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Friday, October 13, 2006

Is this guy for real?!

A quote from

"Her record of writing, having published and selling a pornographic book clearly shows that Susan Combs is a two faced, hypocrite who was obviously more concerned with her literary career and seeing her name in print than the morals of the young People of Texas who are exposed to her 222 page book, A Perfect Match, which has her name at the top of every other page - - - a clear testament to Susan Combs’ insatiable ego and desire to see her name in print."

Uh...the author's name is on the top of every other page...of EVERY book, except maybe the Bible. COME ON!!!!! Makes you wonder how many books this guy has read.

Okay. Let's take a serious look at this issue.

1. I despise smear campaigns.

2. While there are as many definitions of porn as there are rattlesnakes in Texas, a romance novel that portrays premarital sex is NOT porn by most people’s definition--most definitely not mine.

Don’t believe me? Let’s read a few of the passages Mr. Head quotes.

“Her shirt had risen when she’d stretched, exposing inches of soft skin. The woman knew how to drive him mad.”

Not even lukewarm there. She must do better than that. No wonder the book's out of print (joking!).

“He thrust his leg between hers and a deep heaviness throbbed in her belly...She needed him to fill the aching void at her center.”

That’s at least a smidge warmer. But it’s still FAR from porn.

“Their mouths had fused hotly, desperately, a feverish urgency in his touch...”

That’s almost steamy.

But where are the naughty bits? The grinding, the throbbing? The threesomes and moresomes? The jumping from partner to partner, the sexual experimentation? This is a vanilla romance novel. Heck, I’ve read stuff this steamy in the bible. Ever read the Song of Solomon?

Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses.
How beautiful you are and how pleasing, O love, with your delights!
Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
I said, "I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit." (NIV)

3. I can appreciate the need for moral, upstanding citizens in our local government (biting tongue HARD here), but really, a romance author being called a two-faced hypocrite just because she’s had one book published?! IMO, by taking such a hard stance here, Mr. Head has lost all credibility.

4. If this guy represents the voice of the people in his community, then the women there have my sympathy. Wow, ladies. Get out to the polls and vote! It's the only chance you've got to keep ignorant jerks like this one out of power.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:07 AM |


Commented by Blogger Faith:

Darn it. That link won't work for me for some reason. I've had all sorts of net and pc issues of late.

9:55 AM 
Commented by Blogger Tawny Taylor:

Sorry you're having trouble, Faith! I have been too. Ever since I downloaded that stupid Windows SP2.

Try typing in the url:

10:57 AM 
Commented by Blogger Jen:

Very interesting, Tawny. Not surprising though. It's a debate that's been raging since before Harlequin first wrote bedroom scenes.

9:58 AM 
Commented by Blogger Bernita:

He's an idiot.

8:38 AM 
Commented by Blogger Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan:

It seems to me like he's got nothing better to complain about so he's playing to the lowest common denominator. Someone should take him to task and ask him what the REAL issues are. I bet he can't come up with any.

8:43 PM 
Commented by Blogger Amanda Brice:

Those passages he cited area bout the farthest thing from porn possible.

Not to mention, if it really *was* porn, and he truly objected to children being able to read it, why on earth would he publish it on his website, for children to see...

5:12 PM 
Commented by Blogger Tawny Taylor:

Exactly, Amanda!

5:28 PM 

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