Hey, here I am in the Atlantic Sexes blog with a bunch of smart, feminist romance authors, who have smart things to say about feminism, and romance, and where the two may or may not overlap. (via oliviawaite)
People say to me: do you let your son read the sex in your novels? My point of view: I would like him to learn to be generous, gentle and loving in bed with a woman, like my heroes. Someday.
- Have we reblogged this before? I don’t know - putting up anyway because this is what I try to tell people when they look down on me for reading romance.
An excerpt of “Goodnight Tweetheart” was at the back of Teresa Medeiros’ The Devil Wears Plaid (which I enjoyed) but the majority of the excerpt is a conversation via twitter between Abby Donovan and Mark Baynard.
I don’t even know how he found her tweet to reply to because he wasn’t folliwing her nor did she use a hashtag. Um, that’s not how twitter works, my love.
I’m not sure where the story is going, but if Abby agrees to meet with a stranger via twitter (also tweets are public!) - stop, girl! Stranger danger, anyone?
I think new media can and should be included in contemporary fiction, but there are a few guidelines authors need to follow:
- Twitter/IM/text message conversations should not go for more than a page. Break it up with a little exposition. If I want to stalk/lurk on Twitter, I’ll use a computer not a book.
- Research how it works, its politics and style, so real life users aren’t alienated.
- Remember, media and technology references (as well as many other things) will date the content. Could you imagine reading a novel that heavily featured MySpace? Use sparingly to add zest but not confuse future readers.
What do you guys think? Can you think of a book in which the author has made a few novice mistakes with technology or media? Any industry professionals out there who’ve cringed over mistakes made by the nurse/doctor/policeman/lawyer/accountant/etc character? Tell us the gory details!
Also, Rudi promised to give me the name of a book which features fairly well written uses of twitter and technology! Watch this space - I’d like to review it if possible!
We received an email from the lovely petrichorandpie letting us know that Courtney Milan’s novella The Governess Affair is currently available for FREE!
That in itself is a reason to download it but added to the fact that Courtney Milan is coming with the recommendation of being petrichorandpie’s favourite author means I’m that little bit more excited.
And keep a look out because I will certainly be writing a review of it as well.
The only thing better than a cheap book is a free book! There is a novella by Victoria Dahl on Amazon going for the bargain price of $0.00 (e-book only).
Book: Lover at Last
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood
Author: J R Ward
Publication date: March 2012
Genre/sub genre: Paranormal
Swoon Factor: I’m not feeling anything but disgust.
Um I hated this book. If it had been a hardcopy and not an ecopy I would have thrown it across my flat so many times.
I was so looking forward to it and it just didn’t do it. First off J R Ward’s books have always been crack, they’re flawed but so damn addictive I can look past the flaws. This time there was nowhere to hide. I’m just going to list the ways it failed because I’m struggling to find anything nice to say.
- The sex was terrible. I don’t want to read about ‘penetration’ unless I’m back in year 6 sex ed. There is nothing sexy about that. To quote Fat Amy ‘Not a good enough reason to use the word penetrate’
-Penetrating what? Ward has a ton of names for vagina but can’t say butt? arse? ass? bottom? or come up with anything? I get the feeling that a lot of this is tied up in homophobic censorship. Yep I said it.
- Layla’s needing. So when Bella went through her needing every time she had sex it got worse, she needed sex and sex and sex and sex and Zsadist was practically in a coma by the end. But Quinn leaves her? after one go? to suffer through her needing? yes I get it he’s gay but at that point he’s unaware of that and having sex with women all over the shop.
- Layla get’s preggerz after one go. Similar to Bella, but was it not stressed with Bella that it’s super rare for pregnancy to happen straight away? or is this just a vamp myth much like the human equivalent?
- Layla’s romance with Xcor. Book 12 or 13? and awkward. so Awkward… does he actually put his finger to her mouth to stop her talking? and no kissing? whut?
-Xcor’s ‘disfigurement’. What is his disfigurement? did I miss something? or is it like Qhuinn’s different coloured eyes? a total non issue that J R Ward is trying to make seem terrible?
-J R Ward’s disability BS. Has J R Ward ever met a person with a disability? she treats Wrath’s vision impairment like it’s the end of the world and totally justifies his lying (by omission) to Beth about babies. Obviously this is an issue that has carried on since the first book but it’s really bugging me. As someone who has grown up around people with disability’s I feel like J R Ward really needs to talk to someone with disability about how it’s not the end of their life.
-Qhuinn’s virginity. So it’s not true love unless someone brings their virginity along with them?
-Qhuinn’s losing of said virginity. 1. it didn’t hurt, so it doesn’t always have to hurt but BLAY DIDN’T LUBE UP. 2. Blay didn’t notice. In fact he just jammed his cock right in Qhuinn’s butt..
-Saxon isn’t a terrible guy, in fact he got treated like crap and that was like totes ok. NO IT WASN’T.
-Miscarriage. The magical cure for Layla’s almost miscarriage was just the worst. seriously. Just no.
So this is the worst review I’ve ever done. I don’t even know how to do this. I try and say something nice for every crap thing I say for a book but I can’t even come up with something nice. seriously. it was just that bad.
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I can’t even begin to tell you all how much I hated it. I’m going to review it later because I hated it so much if I reviewed it right now it would be just the one word : WORST.
I’m reading the latest Victoria Dahl which will hopefully calm me down with it’s sexy sexyness.
Review: The Summer of You by Kate Noble
Swoon Factor: Keep your smelling salts handy
I decided to head home for the Easter weekend and take a little time to relax in the familiar. As it turns out, spending more than three consecutive days in the company of my father can be a little … tiring so I found myself retreating into a book. Specifically, The Summer of You by Kate Noble.
Lady Jane Cummings has been outmanoeuvred and now she has to spend the summer with her ailing father and good-for-nothing brother at their family estate, rather than in London (where there are doctors and family friends that could help look after her father). Add to this the people of Merrymore can’t quite forget the trouble she used to cause as a child and are struggling to see her as the young lady she has become, and it’s no wonder she’s looking for a means of escape. She finds it in Bryne Worth; wounded war hero, brooding gentleman, total grouch, and (according to town gossip) elusive highwayman.
Jane and Bryne begin a tentative friendship over jasmine tea. Neither is particularly interested in sharing their secrets at first but they become a sort of safe haven for each other. Someone that can be absolutely counted on and that kind of person is rare for them both. And then of course, there’s their attraction.
The Summer of You is the second novel in a series however it works very well as a standalone. It’s also the kind of novel that you can keep coming back to. To be honest I’ve read it at least twice before. For me it’s a comfort read, but the kind of one that I go to when I need more than the standard sexy protagonists trading witty remarks. There’s depth and emotion and sexy protagonists trading witty remarks.
Jane’s family situation touches me in a very personal way. She’s suddenly found herself as The Responsible Adult and isn’t sure how to handle that. I’ve been there, and frankly it would have been wonderful if I’d had a Bryne Worth around to drink tea with. But I guess in the meantime I have The Summer of You.
Sarah MacLean writes about bookstores that refuse to sell romance novels, even though most romance readers read between 12 and 15 books a month:
The [book release] party was held in an independent bookstore near my hometown that does not carry romance. It was fun. I talked for 20 minutes, took questions for another 40, and a good time was generally had by all. We sold 90 books in 2 hours (and only 2 of them to my mother!); I was thrilled.
Afterward, the manager of the bookstore approached and said, “That was great! We’d love to have you again…if you’d like to come back.”
Would I! “I’d love to. And in the meantime…would you like me to sign the leftover stock?” This is a thing that bookstores ask of us, typically, when we go to visit them. It basically means…we have some of your books on hand, and if given the choice, readers would rather have a signed book than an unsigned one, so would you sign what’s around so new readers can get signed books from us? Honestly? I asked knowing the answer. I’ve never had a bookseller say no to that question, and I’d just sold 90 books! Clearly, people in Rhode Island loved me!
“No,” she said, as I attempted to keep my jaw from dropping. “Our customers don’t read romance.”
WHAT?! 90 Books! She’d been there! In fact, she was the one who told me we sold 90 books!
And yet…her customers…they don’t read romance?
This is certainly a problem I’ve been experiencing more and more often.
My local bookstore has a pitiful collection of romance novels, and it seems like they don’t keep track of the large name/highly anticipated releases because they’re never on the shelf in time.
On the bright side if you’re from Sydney (Australia) and you’re a fan of paranormal romance/urban fantasy/sci-fi/whatever other general category you want to come up with Galaxy Bookshop is really really good to it’s customers.