Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Cool to Be Nerdy

I thought it was odd when I started seeing young, trendy people wearing glasses that looked like they were their "emergency pair."

If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you know exactly what I mean. It's that pair of glasses you keep around the house in case you have no other way to see. You know--in case it's the end of the world and you stepped on your good pair.

Meanwhile, I've been enjoying the cool "bling glasses" trend that features rectangular frames. Rectangular frames are a must for people with round faces like me.

But nope, "geek chic" is a thing in eyewear. It even has its own category on

How did this happen? We have celebrities to thank. Nerdy glasses have been sported by Kim Kardashian...

Justin Timberlake...

Christine Hendricks...

And just about any other celebrity who hasn't yet shelled out money for Lasik. Could it be that nerds finally are cool?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Should Authors Be Accessible to Their Fans?

Growing up, emailing your favorite author wasn't an option. You could send a letter to a PO box designated for fans, to which you'd receive a form letter and something like this:

Then came the internet. People could check out information about an author on his/her website and email an address listed there. It was usually understood by my generation that an author's email account was probably manned by a publicist, since publicists always handled their mail in the past.

A new generation of fans has emerged, however. It's a generation who sees Kim Kardashian on Twitter and assumes she'll read and respond to their tweets. 

In the early days, you're so excited about every new review or fan email, you don't just respond--you print them all out and hang them on your wall. But there's a shift that happens at some point. For some, it happens FAR faster than most of us--especially if your book is made into a movie or TV show.

Bestselling author Shannon Hale is an example of someone whose career took off. Shannon wrote this book, among many, many others:

Shannon actually wrote this blog after she'd received a couple of angry fan emails telling her if she didn't respond they'd never read any of her books again. Shannon said she would rather put her limited work time into creating new books than responding to every email. In fact, the very reason we never saw another book from Margaret Mitchell was that she spent all her time responding to fan mail because she thought that was the polite thing to do.

I think we'd rather have had more books from Margaret Mitchell than a bunch of fan mail being sold at auction, right?

I remembered once reading a comment from Stephen King stating that his fiction is all he has to give his readers. I didn't get it at the time, but I can see how a really successful author would eventually have to draw the line. We all know Stephen King believes in that...

Do you think authors should become inaccessible at some point? Would you stop reading a book by an author who ignored your emails or requests to meet?

Monday, December 08, 2014

Introducing Claudia Must Die by T.B. Markinson

Today is a big day for our friend T.B. Markinson. She's celebrating the release of her latest book:

T.B. is a busy writer. Earlier this year, she celebrated the release of Confessions from a Coffee Shop with a fun guest blog for us. In Claudia Must Die, a case of mistaken identity puts a woman's life in danger. It sounds fascinating!


Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.

Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.

In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage. 

The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. 

Can she survive? Should she?

Claudia Must Die is available now.

About the Author:

T. B. Markinson is an American writer, living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. T. B. has published A Woman Lost, Marionette, and Confessions From A Coffee Shop.   

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