|To welcome in July, I give you Kurt Russell as Snake Pliskin in Escape From New York…talk about hot, hot, hot.|
Tomorrow is July 1st, which means a hectic month of conferences. The good news is that I thrive on them. Thrillerfest in New York (July 7-12), ComicCon in San Diego (July 22-28…yes, I’ve been invited, watch out Superheroes!), and RWA in San Francisco (July 28-August 3). Be sure to stop by and say hi when you see me.
Otherwise, here’s the news of the week I’ve heard from you and remember you can send me your news, kudos, happenings and just plain interesting stuff by emailing me here.
From Author Mark Henry: Fangs, Fur and Fey, the largest online community of published urban, young adult and contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance writers, teams up with the Conestoga Sci-fi/Fantasy Convention to present this year’s "Con Within a Con", commencing July 25th at the Tulsa Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (Tulsa, OK). Fans of vamps, ghouls, werewolves, demons, faeries and a legion of other fantasy creatures will be in heaven…or hell, depending.
The Guest of Honor at Conestoga 12 will be the wildly popular Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series. Click here for more information. (OMG, I have been a huge Diana Gabaldon fan forever and am totally in love with Jamie…I want to go, but I’ll be at Comic Con. Maybe DG will stop by.)
From Author Karin Kallmaker: I’m a long-time reader of your blog and your plea for news that’s a bit unusual inspired me to drop you this note. Though often unmentioned –and certainly that annoying MSNBC poll left no room for a gay woman to respond to any of their choices– a lot of lesbians read romance, just like straight women do. This year’s by, for, about lesbian book awards (The Fourth Annual GCLS Literary Awards) are on August 2 in Phoenix.
The titles are nominated for classic and contemporary romance novels and there are also Mystery/Action/Thriller, Erotica and Speculative Fiction categories, all known to be heavy on the romance. For a complete list of nominated titles, click here. (Kudos to all the nominees and Karin, be sure to keep us updated on all the happenings at the awards ceremony.)
From Author Brenda Novak: I was just reading all the good news and realized that I should send you mine. LOL Trust Me hit the NYTimes Bestseller List last week. This is a dream I’ve had since I started writing, so I’m thrilled. I hope it means that readers are loving the first book of my Last Stand series and will be excited for Stop Me, which comes out tomorrow!
Thanks for all you do to promote the romance genre, Barbara. And thanks again for pitching in on my diabetes auction. I still can’t believe we raised $252,300!!!! (Congra
ts Brenda for the making the list for the first time! Having read Trust Me, I’m not surprised.)
Bottom Line: Thanks to Kurt Russell, I don’t hate Snakes anymore (at least those named Kurt).