Soup Dish: on my mind this week
✽As expected, I spent the week enviously stalking the #RT15 hashtag. Along with the all of the fun pics of romance lovers boozing it up, reuniting with friends, goofing with cover models and posing against sexy wall cling pics, I saw this tweet and I can't stop thinking about it:
Pam Jaffee (spelled wrong in the tweet) heads up the amazing publicity team that runs the Avon Addicts, the program I've been privileged to participate in for three years now. I've met her at the two RT cons I've attended and I doubt there is a savvier person in the entire "Big 5" romance publishing world.
That's a scary thought. Change someone's career? Note that she doesn't specify whether the change would be for better or worse. I tried cross-posting my reviews for awhile, but many of Amazon's policies about reviews (like stripping out the link to my blog) annoyed me. Perhaps I'm being too selfish though. I'm giving some serious thought to this. Those of you that blog reviews more religiously than I -- do you cross-post? what do you think?
✽I am planning to go to Casey's Reading Until Dawn conference in October, but I need to get going on all the things I agreed to do! I can't believe we're in the second half of May already. WHAT.
✽Oh, oh! guess what I found out about? the Historical Romance Retreat conference for 2016. This one is drive-able for me, the list of attending authors is STUNNING, and I adore Delilah Marvelle, so this is on my DO WANT list also!
✽And while we're talking about conferences, next year's RT will be in Vegas, which seems to be a bit of a polarizer, and RT17 is rumored to be in Atlanta. I might break my every-other-year rule, because Atlanta seems cool. Well, not literally, it's not called Hotlanta for nothin'. But you know what I mean. I might be in the market for a roommate in Vegas, so if you're going too, maybe hit me up in August or September.
What I'm reading
✽Currently finishing up Engraved, by Karina Cooper. It's the second to last in this steampunk/alt history/urban fantasy series, and so so interesting. I love the world and the main character. I'll be honest though, I'm finding this book a little slow-going. It might be because I'm coming down with a delightful spring headcold, but it's also a function of the diction, which, in a bit of a nod to nineteenth-century penny-dreadful, is sort of deliberately lurid and ornate. I like it, but (because?) it slows me down.
✽Can you believe that it has taken me this long to give J.D. Robb a try? I picked up the first book, probably as an Amazon freebie, and I can totally see how addictive it will be. I'm slightly put off by the gruesomeness of the murder though, which is kind of why I don't read murder mysteries in the first place. With 30-some books, I need to watch my budget so I need to work out some kinks in my e-library account at the moment before I go glomming on this one.
✽I guess it's been a bit of a slow week in books because I can't think what else I've got. A few things I'm looking forward to in the next months:
- Beyond Innocence, by Kit Rocha. God, I love this series.
- Shards of Hope, by Nalini Singh. Soooooooooon, my pretty. Sooooooon.
- Taking the Heat, by Victoria Dahl. Buzz on this one is seriously hot. Why on earth isn't there a buy link yet??
- The Legend of Lyon Redmond, by Julie Ann Long. I guess this is fairly predictable of me.
- The Bourbon Kings, by JR Ward. Also predictable.
Outlander Watch... Och. I canna wait for Jamie and Claire onscreen.
So I missed an episode due to some traveling, and haven't caught up yet, and I'm kind of afraid to watch the finale. What's wrong me me??!