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After reading Sharon Cullar’s latest post, I was very tempted to send her an email, urging her to get a new name, and to start writing romances featuring just white characters, because her books are obviously just not selling well.

It seems a bit drastic, but the fact is, money is an issue for her right now, so the question I think she needs to ask herself, is, is she happy writing the books of her heart, and not selling, or is she prepared to go the mercenary route and write where the money is.

I know that there are no guarantees, but the fact is, books featuring black or even inter-racial couples do not sell as well as books featuring all white couples.

Her ability to write is not in question here, I’ve read Sharon Cullar’s books, and she’s a fantastic author, however, with the way that books featuring black protags are constantly ignored by Jane Average Reader in RomLand, I think she’d be better off writing Carol Lynne-type books where the all-white protags shag at every given opportunity.

I think that we here in RomLand like to think that good plot development and good editing are essential to every reader, but if that were true, how do you account for people like Jamaica Layne apparently still selling? There are obviously people out there reading and enjoying what she writes.

I also considered perhaps advising Sharon to start writing ménage erotic romance, seeing as they seem to be as popular as ever.

I know that authors should really write what they love, but what if what they love doesn’t sell? It’s ok if money isn’t an issue for said author, but what if, as in Sharon’s case, it is? Should she really be expected to stick to her principles, and keep churning out inter-racial romances, that have a limited audience in the market place?

I’m very fond of Sharon Cullars’ books, and I was pleased to see that she has a new release at Loose-Id.

Here’s the blurb for Gold Mountain:

In 1865, the hope for gold has spurred many to seek their fortunes in California, the place the Chinese call Gum San or “Gold Mountain.” Amidst this backdrop, Quiang, a new Chinese immigrant, works the dangerous rails hoping to save enough money to send home to his parents. In town, Leah and Clara, two enterprising women from New York, have plans of their own to grow a restaurant and laundry business. However, both plans go awry when Quiang and Leah meet one fateful day. What starts as a budding attraction soon grows into tumultuous desire despite the cultural and language barriers between them.

Initially resistant, Leah succumbs to passion following a tragic loss that leaves her vulnerable and alone. With hopes for a future that now includes Leah, Quiang embarks on a perilous path as he leaves the railroad behind for a more profitable position as a courier for The Tong, henchmen for the dangerous Triad. Quiang soon finds that navigating the secretive life of a courier brings more danger than he has ever faced on the railroad, dangers that not only threaten to tear him and Leah apart, but may cost them their lives as well.

Sounds good, yes? Even for a hysterical.

By the way, it has been duly noted that Loose-Id seem to be trying to release more M/F books lately. Long may it continue. *g*

And seeing as it doesn’t happen very often in Romanceland, I’m gonna give a nod to Loose-Id for their wonderful homage to Black History Month. If you’re a reader who doesn’t mind reading books featuring heroines and heroes who aren’t white, you’ll find some decent stories there.

You can find my review of Sharon Cullar’s book, Again, here.

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I’d just like to extend a heart-felt final thanks to everybody who participated in the Sharon Cullars fund-raiser. From those who donated money, books, and time, to those who posted the information on their blogs, I was really blown away by the great response from all of you.

We managed to raise just over $5000 in just a month for Sharon, which is truly amazing.

You guys really do rock all kinds of wonderful.

A special shout-out to Crystal Hubbard, who not only donated generously, but went above and beyond by organising door to door sales of kettlecorn to raise even more money for Sharon. What made this even more incredible was that she herself had been battling cancer. Crystal Hubbard, here at KKB, we salute you.

Another special shout-out to Alison Kent, who not only donated some fab books for the auction, but was instrumental in helping with the set-up of the auction site. Thanks muchly Alison.

I’d like to also say thanks to a certain Paperback Writer who donated $200 to the cause, despite probably being bombarded with requests all the time.

And a personal thanks from me to Dorothy Koomson, who after seeing that I’d parted with her fantabulous books, wrote to me, requesting my address, so that she could send me signed copies of the books that I’d donated. Too wonderful for words.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thanks to the ladies who put in so much work to make this happen, Roslyn Holcomb, and Emma Petersen, really put in the hours to try to help out a fellow author. You guys are simply wonderful.

There are obviously a lot more people to thank, and so a more comprehensive list can be found here.

Anyway, from ferrets, to Katrina, to diabetes, you Romanceland Babes really are the best at taking care of your own, and long may it continue.

So I decided to add a few of my books to the Sharon Cullars E-bay auction:

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Let me take this opportunity to thank all the people who donated stuff for this auction, without you guys, it wouldn’t have been possible, so a heartfelt thanks from myself, Emma Petersen, and Roslyn Holcomb.

The fund-raising auction for Sharon Cullars starts today, so for your chance to purchase some great print and e-books, ARCS, agent, author and editor critiques, advertising banners etc, please click onto Sharon’s Fund-raising site.

If you’d prefer to make a contribution without purchasing an item, you can do so by clicking here.

To learn more about Sharon’s story, please click here.

I’d love for you guys to help spread the word, so I would be REALLY grateful if you could copy and paste this message onto your blogs. The more people click on, the more money we’ll hopefully raise.

Thank you Romanceland, thank you so very much.

Now go and buy, buy, buy!!


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Have I mentioned how much I love younger man/ older woman romance books? Happy sigh…

You can visit Sharon Cullars here, read an excerpt here, and buy The Object Of Love here.

I wrote this review last year, but I thought I’d repost it because I happen to like Sharon Cullars and I think you should all go and buy her book so that she can keep writing. *g*

How yummy is this book cover?

So I recently read Again, by Sharon Cullars. Here’s the blurb:

My Verdict

I liked this story. I really did. However, it wasn’t perfect, but before I go on about the things that made me want to growl like a lion on steroids, I’ll tell you what I did like about it.

I thought Cullars had a good voice, she was easy to read, and the book was compelling enough to keep me amused during the horrendous landing that me and The Tall Guy experienced on our way back from Dusseldorf. (I’m still convinced that the pilot on that flight was on some sort of a training scheme).

I liked the heroine because she didn’t piss me off. I liked the hero, because he didn’t piss me off. You may think that this is an odd thing to point out, but trust me, I’ve read some right duds lately, but thankfully, this wasn’t one of the legions of shitty books that have come my way in the past few weeks.

Although Tyne was having a hard time at work, and things hadn’t gone quite as she had planned, she didn’t sit around bitching and moaning like a crack addict going cold turkey. She was a woman in control, and that’s how I like my heroines. There aren’t many authors(IMO) who can pull off strong heroines, that don’t end up pissing me off, for one reason or another. Cullars managed to do this rather nicely.

David, the hero, was very appealing, even though he had some issues. It was easy to warm to him, because I’m a romance reader who prefers the hero to be more gaga over the heroine, than the other way round.

There was a point in the story where David did start to get a leetle annoying, but I got over that, quick sharp.

Now, let’s talk about what I didn’t like about the story.

There were just too much jumping about between the different times, and the constant head hopping between the different characters did my head in . At one point, I’d read a full page before I realised that David was no longer David Carvelli in modern day Chicago, rather he was Joseph whatshisface from the year 1879. This happened more than once, and it frustrated the tits off me.

Again was unpredictable in parts, mostly due to the fact that at one point, you couldn’t work out how Cullars was going to give Tyne and David a happy ending. She gave them a HEA, but to be honest, it wasn’t as satisfactory as it could have been , considering everything that had gone on.

Something else that I didn’t particularly appreciate about the story, was the sub-plot involving David’s mother’s ESP abilities. Totally unnecessary, and just took up precious pages that could have been dedicated to David and Tyne’s evolving relationship.

Again was a beautiful story, and although it wasn’t totally flawless, I do think that a lot of readers would be able to look beyond the not-so-good things, and still manage to enjoy, what definitely was a better than average story.