Monday Randomness

I had a long, ranty post about authors, political propaganda, and why I am “breaking up” with a favourite suspense writer prepared, and then decided it was a very depressing way to start the week. (Note to self: stay away from comments sections for a while, before I make an even bigger fool of myself!)

Instead, here is a funny book cover:

Beauty Contest Nurse by Diana Douglas

Now, it’s time to get some reading done. I’ve fallen so far behind since boarding that plane to Venice a month and a half ago!

Excuse me, cover designers…

Is it a ball in 1876 – or a wedding in 2017??

This trend for the enormous prom dress cover was widely mocked when it was all the rage in Young Adult fiction. However, I could (sort of) understand why it was being done for that subgenre.

Now, though, it is plaguing historical romance, and I’m not happy! Considering Regency (nor Georgian, nor Victorian) gowns looked nothing like these, not only is the trend irritating me, but it is presenting the books as another genre.

Writers as good as Lisa Kleypas, Shana Galen, etc. deserve better!

Hopefully it’s a trend that will soon pass, but I doubt it.


 Devil in Spring (2017) (The third book in the Ravenels series) A novel by Lisa Kleypas

Glasses and Book Covers

Many gazillions of people in this world do not have perfect eyesight, and many people wear glasses or contact lenses – or both at various times.

This includes romance heroes and heroines.

Now, I could get into the fact contact lenses in books are mentioned once and then totally ignored; like the characters never have to take them out or clean or deal with them, and that nobody ever gets something under the lenses and stands there with tears streaming down their face (me every day!), however it doesn’t make for much of a romance.

But what I’m angry about right now is the covers of these books.

In December I picked up two books in a row where a main character wore glasses full-time. In the first one it was the heroine. It was the hero in the second.

The covers are below.



Where are the bloody glasses?

These aren’t the only books. In fact, I cannot recall a SINGLE romance book cover where the character who is meant to be wearing them has them on.

Harlequin/Mills and Boon certainly has an aversion to them. Such as this Sarah Mayberry cover with a glasses-wearing heroine:

Suddenly You by Sarah Mayberry

Because when you have poor vision, the best place to wear your glasses is ON YOUR HAND.

Historical characters are given the same treatment:


I get that smaller publishers have a limited budget for their covers, which means they have to go for whatever stock photography they can get their hands on, but surely they could try harder (a side note: the guy on cover #2 isn’t supposed to have a beard, either!).

There is NO excuse for publishers like Harlequin, other than that they don’t think it’s sexy enough to have a character with an eyesight problem. After all, Harlequin gets their own models and costumes and sets and producers when they make their book covers. I’m sure they could add a couple of pairs of glasses to the wardrobe department.

It’s a small thing, but a significant one. Just as the women on covers are always Amazonian runway models, no matter how petite the author describes them as, or how a hero always has short, dark hair, no matter how long or fair it is supposed to be, I’m getting that people would be much happier if authors just kept the glasses for the sidekick characters.

So much for the diversity authors are trying to go for!

This disturbing book cover…

Just in time for Australia Day!

Now, I know lots of bad books were produced a few decades ago (this is from 1957). However, this one is a little different. Originally called Eliza Callaghan, it is based on the life of a real – famouswoman who was transported to Australia as a convict in the early 1800s.


Here is a little bit of reality to go alongside the porn-tastic cover. This is what convicts of the time really looked like. A little less porny, I think!:


The Week: 28th November – 4th December


Canberra’s Friday sunset.

Busy, sunny, HOT week to begin summer. Getting ready for Christmas is taking a lot of time, plus I help decorate for other family members, too. I haven’t done enough reading; only finishing a Charles Dickens biography (I already knew he was a bastard to his wife and family, but – WHAT a bastard!), and rereading some favourite historical romances.

I am neglecting my Christmas review books, and really need to get those read and reviewed before Easter!


First summer sunset.

My review of Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran


My review of The Heiress and the Hothead (Sinful Suitors #1.5) by Sabrina Jeffries


First day of December

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

Maybe the best Christmas romance title ever!


On this day: Louisa May Alcott was born

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888), American novelist, at age 20

The ghost of Lord Combermere