Blog Tour: Tremontaine – Guest Post and Giveaway

What have you learned about writing diverse characters in today’s cultural climate?

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Tremontaine is the critically acclaimed prequel to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside novels, which developed a cult following beginning with Swordspoint in 1987. The “Fantasy of Manners” focuses on decadent world building and interpersonal intrigue, and has been noted for its progressive expression of gender and sexuality. Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, Tremontaine season 3 is brought to you by Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Delia Sherman, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Liz Duffy Adams. The first episode is available for free at Serial Box and can be found here.

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Writing diverse characters is about craft.

You take the time and do the work to get it right. That means research, that means practice, that means reading widely, that means consulting experts. It means building diversity into the foundation of your story, from the world to theme to plot. It means finding empathy for people who aren’t you and prioritizing their needs. It means getting out of the way. It means putting down a project or character because it’s not yours, and you can’t do it without harm. It means examining yourself and your position in power structures, your privileges, your prejudices. It means making yourself sit the f*ck down to let somebody else talk. If you want to write a good book, you practice your craft. It’s that simple; it’s that complicated. Continue reading

Guest Post: How to Choose a Floor Lamp for Reading

It’s no longer a secret that lighting can affect your mood. That’s why you should never underestimate the influence a reading floor lamp can have on your bookish experience.

The right reading floor lamp can bring your reading experience to a new level

Unfortunately, not all floor lamps are created equal. Some are meant to provide some ambient to the room but do not work as task light. Some are made with special designs to solely augment the interior decors around them.

Picking the right floor lamp for reading, thus, can be a headache for us bookworms.

In this post, I’m so excited to share with you in this post some simple but effective tips on how to choose the best floor lamp for reading.

While I’m no lighting expert, I’m a bookworm who happens to like snuggling in a cushy reading chair with a soft blanket and lots of pillows and book in hand. And I spent a significant amount of time surfing the net and reading experts’ advice on lighting, just so I could find the right lamp to shine on my book while it enlightens my mind. Continue reading

Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr – Spotlight and Giveaway

Twofer Murder – Book Details:

Book Title: Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 400 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tour dates: Nov 1 to 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (Please be aware that TWOFER MURDER is a murder mystery. There are depictions of murder and some violence–though easy on the gore contents. No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”. Some depictions of brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking among the protagonists.) Continue reading