Books and Authors

E-Publishing – As Seen by an Established Author

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Interesting discussion on e-publishing from the perspective of an established NY Times Bestselling author.  http://www.plotmonkeys.com/2013/04/24/the-new-publishing-model/

DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB FILM UPDATE — Coming to LA!

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I read “Dirty Girls Social Club,” years ago and, identified with some of the struggles the characters faced as they balanced success in the professional arena, with our quirks and diverse identities, as Latinas. To hear that “Las Sucias,” may have their own movie, makes me happy!

Becoming a Book Reviewer

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Over the past month I have ventured into the world of ebook reviews.  Not as an “expert,” just as a fan, who is moved by the creative words of women writers.    Looking back, I wrote reviews on books I either loved or hated, anything in the mid-range, got nothing.

Ironically, Facebook has brought me “closer” to one of the authors I’ve followed for many years, Julie Leto.  Before I was married, or even met my husband, I had a subscription to Harlequin books.   The books we all read, in the privacy of our own bedrooms, where the female leads were beautiful, successful, sexy.  And so were the men.

Well, Julie’s heroines were real women, of all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds.  She knew how to write about women with big, loud, loving families, and she wrote about the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Imagine my surprise when I “found” her on Facebook and began to learn more about her.   It happened slowly, over the course of the 2012 Presidential Election.  I saw that our views on many subjects were similar.  For example, Julie is part of a closely-knit family with strong ethnic roots, she went to USF and pledged an NPC group.  I could identify with her and it gave me some insight into why I was so drawn in by her characters.  Each one of her female leads shared one, or more, of her personal attributes – championing those less fortunate, loyalty, friendship, fidelity, sexiness, and a distinct sense of self.

One of these days, hopefully in the near future, I will be able to meet Julie, in person, to tell her how much her writing has entertained me.

It was my pleasure to receive a review copy of her latest ebook, and introduction into the world of independent publishing, “Dirty Dare: The Rescue.”  My review can be found here:  http://www.amazon.com/review/RA5CQ46WZ6THA/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_cm_cr_notf_fhv_fbt

PIWTPITT Review of 50 Shades of Grey

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BEST review of “50 Shades of Grey.”   Save your money and buy books any number of authors who have been writing in the Romantica genre, for years.   Enjoy.   PIWTPITT Review of 50 Shades of Grey

Summer Reading List

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TGIS!!  I’m off for a couple of months from school and can be a “grown-up,” again.  Which means the possibility of searching for a “real” (professional) job, which may/may not impact school, taking on a volunteer position at a local hospital or Planned Parenthood, or learning how to be a housewife.   The latter is not really an option.

In the meantime, I’ve already devoured “Bear Meets Girl,” by Shelly Laurenston, my new favorite contemporary paranormal author.  Shelly writes strong, sexy, independent, intelligent female lead characters who are in their thirties (or a little older).   I appreciate that she continues previous characters’ stories, as the series progresses, so we can revisit old, beloved characters.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her Magnus Pack series, her Pride series and the first in her Gathering series, “Hunting Season.”   She also writes a dragon series as G.A. Aiken, but I’m not a fantasy fan and have never been able to get into that series.

The second book I read was Christine Warren’s “On the Prowl,” latest installment in The Others series.  This series also features paranormal characters, in contemporary situations, and follows a group of female friends as they find themselves, their leading men and HEA.  The heroines are smart, sassy and able to stand on their own, so their men have to be true alpha males.

A newer series I started reading, even though the characters are younger than I typically like, are Olivia Cunning’s “Sinners” series, which follows a naughty rock band and their lady loves.   The themes are stronger sexually (some BSDM), than Laurenston’s or Warren’s.  I was surprised I enjoyed them as much as I have.

I’ve downloaded the “50 Shades of Grey,” trilogy, to see what all the hype is about.  However, I already have some doubts about the relationship in that series.   I am not a fan of women who are unable or unwilling to refer to their own body parts in anatomical terms and use “down there,” or “my privates,” to describe their female organs.   Furthermore, I feel it is irresponsible to introduce said women to a D/s lifestyle, without a great deal of coaching and sex education.   The premise of the books and the character’s too young ages, give me pause.   We’ll see.   (Lorelei James and Maya Banks have a better understanding of this lifestyle and extensive libraries, that are responsibly written and cheaper).

My newest find has been the “Savannah Coven,” series by Suza Kates.  Again, my favorite theme – female friends who find their mates and HEA.   It explores some paranormal themes and is a travelogue for the beautiful city of Savannah.   The first three book are available: “Whisper of the Witch,” “Conviction of the Witch,” and “Binding of the Witch.”  There will be nine books when she completes the series.  It has been unexpectedly engaging and entertaining learning each character’s personalities and unique abilities.  I am looking forward to reading more.