My latest blog idea was inspired after I organized 1500 Harlequins in my Mom’s shed from when she subscribed during the 70s-80s. It was an effort of love because I love Harlequins. My first romance read was THE SHIEK’S CAPTIVE by Violet Winspear, and I can remember it better than nearly every book I’ve read as an adult outside the books I read 100x to my kids.

But after going through these books, I have to say — things have changed a bit in the romance publishing world since the 70s, haven’t they? I don’t just mean the transition from bodice rippers and sweets to today’s industry that stretches from BDSM romance to inspirationals to historicals to all the things. No, what I’m talking about are the titles and covers.

For one thing, many of the older titles just aren’t as specific as The Pregnant Virgin’s Billionaire Boss’s Baby’s Best Friend, or whatever combination the marketing department chooses to let readers know, “This is the trope you’re looking for.”

For another thing, there just weren’t a lot of headless, naked tattooed people on older covers. By “a lot” I mean “any”.

Anyway, I decided it would be hilarious fun (for me) to challenge some of today’s romance authors and readers to blurb some of these less trope-specific covers and titles. What does the author, without peeking on Goodreads, think is on the back of that book?

Some of their answers may surprise you.

If you, too, would like to participate, just email me!

Jody Wallace

Author, Cat Person, Amigurumist of the Apocalypse *