Thinking of writing a romance novel? We’ll leave all the seedy plot twists and awkward sex scenes to you, but here’s one detail you shouldn’t mess with: your hero’s profession.
An (obviously-bored) pair of scientists analyzed 15,000 Harlequin romance novels and came up with this list of the most popular professions for heroes in romance novels. So as they say, if it aint broke, don’t fix it.
1. Doctor. Excellent bedside manner.
2. Cowboy. Likes to ride.
3. Boss. Umm, slutty secretary fetish?
4. Prince. He wants to be your lover. Oh, not that Prince?
5. Rancher. Totally up for some heavy lifting.
6. Knight. Lots of dark corners in that dungeon.
7. Surgeon. Good with his hands.
8. King. Open invitation to sit on his thrown.
9. Bodyguard. To serve and protect. Then serve some more.
10. Sheriff. Known for flashing his shiny badge.
Amber Jones used to be a hotel concierge, but these days she’s busy putting the finishing touches on her first children’s book entitled, New York, Phew York. The concept? A lively, illustrated tour of New York City complete with the scents of the city.
We haven’t received our copy yet, but the book wouldn’t be complete without these iconic NYC smells.
1. Honey roasted peanuts. Nothing smells more delicious upon emerging from the subway.
2. Trash. If you’re going for authenticity, it doesn’t get more real than the disgusting, wafting scent of 27 bags of trashed stacked right outside your apartment building on trash day.
3. Homeless. Yes, it’s a scent. And if you’re lucky, you can find it without fail right at those 2-seater seats on the trains.
4. Marijuana. Because we all live in such close quarters in this city, whenever your neighbor is getting high, you’re getting high, too.
5. Urine. There are lots of places around the city you can smell piss. In the elevators of most project apartment buildings. In the 27th Street exit from the downtown #1 train. Sometimes even on the person standing uncomfortably close next to you on the subway.
Did we miss any?