Jane Austen Drinking a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

I know, I know. Caramel. Crunch. Or maybe it's the Mocha Cookie Crumble that has your number. No doubt Jane Austen would have gone for the crunch rather than, say, Hume's multi-volume History of England, and where would we be now? If Scott wouldn't have made the decision on his own, Zelda would have insisted that last $5 be spent for a Mocha Cookie Crumble rather than A Farewell to Arms. If Beatrix Potter had had to pass by the Tazo Iced Green Tea Latte ......more
I love the cover of The Wednesday Daughters.more

8 Great Tips for Successful Writing Groups, from The Company of Writers by Hilma Wolitzer

I've just added The Company of Writers by Hilma Wolitzer to my favorite writing books list on the writers tips page of my website, in part because of the great advice it offers for successful writing groups....more

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman - But not anymore

To take a slightly different slant on the famous Virginia Woolf quote: For most of history, Anonymous was a woman -- but not anymore....more

20 Author /60 Book Valentine Day Giveaway, and More

 I’m sharing the book love between now and Valentine’s Day by hosting a 20 Authors / 60 Books Valentine’s Day Giveaway...more
Hold the phone -- there's a sequel to Wednesday Sisters? Who knew? I will be reading that one! :-)more

Streetcars and Desire, Tennessee Williams and Writing

What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.” - Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire...more
Thanks for letting us know! Though I now have the urge to run around the house and yell, ...more

Random House Announces Digital-Only Imprints

The Random House Publishing Group (my happy literary home!) just announced three new digital imprints to add to LOVESWEPT, their digital imprint for romance and women's fiction: ALIBI, for mystery/suspense; HYDRA, for sci-fi/fantasy; and FLIRT, for "college-age New Adult" fiction. Their stated goal is to provide "affordable, accessible, and accomplished genre fiction," which they will publish more quickly and nimbly than traditional books....more
@Rita Arens you're welcome!more

Reality Check: A Women's View of the Economy on the Eve of the Election

Because this election is so important for the economy, women's equality, and the future of the arts, if you haven't voted yet, please consider reading one of more of the following on...more

Chaucer (and others) on Friday the 13th

In a search for the source of the bad luck reputation of Friday the 13th, I came across numerous references to a line in Chaucer's Cantebury Tales -- "And on a Friday fell all this mischance" -- as the beginning of its literary reputation, unless one counts the crucifixion in the Bible, which maybe one should. That particular Friday, though, is called "Good Friday," so I don't know....more

Do You Have Enough Followers to Qualify as a Cult? (10 Don't-Miss Sites for Marketing Your Writing Without Breaking the Bank)

How friendly are you, really? Do you have enough followers to qualify as a cult? Are you still blogging, or have you bought into the headlines announcing blogging is dead? Do you tweet? Pin?...more

What kind of Bookworm belongs at the Cannes Film Festival?

Because I'm a book person who loves film (even though I'm generally disappointed in the movie version of any book I have loved), I turned with great excitement to "Cannes film festival set to honor the bookworm" in t...more