This week in the Saturday slush pile:
- First Indieversary Giveaway
- What’s happening with To Save a Viscount, the last installment of the Spy Series
- In the News: Fat Woman Wears Bikini in Public, World Doesn’t End
- Blog to Follow: All About Romance
- The Week in Social Media: A giveaway, an interview, and happiness
First Indieversary Giveaway
In case you missed it, I’m doing a massive giveaway. Like huge. Like people were throwing out the word Kindle and stuff. So if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. (This is different from receiving my new blog post notifications!) You can sign up just by entering your email address on my homepage. A random person on my newsletter email list will be chosen at the end of the month to receive the giveaway. Already on my newsletter list? You’re all set! More information will be coming on Wednesday, July 16. Why is it taking me so long? I decided I shouldn’t be the only one in on the fun, and I’m enlisting the help of other authors to contribute to the giveaway. I told you it was massive. So sign up today.
What’s happening with To Save a Viscount, the last installment of the Spy Series
Great things, that’s what! I finished the entire outline right to the bitter epilogue on this one. That means it’s all writing from here on out. I have a feeling a release date will be announced shortly, so save room on your e-reader. You’re not going to want to miss this.
In the News: Fat Woman Wears Bikini in Public, World Doesn’t End
I watch literary news from various blogs, and this story actually popped up in my news feed from the blog, Dear Author. And I asked why is this news and more importantly, why is it literary? Well, if anything it’s an awesome blog post by Jenny Trout about fulfilling her New Year’s resolution to wear a bikini in public. She did. It’s awesome. Read the very short blog post. But while I put this in here, because the headline is funny, it makes me a little sad that this is news. Do we really still care about what people look like? Has Photoshop so outrageously skewed our standards that this perfectly healthy woman can’t wear a bikini in public? I hope one day this is not news.
And more importantly, I bring this up because of how heroines are portrayed in romance novels. When I was growing up reading romances the heroines were always skinny, tall, blonde, bosomy, and always, always, ALWAYS brushing their curly hair! For the record, you can’t brush curly hair! And that is why I so desperately try to create a mixture with my heroines. Sarah has an overbite, Nora is too thin, and Kate is six feet tall. I don’t know about you, but I like variety. This shouldn’t be news.
Blog to Follow: All About Romance
I stumbled upon this little gem recently and had to share. You’ll find a lot of book review websites out there, but there are a couple of things about this one that has me recommending it. First, it’s been online since 1996. It says so right there in the header. 1996? I won’t tell you what I was doing in 1996. (It likely involved my seventh grade math homework, which didn’t use the internet in those days.) And second, it’s much more than reviews. There is a writer’s corner, message boards, and a whole section dedicated to readers. You’ll want to take a peek.
The Week in Social Media: A giveaway, an interview, and happiness
We can’t all be on every social media site everyday of the week, so here are some snippets from the week in social media. Click on the image to follow the link in the post.
Have I mentioned this yet?
And find out what skill I wish I had.
And of course,