Tuesday, February 02, 2010
And what better way to prove it then to show your intelligence, good taste, and superiority by stopping by my blog, IMHO, the week of February 7 – 13. During that week, IMHO will feature a lineup of guests who will discourse on the topic of “Why Smart Women (and Men) Read Romance.”
My goal in lining up the guest hosts for this event is to shatter the “romance reader” stereotype by asking some of the smartest people I know to tell us, during one of the most romantic times of the year, why they enjoy reading romance. I know there are many witty, intelligent romance readers out there, and I want everyone else to know, too, that smart people read romance.
So, if you’ve ever been criticized about your choice of reading material, this event is for you. If friends, family, or co-workers have pooh-pooh’d you because you love a happy ending, drag them here between February 7 – 13 and show them how many truly smart men and women love stories where the boy gets the girl and “all’s well that ends well.” You might even pick up a few snappy comebacks and statistics to throw around at your next party.
And, to top it all off, we’ll be giving away free books and other prizes, like a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble, while we engage in thoughtful, fun, and perhaps controversial discussion on this topic.
Feb 7: Double-header with Courtney Milan - debut historical romance author and Rob Preece, - 2005 Golden Heart nominee, small press publisher, and PhD in Economics
Feb 8: William Simon - computer cyber crimes investigator and former North Houston RWA chapter president
Feb 9: Madeline Hunter - bestselling author of historical romance and university professor
Feb 10: Dr. Debra Holland - practicing psychologist, PhD, and 2005 Golden Heart nominee
Feb 11: Carolyn Jewel - historical romance author and Data Base Administrator
Feb 12: Don Helin - former Pentagon army officer, thriller author
Feb 13: Vicki Hinze - bestselling, multi-genre romance author, PhD in Theocentric business and ethics
Wow. I feel smarter already. In the meantime, check out reviewer KatieBabs Babbling About Books post on the growing trend of using romance novels as texts in college universities.