elements of other subgenres—including suspense, mystery, or chick lit—with their fantastic themes. Others are set in the future, sometimes on different worlds. Still others have a time-travel element with either the hero or the heroine traveling into the past or the future.

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    A popular title in the genre can sell over , copies. Many paranormal romances rely on the blend of contemporary American life with the existence of supernatural or magically empowered beings, human or otherwise. Sometimes the larger culture is aware of the magical in its midst; sometimes it is not. Some paranormal romances focus less on the specifics of their alternate worlds than do traditional science fiction or fantasy novels, keeping the attention strongly on the underlying romance.

    These books time travel, fantasy, science fiction, and futuristic blend romance with fantasy or science fiction, and they often overlap the paranormal subgenre. While exploring their alternate worlds, they also offer a fully developed romance. The sensuality level in these novels varies from chaste to very sexy. Over the years, many publishers have included futuristic, fantasy, and science-fiction romances in their contemporary series lines for example, Harlequin Temptation, Harlequin Superromance, Silhouette Special Edition.

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