Is Romance Devolving?—50 Shades vs. No One Puts Baby in a Corner

aliceakemp:

This thoughtful blog by Kristin Lamb is well worth reading, especially since she is critical of 50 Shades. Thank God somebody is.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

Image courtesy of Lisa Weidmeier WANA Commons. Image courtesy of Lisa Weidmeier WANA Commons.

I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to go here, but alas, here we are. Today, 50 Shades of Grey the MOVIE will open for…*record screech* Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like predatory emotional manipulation, sociopathy, abuse and non-consensual sex acts.

Find THAT on a Hallmark card.

And yes, I know there have been other kinky books like this, but 50 Shades sold over 100 million copies and the movie (despite ZERO plot) is expected to gross in excess of $60 million which means I just threw up a little in my mouth this “story” has tipped from fringe to mainstream and that scares me more than a little bit.

No, I didn’t read the book. I don’t need to. Nor do I need to watch gang-rape prison porn to know it probably is unhealthy for the future of women (or even men)…

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What’s Up, Y’all?

Good Morning from sunny New Orleans.  Looks like we’ll have good weather for Mardi Gras. A little cool, but Goddess Willing, no rain.

I keep intending to write blogs more often, and I’ve done several guest blogs lately. I have one coming on Mardi Gras day (February 17 for you heathens) with Terry O’Dell, http://terryodell.com/terrysplace/  A second was yesterday with Becky Neely http://www.rebeccaeneely.com/blog.html. And a third coming on Feb. 25 with Vicki Batman  http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/ Whew. I’ll put out a twitter for the two upcoming ones. But baby, they take a lot of time. The one with Vicky is about my crochet work. That was fun. This is a sample of some shawls I’ve made lately. Watch for the blog postings..2015-01-09 11.45.08

I also have a twitter account. Do you? Wayne, my husband, set mine up with this handle:  @Dr_AAK

What fun. I actually use it.  Recently, I twittered (love the new verbs–googled, emailed, facebooked)  about a four-star review I received for The Taste of Her, from Night Owl Reviews — see the sexy and creepy book cover to the right? Here’s a link to the review: http://bit.ly/1KOeb1y .  I use bitly.com to shorten long links for twitter, especially.

But the reviewer said: “I loved the ending. It was just deserts.” She’s referring to a scene at the end of the book where the bad guy is in Orleans Parish Prison and not having a good time. (-:  The reviewer goes on to say “this (is) an awesome read.”  Check it out in full, and better yet, Buy the Book.

Am almost fully recovered for hip replacement surgery in December. I can tell you. Hips are easier than knees, no kidding. I still have more sessions with the physical therapist, and am off to go this afternoon. Tony works me hard.

Leave a comment if you have a chance. I’m committed to having some traffic here.

Have a great day!

Happy New Year with a Rainbow

Greetings All. We got to spend most of the Christmas holiday at our house on Dauphin Island. It’s a barrier island south of Mobile, Alabama. I love being there in the cool/cold weather because we have a fireplace. But I’ve been known to build a fire without its being cold outside.

The time was relaxing as I am recovering from hip replacement surgery on Dec. 11. I’m doing really well now, and have started out-patient physical therapy. What Fun.

What I wanted to share with y’all is these two pictures of a rainbow that appeared on Dec. 27. In the second shot you can just make out the double one. It was magical.

 

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Planning on being more productive here in the coming weeks. I’m very behind on my latest manuscript – tentative title, The Taste of Faith. Not entirely satisfied with the title, but it’ll do for now.  Am trying to figure out how to add the cover of my last book: The Taste of Her. It’s available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1z41veY  It’s kinda creepy, but a romantic suspense with the promised Happily Ever After.

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Blessings for a wonderful, prosperous, and healthy New Year.

New Pub: The Taste of Her

December 3 marks the launch of my latest publication. It’s out on Amazon for $2.99.

The Taste of Her is a romantic suspense, set in New Orleans. It is the story of Margaret Angelo, a New Orleans homicide detective. Despite the sexism of the NOPD, she works to catch a serial killer, the Slasher, who kidnaps women, assaults them, and gets off on licking their bodies before he kills them.

Although devoted to her job, Margaret longs for a life partner. She reconnects with a high school acquaintance, Jim, whom she hires to paint her house. They begin a relationship, but Margaret is kidnapped by the Slasher and faces certain death. The other detectives manage to rescue her, but the Slasher escapes their trap. He is losing control and hunts Margaret down, determined to finish her. With Jim’s support, can she escape this mad man?

 

 

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Please let me know if you like it.

 

 

The Jury Scandal is out on Amazon

I’m so excited to announce that this romantic suspense is out now on Amazon ($2.99). I hope all of you buy it, read it, and enjoy it. A good review on Amazon would be nice, too.  http://amzn.to/1qptEcT

This is the blurb:

A divorced professor, Marilise, struggles with an unintended pregnancy from a foolish one-night stand. When her high school sweetheart, Tommy, shows up as a student in her class, she’s scared to get involved. He’s a short-tempered homicide detective working on a case where a sportscaster is accused of shooting his ex-wife. Tommy is attracted to the new Marilise.

She attends the sportscaster’s trial to see Tommy testify. In the bathroom on a break, she overhears a thug threaten a woman juror to vote not guilty. She tells the judge and becomes a target and a risk to a local politician’s plans. Tommy and Marilise rekindle their relationship while he attempts to protect her. Can their new relationship survive the threats and will he accept her pregnancy?

 

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I’ve been working on this story since 2007, maybe? It was a finalist in the RWA chapter Daphne Du Maurier Contest for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, sponsored by the Kiss of Death in 2013. The mad dash to get it out this week involved doing the final edits last Sunday afternoon. But we got it done, and the owner/editor, Debby Gilbert, at Soul Mate Publishing did an amazing job.

Please, tell me what you think of the cover and the story.

How to create a character

This posting is for writers. In the process of crafting a blog posting for the Write Way Cafe, posting on November 20, I remembered that my friend, John Foxjohn, created the most thorough and exhaustive list of questions, topics, etc., to define a character. This list is below. John claims that very few of these details actually appear in his stories. http://www.johnfoxjohnhome.com/

It seems to me that writing a story is an exercise in delayed gratification, and the effort involved in answering all of these items, for me, gives rise to dozens of plot ideas and twists . The euphoria from typing “The End” is short lived, and the time until a contracted story appears, either online or in print, is so long as to make the actual event an anti-climax.

My latest story, The Jury Scandal, is due out in five days. Watch for the announcement. I’ve only worked on this one since 2006. Egads.

Here’s the list. Please let me know if you use it and how it worked.

Name:

Age:

How old do they appear:

Weight:

Height:

Type of body/build:

Glasses or contacts

Shape of face:

Predominant feature:

Distinguishing marks

Hair color

Distinguishable hair feature (bald,  receding hairline, etc.):

Type of hair (coarse, fine, thick, etc?)

Is s/he healthy? If not, why not:

Full description:

Physical disabilities:

Character’s favorite color:

Favorite music:

Expressions and this also includes unique mannerisms

Way they speak, words used most often

Mode of transportation:

Daredevil or cautious?

Smokes, what?

When and how much?

Drinks: What?  When and how much?

Hobbies:

Hometown:

Type of childhood:

First memory:

Most important childhood event that still affects him/her: Why?

Education:

Religion:

Finances:

Mother: Relationship with her:

Father: Relationship with him:

Siblings: How many

Relationship with each:

Extended family?

Close? Why or why not?

Does character have child(ren)?

How many children does character have?

Are all children with the same partner? If no, Why? If no, what is the custody
arrangement?

How does character relate to his/her child(ren)?

Which child is character’s favorite? Why?

What is characters most favorite memory of his/her child(ren)?            Why?

What is characters least favorite memory of his/her child(ren)?  Why?
Is relationship with children important to character?

Where does character work?
For how long?

How does s/he feel about co-workers?

Get along with co-workers?

Like his/her job? Why or why not?

Character’s dream job:

Character’s short term goals:

Character’s greatest fear: Why?

What is the worst thing that could happen to him/her?

What single event would most throw character’s life in complete turmoil? Why?

Character is most at ease when:

Most ill at ease when:

Priorities:

Philosophy:

How s/he feels about self:

Past failure s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about: Why?

If granted one wish, what would it be? Why?

Greatest source of strength in character’s personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not):

Greatest source of weakness in character’s personality (whether s/he sees it as
such or not):

Character’s soft spot:

Is this soft spot obvious to others? If not, how does character hide it?

Biggest vulnerability:

Which of the 7 deadly sins does your character fight (or give in to, willingly or not)?
(lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride)

Which of the 7 virtues does your character have (or fight against)?
(chastity, abstinence, liberality, diligence, patience, kindness, humility)

Optimist or pessimist: Why?

Introvert or extrovert:  Why?

Drives and motivations:

Talents:

Extremely skilled at:

Extremely unskilled at:

Good characteristics:

Character flaws:

Mannerisms:

Peculiarities:

Biggest regret:

Minor regrets:

Biggest accomplishment:

Minor accomplishments:

Character’s darkest secret:

Does anyone else know?

If yes, did character tell them?

If no, how did they find out?

One word character would use to describe self:

One paragraph description of how character would describe self:

What does character consider best physical characteristic?

What does character consider worst physical characteristic?

Are these realistic assessments? If not, why not?

How CHARACTER thinks others perceive him/her:

What four things would CHARACTER most like to change about self?  (#1 most
important, #2 second most important, etc.)
1.
2.
3.
4.
Why?

If change #1 was made, would character be as happy as s/he thinks?

If not, why not?

Is character divorced?    Why?

If divorced, how many times?

Has character ever cheated on significant other?

How does character relate to others?

How is s/he perceived by…

Strangers?

Friends?

Wife/husband/lover?

Hero/heroine?

How does character view hero/heroine?

First impression: Why? What happens to change this perception?

What do family/friends like most about character?

What do family/friends like least about character?
What does friends consider character’s best physical characteristic?

What do people who first meet the character think about them?

What emotions to the character instill in others?

Long range goals:

How does character plan to accomplish goals?

How will other people around character be affected?

How character reacts in a crisis:

How character faces problems:

Kinds of problems character usually runs into:

How character reacts to NEW problems:

How character reacts to change:

Favorite clothing

Least favorite clothing:

Jewelry:

Where does character live?

Where does character want to live?

Spending habits (frugal, spendthrift, etc):

What does s/he do too much of?

Too little of?

Most prized possession:

Play musical instrument?

How did s/he learn?

Lesson when she was young

Person character secretly admires:

Person character was most influenced by:

Most important person in character’s life before story starts:

October-My Favorite Month

I love October. Here in south Louisiana, we get many days of low humidity and bright sunshine in October. While we only have a few deciduous trees around here, the few we have are beautiful. Witness this cypress tree.

This beauty is in City Park. I’ve tried to match this warm, orangish brown color for quilts, but I’ve not found anything that’s just right.

Another reason I love October is because September 23 through October 24 is the sign for Libras. Some of my favorite people are Libras. Often when I feel surprisingly connected to someone at first meeting, I discover that they are Libras.

And the last reason why I love October is that it’s my birthday month, too. Next week, the 15th, is my birthday.

What is your favorite month? And Why?

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