Firstly – It’s Question of the Month time from Mike D’Agostini. This month:
“Of all the places in the world that you haven’t yet been to, where would you like to go next?”
That’s a hard one, because I’ve been to lots of places. Some that I might have liked to visit a while ago are now open to tourists, but I don’t need to go. Climate change and tourism don’t mix, unless you choose overland routes that don’t involve air-conditioned vehicles. Trains, maybe. I spotted a 22 day journey from St Petersburg to Beijing by train I could go for (but it’s a flight to or from China) – so maybe a weekend in Madrid by Eurostar, TGV, and AVE. Otherwise, the only two I’d really like are Easter Island and Galapagos, both of which have just too high a carbon footprint for me to consider.
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Jumping Genres in June Givaway Hop
This is one of my favourite giveaway hops from Stuck in Books. It runs 6th to 19th June and features a genre I don’t normally read.
That’s not something I normally read. A little bit of love interest in a mystery or scifi or fantasy, of course, but something that actually qualifies as romance? Not for me. Then something happened that made me look again. Authors I like started writing romance! Although please note I haven’t read any of the prizes… yet.
Bree Wolf, author of Fireflies, the book of the month for the Great Middle Grade Reads Goodreads group, made the conscious decision after examining the stats. In her interview for the group she said:
After my first MG and YA books didn’t sell, I started researching the industry a bit… About 40% of all books sold are romance books while children’s books rank at about 3%. Shocking, isn’t it? … That is the very simple reason why I switched to historical romance.
You all know how much I like Lindsay Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge books. They have a hot hero in Sicarius, and a continuing will-they-won’t-they between him and Amaranthe, but they aren’t romance. Lindsay decided to go in for space romance under a penname, Ruby Lionsdrake – which pleases some people but not others, as you’ll see from her reviews.
Kim Headlee got me hooked on her King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court, but when I looked at her other titles, they looked too ‘romancy’ to me – I could tell by the covers. Just a tad too romantic for me.
You can tell usually romance novels by their covers (although all these prizes are more tasteful). Hot bodies, sculpted pecs, it’s a kind of ‘oh no’ for me. Being old-fashioned, I prefer my men less plastic. Think Viggo Mortensen. Do you know how what a difficult time I had to find a photo for you? This is from zimbio.com. Now pick yourself off the floor and read on.
So my prize for Jumping Genres in June is EITHER:
- Ruby Lionsdrake’s Mandrake Company books 1-4 (Space Romance) gifted from Amazon for Kindle (worth $9.99)
- Kim Headlee’s Dragon’s Dove Chronicles (Historical Romance – Arthurian) gifted from Amazon or Smashwords (worth $9.00)
- Bree Wolf’s Love’s Second Chance books 1-3 (Historical Romance – Regency) gifted from Amazon(worth $7.99)
- or any paperback combination from these authors up to the value of $16.
Not suitable for children!
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway, which closes 11.59 pm New York time 19th June.
Winner picked at random and emailed within 48 hours and must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be void and another winner selected.
This is a blog hop so GO HOPPING!