Links:Rita, Golden Heart, Carina and Operation Auction

A few links! Because it’s been awhile and my inbox is full of awesome.

First, in case you were under a large rock or on vacation like I was, the RITAs and Golden Hearts were announced – and Twitter pretty much exploded about it, too.

What do you think? Have you read any of them? I’m pondering reading at least one from every category and challenging myself to get them all done (and reviewed) by the date of the RITA ceremony. Anyone want to take the RITA challenge with me?

Book CoverOver on the Carina Press blog, Angela James has big news: author Shannon Stacey’s “Yours” trilogy will be published in mass market print by Harlequin HQN in early 2012. I’ve read Yours By Design and I loved it. LOVED it. And Exclusively Yours was one of my Sizzling Book Club picks in 2010, so you know I liked that one a whole lot, too.

Operation AuctionOperation Auction is going on now, and the items up for bid are awesome. All proceeds benefit Fatin and her family as they recover from the terrible loss of her husband.

There’s books, ARCs, signed collections, baskets, jewelry, meals at different conferences, critiques, design services, character naming – dude. The complete donated collection is amazing.

There’s one item in particular I want to call some attention to: Tessa Dare has donated a customized book video “shot on location in the Darelings’ bedroom.Tessa will provide all props, materials, and (admittedly amateur) production.”

Dare’s Stud Club trilogy video was a fiesta of adorable cuteness with VERY nice sweater vests. I hope whoever wins Dare’s video auction gets a sexy sweater vest in the video.

To support the auction and the continued use of Ken in a sweater vest, I will host the winning video as produced and created by Dare here at the hot pink palace of Bitchery – which makes me think, perhaps that sweater vest could be pink? Nothing says romance hero like a pink sweater vest, right? Right.

Samhain Publishing has announced a RetroRomance™ line of out-of-print romances from the 70’s onward. Oh, that sweet, sexy backlist of potentially profitable books.

And finally, in a raging case of What Not to Do, via Twitter at the hands of Evil Wylie, comes this cautionary tale of author Jacqueline Howett responding to a negative review at Big Al’s Books and Pals in an epic, jaw-drop fashion. There is totally a drinking game or six in those comments. Wowser.

ETA: I totally timestamped this entry wrong- so if it moved on you, my apologies.

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    ReganB says:

    I’d actually never heard of the Golden Hearts awards until this year when my friend Amy Raby became a finalist for Assassin’s Gambit in the paranormal romance category.  I’m so excited for her!  So, naturally, I now have to check them all out.  :D

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    Donna says:

    Re: Jacqueline Howett. Uhwah?

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    Ana Farrish says:

    Count me in for the RITA reading challenge! I’m currently reading WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY, by Kieran Kramer, but I’ve got more than few nominees in my TBR.

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    SB Sarah says:

    I have to think about how to pull all this together, if I do a Rita reading challenge. But I am liking this idea!

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    KellyM says:

    Love, love, love the Tessa Dare Stud Club Trilogy video!  Those books are going directly onto my TBR list (don’t know how I missed them in the first place).
    And I’m liking the RITA reading challenge idea, too.  :-)

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    Diva says:

    Seriously cool stuff on the auction. I so want to name a character in some awesome upcoming book…

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    joanne says:

    Wow, I can’t believe it, but this year I’ve read all but one of the RITA Historicals, all the paranormals and all but two of the Romantic Suspense books. My recommendation for RITA novella is “Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up. So Good if you haven’t read it Sarah.

    Not counting Inspys or YA, because I don’t read them, I’ve read a great many of the RITA contenders.  I’m going to try to read at least a few of the Golden Heart nominees, depending on price and formats, of course.

    That darn Sam Heinz, so smart!

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    TaraL says:

    I thought it was wonderfully apt that while I was reading the Jacqueline Howett disaster, my husband came in and told me that he’d just gotten a humorous typo in an email. His boss said there was a problem but that he was going to try to “rectumize” the situation. That’s going to be my new favorite phrase for a public meltdown: Rectumizing the situation.

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    ev says:

    I have to go get a bottle of something alcoholic before I finish the Howett review.

    If I don’t make it to work tomorrow, we know who to blame.

    spamword- spirit93.  Perfect.

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    darlynne says:

    Gees, I’ve heard of the titles in the RITA and Golden Heart nominations.

    OTOH, the whole Jacqueline Howette fail makes me appreciate the rock I’ve apparently been living under reading-wise. Is this one of those instances where someone’s name becomes a new definition for bad behavior? “Molly was all set to sign with a small, independent press until the day she pulled a Howette and now they’ve withdrawn the offer.”

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    I think Jacqueline Howlett might be a pen name for this weird cousin I have.  I feel so embarrassed for her.  (Um, yeah. . . 2 r’s; had to check.)  And it kinda makes me fear putting my words out there.  Suppose I am that bad and I am just as delusional as she is.  F-ing scary.  And the amount of press she has received.  Dang.

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    See?  There ya go… HOWETT

    More ink.

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    Lizabeth S. Tucker says:

    Is Jacqueline Howett twelve years old? Calling the reviewer a liar over and over again, constantly demanding that the *bad* review be removed because it is abusive.  Attacking both the reviewer and posters. We won’t even get into her poor sentence structures, bad spelling (even in her comments), and unwillingness to accept constructive criticism.  Frankly, her whining and constant complaints have moved to her my “Never Will Read even if someone pays me” list.

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    Julie Brannagh says:

    I am a Golden Heart nominee for my contemporary single title, LOVE AND FOOTBALL. I’m still pinching myself!

    Congratulations to all the nominees, and to everyone who had the guts to enter!

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    NCKat says:

    Jacqueline Howlett’s blog is full of grammatical mistakes so it’s no wonder she can’t see the ones in her book.  Maybe she needs to go back and take Remedial Comp?

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    Amitatuq says:

    Oh. My. God.  I can’t believe Howett’s responses!  It’s even more amusing because of how many spelling and grammatical errors there are in her comments!  Seriously, I know grammar is not my strong point so if I ever wrote a book you can bet I’d get a copy editor.  (Plus, although my spelling is normally pretty good I’ve noticed that I’m having issues with homophones lately.)  How does she not see how bad she is!  And all things considered, that was actually a pretty good review!  Until I saw her responses I’d have considered reading it.

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    P. Kirby says:

    Oh, my. Ms. Howlett melted down faster than a Spiderman action figure in a microwave. Wow. Just wow.

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    Tez Miller says:

    Am thrilled that THE CLEARING by Heather Davis is a finalist (Young Adult)! I loved this book, though it could’ve done without the twee epilogue.

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    Cakes says:

    I really bummed about the Howett thing. The book did sound like it had a great plot. If only an editor had stepped in and helped her out before this all fell so hopelessly a part.

    I’ve read several of the RITA nominees. I’m excited for Simply Irresistible. I really enjoyed that book and I already preordered The Sweetest Thing.

    And the Tessa Dare trailer was fabulous! I had only read the first one and just ordered up the others on my Nook.

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    Cakes says:

    I don’t mean my comment to sound like a excuse the author’s behavior. Because, I don’t! But, I feel like the real victim is the book!

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    Laura says:

    Wow, how awesome it was to visit the auction after reading through the Howlett meltdown.  Proves that 99.9% of the romance community are simply amazing people.  (Although I’m guessing Ms. Howlett considers her writing “literature”, not a trashy ol’ romance novel.)

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    Renee says:

    Love, love, love Shannon Stacey’s “Yours” series!

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    I find Howett pitiable more than anything, and really, is it surprising that someone who’s essentially an amateur, doesn’t have the nous to avoid tangling with a reviewer. We’ve seen this so many times, and I’m beginning to feel very sorry for these people who are damned by Internet before they have a chance to toughen up.

    But this whole business has led to another bunch of WTFery over in the Amazon post about it – because one Vicki Gallas is now insisting that if only Howett had had a BA, she would know how to write in the first place. Any number of people telling her this is bullshit are having zero impact isn’t changing her opinion that “I still wouldn’t attempt to sell a book without extensive writing experience at the college level. This is attained with an arts degree.”

    Who the hell learns to write during a BA degree? I sure didn’t. That’s not what they’re for.

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    Cat Marsters says:

    Ooh, I see Joanna Bourne is again a RITA finalist—I first came to her books through SBTB so I’m twice glad to see her listed there. Congratulations to all!

    I read part of the Howett debacle. Kind of hilarious actually. I’m even beginning to wonder if the whole thing is a spoof, it’s that bad. Although it does remind me of a contest entry I once judged that was so terrible in pretty much every respect that I could barely think of anything to say in my critique. I eventually came to the conclusion that the entrant didn’t really speak very good English, and that perhaps if it had been translated into, say, Mongolian, it would have all made perfect sense.

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    SB Sarah says:

    one Vicki Gallas is now insisting that if only Howett had had a BA, she would know how to write in the first place


    Dude. What the… I taught remedial composition for a few years at two different universities, and I can agree with you loud and clear. That’s not what a BA is for. Of course, if you’d have gauged the efficacy of a BA by asking some of my students, the “b” in BA stood for Beer. And perhaps the A was “A lot.”

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    Cat Marsters says:

    Of course, if you’d have gauged the efficacy of a BA by asking some of my students, the “b” in BA stood for Beer. And perhaps the A was “A lot.”

    And here’s me thinking it stood for Bugger All.

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    hechicera says:

    I would bet everything I own that there was a generous amount of alcohol behind that series of posts. It has every earmark of whatever the blogging equivalent to “drinking and dialing” is.

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    Nadia says:

    LOL, so does that mean BBA means double the beer?  Because I must admit we drank a helluva lot of it over in the business school. ;) 

    The Hewett meltdown is both funny and sad.  She better find a nice pen name to use from now on, ‘cause we all know the internets are forever.  I had flashbacks to a bulletin board I hung out on years ago, where one batshit crazy lady was getting slammed from all directions, and eventually resorted to “Fuck you, you fuckers!” as her exit line.  Good times, good times.

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    kkw says:

    I’ll give the RITA challenge a try.  I’m a very indifferent competitor, however.

    Regarding Hewett

    I’m even beginning to wonder if the whole thing is a spoof, it’s that bad.

    It must be.  At least some of her responses have be parodies.  I’m going to choose to believe that, anyway, because I can’t live with the agony of humiliation otherwise.  What’s the word for when you feel someone else’s shame whilst they are unaware of it?  Even if there’s no word in English, though it really seems there should be, the Greeks must have come up with one.  Or the Germans?

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    hechicera says:

    What’s the word for when you feel someone else’s shame whilst they are unaware of it?  Even if there’s no word in English, though it really seems there should be, the Greeks must have come up with one.  Or the Germans?

    The Spanish call it vergüenza ajena.

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