Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Diana Palmer's Long, Tall Texans series, I found myself mentally comparing the writing of then (the 1980's) to now. I was shocked to realize that in today's titles, those heroines are far more brassy, sassy and just plain skanky at times. As opposed to the shy, sweet and less worldly ones of Ms. Palmer's.
Don't get me wrong, I looooove today's books. I just find a certain amount of charm in reading those from yester-year's. Being a somewhat old-fashioned kind of gal, I love to read about heroes who are true gentlemen in every sense of the word. From the way they treat their womenfolk like precious gems to the way they curbed their language. (I did notice, however, that these fellas smoked cigarettes far too much.)
I'm sure as the series progresses that Ms. Palmer's writing will evolve, and I will admit, I'm anxious to see if it does.
The only negative things I noticed about Ms. Palmer's writing is that she draws the story out a bit too much for my taste. She finally crescendos in the final chapter and sometimes on the very last page. I don't like that. I like for the story to essentially end before the final chapter and then for the final chapter to be about what happens after the big kiss. I want to know how the MC's are faring after that pivotal moment when A met B and finally got through to C. Ya know?
But to get back on topic: has the world really changed so much? You bet your sweet buns. The twenty-first century has brought many changes, some good and some bad. I do tend to believe that our tweens are in too far of a hurry to grow up and some parents are more than happy to let their daughters wear too-revealing clothing. Some of the television shows for tweens are truly shocking. (And you wonder why your eight year old think it's okay to talk to Mom and Dad as if you're clueless).
It's just something to think about. And one thing's for sure. Don't read Ms. Palmer's innocently sweet writing of yester-year and then pick up Lorelei James. Hooo-doggies. Talk about heart palpitations!
About the book:
They're rugged and lean . . . and the best-looking, sweetest-talking men to be found in the entire Lone Star state! CALHOUN, JUSTIN and TYLER -- the three cowboys who started the legend. Now they're back by popular demand in one classic volume -- ready to lasso your heart!
Calhoun: When would the powerful rancher realize the possessive and protective feelings Abby aroused meant she was a grown woman . . . ?
Justin: The bitter rancher had dreamed of Shelby begging for his help -- but when she finally needed him, how could he refuse?
Tyler: The smooth talking charmer always won over every woman he met -- until he encountered plainspoken irresistible Nell!
Find it on Amazon HERE.
Posted by Leslie Nash at 3:02 PM
How writing has changed