Can Romance Novels Ruin Relationships?

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If you're one who likes your hot and heavy Harlequin novels, relationship experts say they may be interfering with your love life.

Are people really letting fiction infringe on reality? I did just read a story about a woman who was so obsessed with the Twilight series that she told her husband, "I don't want to have sex until Bella does." The poor guy had to wait eight months until the fourth installment came out.

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"Lady Blue Eyes" Shares Sinatra Secrets

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Barbara Blakeley was a farm girl turned model and Vegas showgirl before marrying Frank Sinatra in 1976. It lasted 22 years, the longest of his 4 marriages, right up until his death in 1998. Therefore, Barbara has a surplus of secrets to share in her new autobiography Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank.

While she describes him as "without doubt, the most romantic man I had ever met", she also dishes about his legendary temper, gin-induced rants, and how "women would always be part of the deal with Frank".

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French Fashionista Pens Parisian Style Guide

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Ines de la Fressange writes Parisian Chic

Inès de la Fressange, France’s icon of chic, shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and timeless allure in her best-selling book, Parisian Chic. This is the English version of the original La Parisienne which came out in France last fall.

At 53, Fressange includes fashion advice for ladies in their later years. "Never neglect yourself," she writes. Don't get stuck in a style you wore in your 30s, otherwise "it will age you instantly." And for those over 50, steer clear of fur, unless you want that "wrinkled trophy wife" look.

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Study: Ladies Already Feel Old at 29

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Generally speaking, I always thought that the term “Over the Hill” referred to anyone turning 40. Unfortunately, a new study has shown that for women, that term hits them as early as the age of 29.

A British company called Avalon Funeral Plans (ironic, huh?) polled 1,000 people on their website, and found that on average, women said they started “feeling old” when they were 29. Reports of things that made them feel old were outward markers, like gray hairs, sagging skin, and (ahem) “assets heading south.”

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“Poor White Trash” Woman Sparks Controversy With Interracial Dating Guide

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Do black men really have large equipment? Do Asian men like their wives submissive? Are Jewish men really cheap? These are the questions J.C. Davies, a dating author from New York City, sought to answer in her new (self-published) book: I Got the Fever: Love, What’s Race Gotta Do With It? However, though Davies, a self-described "poor white trash" woman, insists she isn’t a racist, her use of terms like “Oreo” and “JAP” may cause readers to think otherwise.

"No one has the balls to write about sex and culture in a real way," Davies, 42, told the New York Post. "You have to make it super-p.c. and be the professor of blah-de-blah and have charts and graphs. The expectation is that [black men] are great in the sack and have huge equipment -- don't people really wanna know? Is the equipment super-sized? Let's just go ask some people!"

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Memoirs That Rock: Steven Tyler, Billy Joel to Release Books This Spring

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Looking for a good read? Legendary rockers Billy Joel and Steven Tyler will both release memoirs this spring, and publisher Harper Collins promises emotional tales of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

Coming to bookstores on May 10, Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is a “cathartic” memoir chronicling the rocker’s childhood, the formation of Aerosmith, the ups and downs the band has experienced in the last forty years, and Tyler’s relationship with his children.

“God, a memoir. A memoir like this is beyond cathartic. It’s one step better than having an album with your songs on it from the ’70s and it being 2010,” Tyler said in a video message on his website.

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Katie Couric's Collection of Life Advice

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CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric corralled quotes from 114 of her famous friends for her first book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives. She came up with the idea after giving a graduation speech last year at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Available April 12th, all proceeds from the book will benefit Scholarship America.

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Jesse James to Write Memoir

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Jesse James, the much-maligned ex-husband of actress Sandra Bullock, will soon have a chance to tell his side of the story. The 41-year-old reality star has inked a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster to release a tell-all book.

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Football Star Tim Tebow to Release Memoir

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Coming soon to a bookstore near you, a Tim Tebow memoir about faith, family, football, and fulfilling dreams!

The beloved Tebow, former quarterback for the University of Florida, has teamed up with Nathan Whitaker to pen up an inspirational novel entitled "Through My Eyes," scheduled to be released in April. Though the former Heisman winner is only 23, and currently only a backup for the NFL Denver Broncos, Tebow gained such a following during his college career that sports writers like ESPN's Bill Williamson expect the book to be an "instant best-seller." Other, more cynical, writers note that as Tebow has only played in four NFL games so far he should have plenty of time to think about his new book.

For his part, Tebow said "I hope it can inspire people of all ages that are aspiring to fulfill their dreams. I look forward to taking readers inside my life, both on and off the field."

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Hova Hosts Scavenger Hunt for New Book

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Shaun Corey Carter, also known as Jay-Z and Hova, is almost ready to release Decoded, an intimate, first-hand account of himself, his work, and his culture. The fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs to reveal the mystical meanings behind the lyrics. But before the book hits shelves November 16th, Jay-Z has come up with a clever way to promote it.

He's partnered with Microsoft's search engine Bing to stage a global scavenger hunt for pages of the book, which are placed at actual locations, as well as at virtual versions.

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