Snarkling Clean

Snarkling Clean- because you don't have to cuss to make fun of stuff. Two dedicated readers discuss romance novels- from what made us weep with joy to what made us want to poke pencils through our eyeballs.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Happy Birthday to Us!

One year ago, Missie and I were sitting around talking about how much we loved cover snark/review sites, but our take on things didn't include the language or references to back-door tea and crumpets. So, we started our own. And to celebrate our first birthday, I'm putting up a cover that nicely demonstrates my guilty pleasure love of Harlequin Presents...this one makes no reference to mistresses, bought wives, or secret just comes right out with what we really want...

Love- Slave to the Sheikh

OOOOOH!! Mememememe!!!

Doncha love the way he's not even remotely dark-skinned? And I would say those are bubbles cleverly hiding her protuberances (but not his) but now that I look closer they aren't even bubbles. Just sort of froth, or mist. And if the water's that steamy, her makeup is gonna streak down around her neck by the time she turns around. At which point, he's gonna scream. And his palace guards will rush in and try to kill her. Which would be absolutely freaking awesome to have in a book, y'know? Certainly a more imaginative way to interrupt their first crumpet attempt than the usual ways; and the first time a couple goes beyond a tonsil swab they are always interrupted. It's a law.

Thank you to our blog friends whose witty comments always outdo our posts; if DQ or Bernita can e-mail me with directions on putting up a blog-link, please do because I don't know how and the directions Blogger sent me read like Fish can swim. Why are dogs brown? We want to link to you guys, so others can enjoy your blogs even though you have better posts and we really shouldn't allow that. Honestly, we were amazed that anyone did comment in the first place. And when our regulars commented frequently, I was like "EEEEE! We have groupies! We're The Beatles!" And Missie was there to say, "Robyn, we have 240 hits a week, and half of that is us checking for new messages. We're not even The Monkees. You're not drinking decaf today, are you?"

I never realized what a great experience this blog would be. How fun, how cool, how therapeutic. Missie found a great bunch of moms to help her celebrate the joys and sympathize with the tribulations of her baby girl's first year. (And my poor girl is coping with work and a baby with four teeth coming in at the same time. Everybody kitty up- we're buying her a drink. Whether for Missie or the baby, I don't imagine she cares much right now.) And I found a supportive group of Authors In Varying Stages of Publishing, which I expected. I also had a wonderful vehicle to express or withdraw from my grief when my mother died, which I did not expect.

Again, thanks for a great year. And may your life be filled with good friends, good books, and lots of tea and crumpets.


Blogger December Quinn said...

Happy birthday!!

That is indeed a great way to interrupt a kirst kiss scene. I always thought we could use some more imagination there. Why doesn't the heroine ever put a stop to things because her panties have holes in them? Or just because she isn't ready? She always seems to figure that out after someone else interrupts them, then she thinks, "What was I doing?" or something.

As for how to post a link, take out the *s in the following sequence:

<*a href*="copyandpastelinkhere"*>write text you want here<*/a*>

2:20 AM  
Blogger Marg said...

Happy blogiversary!

3:40 AM  
Blogger Bernita said...

I LOVE this blog.
And bless the day I found it.
But links? You're asking meee?
I'm a tech-idiot, my daughter does that tech-stuff for me when she has time. I don't have a clue.

5:04 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Thanks DQ, that much I know, but how do you do the permanent sidebar links?

6:45 AM  
Blogger Missie said...

Go Snarkies, Go Snarkies,
It's our birthday, It's our birthday!

Thanks all of you for hanging around with us (mainly Robyn because I am a loser in the blogposting dept)and making our lives that much funnier.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Happy birthday to you! I think I have some tips on how to post sidebar links that I wrote for Elizabeth Chadwick. If I can ferret them out I'll try and email them to you. Blogger's instructions do read as if translated from the Arabic by someone whose first language was Greek; you're not alone.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

O-kay, I fall at the first hurdle. I can't find your email address. How about you email me at the address on my blog profile and I'll see if I can help you with the sidebar links?

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Kaitlin said...

Happy B-day! Robyn, I got your submission. I was laughing when I read the end. Super fantastic! Hope you're all enjoying fantastic bubbly & other wonderful things to celebrate! Yay!

6:24 PM  
Blogger December Quinn said...

I'm not sure what you mean by permanent sidebar links?

2:29 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Don't worry, DQ. Carla helped me out on that one and they'll go up soon.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! I was so glad to see your blog, believe me.
btw, there's a new yahoo group started up that may be just up your alley.
As erotic romance has started exploding in the industry, some of the sweeter stuff is getting shuffled aside.
A couple of us thought we needed a place for the writers who like it just a little sweeter.
Check out SweeterRomanticNotions.
I can't put a link up here to save my life, but it's on Romance Divas and I hope to get it up on my blog.
I was laughing when I saw your stuff about the hits you got being you guys. I feel the same way.
Hope you guys check it out, because I LOVE your blog.

4:29 PM  
Blogger quirkychild said...

Happy birthday!!!

You guys got me on Blogger! I saw Robyn on the NaNo boards and found this place and got my own blog here so I could comment on this one! I was hooked from the first cover-snark.

To quote Bernita, I love this blog.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Kaitlin said...

Robyn-It's definitely a smack forehead kind of day. I've been suffering from it since I got up this morning. I hate days like this.

I will put the stories up one at a time. This contest ended up being really fun & really cool. Maybe I'll do it twice a year or something. See how it goes.

Hope you have a great weekend! :)

3:30 PM  

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