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How Harper Lee Just Inadvertently Released the Hottest NA Book Since the Genre’s Creation

The most popular New Adult book since the genre emerged has recently been released. Even before its publication it received accolades and had the greatest pre-order sales of any book in recent years.

And why shouldn’t it? The young 20-something protagonist faces conflicts that echo those of NA readers, albeit more dramatically at times. Our beloved heroine battles issues of identity, independence, insecurity, family, and relationships. It has readers rolling in laughter, silently sobbing, and at times wanting to smack her upside her head.

The only thing surprising about its success is that it was written half a century before the genre in which it so perfectly fits ever existed. Quite possibly, its eighty-nine-year-old author, Harper Lee, hasn’t even heard the term New Adult literature.

Go Set a Watchman, the sequel, or parent book as Lee herself called it, to To Kill a Mockingbird, caused tremendous controversy when early reviews leaked revelations that rocked the reading world, most notable that Atticus Finch was a racist. Mockingbird fans who had idolized Atticus and raised him to a level of godliness, as much as Scout herself had done, said they’d refuse to read any book that painted him as anything less than perfect.

Ironically, this is the true conflict of Watchman. It’s not a book about race. Yes, it’s set in the South during a time when racial tension was turning even more violent. Yes, the protagonist’s main conflict surrounds her and her father’s seemingly irreconcilable views on race relations. (Although Jean Louise makes some questionable statements herself for someone who is so-called ‘color blind.’) And yes, the book offers readers plenty to talk about concerning our country’s history of racial divide, the reasons behind it, and how we can learn from the past to begin to mend the country’s current problems. And to miss an opportunity to talk about such important issues would be a shame.

But at its heart Go Set a Watchman is a story about a young woman’s coming of age. While To Kill a Mockingbird has been called a coming-of-age tale, it certainly wasn’t Scout’s, who was only age nine by the end of the book. Though both she and Jem learned hard lessons about life in Mockingbird, a true coming of age moment launches the character out of the innocence of childhood and forces her to find the strength to stand on her own—defending her own convictions and recognizing, as well as reconciling, her own flaws and the flaws of others—especially those she revered. That is the story Lee tells in Watchman.

Although it was written long before the New Adult genre existed, Lee’s novel can be described as such because it is a riveting tale of the struggles we face as we find ourselves and our places in the adult world—a world that struggles with issues of race just as it did in Scout’s time. The Atticus of Mockingbird was the elevated idol of a little girl. The Atticus of Watchman is the father of a young woman who is beginning to see life, including her hometown, her long-term romantic interest, and her family, in her own terms. Atticus, like the others—no, more than the others—had to be flawed. He had to be real. Without discovering these sides of him, Jean Louise could never have separated herself from her history and her family to find herself.

Yes, for fans of that idolized Atticus, the disillusionment is painful. It is also productive, not just because it provides us an opportunity to talk about an important problem our country still faces, but also because it provides the catalyst needed to tug our protagonist firmly into adulthood. Jean Louise learns to embrace who she is, starts to consider what she wants, and comes out of it a stronger character. And not entirely at the expense of Atticus, who is certainly more complex at the end of Go Set a Watchman, but just as loved—by his daughter, and, I expect, by most readers.

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And Introducing… (part 2)

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Here are two more new characters from Unbound, the final book of the Alex Crocker series.

As I said in yesterday’s post, I don’t think any of the passages I picked are major spoilers, but I suppose they might give away a little, so read at your own risk!

Charlie – I always tell my students, pay attention to any seemingly unimportant characters an author takes the time to describe or develop. Chances are they’ll reappear and be far more important than they seemed at first glance. This is certainly the case with Charlie, who actually appeared, though was unnamed, in Unveiled. Here’s an excerpt with Charlie and Alex.

When all the mundane moments—dinnertime banter, tea with Sarah, Tuesday nights with Rocky, and just about every pleasant moment with Markus—were stripped away, what was left was a highlight reel of tension and terror.

“It really wasn’t as bad as all that makes it sound,” she said, unsure whom she was trying to convince.

Charlie looked up from the last notes he’d scribbled down. “Funny, isn’t it, how both species have the same survival instinct to persist even when all the evidence tells us it’s not worth the effort?”

“Maybe it’s our hearts that tell us to persist for the sake of those we love, those who make it worth it.” It was just another part of being interdependent. She thought back to her web of loved ones. She told Darian her feelings would get her killed, but they’d saved her more than a few times, too.

Charlie dropped his gaze back to his notebook. “Maybe, but as we both know, that list dwindles the longer you’re a part of this life.”

Sensing a grief only one kind of loss could evoke, her hand went to her mouth. She glanced at Rocky who nodded.

“Charlie, I’m so sorry. I only meant to help that night. I never thought—”

“Of course you didn’t. No one apart from a few monsters in my coven could have predicted that. I didn’t when I stepped forward.”

Alex’s jaw dropped. He had volunteered to take the beating that nearly killed him? “You meant to take the blame for all of them,” she said. His mild manners and unassuming dress hid so much she never could have predicted, even after sensing him for the last ten hours.

He nodded. “But Leonce knew I was doing it for the very reason you said, to protect those I loved.”

“So he took the one you loved the most. Sick bastard,” Rocky spat as he paced the cell.

Torie – Torie’s story first appeared in “Unknown,” a short story from the series that I wrote while still drafting book two. I always knew she’d play into the series, I just wasn’t sure where. Unbound not only had a place for her, the story required her.

Torie stood with Alex and the two males on the bank of the river that ran through the center of Bristol feeding into the bay. There was a layer of ice over its surface. It looked deceptively safe, which was why every other winter someone lost his life trying to cross it. Bodies were rarely found. Winter searches were dangerous, and the current this close to the ocean was swift and strong. This year it was going to be a foolish teenage girl, walking home alone in the dark at the start of a nasty snowstorm.

Sage turned to Torie holding a rock the size of a basketball. He made eye contact and held it. It was uncomfortable, but she knew if she couldn’t answer the question forming in his head with absolute certainty, he’d walk away.

“You’re sure about this?” He was thinking of the million reasons not to help her. She kept thinking of the one good reason to follow through. It was the right thing to do. For her, sure, and her family. But also for the people she didn’t want to hurt but knew she’d have to if she remained with the Vengatti. And for the people she could help if the Rectinatti could learn to trust her and were willing to train her. They did it for the human. Why not her?

The human willingly runs into danger to help other humans as well as her coven. And she’s old enough to understand the responsibility that comes with her gift and her place among us. Sage answered Torie’s unspoken question in matching silence.

I’m running to keep myself from becoming one of those dangers. And I’ve kept what I am a secret since I was four in order to protect my family. I know a little about responsibility.

Sage held her gaze. I’ll buy that. But you’re still a kid; I’m not sure you can really understand what you’re giving up until it’s too late.

“I’m sure,” she answered aloud. The certainty of it stole her breath away. But Sage seemed to understand the difference between pain and doubt.

He nodded, took her coat from her and wrapped it around the rock to give the divers something to find. He hurled the boulder to the center of the river where the ice was thinnest. It crashed through the surface leaving a hole large enough for a slender teen to have fallen through.

That’s it for new characters, at least important ones. But there’s plenty of action for some of the minor characters from other books in Unbound, too!

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And Introducing…

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I loved writing a series for so many reasons. One of the biggies was because I could continue to develop and write my favorite characters. Let’s face it, over the course of five years and over a thousand pages (yikes!), you get a little attached. But some of the fun is also adding new faces to the mix with each new book. Unbound was no exception. Over the next couple days, I thought I’d give you a taste of some of the new characters in the final book of the Alex Crocker series.

I don’t think any of the passages I picked are major spoilers, but I suppose they might give away a little, so read at your own risk!

1. Liam – Oh, if it weren’t for editing. Liam and Sage actually had a much deeper side-story in my first draft, but as the book began to grow to unruly proportions, it needed to be trimmed. He’s still present and important, but not nearly as much as this backstory lovin’ author would have liked. Here’s a scene he shares with Alex.

“We had a call that there was a possible assault on a female in the area. Is everything alright, Miss?” the darker haired officer questioned.

Alex glanced back quickly to the convenience store clerk who was peering nervously from behind the counter. She began to calm him and the officers as she explained.

“Yes. Genius here is a friend. He recognized me and thought it would be a riot to sneak up behind me. I assure you he’ll rethink repeating the stunt if he ever wants to have sex again.”

She looked to Liam. Her gift could only get them so far. Luckily, he had caught on and cringed.

“I should’ve known better than to mess with an East Bristol chick. They’re all ball-busters—literally.” Liam adjusted himself, faking a wince. Alex hid her surprise as one of the officers, obviously a local, laughed. “Sorry if we scared the clerk in there,” Liam finished.

“It’s alright. He calls at least once a month with some story. This was one of the few believable ones,” the first officer responded, his hand no longer on his weapon. “So long as no one’s hurt too badly.” He nodded to Liam.

“I’m married with two little girls. If my masculinity can handle princess parties, it can handle just about anything,” the hulking warrior replied. Alex rolled her eyes. It was a good thing she hadn’t let up on her influencing. If she didn’t buy that, they sure as hell wouldn’t.

Both officers shook their heads and wished them a good night as they headed back to their car. As soon as it was out of sight, Liam pulled out his knife again and began dragging her quickly towards the club.

“Princess parties, really? That’s the lie you chose? And how’d you know I was from East Bristol?”

“I remembered your sweatshirt the first warrior meeting you attended. Besides you do fit the profile—mouthy and tough.” Alex stomped on his foot, but his steel-toed boots kept him from missing a beat. “And the princess parties are true, but, ah, that can stay between us right?”

Yeah, right, ’cause our favorite heroine is so good at keeping her mouth shut!

2. Abby – Another example of a character with a Sage story just itching to be told—but not in this novel.

“Sage Matthew, to what do I owe this displeasure?” Abigail sashayed out from behind the counter. Her honey colored waist length hair swinging just above the curve of her hips.

“Karma’s a bitch, witch. I suspect a couple centuries of poisoning people with your magic mumbo jumbo could be coming home to roost. But I’m not here for a social visit,” Sage said. He avoided eye contact by scanning the shop’s modern merchandise with a look of distaste. He was disgusted there were enough humans who bought into this occult crap to legitimize the storefront that enabled her to sell potions, pills, and ‘spells’ to the few remaining witches and the far too many remaining vampires who hadn’t embraced modern medicine and science.

“No, I don’t suppose you are. Though I hadn’t heard you and the tiny mill girl you manipulated into feeding you had gotten mated, never mind had young.” She looked first at Torie then at Rocky. The young warrior became very interested in a candle on the shelf behind him, but Sage heard his tittering.

“They’re not mine,” he spat. “This one’s technically not even Rectinatti. But you know that. You know exactly who she is.”

Abby knows far more than she’s sharing in this book, but that’s another story for another day!

If you haven’t already checked out the book (or any of the books) they’re all on my Amazon page. You can also find them all on Barnes and Noble.

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Turning on the Tap


 

What’s this? A blog post? Before noon on a Monday after vacation? With sentences? Paragraphs even?

Ah, yes, it’s been…well, let’s not get into how long it’s been or my million and one excuses. Let’s just say I’m back to pursuing my daydream (while at my day job—oops). I can’t promise weekly posts (especially with GoDaddy changing my blogging platform soon!), but I can promise that my mind is back in my books. Where that leads, who knows? But it starts with putting one word after another.

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 “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until
the faucet is turned on.”

Louis L’Amour

But what if the water is rusty, very rusty? What if it reeks, filling the room with a pungent sulfuric miasma like the water in a cheap Florida mobile home? Is it really worth running the faucet for that?

I suppose to the man dying of thirst it wouldn’t matter a drop. But modern readers aren’t lacking in clean water or good literature. In fact, one might argue in the world of ebooks and self-publishing they are drowning in choices. So why bother writing something not worth reading? Why bother writing at all knowing that your work will likely sit on the bottom shelf like the store brand bottles in their cheap plastic, forever overshadowed by the big blue designer drinks at eye level? For this reason: even the most purified water, at some point in the water cycle, was probably pure piss. (Now there’s a pitch line for Poland Springs.) 

Great writing is like that too. Some days you tap into crap. The words dribble from your pen painstakingly. You know they’ll need to be revised, refined, reworked. You may dump them down the drain altogether. But other days you hit the tap and what springs forth in a gush is pure liquid gold. You marvel at your own genius. You wonder if anyone before you has ever strung together words as wonderfully as you just did. (Clearly there was
something else in your water that morning, but it’s nice to enjoy a brief moment of grandiosity every now and then.) 

And that’s why you need to come back to the faucet—daily, if possible. You need to get the water running. You need to let it flow to wash away doubt and insecurities and excuses. If you write enough, the rusty, smelly stuff that drips out every now and then won’t seem so toxic. It will be a few pages among many more which are readable, possibly even enjoyable, potentially even wonderful. And anyway, unlike with water, nobody ever died from writing (or reading) murky words. 

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For all the good it’s done me, that quote from Louis L’Amour has been on my writing wall for months, but it wasn’t until someone else (my mother, of course) commented on what a great quote it was that I realized it was time to act upon it. Whether it’s writing, running, or some other goal or dream, the best way to get to the end is to keep at it—one drop, one step, one word at a time. So this morning as I forced my bleary eyed-students to write—write badly, write well, just write—I forced myself to join them. Some of us produced swamp water, while others turned the tap on a Poland Spring of prose. In the long run, though, both are not only acceptable, but necessary.

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Hello? Anybody home?


Yes, actually, home is exactly where I am and where I want to be this weekend after a crazy (mostly in a good way) fall season. My adventures have left me a plethora of potential post topics, some serious, some sentimental, some just mental. To cram them into one would spoil the fun, so I’ll save most for another day and just do a quick update here to prove that I have not, indeed, fallen off the edge of the world.

First and foremost, I want to take one last opportunity to thank everyone who participated in and supported Romance for a Reason, my October blog tour for my newest book, Unbridled, which also served as a fundraiser for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and V-Day, an organization that works to end violence against women. With donations and proceeds from the sales of Unbridled we raised a few hundred dollars, a seemingly small amount, perhaps, but more importantly I hope many more people took the time to read and learn about these issues facing women and will be more educated and likely to help out in the future. Since I had technical difficulties with getting the paperback up on Amazon at the start of the month, I’m continuing to donate all the proceeds from both the e-book and paperback until the New Year. If you are interested in donating and didn’t get the chance in October, it’s not too late. Follow these links to help out!

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

V-Day

As part of the tour I also wrote a series of posts on females in fiction, which both kept me busy and allowed me to urge readers and writers to demand more of their women characters and of ourselves. I really enjoyed writing these posts. There are links to each on the final post for anyone who missed them and wants to check them out.

During October I also managed to sneak up to Vermont to visit Middlebury, the town in which I’m setting my newest novel, a young adult piece entitled All That Glitters. I’ll likely do a longer post about my visit later, but in the meantime, feel free to check out the first rough chapter here. I’m about twenty percent finished with the rough draft and spent a good deal of nights this month typing what I’ve written. I’m aiming to have a completed and typed rough by March!

Other than that November was spent travelling to DC with 150 eighth graders (which felt a little like taking a trip to the ends of the earth!), getting sick from said trip (planes, kids, and no sleep=instant cold), and trying to set the record for the number of awkward first dates in a given week—this last one may become a novel, never mind a separate blog post!

All in all, heading into the holidays, I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to look forward to. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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Romance for a Reason Finale: Females in Fiction #10

This final post of my Females in Fiction series was supposed to go up yesterday on another site, but for some reason didn’t, so I’m sharing it here. I’ll save my wrap up of the tour for this weekend!

If you missed the first posts in the series click on the titles to catch up.

Top ten things more fictional (and real-life) females ought to do:

Introduction to series – From G. I. Jane to Feminist Romance with Fangs

1. Save themselves (and everyone else) whenever
they can.

2. Accept when they can’t.

3. Know themselves.

4. Be willing to change.

5. Embrace their sexuality.

6. Champion their femininity.

7. Appreciate chivalry.

8. Celebrate girl power.

9. Eliminate cattiness.

10. Cry a little & laugh a lot.

Tears and Cheers To All That Makes Us Amazing! 

Over the last nine posts I’ve urged for writers and readers to demand more of their fictional females. I’ve asked that the women held before us as heroines be strong but still feminine, cunning but not catty, independent but not unable to accept help and chivalry. I’ve argued for heroines who can embrace their sexuality, but who don’t necessarily have to look like ‘ideal’ sex symbols. And I’ve applauded ones who can weep, wipe their eyes, and walk away with their heads held high, as well as for those who can stand their ground and kick some butt.

I entitled the series of posts ‘Females in Fiction,’ but what I was really writing about were the amazing qualities I find in the real-life heroines who surround me, traits I see far too few of in the females in my books, particularly romance books. So many of the women I admire manage to be strong, while still being wives and lovers to equally great men, most of whom married them because they too admired that strength. So why do so many fictional love stories not have such balanced partnerships? Are the only interesting love stories ones where the guys get to save the day? Are women readers so enchanted by the knight in shining armor that we’re okay with being depicted time and time again as the damsel in distress?

I don’t think so. I think, perhaps, we accept these stories because there aren’t many that break the mold to choose from. It’s time that changed. It’s time we require more of our romance writers (myself included!), the way we’ve required more of society in the way women are treated and depicted. We love to tweet #notbuyingit for magazines and t-shirts we find demeaning or offensive. Maybe it’s time we start #notreadingit for books that depict women as weak victims in need of saving, rather than the amazingly tenacious group that we truly are.

I want my heroines, like I want my friends: strong, independent women, who cry a little and laugh a lot—and who make me do the same!

And for those who haven’t checked out the ‘Romance’ part of Romance for a Reason:

Unbridled: A collection of short stories from the Alex Crocker series

By Lauren Grimley

“Think Law and Order SUV meets The Breakfast Club” was Ellie’s trite explanation of what Alex had been dragged into. Add a few fangs, Fifty Shades of Oversharing, and a dash of Dr. Phil, and she was in for quite a Thursday night.

Alex couldn’t deny she had become the pint-sized poster child for PTSD lately, but she didn’t exactly expect to find a support group for teachers turned vampire chew toys in Bristol, MA. Listening to the tales of the four other females gathered to help her heal, however, she accepts that perhaps both the worst and the best of life can blossom from the unexpected.

Unbridled is a novella-length collection of four connected stories focusing on the unlikely friendships and less likely lovers of the female characters from the Alex Crocker series.

“Grace and Dignity”

Ireland, 1713

Even a female whose mating has been arranged most of her life still thinks about what she wants in a mate. Not one of the qualities Sarah had hoped for were easily evident in her betrothed, the future Regan of the Rectinatti coven. Perhaps, though, there were more layers to Darian than he liked to reveal, but how does a subject unmask a prince?

“Rules and Recollections”

Bristol, Massachusetts, 1902

You can’t fall in love with someone you barely recall, but that, Vivian supposed, was the point. After a terse meeting with the Knower, a mind reader, memory manipulator, and the coven’s most notorious lecher, Vivian isn’t herself. She can’t shake the feeling that the solution to her mood lurks just below the surface of her consciousness. Only plunging into darkness, though, will bring everything to light.

“Blood and Secrecy”

Bristol, Massachusetts, 2008

The shared need for blood brought them together, but individual desires for secrecy are keeping them apart. Each already left behind a life of privilege for reasons the other likely couldn’t understand. Now both Rocky and Ellie need to decide if they’re willing to open up about their pasts in order to ensure a future.

Series: Alex Crocker series, can definitely be enjoyed
without reading the first two books in the series, but is written to fit after
the events of book 2, Unveiled.

Genres: paranormal romance, vampire series, urban fantasy,
short stories

Release date: October 1, 2013

Available formats: ebook & paperback (178 pages)

Website page: http://www.laurengrimley.com/Unbridled.html

Purchase links:

Amazon (e-book & paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIS0KF4

For the other books and stories in the series see Lauren’s Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007Y5ZZSG

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unbridled-lauren-grimley/1117001983?ean=2940148813262

And the Reason? Cancer and violence suck, and not at all in that sexy vampire way.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor and a friend and teacher of too many women who’ve been affected by violence, I chose it to also to be the release date for Unbridled. I may not love wearing pink or purple, the colors of these two issues, but I do love a good fight for great causes. I’ve just chosen to battle this one with my pen. Please consider helping in your own way!

How you can help:

Read some romance. Proceeds from Unbridled will be donated to the two charities listed here.

Donate. Make your own individual donation to these two charities or choose a local charity supporting these and other causes affecting women in your area. To learn more about each charity and my reasons for choosing them, visit the Romance for a Reason page. Or click through to donate directly.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

V-Day

Party hard. Gather the women (and men!) of your book club or just a group of friends for a Romance for Reason party. Party ideas? Check out my blog for ideas on how to plan your gathering. Then download the Romance Reading Questionnaire and/or the Body Lingo Bingo for some fun party activities!

Share. Tweet, status update, review, or just chat with friends about the books, the tour, and the charities (mine or yours)!

Giveaway: As a thank you for everyone’s support of these great causes, I’m doing a Rafflecopter giveaway of two prize packs including a digital copy of Unforeseen, as well as a “Cancer Sucks, I Bite Back” mug, and some book-related swag! Good luck and thanks!

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Romance for a Reason: Females in Fiction #9

It’s been quite the month for Romance for a Reason! I’ve had some terrific reviews of Unbridled (any review is terrific; keep that in mind if you want to help a girl out!). I took part in two interviews each with some unique and new questions. I’ve visited 18 different sites where I’ve shared my writing and more importantly spoke the two causes Romance for a Reason is supporting. And, of course, I posted frequently about females in fiction, tackling my ‘must-do’ list for strong heroines. Today I’ve reached number nine: eliminating cattiness.

If you missed the first posts click on the titles to catch up. For the rest of the interviews, excerpts, and reviews, visit the calendar on the Romance for a Reason page for links.

Top ten things more fictional (and real-life) females ought to do:

1. Save themselves (and everyone else) whenever they can.

2. Accept when they can’t.

3. Know themselves.

4. Be willing to change.

5. Embrace their sexuality.

6. Champion their femininity.

7. Appreciate chivalry.

8. Celebrate girl power.

9. Eliminate cattiness.

10. Cry a little & laugh a lot.

Our Own Worst Enemy

Okay. I admit it. I occasionally like to read about (or watch) a good catfight. It’s a guilty pleasure readers and writers need to give in to from time to time. We can’t expect our heroines to always be ‘above it all.’ After all, who of us claim to never have gotten sucked into the gossiping and or bickering our gender is unfortunately infamous for?

But occasionally succumbing to such practices is different from having them be commonplace enough that they become a character trait, rather than a moment of weakness. Our heroines ought to have the grace and dignity to stay out of the mud throwing most days. Who wants a strong female character who can’t tolerate and tears down other strong female characters? If writers want to entertain us with gossiping, backstabbing wenches, by all means bring on the cheek slapping and nail scratching. But please write it in a way that it’s quite clear to the reader who the ‘good guys,’ or girls in this case, are and who is simply meant to be the nasty foil for them. This way we get the fun of watching the witches, while illuminating everything that’s wrong about their bad behavior and everything that is right about our heroines. It’s bad enough female celebrities flood the media with this kind of bad behavior, but, at least in that case, few are deeming them heroes. Sadly, we’re all too disillusioned to have many real-life heroes anymore, especially among celebrities. The least we can ask for is that our fictional females portray the better side of female nature.

Let’s face it, if we can’t boost each other up, in books as well as life, than who’s going to do it for us? I’d hate to be the woman who makes it to the top only to find I’ve got no amazing girl friends left with whom to enjoy my success!

Want to help support some real-life heroines?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor and a friend and teacher of too many women who’ve been affected by violence, I chose it to also to be the release date for Unbridled. I may not love wearing pink or purple, the colors of these two issues, but I do love a good fight for great causes. I’ve just chosen to battle this one with my pen. Please consider helping!

Read some romance. Proceeds from Unbridled will be donated to the two charities listed here. It’s now available as both a paperback and e-book on Amazon, and for Nook on Barnes & Noble.

Donate. Make your own individual donation to these two charities or choose a local charity supporting
these and other causes affecting women in your area. To learn more about each charity and my reasons for choosing them, visit the Romance for a Reason page. Or click through to donate directly.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

V-Day

Party hard. Gather the women (and men!) of your book club or just a group of friends for a Romance for Reason party. Party ideas? Check out my blog for ideas on how to plan your gathering. Then download the Romance Reading Questionnaire and/or the Body Lingo Bingo for some fun party activities! (My own book club met just this past week, raised some money, and had a blast!)

Share. Tweet, status update, review, or just chat with friends about the books, the tour, and the charities (mine or yours)!

As a thank you for your help, I’m doing a Rafflecopter giveaway during the blog tour. Be sure to enter to win one of two prize packages!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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