I heard a song the other day that started with the lyrics, “Guess it’s true I’m not good at a one-night stand.” The sadness of those lyrics struck me. The assumption that the majority of people are/should be good at having meaningless physical relationships speaks to just how much society has devalued genuine feelings and emotions like love, affection and caring. It’s become the norm to “use it and lose it.” The fact that the word “it” is used in that term should tip us off to just how much we’ve dehumanized each other.
The song is sung by a man and it got me thinking on the condescending remarks people tend to make that “boys will be boys” and “men can’t help themselves.” I’m guessing many of you agree that the latter is bull and that men can and should control themselves. But what of the first one? There is no denying that little girls and little boys tend to have different interests depending on their gender; but what does that have to do with the crippling idea that men have no self-control? Continue reading
This post was originally written as a guest post for Mythical Books.
A friend of mine pitched a story idea to an agent, saying she believed her story fit into the ‘New Adult’ category that has appeared recently. The agent’s response was, “Oh, is it erotica?” My friend assured her it was not, and the agent explained that in the publishing industry, the new category of ‘New Adult’ is used to put more explicit adult content in books meant for younger audiences than the usual ‘adult’ category.
This is more than a little disturbing to me. Continue reading
A huge Thank You to all the bloggers and reviewers who took the time to be a part of the Missing Lily Blog Tour. And, as always, a huge shout out to Kathy from iamareader.com. She’s a fabulous host and I’ve loved having the opportunity to work with her.
The Tour has ended, but there are still 4 more days to enter the giveaway. And only two more days to purchase the nook or ibooks version of Missing Lily. Then it will be exclusive through Amazon.
Check out the last stops! Continue reading
I did an interview with Curling Up With A Good Book.
Remember that Just Ella is on sale for the next 10 days, if you or someone you know wants to grab it.
And I have another song for y’all! This is Lorraina’s song. Specifically Chapter 25.This is Say Something by A Great Big World. Love this song. Enjoy.
Blog Tour stops for the past couple days: Continue reading
Before I was lucky enough to find blogs and other resources that I could rely on for book recommendations, I would troll Amazon. If a description caught my eye, I would look at the sample pages. In doing so I discovered a disturbing trend in romance novel plots. Two books still stick out in my mind. One started with a drunken man stumbling into what he thinks is his room at an Inn. He then assumes that the girl sleeping in the bed must be a prostitute and he treats her as such. The second book started with a ‘gentleman’ (it was a regency, I believe) coming upon a lady in a garden. He only sees her from behind and mistakes her for someone he was supposed to be meeting for a romantic rendezvous. He ends up assaulting the poor girl before realizing she’s not who he thought she was. When he does realize, there is no apology. He just turns on the charm, brushes it off as no big deal, and they part ways. Later, during the social gathering they are attending, he winks at her from across the room.
I went back and read the descriptions of these books and realized that, yes, in both cases I had just met the hero and heroine of the book. These were the two people that were going to fall in love and live happily ever after.
What the crap??!! Are you kidding me? Continue reading
The last couple days of tour stops have been nothing but reviews, which I love!
I wanted to be sure and mention that Missing Lily IS available on Nook and ibooks. That WILL NOT always be the case. Continue reading
The tour continues…
I did a guest post for Mythical Books. It’s about how the romance genre has evolved. I gotta admit, when I started that post I didn’t really know where it would go. The end result surprised me. Continue reading
The ball is really rolling with the Blog Tour! Here’s the latest round of reviews and whatnot. I did an interview with The Cover Contessa, if you want to check it out. Continue reading
Here’s the links for the last several days of blog tour stops! I’m having so much fun getting the chance to read the different reviews and seeing how people are reacting to my second book. It’s certainly different than the feedback I got for Just Ella, because readers have something to compare my second book to. It’s fascinating.
If you’re interested, you can check out the guest post I did for Sheila Deeth. It’s about why I took on the theme of hidden identity in my writing. Continue reading