Day: June 14, 2012

"50 Shades of Louisa May"

This is truly too entertaining not to share:

As listed in Publisher’s Marketplace:

Louisa May Anonymous’s 50 SHADES OF LOUISA MAY, imagining the secret sex life of an iconic 19th-century American novelist and the Transcendentalists (Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville) after whom she lusted, to John Oakes at OR Books, by Dan Conaway at Writers House (NA).

Information shared from this wonderful blog, “It’s All in the Details.”

What on earth did E.L.James do to publishing? It’s like everyone has gone BERserk and lost his/her mind.

Unfortunately, the book might sell many copies. But then again it also might just be a desperate attempt to copy something that worked well without considering the fact that lightening rarely strikes twice…pardon the bad cliche. When you really think about it, it’s kind of hard to imagine the women who are reading FSoG right now talking about Louisa May’s sex life. I’m not sure I see that happening.

GOP Chairman Willie Billings’ Wife Has Fanatical Melt Down with Fred Karger

Fred Karger, a gay man running for president I’ve posted about many times this year, met with Utah Washington County GOP Chairman Willie Billings. Allegedly it was a good meeting without any problems. Then a few hours later Fred Karger allegedly received this letter from Chairman Billings’ wife, Nanette Billings. This brings new meaning to the old phrase “No-no, Nanette.”

From: nanette Billings (email address removed) Subject: running for president

Message Body:

you are an idiot. You met with my husband Willie Billings today about you being on the Utah ballot. He brought your frisby, and tshirt home and it is now out in the trash. I never want to hear from such a radical idiot again. you think you are conseritave? conseritave means you beleive in the values of founding fathers and God. Do you know you cant procreate right? Well thank goodness for that. Nanette Billings

This mail is sent via contact form on Fred Karger for President

Notice how No-no Nanette doesn’t cap letters when sentences begin all the time. That says something about her background and upbringing. Even if she’d fired the e-mail off in a rage…which I’m sure she did…most literate people read e-mails like this twice and check for mistakes.

Karger said this in the Huff Post:

It felt like a knife had been twisted in my stomach. Was it real? Was she serious? Two journalists called Mrs. Billings and what she said about me to them was even nastier. Here is some news coverage:

Then he added links to reputable news agencies to back him up. You can read more here.

I would recommend reading the entire article to get the full impact. This isn’t the first time Karger has been allegedly attacked by people like No-no Nanette Billings. According to Karger, the head of the Iowa Christian Alliance did something similar. And now Karger is trying to meet with the head of the Mormon Church in order to find peace and some common ground.

It’s interesting to me not because of the religious aspects. What really interests me is that an openly gay presidential candidate is doing this right now and I’m one of the few talking about it on a small publishing/author blog that only averages 8,000 hits a week. Something is seriously broken somehwere in the LGBT community and I wish someone would explain it to me. Even if you aren’t for Karger and will never vote for him what he’s doing right now trumps almost anything since we’ve seen the likes of Harvey Milk. I was too young to remember Milk. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss this history in the making.

Readers of M/M Romance and M/M Fiction Check Out This New Blog

Anyone who is a fan of M/M romance or M/M Fiction (I didn’t say gay fiction because it’s just easier and people know M/M better…I think), should check out this new blog I found…”For the Love of Men.”

It’s written by Donovan Starr, an author I’ve read and reviewed, and loved. You can get there from here. I’ve also linked in my blog roll.

I spend a lot of time working online for various things. One of the ways I de-stress is to read blogs. But lately I haven’t found any that keep me interested. I used to love reading publishing blogs and literary agent blogs. But so many are disappearing.

And I’m not seeing anything about the new things that are happening in publishing on agent blogs. What I want to hear more about on agent blogs is how agents are helping authors transition into new things, not just the same old letters from the “Query Wars.” And the kind of snark that was entertaining five years ago is getting tired today.

So I’m going elsewhere to find entertainment and information in the blog sphere. And “For the Love of Men,” is a great blog and very well executed.

Cover Preview: "Something for Saint Jude"

Cover preview for new release sometime this month. “Something for Saint Jude” is a western themed short erotic romance with a very polite cowboy and a very ultra conservative librarian.

Though there’s nothing religious about the story, it was a title I had once planned on using for a mainstream novel. That novel became something else and I kept the title in the back of my mind for a long time. It seemed right for this story.