I am over at Kirkus this week talking about difficult heroines, specifically Molly O'Keefe's, who fascinated me:
I'm… noticing that in some recent books, the heroine is not so easy to understand or even like. I'm meeting more dislikable heroines, heroines who are not lukewarm or perfectly perfect, but who makes difficult choices and who I struggle to empathize with as a reader.
Janet Mullany has a pretty spiffy blog tour going on that ends today – with a buffalo goal: for every comment, she'll contribute a dollar to Heifer, with the goal of reaching 250 total comments so she can donate a water buffalo.
To quote Janet: “Nothing says hot romance like a water buffalo. When did you last read a literally ruminating hero with a big snuffly nose and huge, really huge horns who is a bovine tractor? A water buffalo enables a farmer to plant four times as much rice as he could on his own.”
There are a few stops on the tour, so if you're interested in adding a water buffalo to the list of romance heroes, you can leave a comment. Here are a few of the stops on the tour- and you can leave a comment at each if you're thinking hard core buffalo. To my knowledge, leaving a comment does not sign you up for anything, and you shouldn't get any spam out of it.
- October 8: A Chick Who Reads
- October 9: Realmantic Moments
- October 11: Carrie Ann Ryan's Blog
- October 11: STOP 2 Kacey's Konnections
- October 12: Novel Reflections
Katie Dunneback is doing a survey on erotic romance reading and public libraries. If you've got 2 minutes and would like to share your opinion, she'd appreciate it. Do you borrow erotic romance digitally or in print from the public library?
The other night, I read a description in a book wherein the hero saw the heroine for the first time, and his cock twitched. This got me thinking: Do cocks twitch? So I asked Twitter. It was all downhill hilarious from there, so if you're thinking, “Gee, I'd like to read some funny and rather inappropriate stuff right now,” I storified the whole conversation. NSFW For Reals.
I'm still not convinced that flaccid cocks can twitch, but I'm more unconvinced that the male penis is some sort of all-knowing divining rod that involuntarily spasms when The One is present in the room.
And now: cheap books! WOO!
- Unstoppable by Laura Griffin * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
Almost Summer by Susan Mallery * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
- Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
Soulless by Gail Carriger * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
- The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | iBooks
There's been a good amount of discussion online about the Kristen Ashley books, including many people telling me I shouldn't read them, because they're not the kind of think I'd enjoy and my head would likely explode (that's almost tempting as a recommendation, now that I think about it). Either way, one of the Ashley books, which I have heard described as “like crack” or “like Pringles” because you can't stop at one, is $1.99. I'm not sure if I'm doing y'all a favor or if I'm causing a lot of agony here.
A box set of five books for $1.99:
Wicked, the book upon which the musical was based, is on sale with Bonus Materials:
The first three books in the Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily mystery series are $1.99 each:
- And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
- A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
- A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe | iBooks
What books have you bought this week?