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“Genella deGrey’s heroines aspire to be proper, but let’s face it, convention is boring! They inevitability end up entangled in a scandalous situation or two, which makes for a read that will keep you smiling throughout.”

 

“If you want heroines who sit in a corner and embroider hankies because it’s ‘period-correct’, you probably didn’t enjoy Gone with the Wind and Pride and Prejudice.” – Genella deGrey

 

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Amtrak Plans to Give Free Rides to Writers

 

There exists an ocean of scams on the internet, I really hope this isn’t one of them.

When I saw this article, I heard John Lennon’s “Imagine” in my head.

Click here to hear the song and see the official vid on YouTube

It’s not often one hears of a large corporation offering to support artists, of any medium, by giving them something for free. I was both excited and impressed with Amtrak’s plans to give free rides to writers. The hours of un-interupted, inspired writing that one could accomplish sitting peacefully on a train would be astounding. Although I very much enjoy writing at Starbucks, a trip on an Amtrak train would be a welcome change.

What would be at the end of the line for a writer, you may ask?

As you may or may not have heard, writing is a lonely business. Often, authors garner support from each other. We understand the ups and downs and, in our business, the desperate need for social interaction with like-minded people. This is one of the top three reasons (for me, anyway) we attend conferences is to connect with other writers. So the first thing I would do would be to set up a book singing with author-friends at destinations where we could all come together to commune, widen our reader audience, all while working on our WIPs on board an Amtrak train.

While ebooks are dynamically and without precedent sweeping the globe, there is a certain writer/reader disconnection happening – there are no longer major in-person book tours unless you’re Andre Agassi or Pat Benatar. I, for one, would love to meet readers face to face. How would a national book tour sound, in part or in whole sponsored by Amtrak?

Would you love to have a gaggle of your favorite authors come to your town?

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Oh, the possibilities! My mind just spins!

Please let Amtrak know that you as a non-author would be behind this. You can tweet your feelings to them here: @amtrak and I encourage you do to so with all my heart.

Happy Reading!

G.

PS, I found another article about the Residency here.

 

 

 

 

 

Cold outside, warm inside! What to do when it’s below freezing ~

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It is apparent that Jack Frost has nipped at more than one nose this winter. Are you stuck inside because you are heeding the warning that your flesh will freeze in thirty seconds?

 I have a suggestion…. <G> How about a little education?

Katrina Harwood has found herself far removed from the budding young lady she used to be. Circumstances entirely out of her control have placed her in a most undesirable situation. She is now a thief. Her everyday survival depends upon her picking the pockets of the well-to-do. Having resigned to this fate, if only until she can get herself out of this pit, her one stumbling block is that she’s miserable at thievery. Although it could be that her heart just isn’t in to it, she still has to pay the piper for her food and shelter. If she doesn’t produce, she must endure submitting her body to her landlord.

Maxwell Courtland is a man with needs. For instance, he needs to get his young, married sister, Susanna, off his back about settling down. On paper, Susanna’s choices for him rival each other in beauty and class, however, Max has heard talk about said beauties, and has found that their faults outshine their virtues by leagues. Running out of ways to stave off Susanna, Max discovers a thief attempting to run off with the family silver, but the lesson he teaches her rebounds with adverse effects, and he presently can’t get the thought of her pliable backside out of his mind.

For Katrina, the spanking was a tutorial in humiliation. Why, then, would she crave more of the same from her would-be victim?

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Might you be up for it, too?

Explore an introduction to spanking in my latest ebook release, Cat and Mouse, available from Totally Bound.

Download it today ~ Surprise your partner with your new-found education tomorrow.

That aught to melt Jack Frost’s icy intentions.

Stay warm & Happy reading!

G.

All you need is [some] love ~

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Just like Peppermint Patty said, it’s been a bad week. In fact, it’s been a bad couple of years for some of us. I won’t go into details, but my grandmother just passed away – which is the worst of many things that are wrong around here.

I have some very good friends around the world – we mostly keep in touch over the internet. For some of my friends, we seldom get the chance to connect anymore than the fact that we’re friends on Facebook.

Today one of my sweet friends did something very nice for me – she posted about one of my books on her Facebook page that reaches  more than two thousand people. Now, she totally didn’t have to do that, but she did.

I messaged her: “I so love you, thanks!”

She messaged back: “I’m super glad that someone does!”

That really struck me. Why don’t we tell each other how much we appreciate and love one another?

I’m sure you’ve heard that a writer’s job is a lonely one, which it is. As I sit here [sweltering] in my apartment, I could sure use some encouragement, even if it’s someone saying they’re thinking about me – and I’m positive I’m not the only one.

My challenge to you is this: Think of five people, be they friends or family, and ping them today. Just say hello, drop them a compliment or set up a time that works for both of you to do a catch-up chat. Don’t put it off, they might not be there tomorrow.

Hugs ~

G.

Where is your heart?

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“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.”

 

What is it about negativity that draws other negative souls to gang up on either an author or their work? Where do the hearts of said critics lie? Tough question, even tougher to answer. So many factors go into being able to subjectively judge others work. Let’s focus for a moment on critics ~ or ~ reviewers of the written word:

- How are they qualified? 

- What is their comprehension level? 

– How much distraction are they up against?

- Are they willing to adapt a suspension of disbelief when it comes to a fictional book?

- Are they in a grumpy mood?

Myself and my author brothers and sisters have seen and been victim to far too many awful, unfounded one-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews that, when one listens to the ‘author’s’ voice, you can actually hear how angry and sad, how distracted and ready to dish-the-dirt these people are. In addition, there is no way they could have considered the author’s feelings when they and their buddies purposefully disrespect what some of us have worked months if not years on. That boils down to an embarrassing selfishness that everyone can now see about them. Some of them miss entire sections of dialog and/or action that would explain, very clearly, what they’ve decided to rant about – and they have no idea how ignorant they look once they publish their misinformation. And yet, with all of us looking on, they have no shame.

Finally, someone has started a campaign to stop the harassment by those who think they’re impervious to Karma.

The website is entitled, Stop the goodreads bullies. Huff Post wrote an article about it here.

Thankfully, there are very many wonderful readers out there who know the difference between fiction and nonfiction – and who love to be entertained. They are the author’s heroes, the smart ones, the ones we think of when we sit down to write stories that will amuse and enthrall them.

Happy reading, smart ones!

G.