Monday, November 24, 2008

Hugh who? The Sexiest Man Alive 2008. Really? by Diana Holquist

My friend Julie James and I happen to be a little obsessed by People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. And why not? After all, we both wrote books about him.







But who exactly were we thinking of when we were writing? Hugh Jackman?






Disclosure: When People magazine picked Mr. Jackman as Sexiest Man Alive 2008, I didn't even know who he was. Do you know who he is? Do you think he's the one? Here's the poll we've been conducting of romance readers for the last few weeks. I ask again, Hugh who? The man barely registered. Is there something different about romance readers? Why Gerard Butler? And by such a huge margin? Vote in the poll and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

At Your Service


Once upon a time at a booksigning, a woman came up to me, star-struck and shaking, to ask if she could have a picture with me, a "famous author." To put her at ease, I made small talk and asked her what she did for a living. She said she was an emergency nurse. I felt about two inches tall.

As a writer, sometimes I feel like I don't have a "decent" job. I'm certainly not offering as vital a service to the world as, say, a policeman, or a farmer, or that emergency nurse. I'm not saving lives, feeding the homeless, or contributing to world peace. I don't fix cars, teach Kindergarten, or even clean your house.

What I do--play with make-believe characters in my head and write down their fictional adventures--sometimes seems completely self-indulgent and unimportant to me, fluffy and meaningless and irrelevant.

And yet...

Every now and then, I get a letter from a fan, telling me how one of my books kept her up all night or made her laugh out loud or touched her heart. It's then I realize I AM providing a valuable service.

Sometimes I'm the romantic escape for a lonely soul. Sometimes I'm the sliver of sunshine through prison bars. Sometimes I'm the relief from a day of suffering or distraction from a night of sleeplessness. Sometimes I'm simply the promise of a happy ending.

Perhaps the most touching story a reader ever told me was that when her mother lay dying in the hospital, the last book she chose to read was mine, because it transported her far away from her pain. Stories like that make me realize the true power and significance of what I do.

So while I can't do your taxes, I won't walk your dog, and I'm not going to invent a cure for cancer any time soon, if your heart needs healing, I'm here for you.



Sarah McKerrigan...
Stories to keep you up all night!
LADY DANGER - Riding to the rescue April 2006
CAPTIVE HEART - Coming for you October 2006
KNIGHT'S PRIZE - Stealing your heart April 2007
DANGER'S KISS - Flirting with trouble May 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

In which Carolyn Shows How to Solve Everything

Today (November 10) is my little brother's birthday. Happy Birthday, Geoff!

And here is my gift to you all in three parts. (Like Caesar and that thing with Gaul):

The funniest series of book reviews EVER (except for one grump):


Regarding this book, Energy Technologies. Please, after you pull yourself up off the floor when you see the price, do read the reviews. Then come back here and finish reading my blog post and tell me how much you laughed or something so I don't feel like a total loser.

Now seriously, is the price of a mass market paperback like any of those fine books along the sidebar there, including, I might add, My Wicked Enemy which yours truly wrote, really all that much? I think the answer is no, it's actually not all that much. Why, a mass market paperback is a deal and a half! Puts things in perspective, eh?

Are you not feeling renewed in your faith in humankind after reading those reviews (except for the Grumpy Student). Because this totally made my day.

Funniest Twilight Review


There was a second bit of humor I chanced across today. This: the best review of the Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series EVER. NOTE: if you don't like strong language, then you might want to skip this review, although for something on attrition.org it's pretty mild.

Funniest Deal with the Devil


But wait! There's more! People, today was a trifecta of humor brought to you by the best web comic around (IMHO, okay?) xkcd.com:



ohmygod. I am such a geek.



OK, so maybe I didn't solve everything. I can't afford Energy Technologies but maybe you, or someone you know, can. And then you'll solve a lot of stuff. Or maybe have a DIY nuclear rector in your backyard.

Right. You're free to go. If, when you do, you decide to pick up a book by one of the fine authors of Grand Central Publishing on the way, that would pretty darn cool of you. And really, who doesn't want to be cool? If you're cool, what else do you need?

See? I did solve everything.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Elizabeth gives away booklets & Julia debuts a video

So, my newest book, To Seduce a Sinner is out. It's a YELLOW book, which *ahem!* I notice our Blogonatrix has failed to post on the sidebar. This is what it looks like:



And the stepback is even more lovely, involving as it does Mr. Nathan Kamp in near-nude glory. Personally, I'd buy the book just for the stepback.

In celebration of the release of To Seduce a Sinner, I'm giving away a FREE booklet on my website. One side is the first chapter of my January 2009 Julia Harper book, For the Love of Pete and the other side is the first chapter of an all-new, never-before-seen Elizabeth Hoyt novella, The Ice Princess, which features reader favorite Coral Smythe (Aphrodite in The Raven Prince.) Each month in 2009 I intend to post a new, FREE chapter of The Ice Princess on my website. I hope you'll enjoy it!

Meanwhile, here's a video for For the Love of Pete. Remember: we're working with a limited budget.



Cheers!
Elizabeth Hoyt
www.elizabethhoyt.com
Julia Harper
www.juliaharper.com

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Winner of FOREVER MY LADY

The winner of Jeff Rivera's book is

Laurie

Congrats! Please contact me with your mailing address at michelle@michellerowen.com and I'll pass it along to Jeff!