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Richard and Mildred Loving

News

Great real life romance stories include:

A)  Herbert Carter and Mildred Hemmons via CNN.  Two people who typified the Tuskagee Airmen experience.  Brave trailblazers.  Mildred was the better pilot but not allowed to fly during the war.  The two carried out their courtship in the air:

Seeing each other in flight created a bond. When they flew together, it was as if they were holding hands in midair. At the end of their aerial encounter, he’d peel away, only to circle back. He’d sneak up behind her, pull in front and leave her in a trail of airwash. Her tiny craft shook mightily. She’d come to expect it every weekend.

B)  In 1995, Karen Guiterrez, a reporter for a paper in Lexington agreed to run a piece about a girl who met a guy at the Sugar Bowl and she only knew what car he drove and that he  lived in Lexington.  The editorial staff grumbled but the piece picked up steam and, well, you’ll have to click on the link to read the rest of the story.

C) Mildred and Richard Loving.  HBO is rerunning the Loving documentary today which chronicles the story of Mildred and Richard Loving’s marriage and court battle to outlaw miscegenation. On the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, Mildred Loving came out and made a rare public statement.

My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God’s plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation’s fears and prejudices have given way, and today’s young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry.

Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.

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From my inbox:

 

I’m a regular reader of Dear Author, and I’m also a huge player of romance videogames (as my signature shows!). I was wondering if I could suggest a news item for your daily news and links post sometime next week (or anytime really), because I’d like for romance fans to know that a romance videogame for women is finally being getting a major release in English – most are Japanese-only, and this is the first major, professional English release in years!
The game’s name is Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, and it’s a historical romance set in late 19th-century Japan. It’s being released by Aksys on Valentine’s Day (I can’t decide whether that’s a brilliant move or annoying that they expect their fans to be free that night!) for the PSP.
Here’s the game website (IMO it could be a lot better): http://www.aksysgames.com/games/hakuoki/ and the Amazon link.
Anyhow, I don’t want to ramble too much, but please let me know if you want any more information. I’m really excited about this and thought other romance readers might be interested in romance/romantic videogames as well.
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Forever would like to e-invite you to our Valentine’s Day Twitter party tomorrow and celebrate all things romance. Our favorite day of the year!

Here’s more information:

Spend Valentine’s Day with your favorite romance authors by following @ForeverRomance on Feb. 14 and use the hashtag #4EvrLove to chat with authors about Valentine memories, relationship advice, and ideas for how to spend the day (and night!) The party starts at 9am EST & we’ll have book giveaways throughout the day, so come join the fun!

 Author Participant Schedule:

  • 9 am, Elizabeth Hoyt (@ElizabethHoyt)
  • 10 am, Kristin Callihan (@Kris10Callihan)
  • 10:30, Hope Ramsay (@HopeRamsay)
  • 11:30, Stella Cameron, Darkness Bound (@StellaCam)
  • 12pm, Jami Alden, RUN FROM FEAR (@JamiAlden)
  • 1pm, Katie Lane, CATCH ME A COWBOY (@ktlane3)
  • 1:30pm, Vicky Dreiling, HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE (@vickydreiling)
  • 2pm, Larissa Ione, IMMORTAL RIDER (@LarissaIone)
  • 3pm, Jennifer Haymore, SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS (@JenniferHaymore)
  • 4pm, RC Ryan, QUINN (@RuthRyanLangan)
  • 4:30pm, Jill Shalvis, HEAD OVER HEELS (@JillShalvis)
  • 5:30pm, Cynthia Gardner, KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (@CynthiaGarner)

 

Deals

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

22 Comments

  1. LG
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:52:39

    If I owned a PSP, I would buy Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, even though the anime gave me the impression that the heroine is annoyingly wimpy and that everyone around her is kind of stupid for not seeing that. I would love for more romance videogames for women to be available in the U.S., so I hope this game is successful.

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  2. Variel
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:58:32

    I shall definitely be looking into Hakuoki. Always interested to see a new, to the western crowd, game concept from Japan. I only wish my Japanese were better that I might play more of them without the hassle of hoping for an English release.

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  3. Jody W.
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 09:08:01

    I would buy that game, too, but no PSP! And I would LOVE an article on romance video games…how cool! My girls and I are sloooooowly working our way through a Harvest Moon with an eye to romance, but it gets kind of boring and repetitious.

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  4. Dabney
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 09:34:42

    Mildred and Richard Loving. HBO is rerunning the Loving documentary today which chronicles the story of Mildred and Richard Loving’s marriage and court battle to outlaw miscegenation. On the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, Mildred Loving came out and made a rare public statement.

    My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God’s plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation’s fears and prejudices have given way, and today’s young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry.

    Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.

    I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.

    This is the best statement on love I’m sure I’ll see today on the big V-Day. I plan to tape the documentary on HBO tonight and watch it this weekend with my teenagers. I live in a state that’s placed one of those awful “marriage is a man/woman only thing” amendments on our April ballot and I’m depressingly confident it will pass.

    Reading this quote today and then thinking back to my childhood and the unthinking ease with which I used the whites-only water fountain in the small town my mother grew up in gives me hope. We opened the barriers to interracial marriage and I feel sure my children’s generation will do the same for marriage for those of all persuasions.

    Thanks!

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  5. Fiona Shin
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 09:40:56

    As for otome games, there’s a couple out on iPhone and Droid, such as Pirate’s Love and anything by SolmareNTT. :)

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  6. Brie
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:11:10

    I did not know there was such a thing as romance video games. I thought the closes thing to that was The Sims! I don’t have a PSP, though. I do have an Android, so thanks to @Fiona Shin: for the rec!

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  7. Carin
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:25:39

    I’d love to know more about “romance video games”. I remember seeing some hidden picture games in the past. Is it like that? I’m kind of hoping for something more.

    @Fiona Shin – I found Pirates in Love on iTunes. Is that what you meant? Free intro, then $ to download more characters? It looks like a choose your own aventure kind of thing?

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  8. Brian
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:27:54

    Mills & Boon is having Pink Tuesday today with deals on 180 titles…

    http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/books/pinktuesday.htm

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  9. Heather Massey
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:33:59

    Thanks for another great roundup!

    I have an item to add:

    Backward Momentum is hosting a sci-fi romance themed Valentine’s Day Bash with lots of posts and prizes (including a giveaway from me, in the interest of full disclosure):

    http://backwardmomentum.blogspot.com/

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  10. lijakaca
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:58:58

    Yay, thank you for publishing my item on Hakuoki!! I’m really excited about it. I’ve heard the localization is good, and I’ve played it in Japanese – the story is very involved and pretty intense.

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  11. Berinn Rae
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 12:27:40

    @Dabney: that’s beautiful (sniffle, sniffle). thanks so much for sharing. And, I love the Carter/Hemmons story. Being a pilot (and married to a pilot) I could totally envision their air-play.

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  12. Fiona Shin
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 12:47:15

    @Carin: There we go. Yes, it’s kind of pricey, but there’s about 12 episodes and each episode is pretty long. :D

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  13. Maili
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 12:53:42

    I love the story of Herbert Carter and Mildred Hemmons. I really can’t wait to see the film Red Tails as I heard that it’s a good fast-paced, action-packed war thriller with a focus on the ups and downs of friends among the crew. Sounds the kind I’d enjoy. I love the story of the Lovings. What a wonderful surname, too.

    I’m “meh” on most Japanese romance games, to be honest, because most I tried are the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ type. They’re visual novels and dating simulation games, basically. So I hope this one will be good.

    @Carin: Yes, Harlequin’s Hidden Object of Desire [DA review] and Nora Roberts’s Vision in White [DA review]. I actually have two pending game reviews. Must finish them ASAP. My apologies.

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  14. Bren
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 13:10:54

    MANY thanks for the link to Mildred Loving’s very moving statement. I printed it out and plan to use it for my students in my classes.

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  15. Tina
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 13:45:07

    I am all over that HBO doc on the Lovings. I have always loved their story. Talk about true love overcoming adversity. And this part of her statement:

    “Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.”

    rocks hard.

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  16. Estara
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 14:37:26

    Hakuoki! I really enjoyed the anime of that. Why only on PSP… *sigh*

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  17. Maegan
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:17:33

    Speaking of great real-life romances, I just came upon this on NPR’s site and it is one of the sweetest, most unusual stories I’ve read so far:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/02/14/146717078/a-brother-and-sister-get-married-and-later-their-son-tweets-it

    Watch the slideshow in the middle of the page because it’s just lovely.

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  18. Mireya
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:24:00

    I am SO getting the game. I am an MMO and RPG gamer currently enjoying Star Wars: The Old Republic (and the “romanceable” companions). I have never found any PSP game that would appeal to me. This one is going to be my first one. So looking forward to it. Payday is tomorrow ;)

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  19. MaryK
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:27:51

    “Her tiny craft shook mightily.”

    hee hee :)

    @Brian: I looked at that briefly but was discouraged by the prospect of sorting through to see if there was a NA title change and if I have it already.

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  20. Brian
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:55:47

    A Valentine’s Day freebie at ARe (free today only)…

    The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field (M/M)
    http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thevirginbillionaire-443846-144.html

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  21. John
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 16:06:38

    I may have to pick up that video game, being a gamer in my spare time. As to the mention of Harvest Moon – yes, yes, so many times yes. That’s a wonderful series perfect for casual gamers that does feature romantic options. The last few games have varied in quality, but they are quite addictive.

    *g* I’m going to go back into my non-Valentine’s Day-centric hole. The mention of romance gamers brought me out of the woodwork.

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  22. Susan/DC
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 19:30:09

    Not only were the Lovings remarkably brave, but they had the most appropriate name: their Supreme Court case is Loving vs Virginia, and that is just perfect for a case about marrying the person you love, no matter their race, religion, or whatever.

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