Last month I attended the Wisconsin RWA Write Touch conference. The keynote speaker was Maya Rodale, and her topic was wrapped around the heart of her book the Dangerous Books for Girls. It was a powerful speech about how throughout history women have been looked down on for many things, including reading. Because reading might give us thoughts. It might send our feeble minds into a tizzy. Rodale was insightful and witty and she made us look at our craft with new eyes and a fresh perspective. I highly recommend reading the The Dangerous Books for Girls and see for yourself how romance novels helped forge paths in history.
Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained
Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But why were these books—the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women—singled out for scorn and shame? Dangerous Books for Girls examines the secret history of the genre’s bad reputation—from the “damned mob of scribbling women” in the nineteenth century to the sexy mass-market paperbacks of the twentieth century—and shows how romance novels have inspired and empowered generations of women to dream big, refuse to settle, and believe they’re worth it. For every woman who has ever hidden the cover of a romance—and every woman who has been curious about those “Fabio books”—Dangerous Books For Girls shows why there’s no room for guilt when reading for pleasure.
A Pocket in Time, the second in the Time Weavers, Inc. series has been contracted by Lydia Sharp of Entangled Publishing.
A Pocket in Time, which is inspired by Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," sends Katz Almira back to Regency London where she must infiltrate a band of pickpockets. Government conspiracies and unexpected romance complicate her simple mission. The first book in the series, On Highland Time, is also published
by Entangled. This story follows Diana Montgomery back to Medieval Scotland where she must insure Laird MacPherson dies as he originally did in history before the Disrupters changed the timeline and the world. Unfortunately, no matter how much she fights it, she falls in love with the big-hearted and big-bodied man. On Highland Time Buy Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo Amazon UKAmazon AU Amazon CA
Oleg Kraskin impresses the Russian president
and is honored to be given the right to marry his daughter.
Oleg didn’t know there’s a price to pay when
marrying into the oligarchy at the highest level.Can he keep his marriage filled with love
alive? Will his thoughts and actions as he realizes the intent of the president
separate or kill the marriage?Especially
for what Oleg feels he needs to do for the love of his country.
Marcus Ryker already met the end of his
marriage in a shooting that shattered his life.In the U.S., being a secret service agent never leaves the blood even
after Marcus took a hiatus for four years.A close friend requested Marcus to return to action on a simple detail,
protecting a senator traveling to Russia.He’d try it just this once.
In Russia, Oleg sat next to the Russian
president.Oleg approached Marcus, on the
side of the senator, and congratulated him for his many honors.
That was the start of Oleg’s precarious
activity in contrast to his loyalty to his president.And Marcus’ biggest test to protect his
Oleg And Marcus have a treacherous goal that
may cost them lives and love, or strengthen both.
Well written and spellbinding.Each scene heightens the possibility of
growth or destruction in nation and in personal love.
“With you, I can see forever. Tomorrow is on the way and the possibilities are endless.”
Garrett Houston is a Texas Ranger, but not just the average run of the mill Texas Ranger, he’s part of a time traveling convention that investigate cold case crimes. While meeting up with some of his fellow companions, Garrett suddenly finds himself harassed by a spirit that demands he travel back and bring her killer to justice.
Margarite has finally found someone that can hear her, and becomes emphatic that he help her escape the darkness. She is only nearly dead and time is of an essence if she is to survive the horror of her attack. As the clues of Margarite’s disappearance are brought to light, Garrett finds himself investigating not only her attempted murder, but also the deaths of several other women.
As Margarite begins to adjust and heal from her trauma, she finds strength and love in the arms of her rescuer. She also discovers that“Sometimes the things we need to change end up changing us.”
Garrett’s Ghost is a cozy romantic mystery with hints of time travel and paranormal. It is this reader’s hope that some of the subplots and characters that were introduced are given their own story. A very enjoyable read that I’d recommend!
So, the last time I posted, I wrote about the
weather and how it was starting to get hot….well, the weather made a liar out
of me. You all know that I write on Sundays so my post is ready on
Wednesday….and wouldn’t you know it, our temperature dipped to the high 70s the
day after….so…I won’t be talking about the weather for a while.
What shall we talk about? How about movies? In my
neck of the woods, we had a free preview weekend for some of the cable premium
channels. I love when this happens. I get to catch up on movies I haven’t seen
yet (I do not subscribe to the premium channels like HBO or Showtime) but I
love when I can get it for free. This past weekend was Starz and Epix so I saw Equalizer 2 (with Denzel Washington….I
just love him) and the new Jumanji
(with Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock….love him too). Both were excellent! I loved
the humor in Jumanji! Is it just me or are they getting better as they’re
And just for fun, I watched Romancing the Stone. I so love this movie. It’s a classic in my
book. The writing is electric and runs the gamut from funny to heart-breaking.
The chemistry between Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas is phenomenal and
boy, does it show in the interaction of their characters. My favorite scene?
When they go down the side of the mountain in a rush of water and of course,
the ending. I’m a sucker for those happy endings! Gotta have ‘em!
The weekend is over now as is the free preview so
tomorrow morning, it’s back to Wife for Hire, my work in progress, and the day
next time, remember to spread kindness wherever you go.
Now’s your chance to win a Kindle Paperwhiteloaded up with a whole bunch
of books by amazing authors! See below for the entry form.
This giveaway is to celebrate and have one last hurrah as we close off the GIRLS WEEKEND AWAY series!! I’m thrilled that Bonni, Celia, Ava, and Fredi’s stories are now out in the wild. But I’m also sad that their stories have drawn to a close.
But that doesn’t mean the fun is over. No way! You have four books that will whisk you away and help you escape to exotic locations with a bunch fun girlfriends and their sexy men. Plus, the chance to win a cool prize at the end.
But I’m super thrilled today is release day for A MATCH MADE IN MONACO. It’s Fredi and Zayn’s story and I hope you all love it. The UK/World version is out today and theUS/Canadaversion is out on the 15th. If you preorder it now, it will drop right into your TBR pile and you’ll be on track for a chance to win the Kindle.
When the cynic…
Fredi doesn’t believe in love. She might be a successful bridal gown designer but that’s just business. Sure, she’s watched her three best girlfriends fall head over heels with the men of their dreams but she’s certain that’s not in the cards for her. That doesn’t mean that she’s not interested in some fun with a handsome movie star––one who just happens to be her assigned date for her best friend’s wedding in Monaco.
Meets the movie star…
Zayn’s used to women falling at his feet so he’s utterly captivated by Fredi’s quick wit and her refusal to be impressed by him. Their chemistry is off the charts and their connection is something unexpected.
Sparks are about to fly…
With only a few days before Fredi disappears back to her life, Zayn is determined to convince her that she can trust him with the one thing she swore to never give anyone–her heart.
Each book in the Girls Weekend Away series is STANDALONE:
* What Happens in Vegas
* Meet Me In San Francisco
* The Nashville Bet
* A Match Made in Monaco
This contest will be fun and test your reading skills. I hope you enjoy it and good luck!! Enter to win an All-New Kindle Paperwhite or an Amazon Gift Card, and an ecopy of Working Girl. Plus the winner will receive eBooks from these fabulous authors to load on their new Kindle!
Abigail Owen, Audrey Carlan, Avery Flynn, Cathy McDavid, Cecy Robson, Dani Collins, Geneva Lee, Heather Graham, Jamie K Schmidt, Jo Watson, JoAnn Sky, Karen Booth, Karri Thompson, Kelly Jamieson, Kenya Wright, Lexi Post, Lindsay Emory, Michelle McLean, NJ Walters, Radclyffe, Rasha Selim, Reese Ryan, Rhian Cahill, Rhyannon Byrd, Robin Covington, Samantha Towle, Sophia Henry, Stacey Kennedy, Susan Meier, Tammy Bailey, Victoria James and Vicki Lewis Thompson.
Laissez les bons temps rouler(Lay say lay bohn tohn roo lay): Let the good times roll!
Traveling from their small hometown of Cane, Louisiana, Rachel knew she had her work cut out for her when she agreed to chaperone her elderly but feisty aunt and her friends for a bachelorette party in fabulous Las Vegas. After all, when the bride is a young at heart 80 year-old, what could possibly go wrong? Oh maybe a scamming of the elderly heist, a kidnapping, and a chance meeting of a first love. In the words of Tante Izzy Bienvenu,“What happens at a Vegas bachelorette party, stayz in Vegas!”
Tina DeSalvo jumps in with both feet running in this unpredictably fun, second chance romance between young lovers brought together years later by the most unlikely of circumstances. Loved and highly recommend!