I’M TAKING A KNEE FOR OUR INJURED NATION!

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I’ve been thinking about my little blog site for a while now and trying to decide what to do with it. While I love blogging about books, there are so many things I’d like to say. So, rather than kill the blog, I’m just going to start writing about whatever is on my mind at any given time.

Right now, what’s on my mind is all that happened with the NFL over the weekend. This will NOT be a political post. This will, however, be a respectful post. The 49ers are my FAVORITE team – oh stop it, they’re in a rebuilding phase and will be back on top soon – and I wasn’t sure how I felt about what Colin Kaepernick did at the time he did it. However, I respected that he had the RIGHT under our Constitution to do it.

I never felt he was disrespecting the flag, the anthem or our nation in any way though. Here is the explanation he gave in 2016:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

He is very clear that he isn’t disrespecting our country, but he isn’t feeling pride in it because of circumstances and just doesn’t want to stand up for it. He didn’t give it the middle finger. He didn’t talk during the anthem. He didn’t turn his back on the flag. He just politely kneeled. Ever fought with your spouse or friends? Did you want to hug and kiss them when you were feeling angry with them? I GET what he did, I do. It might not have been MY choice, but I get it and I respect that he had the right to do it.

After the president made his Twitter comments on Friday and over the weekend about several NBA players, the NFL decided to join arms and band together to stand against the comments made against their industry. Again, I don’t think they’ve done anything wrong. They are NOT disrespecting the flag, the anthem or our nation by taking a knee. They’re exercising their FIRST AMENDMENT right to speak their minds and have opinions.

Furthermore, millions of parents have taught their children to take a knee when a player is injured during a sporting event. For a multitude of reasons, I feel our nation is severely injured right now. We are having arguments over Civil Rights, riots over racial divides and the White Supremacist groups are again at the forefront of our daily conversations. We are on the brink of nuclear war with North Korea and our leaders are being investigated.

Let’s be VERY clear here; I am NOT placing blame at anyone’s feet. These are the facts of where our nation stands today. Our nation is fractured. Until a cast is put in place to reset the very bones of our nation which we were built upon, I am taking a knee. I hope you will stand with me and do the same. It is NOT disrespect I am showing. It is the opposite in face. I am demonstrating RESPECT, loyalty and empathy to all that my nation is experiencing and to everyone within this country experiencing it. I encourage you all to do the same. Feel free to share pictures of YOU taking a knee for the USA and share them. I hope we begin to heal, together, soon. 💖

-It’s Just My Opinion

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TRENDING IN ROMANCE NOVELS…..

Maybe it’s just me….but I’m noticing something trending in the romance genre.

With Historical Romance, the dashing rake and innocent maiden ALWAYS works no matter how many times it’s been redone. Seriously, it’s always romantic and believable and different. There are so many authors writing it and yet it never gets old or stale. Probably why Harlequinn is still a force to be reckoned with.

With New Adult Romance, the bad boy and the good girl or the damaged characters with awful and haunting pasts being done over and over is driving me NUTS. I haven’t bought a NA Rom in FOREVER because of it. Seriously, every book is the same story just tweaked a bit. BORING!!!!

Why is this happening? Why am I feeling this way? Could it be because we’ve seen plenty of Historical Romances become classics yet never a New Adult Romance? Maybe because it’s such a new genre?

I don’t think so. I think it’s more the quality of writing and focus. First of all, in NA Rom, every book is almost guaranteed to have a sequel or God help me, different POV written as a follow up. Even when the original story was perfect as it was, many authors (especially self pubbed) feel they HAVE to write a follow up.  Sometimes this is a great recipe for success, but many times, it’s just feels forced. Sometimes, it’s okay to write a great story and leave it at that.

In Fantasy and Paranormal, a trilogy is a home run. It’s expected. When did we start expecting this from our trilogyromances though? What works in one genre doesn’t necessarily work in all genres. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE doesn’t have a sequel and it’s one of the top ten romance novels of ALL TIME. Interestingly, if you look up the Top Ten Romances of All Time on Google, you’ll get a few lists, but the top 50 on GoodReads is really interesting as it doesn’t include even ONE New Adult Romance. Not one.

With Historical Romances, I’ve noticed that while they have companion novels (you see the XXX Family in a whole series of works), they are still stand alones. They don’t beat the first story into the ground or even rehash it, but take some of the characters you were introduced to and just expand on their world with a whole NEW and original story. Although I will admit, if you put Fabio on your cover, I will NEVER read it.  Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong…there are some Historical series out there that I adore, it isn’t like it’s never done. THE OUTLANDER Novels by Diana Gabaldon are AH-MAZING!!

Maybe it’s just me….maybe I’m in a funk….I haven’t read Historical Romances since I was in my teens and twenties (no that’s not me in the picture), but I’m going back. I’ve already branched out into Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Horror and Mysteries (there are some fantastic and FUN comedic mysteries out there right now)…..but I’m literally feeling pulled back to Historical to get my romantic fix.

I can’t take another DEEP and EMOTIONALLY DISTURBING cast of characters and events to get my romance. I want light-hearted and fun again. Remember those romances where you wanted to BE the heroine??? I’ve never wanted to be a woman with so many issues I’m dysfunctional and come with TONS of baggage and fall in love with a man full of tattoos, mysteries, violence and ambivalence. While those first few were great reads, I still didn’t want to BE the heroine and never LOST myself in the book. Never.

I’d love to see some of these new self pubbed authors take a venture into Historical and see what they can come up with. Some of them have some great talent. I just think the NA Contemporary Romance is a bit misguided and the same story is being told over and over, with few exceptions. So….off I go to get a Historical fix on….but I’d love to know what you all feel! Please post on my FB page or Tweet me your thoughts on this subject (I may be WAY off base in my thinking)…..what are YOU reading now??

penny

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