When I saw the new cover for Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret? in Entertainment Weekly, I couldn’t help but compare to the version I had when I read the book. Would any kid pick up that cover today? Probably not.
I went to an event at the bookstore BookCourt in Brooklyn last weekend. Something about the way the books were organized on the shelves sent me into a buying frenzy. So now I have two rotations of TBR lists: I have my romance books — and this weekend I am lucky enough to be reading an ARC of The Descent by Alma Katsu (Jan. 7 pub) and the upcoming Wanted by Julie Kenner (Dec. 16 pub)– the first in her new trilogy. But I’m also halfway through reading The Circle by Dave Eggers (love it, though very disturbing. I read a review that said it’s the 1984 of today and absolutely is!) and also have Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on deck. Also, in anticipation of the upcoming Flowers in the Attic movie on Lifetime (can NOT wait!), I want to re-read the novel. So if I don’t make it out of the apartment for a few days (week?), you know why.
Melissa Bartolone of Literary Vixens reviews NOW OR NEVER:
Claire is a devoted single mother who consistently put her son’s needs ahead of her own; but when her son Max packs up and heads off to college she realizes she has a lot of catching up to do. Unfortunately, just when Claire is ready to start living and loving again, she is hit with a devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. While Claire believes she’s handling her situation well, her best friend Patti disagrees and urges her to join a survivor support group. Things get interesting when she unwittingly sits in on an erotic reading group where she meets the devilishly good looking Justin who takes her under his sexy wing. Together they create a “sexual bucket list” to get her out of her slump and help her make up for lost time. Can these two collaborators of sexual fantasy stay “just friends?”
Thanks to Wendy Crutcher, aka Super Librarian, for reviewing Now or Never. Wendy is not called “Super Librarian” for nothing — she won RWA’s Librarian of the year 2011. And she is a tough critic! When I saw her review for Now or Never was live, I half covered my eyes when I clicked on the link. …
Super Librarian’s Review of Now or Never (A Last Chance Romance)
“When Miley Cyrus told Matt Lauer on theToday show that people over age 40 don’t have sex, I couldn’t blame her. As an erotic romance novelist, I haven’t exactly done my part to advance the message that women can (and do) have great sex in their 40s. Until now, all of my romances featured the erotic adventures of women in their 20s. Sure, I’d considered writing a more mature heroine. But I kept putting it off to delve into the angst of our post-college lives. How could later adulthood compete with that drama?
Today I talk to SheKnows about living our romantic lives to the fullest, my new ebook NOW OR NEVER, and the idea that love might not be easy, but it’s never too late.
“In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I sat down with author Logan Belle to find out what inspired her to write this story and if women everywhere should crack open a notebook and start jotting down their SBL (sexual bucket list) today.”
SheKnows: After writing half a dozen novels about young women finding love in their 20s, your new novel Now or Never, available today, centers around a woman in her 40s. Why the change in direction?
I’m already counting the days until this year’s Romantic Times convention May 12 – 18 in New Orleans. It is a party not to be missed! And while it’s a raucous good time, there is still lots of work going on as we share what we know (and don’t know) about writing and publishing. I’ll be moderator and panel on the craft of writing e-serials, along with the incredible best-selling authors Opal Carew, Megan Hart, and Beth Kery. Details here. Hope to see you there!
I am so honored to be invited to participate in Westchester’s acclaimed literary salon Spoken Interludes. I’ll be reading and signing The Gin Lovers on October 23, along with authors Michael Korda and Jayne Ann Phillips.
Details here. I’ve been to this salon several times to see my favorite authors, and it’s an incredible evening if you can make it!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Brooklyn Book Festival yesterday! It was a beautiful day of books, friends, and … gin. My booth mate Kevin Fitzpatrick of The Dorothy Parker Society raffled off a bottle of Williamsburg’s own Dorothy Parker Gin. And the highlight of my day — and anyone else who saw her — was burlesque star Kita St. Cyr in her gorgeous sequins and feathers.
On Sunday, September 22, I’ll be signing The Gin Lovers at the Brooklyn Book Festival, booth # 158. It will be an afternoon of books, raffles, giveaways, and 1920s decadence with my booth partner, Kevin C. Fitzpatrick of the Dorothy Parker Society, author of Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide. Hope to see you there! In the meantime, to get you in the 1920s mood, here’s my conversation with Melissa Bartolone of Literary Vixens about The Gin lovers.