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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beautiful

Recently a member of the book community said this to a fan:

"you should go eat your last Dairy Queen Blizzard and then hang yourself in the closet".

Just no.  Absolutely no.  He made this comment to a woman because he felt she was overweight.  And, it was his place to say so in the most disgusting way possible.  I won't say his name because he has gotten enough attention at this point.  And, his career is circling the bowl thanks to this comment and the many that followed.

The rest of the community could not stand by and let this happen.  Blogs were written, people offered their services for free to erase this man's presence from any upcoming releases, and Harper Sloan and Felicia Lynn even had an "Ice Cream Social" at their local Dairy Queen.

Out of all of this madness Blizzards Against Bullies was born.  Founded by author C. L. Champlain the group's goal is to get Dairy Queen to take a public stance on the issue of bullying through a petition.  The movement is growing every day with people reaching out to authors with larger followings and celebrities.

We all live in glasses houses - every single one of us.  No one is perfect.  So, to stand back and suggest someone take their own life because they don't fit your idea of beauty is horrific.  Suicide shouldn't be offered as an option.

I was thirteen when my cousin took his own life after battling with manic depression for twenty-three years.  I saw the ripple it sent through my family.  The son of my godparents.  The godson of my mother.  Anyone who has been touched by suicide can tell you what it's like to try to pick up the pieces later.  The pain.  The questions.

To suggest it so cavalierly boggles my mind.  There's enough ugliness in the world.  Let's not add to it.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Five O'Clock World

Not too much to report these days.  I got a "not for my list" rejection the other day that I'm not overly heartbroken about.  I put up my bonnet and it got left behind.  No worries.  We all know what happens to that the owner of the hat in the end.


I've spent my morning tidying up my query list at querytracker.com and as soon as I got notes and edits back from readers I'll be tumbling back into the query trenches.  My goal is to be ready before Pitch Wars.

There's another giveaway cooking but I don't have all of the details yet.  But, once I do I think you'll be pretty pleased with what For the Love of Books and I have in store for you.

The Book Splash Cruise now has a pretty and...uh...splashy website.  I definitely recommend checking it out.  There are only 38 cabins left for the the 2017 sailing on Princess.  The current list of authors, models, and photographers is listed (subject to change) as well as the itinerary.  Don't dawdle.

I have a few other things on simmer that I can't put out there yet but I'm always thinking about what comes next.  Giveaways, projects, or whatever.  Stay tuned!