Over one hundred twenty formula romance novels are churned out every month. These romantic fantasies for women are big business and earn huge profits for the companies that publish them. Love’s $weet Return examines the phenomenon of romance fiction, focusing specifically on one of the most successful book publishers in the world, the Canadian-based Harlequin Enterprises. Margaret Jensen details the rise of the company, examines the Harlequin formula, and evaluates the growth and impact of both Harlequin and its competition. She also assesses recent shifts in the content of Harlequins, particularly as they pertain to women's changing roles in society.
'They will play with us, then destroy us... They are what we fear in the dark.' The first warning is unexpected, calculated. The second warning is a gift: a plain white mask, carefully wrapped. But white is good - white means we are only being watched. It seems the power that connects me, Anita Blake, with Jean-Claude Vampire Master of the City and Richard, leader of the werewolves, is attracting very unwelcome attention - from creatures so feared no vampire will willingly speak their name. They are known as the Harlequin, and they have the authority to pass judgement upon me. It is forbidden to speak of the Harlequin unless you've been contacted. And to be contacted is to face a sentence of death.
"The Harlequin Years presents a highly readable yet thorough examination of the Parisian music scene in the decade following World War I. Through Nichols's lively prose and in his accounts of institutional politics, reception histories, and behind-the-scenes debates, these places and personalities spring to life."—Susan McClary, author of Conventional Wisdom
The god Orok gave to his five children crystals to be embedded in a circle on the Rock of Being and Unbeing, whence had sprung the gods, the earth and all its peoples. This circle, known as The Orokon, ensured the harmony of life, until the dark god Koros plucked his crystal from the Rock and plunged the whole world into chaos and despair . . . In the village of Irion, the crippled boy known as Jemany Vexing lives with his dying mother and his fanatical Aunt Umbecca. Unable to walk, Jem is condemned to a wretched half-life, until he meets a mysterious dwarf. With his new strength comes a new friendship with the wild girl Catayane. as the horrors of the Bluejacket regime - the faction that overthrew the true king - begin, Jem becomes aware of his greater destiny: to find and reunite the five crystals of the Orokon. But he is not the only seeker . . . Originally released under the pseudonym Tom Arden
Book 3 of the fantasy series that's taking the throne away from vampires and wizards! Over 100,000 reads on wattpad. Sold and translated internationally. "Love can't be found by those who seek it but it comes to those who give it.” In Book Three, violence sweeps the Territories as the Black Nation continues to bite at Asheva’s heels, along with Cestia, the fallen Red Princess. Cestia has to rise above her own personal tragedy to uncover the truth about the Chromes, the Harlequins and Asheva. Asheva, in the mean time, caught between the wrath of revenge and the desire for love, needs to fight his own demons. Together, Cestia and Asheva vow to rise and fight the darkness that has taken hold of their world. And they do this first in the Twin Cities, where the Orange and Yellow Chromes live and where divisions are not only based on the color of the Chrome... An alternate world where nations are divided on the basis of the color of its inhabitants: Chromes… A world where everyone wears masks, superstitions abound, and mysterious creatures called the Harlequins exist… Divided by greed and power, ignorance and fear, the world of Chromes can only be united by the brave and true of heart… The Red Harlequin.
Poetry from writer Uziah-Lavada Baity. Written over a time frame from 1989 to 2008. Poetry topics range from Romance to death. The book includes poems such as: The sultry sky of the harlequin's Tears, Guide, Gypsy Paint Soar, Mud Be our blood, The rainboat children, along with the very controversial: Soulmate. There is something for everyone in this book.