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Help! Blog Designer Needed ASAP!

Monday, March 19, 2012
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I’m aware that this blog has needed a massive redesign for ages, however some of the prices for redesigns are out of my blog budget. Can you guys recommend somebody who does blog designs in their spare time? Cheap being the operative word here.

I need somebody who’s obviously fluent in WordPress code, in a way that I neither have the time nor the inclination to be, and somebody who’s pretty creative too would be helpful:)

If you or somebody you know wants to offer their services, you can email me at hairylemony @ gmail.com (without the spaces. Seriously, why do I have to even type that bit out??)

Thanks muchly!

I’m annoyed today. I’ve just read about yet another child that was killed by one of her parents.

For me, yet more proof that that bloke in the Sky couldn’t give a rat’s arse.

I’d be a great mother, why can’t I get pregnant and stay pregnant?

Yes, I’m annoyed today.

Rant over.

I want it NOW! I wanted an iPad in the US, but I still wasn’t prepared to shell out $499 for the pleasure of owning one. Now the Kindle Fire at $199 is way better!

No doubt here in good old England we’ll be the last to get it. Bummer.

TTG and I are off to Miami next week, and although I’ve made a list of things to do, none of them seem that exciting. Is there any place that you guys can recommend? Any fun parks etc?

We’ve Got The World In Motion…

Friday, June 11, 2010
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I’ll see you guys after the World Cup is over. You’ll be able to catch me on Twitter now and then, in the mean time…..

COME ON ENGLAND!!!!!!

I’m currently in the middle of reading Laura Kinsale’s Lessons in French, and I have to say, I’m struggling with it. Big time.

As per most of the books that I intend to read, I didn’t bother looking at any reviews prior, so I don’t know what the general consensus has been up to this point, but boy it’s so far proving to be a real drag.

The heroine, Callie, is proving to be as dull as dishwater. The most exciting thing about her thus far is that she has a bull called Hubert, that she’s ever so fond of.

She seems to have neither the wit nor the mental agility of Kinsale’s other heroines. She’s a good soul of course, oh my but she’s good. So much so that she’s getting right on my tits.

As for the hero, Trev, well quite frankly the most interesting thing about him seems to be the scar from a whip, that lines his face. Other than that, he seems to be a faux bad-boy, who appears to have a shady history. To be honest though, I’ve seen this plot device executed far more effectively by other historical romance authors, and by Kinsale herself, in the past.

This was a book that I was really looking forward to, after reading Lisa Kleypas’ Smooth Talking Stranger, and thoroughly enjoying it.

Anyway, I find myself in a quandary – the question being should I persevere or not? I tried to force Ward’s Lover Avenged, but I just couldn’t finish it, and I fancy that Lessons In French will go exactly the same way. Bummer eh?

At Last…. Patience Is Released…

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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I see that the eagerly anticipated Lisa Valdez book, Patience, has been released at last.

I’m running a book on how long we think it’ll be before she releases her next book. I’m gonna go for five years again.

Any other offers?

Jane has a review up already.

Are You Missing Me Yet?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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Sorry for the lack of posts guys, but life keeps getting in the way, and I’m kinda liking it.

On the upside, I managed to read the quite splendid Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.

I’m completely out of the loop with all the Blogland gossip so if there’s any, please feel free to fill me in!

I want to know which authors have been throwing hissy fits, which e-book sites have closed down in mysterious circumstances, and which books people are currently raving about, that no doubt I’ll probably hate with a passion.

Oh, and a huge congrats to Katiebabs for finally achieving her dream of being published.

Catch you all later!

Should Gay Romance Be Shelved Separately?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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This was a question that Bonnie Dee posed to me the other day, and my answer is…I’m not sure.

Bonnie wrote in an email to me:

… I realize m/m romances haven’t made strong inroads into brick and mortar stores, so the question might not apply there. I actually have no idea where they’re shelved in a regular bookstore. The question arose from my own website. I was redesigning my backlist library, which is separated by genre since I write in many different ones.

I realized I had the m/m books in a group of their own even though the titles could be classified under scifi/fantasy, contemporary and anthology (and soon some historicals). I started to consider whether I shouldn’t shelve them with their correct genre, but it doesn’t seem to make sense since some readers are specifically looking for same sex books. Why make it hard for them to locate them?

Anyway, that’s what brought to mind the whole issue of separation by shelving and what it says about the way we view certain groups, whether it be by race or sexual orientation. When is it all right to group separately as simply a sensible business move and when is it insensitive?

Certainly it would be easier for MM readers to find MM books if they were shelved separately, but isn’t that the same argument that people use in the shelving-by-colour debate? Doesn’t this otherise (made-up word alert!) gay and lesbian relationships, and how is segregating by sexual preference any different to segregating by colour?

I would love to ruminate longer on this, but quite frankly, I don’t have the time right now, so I’ll open the floor to you guys. What do you think? Does it genuinely make good business sense to shelve gay romance books separately?

Want To Have A Book Dedicated To You?

Sunday, January 17, 2010
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pondering-mouse

Shiloh Walker is offering to dedicate her next to book to a reader, in exchange for them donating to the Haiti Earthquake fund:

Okay, so I want to do something to help raise money for Haiti.

Here’s the thing… I try to do auctions thru ebay sometimes, but that’s not going to work this time… I’ve only got one ARC in the house and it’s already got an owner-just haven’t mailed it out.

ARCs are the best way to generate money on ebay and it will be months before I have another one.

So how about this instead…

I can dedicate a book to anybody I want.
And if you’ll help out Haiti, you can get a chance to have your name mentioned in the book’s dedication.

How?

Like this…donate a minimum of $5 to your online disaster relief charity of choice. Please note, this is for disaster relief… while I love the polar bear, the polar bear isn’t affected by the crisis in Haiti. If you’re not sure where to start, you can check out the charities listed at Charity Navigator:

Helping the Victims of the Haiti Earthquake

I love Charity Navigator-I like seeing how much money is actually going to the programs and stuff-the site is awesome for that.

Post HERE that you donated…all you gotta say is I DONATED! Or along those lines…*G* It helps stir up fun when people see who all is getting involved. But you also need to email me the info at contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com. A PDF of the receipt or a screen cap works (block out sensitive data) or you can XXX out the personal data and forward the email receipt to me, however you prefer. I don’t share emails and once the contest is over, I delete them. Please put Help out Haiti in the subject line.

Everybody who donates and follows the above guidelines will entered into a drawing and if your name is drawn, your name (first name only if you wish, first and last, first name, last initial-we’ll discuss that with the winner) will be mentioned in the dedication of Hunter’s Fall, and the winner will receive a signed copy when the book comes out. But since it’s going to be a while before Hunter’s Fall is out and I think the winner should get something a little bit sooner, I’ll also send the winner 2 signed copies of Broken-one of the winner, and one personalized for the friend of their choice, once I get my author copies.

Romancing The Blog Is Now On Hiatus…

Friday, January 1, 2010
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This is what it says on the site:

Romancing The Blog launched on Tuesday, January 5, 2005, with a post by Katie MacAlister. Nearly five years and over 1500 posts later, the team of volunteer “Kates” has decided to put RTB on hiatus. If things go as planned, RTB will return mid-year with a new look, a new mission, new management, and even more insight into the romance industry. But for now, we say good-bye.

Oh what a shame. Really, I mean it. Uh huh.

They are M.I.A, and have been for over a week.

Happy New Year Blogland!!

Friday, January 1, 2010
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Because I still love this version so much, I’ll leave you with Mairi Campbell’s Auld Lang Syne from The first Sex and The City movie.

And because I’m mega excited about the new Sex and The City movie, here’s the trailer to whet your appetites. Roll on May 28th 2010!

So I hear that MWA (Mystery Writers of America) delisted the much-maligned Harlequin over the whole self-publishing/vanity press hoopla.

Lee Goldberg writes:

Any author who signs with Harlequin or any of its imprints from this date onward may not use their Harlequin books as the basis for active status membership nor will such books be eligible for Edgar® Award consideration. However books published by Harlequin under contracts signed before December 2, 2009 may still be the basis for Active Status membership and will still be eligible for Edgar® Award consideration (you may find the full text of the decision at the end of this bulletin).

Although Harlequin no longer offers its eHarlequin Critique Service and has changed the name of its pay-to-publish service, Harlequin still remains in violation of MWA rules regarding the relationship between a traditional publisher and its various for-pay services.

Poor Harlequin, I wonder what action they’re gonna take after this? There’s a letter from Harlequin too if you can be arsed to pop over and read it.

Moving on, (more…)

Rush Limbaugh

I mean since the election of President Obama that is.

I guess I was shocked to see so many American people happy that you guys didn’t get the Olympics, and the backlash against him when he got the Nobel Peace Prize.

Firstly, I can’t bear our Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, but I can’t imagine ever being happy at losing a major honour like hosting the Olympics, just because he happened to be on the committee trying to help us win the damned thing. It really doesn’t make sense.

Secondly, I still feel that the American president being awarded the Nobel Prize was an amazing thing, not something to be pilloried for. Yeah, sure it was wholly unexpected, but wow, what an honour. For God’s sake, this time, eighteen months ago, America was probably the most hated nation in the world, mainly because of the previous president. Obama getting the the Nobel Peace prize was like a vote of confidence in America, I thought that was a pretty big deal, but it seemed that many Americans felt embarrassed by the win.

With both of the above occurrences, it was a little like watching people dancing on graves in a cemetary. It was just…weird.

Rest In Peace, Patrick Swayze

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Patrick Swayze

Quartet Press Are Dead?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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It’s been a busy old day today, so I’m probably the last person to find out that Quartet Press are disbanding

Is that the quickest e-press death in history? I wouldn’t mind, but they had a much nicer welcome than most new e-presses get.

I wonder what happened? Anybody?

And what about Angela James?

Yep, nothing wrong with taking the wait and see approach at all.

UPDATE:

I just thought I’d add the link to the post I wrote re the initial fanfare that greeted Quartet Press when they arrived.

Mrs Giggles called it right wouldn’t you say?

Hey, I did say I wouldn’t be slow in shining a torch on them if they went tits up. I pride myself on my consistency, dontcha know. *g*

….

Second update–azteclady here. Found in the comments at Dear Author, a link to the Publishers’ Weekly piece on this.

Random Question of The Day No 4356…

Saturday, August 22, 2009
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Would you stick to the same career if you could have a do-over?

If I could have a do-over, I think I would go into the fashion industry. Not making the clothes. I think I’d fancy being a fashion buyer for one of the big houses.

What career would you choose if you could go back?

Terry Gibbs

This news piece sent to me by Just Ginny, really warmed my heart, and left me with a lovely fuzzy feeling:

NEWBERRY COUNTY, S.C. — A Newberry County man was severely beaten by the parents of three children who the man is accused of sexually molesting, and he was then dropped off at a detention center where he suffered a heart attack.

Officers said they saw the man, later identified as Terry Hugh Gibbs, 54, of Newberry, being put out of a vehicle at the Newberry County Detention Center on Sunday night. Gibbs told officers he had been beaten because he had sexually assaulted three children, all under 10 years old, to whom he is related.

The officers called an ambulance to the detention center. A short time later, Gibbs had a heart attack and was transported to a Columbia-area hospital for medical treatment

Newberry County sheriff’s investigators learned that after one of the children told a relative about the alleged assault, the other children came forward. Gibbs was beaten by the parents of all three children.

Police said they have since learned a fourth child, also a relative of Gibbs, was also molested. Investigators said that there is no indication that any other children who were not related to Gibbs were molested.

Southern justice indeed.

ALL

The above was a quote from a loony right-wing pro-lifer on the subject of George Tiller’s murder.

May the commenter burn in hell. The same sentiment goes to everybody else who appears to condemn the shooter, whilst at the same time snidely suggesting that Tiller got his just desserts.

Listen, I wouldn’t personally ever have an abortion, but I think these pro-lifers just don’t seem to get that a woman has every right to make the decisions regarding her own body. It makes me so mad I could spit.

I get even madder when pro-life men even bother expressing their views. I mean seriously, what the fuck do they know? Seriously, there are some things I don’t want men to have an opinion on. Grrrrr.