Monthly Archives: January 2014
A few weeks ago, the New York Times announced that author Sylvia Day is getting an eight-figure advance for her next two novels. In Publisher’s Marketplace terms, that’s a major deal on steroids. And though I’m thrilled to see this kind of cash go to a female author in the romance genre, I kind of wish it had gone for books that are not quite so…racy.
Did I say “kind of”?
Okay, so I really, really wish it hadn’t.
Yes, I know books like Day’s sell, and yes, I’ve bought more than a few myself. But I’m not the only one who thinks they’re more erotica than straight-up romance, and besides, aren’t we about done with this literary equivalent of the sexual revolution? Because I sure am.
Before you go calling me a prude, I’ll just say for the record that I read all kinds of romance, including the racier, 50 shadier kinds. I like everything — from Jane Austen to Diana Gabaldon to J.R. Ward. I don’t mind nudity or cussing or even a little well-placed freak in my stories. I’m about as far away from a prude as you can get.
Sex on the page, no matter how hot, does not a romance make. I want my characters to feel something beyond whips and clamps, to grow more than beyond their own sexual hang-ups. I want pounding hearts and longing looks and pages and pages of build up to an amazing first kiss culminating in a, yes, sexy romp under the sheets. But above all I want straight-up romance, the good, old fashioned kind.
And I want those who write it to get a major deal on steroids, too.
One of these weeks I’ll remember before Wednesday that Tuesday is trash day.
There is good all around, you need only be looking for it. (But sometimes it sneaks up on you!)
Come morning the cat may still have a noticeable amount of food left in her bowl, but she’s going to feign starvation anyway.
Cold days and good movies (and books!) go really well together.
My friends will always view me in a fairer light than I view myself (which is a powerful thing).
“I am invincible, as long as I’m alive.” — John Mayer
Much awe and entertainment are to be had by digging through old photos in antiques shops.
“I’m ready for spring,” said 18-bajillion people this month.
There is always something new to learn about oneself.
Dirty dishes don’t clean themselves, no matter how long you leave them sitting there.
There is no pause button for life. Rewind, neither. Makes you want to pay real close attention, doesn’t it?
Your observations. Go:
Last year at this time, I offered Wedding Fever for FREE, and the reader response was so wonderful, I decided to do so again.
So for the next three days—January 23, 24, & 25—you can download this very special novella for FREE from Amazon. And this year, the ebook includes the bonus short story, Baby Fever, a prequel to Wedding Fever.
This novella is humorous romantic women’s fiction. It’s approximately 18,000 words, which means it’ll be a quick, one night read. There’s no sex, so you can share it with you daughters, your mothers, and your grandmothers. You can even read it out loud on the subway, if you want. 🙂
Liz Templeton is about to have her life turned upside down.
When her ex-husband, Mitch Parker, returns to town to hunt for the legendary Lost Lake treasure, her mother and former mother-in-law are determined to reunite the estranged couple. While Liz dodges their attempts, she must also deal with the ghost of her teenage daughter who is obsessed with discovering whether or not Mitch is her father.
Liz has one chance to stop her family from driving her insane…and falling head over heels in love with her ex isn’t part of the plan.
So head on over to Amazon and take advantage of this special 3 day FREE offer, then tell all of your friends about it. It’s only on till Saturday, so hurry. Fortunately, supplies won’t run out. 🙂