September 2, 2012

judging a book by its cover

I have a longstanding love affair with romance novels. When I was 12, Harlequin novels were some of the cheapest books I could find to indulge my new love of stories that made me feel funny in my tummy and blush. My friends and I raided garages sales for a quarter a piece and swapped them around.

Some of the stories are cute. Some are awful. It's a roll of the dice any time you pick up any book.

In the years since I fell for romance novels, my tastes have changed, and I admittedly do not read many of the Harlequin/Silhouette variety.

One aspect has not changed: I absolutely love perusing the new titles put on display every month or two in my local stores. Between the bare-chested men, flowing-haired women (and sometimes men) and super dramatic titles, I will spend minutes at a time admiring the latest selection. Then, you flip the cover, read the description and the entertainment continues. I mentioned this opinion last month on Chick Lit Plus. You can read my comments here.

I swear to you, if I had to pick five of my most coveted jobs in all of this world, one would be coming up with the titles and cover art for these books.

While scanning the titles in a local WalMart, I found myself drawn to several and I wanted to pay tribute. So, starting tomorrow, once a month I will post Trashy Titles: my three favorite new romance novel titles, covers and back cover descriptions that I see on display at my local grocery or drug store.

Quick disclaimer: By posting these I mean no disrespect to the authors, editors, designers or publishers involved with creating the books. I am sure these stories have many merits and I give the authors major props for publishing in this challenging economy. Category romances sell for a reason, and you have to admire their longevity. I just find the whole package entirely funny. Then again, I find most aspects of life funny. If you cannot have a sense of humor when scanning romance novels, when can you?

Though the saying says you should never judge a book by its cover, I figure what the hell. This is going to be fun. I hope you enjoy the,.

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