Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August is National Romance Awareness Month - top 10 from BA, Julia, Sean and Kiernan

Hey y'all! It's National Romance Awareness month! Eeee. So this week I asked for top 10 romances.

some of us took that to mean books, and some to mean romances through history, LOL

Sean Michael

As always, I'm bad at top ten lists because there's always stuff that gets left out. Still, here's my top ten in no particular order:

A Town Named Alice by Nevil Shute - I fell in love with Australia because of this book

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (it is too a love story, just as Samwise Gamgee)

The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough

The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

Wolfmanny by Julia Talbot

Rain and Whiskey by BA Tortuga

The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay

Seti's Heart by Kiernan Kelly

BA Tortuga

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey

The entire Santinis Series by Melissa Schroeder

Desperate Tigress by Jade Lee

The Promises series by AE Via

Challenge the Darkness by Dirk Greyson

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

Love's Changes by LaQuette

Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

Keepers of the Cave by Gerri Hill

Julia Talbot

Mr Perfect by Linda Howard

Untamed by Elizabeth Lowell

Rough Canvas by Joey W Hill

The whole Brothers in Arms series by Samantha Kane

Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey

Night Magic by Karen Robards

Till Dawn Tames the Night by Megan McKinney

Ravished by Amanda Quick

Tempting Fortune by Jo Beverly

Anything by my fellow Cafe Risque bloggers!

Kiernan Kelly- who thought outside the box

I’m combining my favorite non-fiction and fictional characters here. 😊

The Sacred Band at Thebes – This is one of my favorite legends. It’s said that the greatest warriors of Thebes were comprised of gay lovers because it was thought they would fight harder and more courageously if fighting next to their loved one. They were so strong a unit that they defeated the infamous invincible phalanx of Sparta.

Paris and Helen – Omg. So much angsty romantic goodness, I hardly know where to start. A married woman, an affair so scandalous it brought about the fall of Troy via a wooden horse.

Bonnie and Clyde – I know, I know. Bad guys. I get it. But who says romance is only for the noble? These two blazed a path of death and destruction across the Midwest all while making goo goo eyes at each other.

Jenny and Oliver from Love Story. Come on, where else but in one of the greatest tear-jerker romances can you find a line that’s been emblazoned on everything from greeting cards to t-shirts? “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” *grabs tissues*

Lady and the Tramp. I know, I know – they’re dogs. But they’re such cute dogs, and the whole bad-boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-kennel meets -good-girl-with-rich-parents gets me every time. Plus, spaghetti.

Molly and Sam in Ghost. I only have one word to say about this one. Ditto.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. This is the real life version of every Disney princess ever created. Beautiful girl-made-good as an actress meets and falls in love with an honest-to-goodness prince, marries, becomes a princess and lives happily ever after in his rich little kingdom. Well, until she tragically dies in a car accident, anyway.

Annie Oakley and Frank Butler – I admit Annie Get Your Gun is one of my favorite musicals, even though Betty Hutton manages to chew the scenery to confetti in every scene she’s in, and in my head I hear Ethel Merman belting the songs out instead. Not to mention the movie manages to insult the entire Native American population. Still, I love the story itself – dirt poor girl outshoots pretty boy, falls in love, and they live happily ever after shooting skeet and whatever varmints they can aim at. In real life, they were a couple as well, meeting in much the same way, and working for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show as trick shooters.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Most royal marriages were arranged for political influence, but this woman who had an entire age named after her really loved her prince charming. So much so, that when he died, she wore mourning black for the rest of her life, which ended forty years after his death.

My mom and dad. Yes, I’m getting gushy here. My mom and dad married when they were very young, and didn’t have a pot to piss in. They worked hard all their lives, lived through the Great Depression and several smaller depressions, the Second World War, and every war that followed, the cookie cutter fifties and the riotous sixties.. They saw the polio vaccine discovered, and Armstrong walk on the moon. In their lifetime together, they listened to the Lone Ranger on the radio, watched I Love Lucy on black and white televisions, and the Bonanza on the first color set in the neighborhood. Their music played at 78 rpm on shellac discs, then segued to vinyl, then to 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, and finally to MP3s. They saw VHS fight with Beta to eventually become replaced by DVDs. With all this and so much more going on around them, they managed to raise three girls, and help raise three grandchildren. Then after being inseparable for sixty years, they died within six months of each other. I miss them still, but they remain a shining example of romance to me.




Julia’s is http://www.juliatalbot.com

BA’s is http://www.batortuga.com

Kiernan's is www.KiernanKelly.com


Sean -- https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Julia -- https://www.facebook.com/juliatalbotauthor

BA -- https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

Kiernan -- https://www.facebook.com/kiernan.kelly

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