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Steamy Novels of Summer

written by: silverqueen
In the days before 'Desperate Housewives’ and 'Grindhouse’, novels were the main story source of lust, betrayal and forbidden love. How many of these authors and their works can you identify in the days when S-E-X was a four-letter word?

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In 1956 Grace Metalious wrote a book that had it all: adultery, murder, abortion, and incest.
Today the title of her book is used to describe a white picket suburban town that mask over its citizens dirty little secrets. What is the name of this emblematic novel by Grace Metalious?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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This novelist wrote a screenplay based on her novel 'The Stud’ that starred her sister in the leading role. She is better known in the U.S. for her character, Lucky Santangelo, introduced in her novel 'Chances'. Who is the best selling novelist, author of 'Hollywood Wives', 'Hollywood Husbands' and ‘Lovers & Players‘?
Rosemary Rogers
Danielle Steele
Jackie Collins
Joan Collins

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Since first appearing on the cover of ‘Hearts Aflame’ this Italian male model has made the cover of hundreds of romance novels. What is the name of this cover boy who appeared in a Nationwide Insurance's 'Life Comes at You Fast’ commercial?

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One of the best selling authors of all times, this perennial best seller list author's real life story is as compelling as any of her fiction. She has been married to a banker, a drug addict, a convicted rapist and a vintner. Her rock musician son committed suicide. Who is this author of best sellers 'Palomino', 'Crossings' and 'Toxic Bachelors'?
Shirley Conran
Danielle Steel
Jacqueline Susann
Rosemary Rogers

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Question 5:

What is the slang term used for romance novels in literature?
Bodice Rippers
Torrid Teasers
Chick Lit

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Jacqueline Susann's novel that follows the lives of three young women trying to succeed in Hollywood sold over thirty million copies and remains one of the best selling novels of all times. What is the name of the novel that was made into a movie starring Sharon Tate and Patty Duke?
Love with a Proper Stranger
Valley of the Dolls
The Carpetbaggers
Fear of Flying

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Harold Robbins wrote sexually graphic roman à clef novels that became best sellers in the 1960's. His novel 'The Carpetbaggers' is based on the life of the designer of the 'Spruce Goose'. Who was the aviation pioneer and Hollywood mogul on which Harold Robbins based his character Jonas McCord?
William Paley
Howard Hughes
Louis Meyer
Paul Bern

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Question 8:

This small publishing company is noted for its defence for freedom of speech. Can you name the publishing company that took on the United States Postal Service for the right to publish 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'?
Random House
Simon & Schuster
Grove Press

Question 9:

In 1972 Kathleen Woodiwiss published a historical romance that took a historical romantic couple actually into the bedroom. Can you name the book that begins the saga of the Birmingham Family?
The Flame and the Flower
The Sword and Shield
The Wiz of Fifth Avenue

Question 10:

With what book did Erica Jong debut in 1973 that introduced the character Isadora Zelda White Strollerman Wing and Isadora's search for emotional and sexual fulfilment?
Coffee Tea or Me
' J '
Fear of Flying
Wings of a Dove


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