Monthly Archives: November 2013
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Kiss & Thrill!
It’s also a special week because November 29th is our two year anniversary—we can’t believe it. We’re thankful to all of our readers and the many wonderful authors who have joined us since we put up our banner in 2011.
We hope you’ll join us by celebrating with a virtual cupcake.
Let’s also celebrate this week’s winner: rw1010 (at 2: 26pm) won a copy of Brenda Novak’s historical romantic suspense, Through The Smoke. Congratulations! Contact us within the next ten days to claim your prize.
Here’s to many more years of kisses and thrills.
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
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Gravity is the latest in a string of spectacular films by two of my favorite actors, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The cinematography is incredible and well worth seeing in 3-D. My husband enjoyed it so much, that after seeing it by himself, he dragged me to the movies to see it with him a second time. He knew how much I love everything to do with space travel — enough for the International Space Station to feature prominently in my third book.
So, before you start hurling things at me, why did I hate the film so much?
Well, without trying to reveal the entire plot (SPOILER ALERT)
the film is about a female physician/astronaut (Bullock) who, for some reason I couldn’t figure out, was installing a part on an orbiting telescope. Things go terribly wrong and Bullock and Clooney end up in trouble in space. The problem is that NASA-trained astronaut, Bullock, completely panics. Male astronaut, Clooney, must get her to calm down and help her figure things out. Of course, he is also much stronger, more adept, and unremittingly cheerful.
I am so tired of this kind of thing. I have seen big brave men cower in dental offices and teeny women take on drug pushers on their kid’s playground. Why then must females always be depicted as inept? Why must women panic and be “saved” by the big hunky guy on the screen? If this character is a physician, she would be the one to calm down those around her. Her training would help her to improvise and seek alternatives. She certainly wouldn’t need her non-medical partner to tell her that she is losing oxygen in her suit because she’s breathing too fast!
Yet, NY publishers love this kind of woman in peril plot line, too. So many of my writer friends are being turned down because their suspense novels have women who save the day and/or have too much plot for a romance. Don’t you love that one? If we love romance, we must not like to mix that with complicated plots or our wee little heads might explode!
My observations impressed my husband enough for him to change his views about the film and to encourage me to write this post. So, please tell me — would you like to see complicated plots in romantic suspense novels? If a woman is the alpha hero (notice I didn’t say heroine on purpose) can her love interest still be sexy?
We’ve lost some pretty incredible female astronauts in recent years. I like to think that during the tragedies that cost them their lives, they were every bit as brave, as collected, and as resourceful as their male colleagues.
My hat goes off to everyone who works in and toward the goal of space. To me, you are all heroes.
Now for a real win — the lovely and wonderful Karna Small Bodman has decided to give away, not one as planned, but three copies of her ebook, The Agent! The lucky three winners: Kimberly MacCarron, Carmen Pacheco, and Kerryn Reid, will get a taste of the wonderful writing and clever plots that make Karna one of my favorite authors. Please remember to contact us within ten days with your snail and email information or you may forfeit your prize. For those of you who didn’t win, more information on Karna’s books is available on her website: KarnaSmallBodman.com.
Please join us this Tues, Nov 26th as our own Sarah Andre interviews the amazing and fabulous Brenda Novak. We’re especially glad to have Brenda back because she’s been such a friend to our blog — and with our 2 year anniversary coming up at the end of this month, it’s quite the happy occasion for us to host an author who’s so generously helped us in our beginning days here. I know you won’t want to miss it!
The Kiss-and-Thrill ladies would like to thank author Patricia Rosemoor for being with us this week. Her paranormal romantic thriller, ANIMAL INSTINCTS, is on sale now!
Now . . . drum roll please . . . the commenter who has won a copy of ANIMAL INSTINCTS is . . . MAUREEN! Congratulations!
To redeem your free book – please email your snail mail address to email@example.com (or go to contact page for details). Remember, we must hear from you within 10 days. And you must provide a US or Canadian address to qualify or another winner will be chosen.
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What’s next on the Kiss and Thrill blog?
Tuesday, November 19th, Diana chats with KARNA SMALL BODMAN!
The winner of the first four books in the Black Knights series is: Jolene A The winner of the ten dollar Amazon Gift card is Jeanne Dotterweich Please contact us here with your email and snail mail address to claim your prize.
This week’s featured K and T author is Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies.
Looking to write the great American novel? You’ll need Scrivener and this book!
Here’s what one Amazon reviewer had to say: “This book is a wonderful aid in understanding and navigating the software, and in making good use of its many features. The author is clearly very familiar with the Scrivener program and she writes about it with the confidence and authority of an expert.”
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book to accompany the software, October 26, 2013
By John M. (New York)
You can read the full review here.
Purchase on Amazon here.