The Swirl Awards are Back, Archie goes IR, RWA wants some Novel Engagement and some Movers & Shakers.
RWA Wants Some Novel Engagement
I got a nifty email in my inbox the other day from the RWA and it has me all excited.
“Romance Writers of America is excited to announce the development of its romance-specific book discovery app, Novel Engagement™.
Novel Engagement will provide RWA’s authors with a romance-specific venue for promoting their work, and it will give romance readers a free one-stop resource for finding the books they want to read. Launching in May 2014, this app will be available on multiple platforms and multiple devices. A website that mirrors the app will shortly follow the launch of Novel Engagement.
In the app, romance authors will be able to engage with readers through author and book profiles, push notices for release dates, a calendar of upcoming author events, contests and trivia, sharing to social media, to-be-read lists, and much more!”
As an author, RWA member and self-proclaimed techie, I am really excited about this new app and can’t wait for it to go live. Until then we can all hang out at the app’s Facebook page here.
The Swirl Awards
The Swirl Awards are back and they’re open for nominations until April 1st 2014. The Swirl Awards began several years ago as a way to recognize notable books in multicultural and interracial romance.
If you’re an author or reader and would like to nominate a book or volunteer for judging, you can learn more here.
Archie Joins the 21st Century
This story is actually nothing new, but while standing in line at the grocery store, I recalled it and wanted to share. So the infamous Archie Comics has taken a walk on the IR side among other things. For years Archie has been considered synonymous with conservative values, but over the last few years the comic has become increasingly more progressive and dare I say (*gasp*) realistic in regards to the world we live in today.
In February the comic re-released a paperback originally published in 2010 where Archie and Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats are in a relationship. In an article discussing the happenings with the comic, reporter Andrew A. Smith states the following:
“…perhaps the lack of attention the Archie-Valerie romance stirred up is a good sign. In the early days of comics, publishers were urged by Southern distributors to keep African-Americans off the covers. Even as late as 1966, when Marvel Comics introduced the Black Panther, creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby decided to give the character a full face mask so his ethnicity wasn’t immediately obvious.
Contrast that to today, when America’s most famous white teenager can smooch it up with a black girl on the cover of Archie. To tell you the truth, the interracial aspect of it didn’t even occur to me at the time – instead, I was wondering just what this Archie kid has got going that Betty, Veronica AND Valerie all find him irresistible. Lucky, lucky kid, that Archie.” ~Andrew A. Smith, The Star Online
You can read more about the changes with the Archie comics here.
Movers & Shakers
Monster by Francette Phal
So at first I read the description and was mildly intrigued. Then I downloaded the sample and was O_o…..Then I one-clicked this sucker like it was a Michael Kors bag on sale. All I can say is “HO…LY…COW!!!” There are not enough exclamation marks to adequately describe the the amount of double takes and eye bugging that occurred while I read this book. You all know I LOVE drama, and this book is all sorts of crackaliscious.
Accidental Gold digger.
Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?
Rock Star Lover by Yvonne Nicolas
This book hit e-retailers only a few days ago and landed with a solo worthy of Slash himself. Putting an interesting twist on the friends-to-lovers trope, this book provides a hot alpha male who literally ROCKS! The first line in the description had me panting and crossing my legs. I kid you not all I could picture while reading the description was a tight a$$ cupped in soft leather, while swaying to some hard chords on the guitar. Plus he’s a Brit with a sexy accent. ONE-CLICKED!
“Come with me. Let me rock your body in ways you’ll never forget.” ~ Ripp Collins
Blues singer, Aubrey Anderson finds herself tangled in the reality of her secret desire. Her head tells her to devote her life to the good, steady man, who intends to marry her. But her heart reaches for her childhood friend—British rocker, Ripp Collins.
For the sake of their friendship, Ripp has always respected the distance Aubrey put between them. But once he learns of her engagement, he is no longer willing to bury his feelings for her.
Can he convince her to give into him, despite his bad boy reputation, or will she keep running from the passion they could share?
Up in Flames by Shyla Colt
I love a redeemable playboy. I also love a good “stranded” story. There’s something about being cut off from everything that allows a reader to see so much more of what a character is made of. As a reader I love these stories and as a writer I understand how difficult they are to pull off well. Ms. Colt manages to weave a sexy and poignant tale with this book, so it’s no wonder that it’s sitting pretty on several bestseller charts.
The only child of a business mogul, Kirk Watford’s had his life planned for him since birth. After years of playing the field, and partying in college, the time to take his rightful place as heir of Watford Industries is at hand. His plan for one last hurrah goes awry when his plane crashes, and he finds himself stranded with an incredible woman who makes him believe in the impossible. Cut off from the world outside he discovers the man he’s always wanted to be, and what might be true love.
Liandra Powers has been an outcast her entire life. Hearing impaired, she’s grown a thick skin fighting against the ignorance of society. When she loses her hearing aids in the crash she’s forced to lean on the attractive man who makes her long for things she accepted would never happen for her. The beauty of the island and Kirk’s ability to see her and not her differences fill her with hope. Until they’re rescued and the realities of their lives rise up and began to test the foundation they laid.
Baby Wanted by Roxy Wilson
One of RNIC’s own, Roxy Wilson, dropped a hot little number last week, that had me swooning at first description. One of my favorite romance tropes is friends-to-lovers. I can’t get enough of the type of chemistry generated by two people who know each other so well. Throw in some baby crazy drama and you have me at “Hello”. And to add frosting to this delicious cake, Baby Wanted sky-rocketed to the top of several Amazon bestseller charts to #1 within a week. Rock it out Roxy 😉 .
Her biological clock is ticking…
Heather Lovey’s almost thirty-five, and she wants a baby. Badly. With no prospects in sight, she turns to Sean Johnson, her BFF.
His feelings for her are enduring…
Sean has been in love with Heather since forever, but she’s always kept him at arm’s length. When she proposes he father her child, he jumps at the chance, hoping a baby will lead to lasting romance. He demands one favor in return: that they have a baby as a married couple. She’s free to divorce him after a year.
The time they have together is fleeting…
Marriage is the last thing on Heather’s mind. She only wants the unconditional love a child can give, something she lacked during her years in foster homes. She agrees to give Sean a year in this sham-marriage, never thinking this could turn into a friends to lovers romance.
Is one year enough time for Sean to change Heather’s way of thinking and make their marriage the kind that will last? Will Sean and Heather end up with more than they planned in this captivating interracial romance?
And to round out this week’s post I wanted to share a pic from one of my favorite websites, BookShelfPorn. That’s right; drool lovelies, drool…
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.