You Know What’s Scary?

You know what’s scary? Asking people to read your books. Writing is safe. Writers are their own worst enemies, and if we get out of our own way, we can write some pretty good stuff. But asking other people to read it? Releasing those characters that you have loved and nurtured and kept safe in the warm cocoon of your brain? Trusting other people with those fragile words?

Scary.

You know what’s scarier?

Giving those words and those characters to strangers who are going to read it out loud and share it with the internet.

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Vacation Reading List

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Mr. Temple and I are leaving on a cruise on Friday. We’ve known each other for 11 years, and we have never taken a vacation like this. We’re much more of the ‘go somewhere and do stuff’ type of traveler. Lounging by the pool will be new for us. Given all that free time, I thought I should stock up on my reading. Thank goodness for ebooks, because my suitcase would definitely be over the weight limit if I had to bring all these in paper. Here are some of the titles I’m bringing.

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Dear Grammar Nazis

If you’re one of those people who enjoys correcting people who mix up ‘their’, ‘there’ and ‘they’re’ in social media posts, stop reading here.

Seriously, there are lots of great posts on this blog (try this one, have you met Kyle?), but this one is not for you.

stop-863665_1280Still there? I assume you’ve been warned.

Look, I understand that no one likes a grammatically weak book. Or blog post. Or status update. But the very term of Grammar Nazi makes my skin crawl. Here’s why.

A Very Important Post

This is a short but VERY IMPORTANT POST!

My short story, One Night Stand, is going  to be part of a big Ninja Writers giveaway next week. There will be a tonne of great authors participating, and lots of stories for you to pick up.

But!

I’m excited. Like super excited. I want you to read One Night Stand now! So here’s the deal. I’ll be sending out a newsletter tomorrow that includes a link where you can get One Night Stand for free. This is only available to subscribers! All you have to do is sign up here, and you’ll get the link tomorrow!

See how easy that is?

Also, I’m super super excited about this cover. Who wouldn’t want to read this?

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Kyle is just a mild mannered event planner trying to do his job when Olivia stomps up to him at a charity art auction and accuses him of ruining her painting. Kyle has no way to know that tonight is going to change his life forever.

See? You want to read this story. Sign up here.

#tbt Reviews – Top 100 Romance Novels

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Sometimes I feel like I came to romance novels late. I didn’t have an older sister who would sneak me her battered dog eared books when our mom wasn’t looking. My friends were more likely to read Tolkien. I went straight from reading Nancy Drew and the Babysitters Club to epic fantasy and then I lived there for a long time.

I didn’t actually pick up my first romance novel until I was probably 27 or 28. I didn’t even know it was a romance novel. It promised me vampires and I was still riding the Twilight wave (I know, I know. We’ll talk about that some other day. Along with the time I had to buy the complete series of 50 Shades of Grey, even though I’ve never read it to this day). I bought what I thought was a vampire novel, and by page 50 there were blow jobs, and by page 178 I was hooked.

All this to say that Goodreads published their list of Top 100 Romance Novels and I have read exactly 24. Not a stellar record, but not bad given my late start. If you’re looking for well vetted titles, I have a few recommendations.

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