In the Saturday Slush Pile: Reading Books is Compared to Racism

May 24, 2014

Today in the Saturday Slush Pile:

  • Coming Soon: A Historical Novella
  • Print Versions of a Spy Series get New Covers
  • Smashwords Makes a Deal with Overdrive
  • In the News: William Giraldi of The New Republic Gets an Ass-Kicking by Every Romance Blogger on Earth
  • Blog to Follow: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
  • The Week in Social Media: Devaluing writing, a giveaway, and the question of reading.

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Coming Soon: Shake Down Your Ashes

This is a little different from most of my releases in that this isn’t technically a romance novel.  I think the term is novel with romantic elements.  But I wanted to let my readers know that the planned release is June 2014 of this historical novella.  Shake Down Your Ashes takes place in Western New York, 1900 oddly enough during Memorial Day weekend.  Yes, Memorial Day really is that old.  It first came about as a means of laying flowers on the graves of soldiers.  Originally called Decoration Day, it was first observed on May 30, 1868, three years after the Civil War ended.  The novel is a coming of age story for two main characters, Irene and James, both at different stages in their lives but both with realizations that must be made if they are to move on to the next phase of their life.  It is set in 1900 for the fact that it’s the year of America’s coming of age when the colony became the colonizer, acquiring colonies in the Pacific and such.  And there may be a ghost.  Because what’s a coming of age story without a ghost?

More details coming soon along with a cover reveal, excerpt and of course, a giveaway!

Print Versions of a Spy Series Get a New Look For Summer

I just uploaded new covers to the printed versions of the Spy Series novels.  I would like to take credit for these gorgeous covers, but it was all my dear husband’s doing.  But you can still tell me how beautiful they are.  I know he won’t mind me taking the credit.  Here is the new cover for For Love of the Earl:

earlThis is what it looks like as a raw file before it becomes a book.  Pretty, eh?  Stop over to Amazon and get your copies!

Smashwords and Overdrive Make a Deal

If you don’t know who Overdrive is, you are not properly taking advantage of your local library.  Overdrive is an establishment that distributes ebooks and audiobooks to libraries, and it was the first app I downloaded to my iPhone back in 2011 so I could stream audiobooks during my morning runs.  Overdrive was how I discovered Karen White, and I’m sure my husband regrets that, but I don’t.  This deal with Smashwords has the potential to put millions of indie authors in the hands of library users.  So if you don’t know Overdrive, I encourage you to check out your local library’s website to see if they offer electronic lending through Overdrive.

In the News: William Giraldi of The New Republic gets an ass-kicking from every romance blogger on Earth

There was no way I could write today’s blog without mentioning the incredible stupidity that was the recent article by William Giraldi in The New Republic.  All I can do is shake my head and encourage you to read the article.  Mr. Giraldi made the sad mistake of comparing romance novels to racism.  Well done, Mr. Giraldi, but I must offer a quote from the greatest movie of all time and the father of my most beloved character of all time:

“I suggest you try reading books instead of burning them.”

-Sean Connery as Professor Jones, father of Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade

And without so much as a moment to catch their breath, romance bloggers united to give Mr. Giraldi the ass-kicking of his life, which segues nicely into…

Blog to Follow: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

bitchesStarted in 2005 as a community for romance readers, the ladies of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books wasted no time in delivering the best response to a person’s unbelievable ignorance I have ever seen.  Please take a moment to enjoy their brilliance, and read their response to Mr. Giraldi.

The Week in Social Media:

We’re busy, and I know not everyone can be on every social media site every day, so here are some highlights.  Click on the image to follow the link in the post.

Devaluing writing?


A giveaway! (I just like the cover.  I’m distracted by pretty things.)


And of course,


Happy reading.



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