Gushing and ranting

Today, I thought I’d tell you about a couple things that has stirred up emotions in me lately, both good and frustrated. Let’s start with the frustration.

81XR45UdqkLI recently read and finished Educated by Tara Westover, but the rant isn’t going to be about the book itself. I read the book translated to Swedish, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it and instead used my new library card and checked it out from the library. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the original English version, only the Swedish translation, but I thought what the heck, how bad can it be?Β 

The answer was…pretty bad (again, the translation, not the book). There was a lot of little things, but the thing that got me most frustrated was a lazy mistake.

In Sweden, we tell temperature by using the Celsius scale, not the Fahrenheit. But in a chapter when Tara Westover writes about how her abusive brother opened the car window when she said she was cold and how the freezing winds of northern Idaho in January chilled her to the bone because the temperature was in the twenties…that doesn’t work in Swedish. For a Swedish person, speaking or reading Swedish, when the temperature is in the twenties, it’s hot, or at least not freezing cold! Because 20C is 68F. And it’s such a stupid mistake with the easiest of fixes, and instead the error pulled me violently from the book and made me so irritated I seriously considered DNF:ing the book. Until I calmed down and realized it wasn’t the book’s fault, but the translator’s.

But now, days later, I’m still bloody annoyed by it and I’m considering emailing the publisher and pointing out the error.

Am I being a bit sensitive and over-reactive? πŸ˜€

Anyway. I finished the book and it was fascinating, even though I don’t agree with the 4.48 star-rating it currently has on Goodreads πŸ™‚


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Now for the good: I rarely watch movies (or TV shows) to my husband’s great sorrow, because I prefer reading. But he knows the best way to get me to watch something with him is by telling me about a sci-fi movie. I love sci-fi (watching, not reading!). So the other day, we watched Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, and I loved it.

There was a loneliness penetrating the entire movie from the first minute, that overwhelmed me. I loved the character development and found it believable (even though I’ve read reviews disagreeing with me – screw them! πŸ˜€ ) and how Brad Pitt’s character just kept going and going, but how everything that happened changed him in the end. I liked it a lot. And I felt that loneliness in my bones for days afterward – that must mean the movie was good, right? πŸ™‚


Have you seen Ad Astra or read Educated? What did you think? πŸ™‚

Members’ Choice Awards Nominee!!

On Wednesday, I woke up to a message from Amy Aislin. “Did you see that you’re nominated for two books???” followed by a link to the Goodreads M/M Romance group. I clicked the link, and…

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…saw that both Angel and Firebird and Unexpected Christmas are nominated in the category for Best Short Story (under 50 pages). I even got the nominee badge from the group to prove it!!

I was unreasonably happy to find out that I’d been nominated. I’m still seriously happy about it, and even if I don’t win, this is something that’s going to stay with me for a long time.

That being said: consider voting for me when the polls open if you’re a member of the M/M Romance group on Goodreads? *fluttering my eyelashes*

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a happy dance to perform! πŸ™‚

Advent calendar and release party

Starting on Saturday December 1st, I’ve planned an advent calendar here on the blog. Nothing huge, just a holiday book recommendation every day from December 1 to December 24. I have read all the books and they are all four and five-star reads that I warmly recommend if you need something to help you get into the holiday spirit. There won’t be a review (unless I’ve written one before), maybe a line or two at the most on why I love it so much.

Full disclosure: a few of those books will be my own Christmas stories, of course. My books will be accompanied by a giveaway of some kind, but I’ll fill you in on the details when the time comes.

So look for this banner if you want M/M holiday recommendations. I hope you will enjoy!

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On Saturday December 1, I will participate in a release party in Amy Aislin’s Facebook group. We will celebrate the release of her Christmas story Christmas Lane, and I will be joined by lots of other fabulous writers (see the graphic below). My slot is 10-10:30AM EST (which is 11PM my time, so don’t be surprised if I celebrate with a glass of bubbly!) Come join in the fun! Because you ARE a member of her group, aren’t you? Or you have at least read Amy’s books, I hope? You should, she’s a great writer. πŸ˜‰

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The Romance Reviews – Sizzling Summer Reads

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Today, June 23, is the day I participate in the #TRRparty over at The Romance Reviews. Clickety-click this link and answer an easy question about Angel and Firebird, and you have the chance to win an ebook of your choice from my backlist! There are also questions from four other authors with a chance to win an ebook to, so hurry over and answer some questions, because who doesn’t want a free book? πŸ™‚

The Romance Reviews – Sizzling Summer Reads

 

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I’m participating in The Romance Reviews June party: Sizzling Summer Reads. More than 100 authors participate and you can win hundreds of prizes by answering questions on all the participating authors’ blogs or web sites. The event runs through the month of June, and I’ve written a question pertaining to one of my books that will be posted one of the days. The answer will be easy to find here on my blog, so don’t worry.

There’s a link to the event to the right! *points very helpfully* πŸ™‚

Click here for more information.

Make the Yuletide Gay – update

When we (me, Addison Albright, Amy Tasukada, Nicky Spencer, and Stephen Hoppa) released our holiday anthology Make the Yuletide Gay back in November 2017, our intention was that it was going to be a freebie. Unfortunately, Amazon didn’t get the message and sold it for 0.99 for several weeks. All of us and some of our friends tried reporting a lower price, and we emailed several times to try them to get them to make it free.

While we waited for Amazon to get with the program, several people bought the anthology and paid for it, even though it was available for free at all the other retailers. And while we were very happy that our readers wanted to read our stories, we felt bad for the money. It was supposed to be free and we didn’t feel like we could keep it.

So, we talked about it and decided that all the earnings from Make the Yuletide Gay would be donated to a charity, and we were all in agreement that we wanted it to be The Trevor Project.

Make the Yuletide Gay has been free on Amazon for quite some time now and this month we got the final payments, making it a total of $56.62. We wanted to show you that we donated the money as promised. So, if you paid for our freebie, you can at least take comfort in the fact that your money went to a worthy cause. Thank you ❀️

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Spreading the love

This Friday there won’t be a #SuperShort from me. I’m in a terrible funk with my writing. I wouldn’t say I suffer from writers block…it’s more of an existential crisis. LikeΒ What is the meaning of all this anyway? Who will care in a thousand years? Those kinds of uplifting thoughts.

So instead of publishing something on the blog that I’m not happy with, I’m going to point you in the direction of some of my colleagues and writer friends. They are all amazing and deserve love and appreciation. So, I thought I’d give it to them today.

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If you’re in the mood for a #FlashFic, Addison Albright is your person. Every Friday she writes something amazing, and shares on her blog. A lot of the FlashFics are about characters from her books, either scenes from their lives together after their HEA, or from alternative universes. She also asks for prompt words every Friday and she uses them in the next week’s story. I swear, the more difficult words I give her, the more amazing stuff she writes. Try it. Go read some of her stuff and drop her a word or two. She thrives on it πŸ™‚

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While we’re on the subject of flashfics: a couple weeks back, one of my favorite authors Kris T. Bethke started a serial flashfic on her blog about Asher and Kyle. This week will be part three, but I really think you should start from the beginning and work your way from there. I’ve read the previous two parts, and am as eager for part three as my daughter was for Christmas when she was little πŸ™‚

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Did you know that Amy Tasukada has a Youtube-channel? She talks about her writing (of course), reviews books, and shows off her frilly, pretty dresses. If you’re a fan of cats, you should definitely check out her videos; her cat O’Hara makes an appearance in almost all of them.

This is my favorite of her videos so far. She shared a plot idea for her next Yakuza book with me and a couple of our writer friends and she was so happy and proud of it…and was super surprised when we unanimously told her she absolutely couldn’t do what she planned. Check it out here πŸ™‚

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Have you read anything by Sarah Hadley Brook? She’s not just an awesome writer, she’s also an amazing human being. She always has a kind and encouraging word for other writers and cheers everyone on. I think she’s just as happy for a great review of one of my books as I am. In this climate, the world needs more kindness so thank you, Sarah. So if you want to support a great writer and a kind human being, buy her books, follow her on twitter,Β or check her out on Queeromance Ink. Give her some love back, she deserves it. ❀️

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While we’re on the subject of twitter: go follow Ruby Moone and tweet her that she needs to write more books, faster, because Nell Iris has already read all of her books and now suffers from withdrawals! πŸ™‚

And of course: read her books. Her historical books are awesome and leave me wanting more.

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Finally: go shower some love on my friend Kiska Gray just because she’s awesome. Buy her books because she wants nothing more than to quit her boring job. I don’t know if I want her to quit her job, though, because she works nights…which means she’s awake and chatty during my daytime here on the other side of the planet and I’d miss her terribly if she quit. But maybe it’s selfish of me to think like that? πŸ™‚

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Did I miss someone that you think deserve some love? Let me know, and I’ll shower them in love and affection next time I’m in a writing funk! πŸ™‚ Also, if you have a blog you think I need to follow, let me know. I’m always on the lookout for new fabulous blogs πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend everyone.