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Saturday, August 31, 2013

testing

Tom and I are trying to make a nice badge for people who won the Charter Oak contest.

Free book! Act now or you'll have to pay later!

Powder of Sin is free for the rest of today. 

Right now it's at #3 in Regency -- which is odd because it's not set in the Regency era (it's a Victorian romance)

And it's at #3 in Romantic Comedy -- which is also odd because I didn't say it was a romcom. It has moments of humor but it's hardly laugh-out-loud funny stuff.

This tells me that either someone else can add labels or I was not operating on all cylinders when I listed this book at Amazon.

But there we go, And it's 107 in the free books overall! That's okay.

In other news, the Spanish version of Take a Walk on the Wild Side is an earworm. Makes sense--Lou Reed's version essentially defines earworm material.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

swelled head

One of the writerly tasks I avoid is checking an ebook before it goes to print. I'm not a great proofreader and that's what the job requires. I also have to find and collect "praise for this book" that will go in the front of the print version.

Our book is almost overdue (sorry) so I'm doing that job now. I can do the search pretty late at night so I am, hoping it will make me sleepy but... hey wow! I'm having a Sally Fields moment gathering the reviews for The Gentleman's Keeper. 

Sometimes looking for good reviews is difficult because you have to slog through a wasteland to find them. This? It's a sunny day, it's picking a bouquet of sweet daisies from a huge field of perfect flowers .... with only a couple of slugs in there.

I pluck the slugs and set them free. Naw, I sprinkle them with salt and then stomp on them.

What I've got so far (and I think I'm done now. Unless you want to send me your fulsome tribute.)


Praise for the book:
Devon and Dee fill this expertly written gay Victorian romance with emotional tension . . . Well paced with realistic characters, this deep story is a must-read for fans of gay historicals.
 Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly
 
I always enjoy your historical romances and this book was no exception. The settings seemed believable for the time, and it always feels to me that you do your research, but what I loved the most was the burning tension between the characters from the moment they meet. – Dear Author
 
Thank you, Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon, for penning this “home is where the heart is” romance. “Sweet, loving, witty” –Rainbow Book Reviews

I’ve read several books by the writing team of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon and I’ve enjoyed them all. They have a knack of writing really sexy, interesting characters that live and breathe off of the written page. When it comes to writing gay historical romances, their books are definitely not to be missed.. .  It will leave you with a huge smile on your face and a happy contented heart. Loved it!
Top2bottom reviews.

For lovers of historical drama’s I can’t recommend this book highly enough, just allow enough time to read it as you won’t want to be interrupted.RATING: 5 Sweet Peas! Highly Recommended
Mrsconditreadsbooks.com


“The Gentleman’s Keeper” is a romance with a great deal of heart, one that explores the meaning of family and of love. Gerard and Miles are strong characters, and their story is compelling. Romancenovelnews

I am a huge fan of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s historicals, … I have read and enjoyed almost all of them.  So I was thrilled to see this new story and I really thought it was wonderful as well. 4.5 stars Joyfully Jay

The Gentleman’s Keeper by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon is one of the best historical romances I have read this year. The story has a rare richness and depth, and its many layers are lovingly revealed by these two talented authors.
Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars

The Gentleman’s Keeper is another sweet and enjoyable historical romance from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon. Seeing their names on a book pretty much guarantees I’m going to like the contents.
Joyfully Reviewed, Cassie

This was an easy, sweet read that wasn’t overly emotional or too full of drama. Even the HEA was nicely done and left me with a good feeling.
Fiction Vixen

Just a beautiful story with so much in it that I adored. I was brought into the world the authors created and felt captivated from the first page all the way to the last.
Gaylist Book Reviews
Highly Recommended!

See what I mean? An author could get used to this sort of praise.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Does Not Adjust to Transition Time Well

back to school
I want routine of school days...I hate losing any boys from my house.
I will be grateful to have less mess...It will be too quiet.
I enjoy alone time...Where is everyone?
I can reclaim my space...I don't freaking need that much space.
I am glad they are growing up--are grown up. This is the path life is supposed to take....I want my babies back. 

back to school. I freaking hate it.
Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh, peace....
whimper.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Unnecessary Preemptive Blame-Game

You know what I love? Lines like this:
I like Summer Devon’s work precisely because she’s a competent author who writes well and you know exactly what you’re getting when you pick up one of her books.

That's from a review of Sibling Rivals out in October. The reviewer liked the book, but it didn't set her world on fire. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Pleasant but not enthusiastic review.
  
When I headed over to goodreads, I couldn't help but notice other people were hmm about the book. Of course now I'm in a raging tizzy of fear.

I get pretty good reviews. I'm no constant five star queen but, yeah, I'm used to a general "go, Kate/Summer!" Maybe this one will not quite get the same applause.

And I tried to think what was different about this book?

I might have an answer. I think I know who to point a finger at.  I have someone to blame if this falls on its face.

The reviewers! Naw, no, hahahahaha, just kidding.

The author! No. Way. She's great and the book is fine. (or so I'll repeat to myself  to myself over and over and over through the middle of October--by then I'll be done. [I cringe when I think of a couple of my books and this is not one of the cringe-worthy ones. So okay. Phew.])

Give up? Don't know who to blame? Did I make it clear it's not me? In my mind, anyway?

BARBARA PYM! It is all her fault.

I freaking loved her books in the 90s. I read them and reread them. A few months back, I picked up Excellent Women and read most of it again. Soon after that, I started work on S.R. And what we have could be a result is my unconscious attempt at understated that she does so well. A single gesture carries a lot of meaning in that sort of writing. And let's be clear, her characters aren't kick-ass or even, always, particularly active. It's a retreat to another age, another sort of story.

Hey, speaking of which, did you know I wrote a few literary things? Here's one (a free short story! once published in a literary journal.)

So okay that might not fly these days.  Maybe it doesn't fly when I accidentally attempt it, or maybe it doesn't fly with some readers. Or maybe that's not what happened. I don't know.

Let's make it clear: I never, ever sit down next to the window at Barnes and Noble and think "today I will try to write like [name of author]."

I just write the story. ... and surf the internet. And bug Linda or Nettie when they try to work. Sometimes I eavesdrop on other conversations. Now that's an education....

Returning to the matter at hand: What I'm trying to do here is to shift the blame just in case this story isn't universally adored. I've never attempted preemptive finger pointing, so this is a new genre of blog post.

Of course if this story (that I'm very fond of) turns out to be wildly popular, I might blame Barbara Pym anyway. Did I mention I love her stuff? Except I am not reading anything of hers again. Not for a while. My TBR list is way too long. 

Speaking of which, I owe Beth and Eli. They're both excellent writers, but don't worry. They are not easily imitated. Nope. Can't see me accidentally writing like them.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

YUM. Mm. What's for dinner? ....oh...really? That?

My new, can't miss idea! 
A Tastier Than It Looks Cookbook... as featured on the Facebook!



clockwise from left: 
Empty pancake plate (plenty of good recipes for pancakes. I like this one but I separate the eggs and whip the whites). 

Top (white gunk)=1 part mascarpone cheese, 1 part yogurt OR sour cream, some sugar, lemon peel, lemon and lime juice.

Far right--cameo appearance a banana (not appearing in this recipe but you can add it to sauce if you want. I bet it would be tasty.)

Bottom right (red sauce)= about 1.5 cups raspberries, splash of oj, more lemon and lime peel and l n l juice. Also sugar to taste. 1-2 tablespoons corn starch. Cook and cook and stir while you cook. 

The lumps are partially cooked peaches--I throw in peeled chunks toward end of sauce cooking (don't like mooshy peaches) 

Plate the pancake (don't you love that verb? Yes, you do). Glop on white gunk. Glop on fruit sauce. I can see this working in a crepe, and I suspect the two sauces would do well on a fancy cake, say angel food. You could make it into a good trifle if you chopped up the cake, and if you add whipped cream to the white gunk (it's pretty thick as is) AND no matter if it's used for a trifle or for filling---I'd add a splash of grand marnier to the red sauce. And to the cake. And in that glass over there.

Oh, and maybe I'd chop the peaches in a more elegant manner for a nice cake. I tend to go for the chunky peasant look when I cut up anything. But this is not called the Oh So Beautiful Cookbook.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Psst. Hey! How about a free book?

Email me, katerothwell at gmail.com I'll send it, no strings attached. Obviously I want people to post reviews and that's why I'm giving it away. But if you can't bring yourself to write a review, I won't hold it against you. I know how it is.

I've just discovered that the more people who have copies (who got them from me rather than stole them from pirate sites) the more copies I end up selling, eventually. So okay? Let me know.

Consider this note a form of netgalley -- and the pre-real-release party continues.

4.5 Stars!
"Rothwell's historical romance is pleasing from every angle!"
--RT Bookreviews Magazine

Danger won’t deter this intrepid reporter—even when life and love are on the line.

Sir Gideon Langham wants the best for his flagship newspaper. Hiring daring female reporter Lizzie Drury, aka “Trudy Tildon,” seems like a smart decision—until he finds himself falling for her. He knows she’ll risk everything to get a story, including one that puts both their lives in danger.
Lizzie longs to write real, in-depth articles. When handsome Sir Gideon offers her a job as more than a stringer, she reluctantly leaves her New York beat for unfamiliar London. But as she pursues a murder investigation, ghosts from her past become all too real.

Digging up dirt attracts the attention of powerful forces who won’t hesitate to stop Lizzie dead. Hanging in the balance are Gideon’s reputation—and Lizzie’s life. In a race to find a killer, Lizzie and Gideon must learn to trust each other…before it’s too late.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Out early, out often.

"LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES releases October 15!"
 Except wait! RT Magazine just gave it 4.5 stars. By the time 10/15/13 rolls around, anyone who read the review ("The characters are colorful and animated, befitting a thrilling story line") will have forgotten all about the book. What to do? How about a Shhh temporary sale? So for anyone who read RT Magazine, or who reads this post, here's a link to a pre-wide-release lower price.


The above paragraph is the note I just put up at Facebook. Welcome to my new book's non-release release (or soft opening as we in the new business trade call it, I think). 
Here's where it's happening:
1. At this blog (hi!!)
2. On facebook
3. At my webpage that doesn't change much--but did for this occasion.  
and 
4. RT Magazine, electronic October edition, which mentions the book as available at my webpage. 

I also just posted a single twitter about it. 

Otherwise, I think we'll all just go about our business and pretend that October is the book's release day. Maybe this promo-in-monthly-chunks will keep us all from loathing mention of this book.

So shhh. Go get the book for a dollar less than it will be once it really does release. Would that be a hard opening?

All I know is that my all-important wall calendar, that never lied to me except that one time about the dentist appointment that really was at 2:30 (Hey, I thought it was a joke) is lying now. The book LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES won't just be released October 15. It's out Now! Now! NOW! Sorta.

Much as I love my lovely 4.5 stars, I do wonder if the person actually read the book. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

FICTION

POPULAR FICTION
Once upon a time, a girl who wants to be a rockstar/artist/inventor works very hard and despite (or maybe because of) competition from a man she's attracted to, she makes her goal. She and the guy end up together too. The book ends with her waving at a crowd after winning an award.

LITERARY FICTION
Once upon a time, a girl who wants to be a rockstar/artist/inventor works very hard. A man she's attracted to fucks her up. They might end up together anyway. The book ends with her staring at a pattern on the wall. She might be nuts, or maybe the world in which she lives is nuts. A fetish for poo is involved in her downfall.

MAGICAL REALISM 
Once upon a time a girl who wants to be a rockstar/artist/inventor works very hard. She faces competition from a man she's attracted to so she bakes him special brownies, the very scent of which makes people cry. He and the whole town learn to appreciate life and the girl in a new way. She might or might not win any awards but she has added depth to her own life when she layers the scent and melting sweetness of chocolate into their lives.

TRANSGRESSIVE FICTION with a touch of fantasy
Once upon a time, a girl who wants to be a rockstar/artist/inventor works, but not very hard, despite competition from a man she's attracted to, a guy who's her brother/uncle. His presence should have pushed her to do more, she doesn't do anything but watch flying monkeys climb out of her butt. Eventually the polarity of the monkeys shift and they're climbing out of her mouth. She chokes on an extra penis that sprouts from her throat. The brother/uncle finds her in the men's bathroom, dead with feathers in her mouth.

EROTIC MENAGE
Once upon a time, a girl who wants to be a rockstar/artist/dildo inventor works very hard and is turned on by the fierce competition from a man she's attracted to. The two of them screw, a lot. Eventually his best friend joins them in the very successful business and on a really big sofa. They win an award and celebrate by copulating on stage to very enthusiastic applause.

PORN
Once upon a time, a girl meets up with some guys, maybe at work. They screw her, a lot.