Welcome to today's edition of To-Do Tuesday. The romance writing world seems to be slowly recovering from RWA nationals. It's also the middle of the summer--vacations, kids, and ice cream take priority over blogs, contests, and newsletters. My in-box isn't empty, but it's certainly suffering some sluggish sympathy pains over the dog days of summer.
But, never fear! I've rounded up enough news and opportunities for you to enjoy--preferably with a bowl of ice cream or a nice refreshing glass of ice tea. If you've got strategies for writing through this lull, please share them below, and be sure to check out my question of the day!
A Perfectly Good Nanny Released This Friday
Paty Jager's latest release, A Perfectly Good Nanny, is available in e-book form this Friday. If you looked for it last Friday, the boy wizard placed the dreaded memory spell on Paty. I'm pretty sure he just didn't want the competition. The hard copies will be available in November. Congrats again Paty!
MWVRWA Members at Writer's Faire on August 2
Mark your calendars for next Thursday! The Writer's Faire in Portland is a huge, FREE book signing and networking event from 6-9. It kicks off the Willamette Writer's Conference, but you don't have to be registered for the conference to attend. Over 60 authors, editors, and publishing companies will have tables at the event. Attendees can also participate in raffles to win an hour with an author. Our own Paty Jager will be among those signing books. Some other MWVRWA members have made rumblings about attending, so if you'll be among those signing books or those attending, let us know! Be sure to stop by Paty's table if you go!
Chris Young Celebrates Latest Release
Chris Young shared her latest cover with us. Rebel Heart is currently available in e-book format from Awestruck press, and hard copies should be available soon.
Set 500 years in the future, this book is a radical departure from Christine's historical offerings. But, like Piper's post yesterday, Christine proves that she can manage multiple genres with aplomb. You can click here to read three sample chapters and purchase the book.
One reviewer shared: "REBEL HEART is a well-written futuristic novel of a time that very possibly could come to pass, when viral plagues have laid the planet waste, and life is lived either in the sterile confines of domed habitats, or as pariahs in the outside wilderness. The world-building is excellent, vivid, and true-to-life. The characters will quickly catch and hold the reader's sympathies. The plot is quick, and takes time to examine many valid social, economic, class, and political issues as well. Christine Young delivers a winner which will capture the interest of futuristic/science fiction fans as well as the general reader."
It's a . . . . . . .
Finished Manuscript! My other WIP is still baking (thank goodness!), but I finished my current WIP last week. At 8 months gestation, the book and the baby have been racing neck and neck, but the book finally won! Clocking in at just over 92,000 words, this book is my third manuscript, but my first ST length Adult Contemporary. In fact, it's almost exactly the length of my two previous MS added together. Now that I've finished, I can see the bones of the story more clearly, and I'm excited to begin editing.
AND in a karmic payoff for finishing, I received another request on my YA! An agent who had previously requested the partial has now asked for the full. I mailed it off yesterday. Think good thoughts!
Harlequin SuperRomance Contest!
Harlequin SuperRomance is sponsoring the "Conflict of Interest" contest. They're looking for the scene that best illustrates the conflict between the hero and heroine. SuperRomance is one of Harlequin's longer lines, so you might want to check this out, particularly if your work straddles the border between ST and category length. You can click here for the full contest details!
Blaze Blush Line Coming
In other Harlequin news, while at nationals, Editor Brenda Chin announced a new mini-line "Blaze Blush." This new line will feature lighter, fun, and sexy stories, similar to the old "Temptation" line. Full guidelines are not yet up on Harlequin's website, but several sources have reported that Chin is accepting queries for the line.
Author Island Contests Continue
The Author Island, "Book a Week for a Year" contest continues through July 31. Several authors have added new contests of their own this week. Be sure to check out all the contests at Author Island!
Question of the Day: Taboo Flaws
Several recent posts have focused on flawed heroes and heroines. Paty's post tackling the taboo of prostitution made me think about other taboo "flaws" or backstory. My newest WIP (I'm drafting a new MS AND editing the recently finished MS b/c I'm clearly insane!) has a heroine who's a recovered alcoholic. Now, I've read plenty of books where the hero skirts the addiction line (and usually the heroine saves him from his alcoholic bottom) but addictions seem much more taboo where heroines are concerned. Apparently, I'm just drawn to issue-driven fiction.
So, I'll ask you--Are there certain "taboo" character flaws? Is there history/backstory you just don't want to see? Do certain flaws make it harder to identify with/love a particular character? Thoughts?
As always, thanks for sending me your news and announcements and keep it coming!