In the Saturday Slush Pile: Winner of Surprise Giveaway and Scarlett Johansson Sues

May 17, 2014

Today in the Saturday Slush Pile:

  • The winner of the surprise giveaway
  • What do you want from author newsletters?
  • Reading a series out of order
  • In the News: Scarlett Johansson sues for what?
  • Blog to Follow: Timeless Quills
  • The Week in Social Media: Tessa Dare and a little reading and writing

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And the winner is…

Wednesday this week I decided to give away a signed copy of A Countess Most Daring.  What better thing to do on Hump Day than to give away a book?  And I’m happy to say the winner is Liz R.! Congratulations, Liz, and thank you to everyone who participated.  I loved all the different answers!

What do you want from author newsletters?

I think I’ve mentioned before that I belong to a lot of online writing groups.  A recent discussion on one of my group’s email chains had me laughing.  The discussion was about what readers want from author newsletters.  There was one camp adamant that readers only want to hear about new releases, and then another camp adamant that readers want to hear from the authors they love all the time about everything.  But the part that was humorous to me was the fact that each camp was adamant about their position.  As a sometimes day side marketer, my reaction was to ask if anyone had done any surveys to see if either camp was correct.  I realize writers are also readers, but as a single person, that’s a single opinion.  But what is the truth of the matter?

Do readers only want to hear from authors when there’s a new release?  Or do readers want to hear from authors all the time about everything?  Let me know in the comments.

Reading a series out of order

This popped up for me recently as I journey my way through Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cover series.  I inadvertently stepped into the series because of a Kindle Daily Deal and instantly fell in love with Dare’s writing style, characters and general mayhem.  I didn’t mind at all that I had stepped into the middle of the series because Dare’s writing was strong enough to carry the story without me knowing the stories of the other characters in the series.  I have seen numerous reviews on the installments in the Spy Series saying the same thing.  That the reader didn’t care that they stepped into the middle of the series.  This is a very good thing as it’s important to write an installment in a series as if the reader could read it independently of the other stories in the series.

But it begs the question, have you ever read a series in which the books couldn’t be read independent of each other?

In the News: Scarlett Johansson sues for what?

This story just has my jaw dropping to the floor.  Ms. Johansson is suing for use of her image in this writer’s book.  However, the book is not about her at all.  But I don’t really want to get into that part, because I can’t know the author’s real intentions or Ms. Johansson’s reaction to it.  The part of this story that had me flummoxed were the writer’s quotes near the end of the story.  As a writer, I can completely relate to what he is saying.  He didn’t write a book about Ms. Johansson.  He wrote a book about beauty, internal and external.  It’s a beautiful homage to the beauty that is Ms. Johansoon, according to the writer.  Isn’t art supposed to imitate life, especially when concerning beauty?  Is this another instance of the quick to retaliate society we now live in?  Decide for yourselves.

Blog to Follow: Timeless Quills

quilllsI had the awesome pleasure of being a guest on this lovely blog a few months ago and was just blown away by the wonderful women who run it.  Authors themselves, they’ve created an oasis where historical romance writers can gather.  So be sure to stop by for a visit when you need a little R&R.

The Week in Social Media: Tessa Dare and a little reading and writing

We can’t always be on every social media site at all times during the week, so I like to share a few snippets from the week here so nothing is missed.  Just click on the image to follow the link in the post.

An proper review on an awesome blog about Tessa Dare’s The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright. And it’s only $0.99 on Amazon!


What I promise I’m doing everyday until I type The End on To Save a Viscount.


And what I’ll actually be doing.

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