The 2016 RITA Finalist Reading Challenge


The 2016 RITA Finalist Reading Challenge

The RITA is a contest put on by the Romance Writers of America that is basically the Oscars of the Romantic Fiction world. If you write romance this is the award you want listed in your bio.

 “The RITA is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction. It recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. Up to 2,000 romance novels are entered in the RITA competition each year. After the first round of judging by published romance authors, entries that meet the qualifications to become a finalist then advance to the final round. The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony held at the annual RWA Conference.

This years conference will be held in San Diego, California with the award ceremony happening on July 16 between 8-10pm PT.

For further information on the finalist (who their publishers and editors were) and a list of previous winners check out 2016 RITA Finalist Announcements page.

Each year I try to read at least one book from each category to see what the judges and romance industry as a whole might be looking for. This year I decided to turn it into a game.

Warning: The 2016 RITA Finalist Reading Challenge is not for the faint of heart.

Here are the rules:

  1. You must read each and every book listed in every section. That is a total of 85 books! You can buy the book, borrow it through kindle unlimited (if that is an option) or borrow it through the library and yes, Audiobook versions count as reading the book.
  2. If you’ve already read a book you do not need to reread it. Just skip to #3.
  3. You must share on at least 1 social media outlet what book you are reading and when you are reading it. Use #RITAGH and #curvyreader in the text so that I can follow along with you.
  4. After reading each book you must either leave a starred or written review on Amazon or GoodReads for said book, write a review blog post or do a review video on Youtube.
  5. Once you have read every book in each category publicly state who you think or hope will win the RITA for each category (don’t forget to include #RITAGH and #curvyreader in your text) either on a social media account, a blog post or a Youtube video. The categories are: Best First Book, Contemporary Romance: Long, Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length, Contemporary Romance: Short, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance: Long, Historical Romance: Short, Inspirational Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romance Novella, Romantic Suspense, & Young Adult.
  6. You must have your guesses shared by the start of the award ceremony on July 16 @ 8pm PT. That means, as of today, you have 100 days to read 85 books. So, in order to succeed you need to average about 9 books every 10 days. Definitely doable don’t you think??
  7. After we find out who won, post on a social media account how many of your guesses you got right. (Don’t forget to use #RITAGH and #curvyreader)

You might be wondering, “Why on earth would anyone want to do this?”, and while I can’t speak for anyone else I can list the reasons why I think this is a good idea.

  • I am a writer in the romance field and I feel it’s important to know what kind of stories and what style of writing the judges and romance industry as a whole is currently looking for. I feel the RITA finalists are a good representation of that.
  • It’s exciting to know who is a finalist and guess who might win but unless you’ve already read every book listed you can’t give a fair guess. Therefore the need to read each one arises.
  • By buying or borrowing the books, publicly sharing what you are reading, and leaving a review you are doing the best thing you could ever do for any author. Even if you didn’t care too much for the book, as long as your review is respectful it helps. If you are a fellow writer you know how important this is to the author. If you are a reader just know that the more romance books that get talked about, the more publishers look to produce them, the more writers get a chance to have their story published. It’s a win win for everyone.
  • As voracious readers we tend to get into reading ruts where we only read from certain genres or certain themes. This challenge is a good way to read a few books in genres you wouldn’t normally pick up and potentially find a new favorite author in the process.

I know 85 books in 100 days is a bit stressful. Not to mention the potential cost of such a challenge. If you would like to join the challenge but don’t think you’ll finish in time and/or can’t afford to purchase so many books, don’t worry. You can still participate. For any book you didn’t get to or couldn’t purchase or borrow just read the blurbs and any chapter previews (if there are any) and base your guesses off of that. Then continue with rules 3, 5, 6 & 7.

If you are one of the authors listed below, come join the fun! You know you are dying to scope out your competition. The only rule for you guys is that you can’t list your guesses because that would be weird. However, sharing what books you’ve read from the list below with your fellow authors  and readers would be a great show of camaraderie and support.  You could also share this challenge with your readers to see if they would like to participate.

Leave a comment below to let me know you are up to the challenge!

The 2016 RITA Finalists

Best First Book

Contemporary Romance: Long

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

Contemporary Romance: Short

Erotic Romance

Historical Romance: Long

Historical Romance: Short

Inspirational Romance

Paranormal Romance

Romance Novella

Romantic Suspense

Young Adult Romance

Let the reading begin!

Stay Tuned

Friday 9am “How To Handle Your Families Concern Over Your Weight”

Monday 9am “Tax Deductions for Writers and Bloggers”Let's Chat Graphic

  • What do you think of the books and authors that made the list?
  • Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, what did you think of it?
  • Are you brave enough to join the 2016 RITA Finalist Reading Challenge? If so, let me know in the comments below!
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The 2016 Golden Heart Finalists


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Ever since I heard about Romance Writers of America I knew it was where I needed to be if I wanted to be serious about my writing career and so I joined as soon as I could.

When I learned about the Golden Heart contest I felt that if I won a Golden Heart award it would mean that I had a really good story and would be a successful author in my genre and so of course I’ve chickened out each and every year. 

I known. I’m insane. This year I got close to entering but at the last minute I psyched myself out and convinced myself it wasn’t ready. 

I fear I’m one of those writers who may never think their completed manuscript is polished enough to be seen, judged or read by anyone else. 

However, this article isn’t about me and my crippling anxiety. This article is about the ones who overcame their insecurities, took the plunge and entered their work in the biggest romance contest out there. 

Before we go any further I just want to say,

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations on taking that leap of faith and putting your work out there to be judged. I hope to one day follow in your footsteps.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, lets talk a bit about what the Golden Heart award actually is.

The Golden Heart Award is a contest to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding manuscripts written by members who have not published a novel or novella.

Approximately 1,200 romance manuscripts are entered in the Golden Heart each year by RWA members who have not accepted a publishing offer for or self-published a work of original fictional narrative prose of 20,000 or more by the contest entry deadline.

A writer may enter a romance manuscript in one of eight contest categories. In the preliminary round, the manuscripts are read and judged by General RWA members. Entries meeting the qualifications to final will proceed to the final round of judging.

The final round of the contest is judged by acquiring editors from romance publishing houses. Many Golden Heart finalists sell their manuscripts to publishers as a result of the exposure from the contest.

Romance Writers of America reveals the Golden Heart winners at the Awards Ceremony at the RWA Annual Conference. Golden Heart winners receive a gold, heart-shaped necklace in recognition of their achievements.

The Golden Heart winners for 2016 will be announced on July 16 8-10pm at the annual RWA conference in San Diego, California. For further information and to view past winners and to watch the 2015 awards ceremony check out RWA’s Gold Heart Award page.

Keep in mind that you will not be able to read the stories listed below due to the fact that they haven’t been published yet. However, you can check out the up and coming authors and show them some love.

To keep up to date on any information look for and use #RITAGH or #RWA16 .

2016 Golden Heart Finalists


Contemporary Romance

“An Education” by Brooke Salisbury

“Façade” by Susan Bickford

“Off the Rails” by Monique Headley

“Shelter Me” by Gabrielle Luthy

“Smiling Underwater” by Sydney Carroll

“The Sniper’s Second Shot” by Tracy Brody

“Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scot” by Melonie Johnson

“Soul Song” by Rayn Ellis

“Surrender to the Movie Star” by Melanie McCarthy

“Volunteering Her Heart” by Erin O’Brien

“Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher” by Seana Kelly

 


Historical Romance

“Besotted with the Viscount” by Susanna Malcolm

“A Curious Correspondence” by Amelia Ridley

“The Earl and the Pussycat” by Elizabeth King

“The Impetuous Miss Milton” by Renee Ann Miller

“My Lord Mercenary” by Tracey Amey

“Saving Columbine Ranch” by Karen Miller

“Taming the Earl” by Elizabeth King

“An Unbridled Gentleman” by Eileen Emerson

“Undone” by Elizabeth Rue

“Wild Women and the Blues” by Denny S. Bryce

 


Inspirational Romance

“For the Love of Termites” by Kimberly MacCarron

“One More Breath” by Pamela Kopfler

“Scottish Warrior” by Laura Stolmeier

 


Paranormal Romance

“Better Dead” by Pamela Kopfler

“Constant Craving” by Kari W. Cole

“Don’t Call Me Cupcake” by Tara Sheets

“Kissed at Midnight” by Ainsley Wynter

“The Mer Chronicles: A Duty Too Far” by Kate Ramirez

“Taxing Courtship” by Jaycee Jarvis

“WØLFF: Rise of the Valdyr” by Alison Pritchard writing as Alyson McLayne

 


Romantic Suspense

“Escape from the Harem” by Diana Belchase

“Four Tragedies” by Layla Reyne

“In the Wrong Sights” by Tracy Brody

“Love in Hiding” by Diane Holiday

“Ruby Red” by Melanie Novak

“The Truth Is in the Tango” by Arianna James

 


Short Contemporary Romance

“Back in the Saddle” by Susan Breeden

“Breaking Her Rules” by Sarah Hall

“In the Fast Lane” by Evie Anderson

“Rescuing Riley” by Carrie Nichols

 


Young Adult Romance

“The Accidental Boyfriend” by Lori Freeland

“The Beekeeper” by Meg Kassel

“Between Never & Always” by TL Sumner

“The Expedition” by Mary Sullivan

“Field Guide to a Girl” by Nicole Hohmann

“The Other Cheek” by McCall Hoyle

“Senior Tag: The Underwear Games” by Sheri Adkins

 

Sadly, I couldn’t find contact information on all the writers. If you know of any contact information that is missing or incorrect please let me know.

Stay Tuned

Wednesday @ 9am “The 2016 RITA Finalists”

Friday @ 9am “How To Handle Your Families Concern Over Your Weight”

  • Are you a romance writer? If so have you joined RWA and have you thought about entering the Golden Heart Competition?Let's Chat Graphic
  • What are you feelings toward writing competitions? A waste of time or an invaluable outlet?
  • Do you have a manuscript that you’ve been working on but can’t get up the courage to submit it to a contest or publisher? If so, why do you think you haven’t taken the leap yet?
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Plus Size Actors & The Characters They Portray


Plus Size Actors & The Characters They Portray

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a movie, watched a TV show or read a book that had a “fat” character in it who was used solely for comic relief.

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Now, raise your hand if you’ve seen a movie or watched a TV show where a plus size actor played a character and their weight and size wasn’t mentioned once. A character who was not used as comic relief, as a disgusting prop, or as a villain. Or how about a book where the only time it was mentioned that they were plus sized was during the description and then it was never mentioned again. No fat jokes, no self degradation, no scenes where they are having to defend their right to be respected.

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Yeah, I couldn’t think of one example either.

Out of all the hundreds of thousands of movies, TV shows and books I’ve consumed in my lifetime I’ve never once come across a plus size character who was just a normal character. No fat jokes, no disgust, no mention of weight or size what so ever.

At this point in my life when I see a plus sized character I automatically assume that they will be the “comic relief” or will constantly have to defend the fact that they are worthy of respect and I’m tired of it.

Not to mention they are usually the goofy best friend, the outcast, the villain, or literally labeled “fat guy”. It’s rare to see plus sized people in leading roles and even more rare for those roles to be deep, provocative and “weight free”.

I’m tired of fat characters being the butt of everyone’s joke.

I’m tired of seeing them portrayed as the villain, the slob, the person to be hated or pitied.

I’m tired of seeing fat characters berate themselves, to act as though they are not worthy of respect.

And please, Dear God, someone tell me why the idea of seeing a fat person naked is gross?! Like plus size body parts are downright fowl.

Come on people.

Grow up.

You, personally, might not be attracted to fat bodies but that doesn’t make them gross, disgusting or fowl. It doesn’t make them worthy of your hatred and disrespect.

I want to watch a movie or TV show or read a book where fat people are shown as confident, worthy, sexy and respected without having to address the stigma that goes with the size.

Stop the cliches, stop the worn out stereotypical characters.

Give me 3 dimensional characters with depth for all body sizes.

I know what some of your are thinking, “Fat people are treated this way in real life so why shouldn’t Hollywood portray that?”

It’s one thing to portray real life, it’s another to perpetuate a hatred that should have no place in our society.

Why do we feel the need to make fun of people who look different than us?

Why, as a society, do we feel we have the right to judge someone based on their size, weight, color of their skin or way of dressing?

Why are we all so fixated on fat? Being fat, getting rid of fat, making fun of fat, etc…

How can we help Hollywood and society as a whole see that we are ready to grow up?

We are a visual society that follows the trendy way of thinking. Shallow but it’s the truth. If we want to change the way we treat plus size people we need to see it acted out for us. A change needs to happen and for that change to be accepted into mainstream thinking it must first be portrayed in books, movies, TV and social media. This isn’t going to happen unless publishing houses and production companies see a demand for it. So that’s what we must do.

Demand the end of fat characters and the rise of  deep 3 dimensional characters who are free of worn out stereotypes! 

Write to production companies, publishing houses, editors, directors and actors. Tell them what you are looking for.

Start a twitter campaign and tag plus size actors. Let them know you are ready to see them in better roles. Believe me, they are ready too.

Support the people who are trying to make this change happen by seeing their movies and TV shows or reading their books that portray plus size characters as characters and nothing more.

Be the change you wish to see in this world… How? By not laughing or partaking in the fat jokes, by not judging others based on their body type or appearance.

You might be thinking, “But it’s good to make fun of yourself every once in awhile so that you don’t take things too seriously.” Why? By being the first one to make fun of yourself you are just perpetuating the belief that it’s OK to do this.

Example: “It’s OK to make fun of fat people because they make fun of themselves. Even they realize how funny and disgusting they look.”

I know, this is an impossible thing I’m asking. But remember, every change seems impossible until its done and believe me, this change will happen. It’s already happening on social media. Don’t let this momentum die.

Fan this movement into a roaring fire that will burn down the need to fat shame. 

#FatIsntFunny

Stay Tuned

Monday9am “The 2016 Rita Finalists”

Wednesday @ 9am “Past RITA Winners Worth Your Money”

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  • What are your thoughts and opinions on the subject?
  • Would you like to see a post listing positive plus size characters in movies, tv shows and books?
  • Do you know of any positive plus size characters that you’d like to mention?
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20 Romance Heroes Disguised as Villains


20 Romance Heroes Disguised As Villains

Everyone loves a hero but what about those heroes disguised as villains?

Have you ever read a romance novel where the hero of the story was clearly a villain?

I have and I admit, that type of “hero” is my favorite.

Give me a man who is imperfect, real, rough around the edges but soft in the center of his soul and I’m a fan for life.

I don’t know what it is about a romance story that uses a villain as the hero but It just sinks deep into my soul.

For some reason dark characters have more depth and depth is what I crave.

If you are fan of dark characters, heroes disguised as villains or just looking for a different kind of romance story check out the following:

***Warning: Some of these books are very graphic. There could be rough sex, uncomfortable situations and topics that make you cringe. Read with caution*** 

  1. Angelfall by Susan Ee (YA)
  2. Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling
  3. Crimson Kiss by Trisha Baker
  4. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (YA)
  5. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
  6. Darkyn’s Mate by Lizzy Ford (Book #3 of the Rhyn Eternal Series)
  7. Death Angel: A Novel by Linda Howard
  8. Deviant by Jaimie Roberts
  9. Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost 
  10. If You Deceive by Kresley Cole (Book #3 from the MacCarrick Brothers Series)
  11. Lothaire by Kresley Cole (From the Immortals After Dark Series)
  12. Outlaw by Nicole James
  13. Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
  14. Reapers Property by Joanna Wylde
  15. The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
  16. The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (Book #3 of the Wallflowers Series)
  17. The Goblin King by Heather Killough-Walden
  18. The Taker by Alma Katsu
  19. The Tale of the Vampire Bride by Rhiannon Frater
  20. Touch of Power (Healer) by Maria V. Snyder (YA)

My absolute favorite dark “hero” is Jericho Barrons aka Barrons from the Fever series written by Karen Marie Moning.

Jericho is a mystery wrapped up in a chiseled “take shit from no one” body, that oozes darkness and desire. He’s masculine, sexual,  dark, secretive and intense.

Barrons is not a hero by any stretch of the imagination, he’s not even human. He is selfish, rude and takes what he wants when he wants it without regard to anyone else. Or so he would like you to think.

Deep down he is a very complex man, who values loyalty and “family” above all else and will go to the ends of the earth and beyond to be there for those he cares about.

Plain and simple… he melts my heart and haunts my dreams.

I once found myself rereading all the books in the series just so i could highlight every page where he talked or thought something. Why? Because I was just that obsessed.

It’s been said that KMM’s inspiration for Barrons was the character Ian Nottingham in Witchblade played by Eric Etebari and I couldn’t be happier.

Jericho Barrons inspirationThis is the man I see when I read the fever series.

This is the dark hero who has stolen my heart.

Stay Tuned

Friday 9am “Plus Size Actresses and the Characters They Play”

Monday 9am “Writing Books, Tools and Tips I Couldn’t Write Without”

  • Do you have a dark hero that haunts your dreams? If so, who is it?Let's Chat Graphic
  • What do you think about heroes who are more like villains?
  • Would you read a series where the hero was actually the villain and not just a dark hero? 
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Essential Books, Tools and Apps for a Successful Writing Career


Essential Books Tools & Apps for a Successful Writing Career

First and foremost, the most important tool in my writing arsenal is Pinterest.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Pinterest is where I have a stash of writing articles I click on when I’m not sure I’m doing something correctly, a place where i find inspiration for when I’m just starting out and worksheets that help guide me along the way. I also have a very prized collection of facts, diagrams and infographics on things I know nothing about but I know I will need it somewhere, someday for some book I might write.

I feel it’s important to mention that Pinterest is also where most of my valuable time gets sucked up.

Example: “Oh man, I’m not sure this fight scene is right. Let me just pop onto Pinterest and find that one infographic I saved that showed what a real fight scene would look like. Oh and while I’m here I should look up inspiration for my characters fighting in this scene and maybe even try to find a visual representation of the setting.” 100 pins later…. “Shit! How the heck have I been on here for an hour?!”

Pinterest is a fickle muse.

When it comes to resource books for writers I have two that I refer back to time and time again.

 The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master 

by Martha Alderson

I have read and re-read this book, tabbed anything that sounded the least bit important, written notes on what I tabbed, and even created diagrams for me to use during the writing process. A bit excessive you say? Maybe but it has helped me immensely! So much so that I even purchased The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercise to Help You Create Compelling Stories. I highly recommend this book if you feel you need help creating stronger plots.

Story Structure Architect: A Writer’s Guide to Building Dramatic Situations and Compelling Characters 

by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

I picked this book out on a whim really. I took it with me on the plane headed to Denver and by the time we had landed I had splattered pictures of it on all my social media. I was in love by page 100. Not because it’s a witty easy read, in fact it’s the exact opposite. But because I realized what an amazingly in depth book I now had in my possession. This book has everything you ever need to know about building compelling stories, writing journeys and conflicts, devising subplots and dramatic situations and developing supporting characters that are vital to your story. The great part is it’s invaluable to whatever you write in whatever genre. By the time I was done with this book i had 59 tabs sticking out of the pages! Even if you think you’ve got this writing thing down I urge you to read this book to get a better understanding of story telling in general. In order to have a strong structure that can withstand the test of time you need to first build a strong base for it to rest upon.

When it comes to tools there is nothing as important as my Office 365  Word and OneNote program. I write all of my stories including all the revision through Word and I put all of my notes whether from articles online, books I read, or just from my mind through OneNote. In conjuction with my  Microsoft Surface I can access, edit, and share any of those document from wherever I am.

My outlining board is the ultimate creative tool for me. I am a very visual person and my board allows me to see my story laid out in one place. I don’t need to remember to pull up a specific file, I don’t need to memorize what type of scenes are in what chapter. All I have to do is look up and there it is in all of it’s glory. If you want to read about how I created my outlining board check out: How To Outline Your Novel With A Bulletin Board and Part 2: How to Outline Your Novel With a Bulletin Board.photo 2

If I’m dealing with writer’s block and need inspiration to start writing but I don’t want to risk wasting time on Pinterest I pull out my phone and open up Plot Generator, pick a genre, then read through the prompts it chose for situation, complication, theme and detail. That’s usually enough to kick my creativity into gear.

I try each day to slip in some random writing exercise to strengthen my writing muscles, spark creativity and to just keep writing. An app I use for fast fun writing prompts on the go is: Writing Exercises and Prompts.

Ok, this last tool might seem a bit weird. I use a time tracker app called, Timesheet – Time Tracker . Why you might ask? Well, I have this weird desire to know just how long a book has taken me to write from conception, research, writing the first draft, through editing and revisions all the way to publication. As of right now I have tracked 1,472 hours with Destiny Be Damned. That’s over two months of pure writing spread out through 2 1/2 years. Not the best progress for someone who wants to make this a career but I am learning everything as I go along.

Finally, the last tool that has become as integral to my writing as my keyboard, is ambient sound. Did I catch you off guard there??

I live in a house that is occupied by 6 human beings. Two are my children and 4 are adults (myself, my husband, my mom and a nephew). Three of us work from home so you can imagine why I would need noise canceling headphones that pump out ambient sounds at max volume. Sometimes I use musical scores from movies but lately ambient sounds are what I need to focus and concentrate clearly on what I’m writing or reading. I use YouTube to find a variety of ambient sounds and I’ve gathered my favorite ones on a playlist titled: Ambient Sounds for Writing.

Stay Tuned

Wednesday 9am “20 Romance Heroes Disguised as Villains”

Friday9am “Plus Size Actresses & The Characters They Portray”

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  • What writing tools could you not live without?
  • Do you have any writing books, tool or apps you would like to share?
  • Have you tried ambient sounds as a tool to help concentrate? If so, what are you thoughts on it?
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Authors Worthy of Admiration


Authors Worthy of Admiration

Every writer has an author that:

  • Never fails to inspire.
  • Awakens the writing muse within us.
  • Whom we look up to, hoping to emulate their success.

 

For me, I have three such authors.

The Author Who Awoke The Writing Muse Within Me

Karen Marie Moning

It was midway through reading her Fever series that I realized I had a story I wanted to tell. I couldn’t get enough of Mac and Barrons. I wanted more and yet I wanted something different. Mac is the quintessential romance heroine: blond, skinny and irresistible and while I enjoy her character I was tired of reading about irresistible skinny women. I knew there were women out there who were plus size that would read this and many other books and wish this could be them. I wanted them to know that it could be. You can be fat and still found irresistible but you hardly ever see this portrayed in movies or books. If you do read a romance with a plus size heroine you spend the whole book listening to her put herself down, not believe she is worth the attention of the hero and fear he is just looking for the experience of boinking a plus sized girl. Slowly, I started thinking about what kind of heroine I would create, how she would portray herself, how she would interact with the hero. Then a freak floor surfing accident left me bed ridden for a month (yes, you read that correctly) and as I was scrolling through Pinterest I stumbled across a character worksheet. Intrigued with nothing better to do I filled it out. One thing led to another and Destiny Be Damned was born. While I don’t write in the same genre or style as KMM her ability to foreshadow and weave plots together never ceases to amaze me. Not to mention her books are just “feckin” awesome!

The Author Who Inspires Me

Laurel K. Hamilton

Back in 2009 I was going through a major vampire kick and when I say major I mean every single book I read was about a vampire or centered around someone dealing with a vampire. I was coming off an almost 8yr reading dry spell due to my kids being little and taking up any free time I had so when I realized they were starting to need me a little less I googled popular series to check out and the Anita Blake series popped up. Since my local library had almost all the books in series thus far I jumped at the chance. I am a sucker for a very long series. I never want the story to end. Anyway, I cracked my first book open and was blown away.  The amount of detail, the explicit and inventive sex scenes, the suspense… AH! Just thinking about it has my heart racing. I’ve read stories from a lot of great authors in my lifetime but none have ever transported me like LKH can.  I open her books and it’s like an addiction. I feel compelled to read them in one sitting and they are not small books. No other writer can simultaneously enthrall, entice and irritate me like she can. I don’t recommend her as freely as I do KMM because her stories are not for the faint of heart. They are raw and intense with splashes of humor sprinkled in so you don’t die of a heart attack! She inspires me to reach past my comfort zone, to dive deeper into the darkness, to write in so much detail that you are transported out of reality without even realizing it. Not to mention her very detailed and imaginative sex scenes…

The Author Whose Success I Wish To Emulate

Nora Roberts

Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’re a romance writer in America you are going to look up to Nora Roberts. The sheer number of books alone is enough to inspire awe. Just in case you were wondering it is well over 200. Her first book was published in 1981 (Irish Thoroughbred) which would mean she’s been churning out books for at least 35 yrs. I’m no math wiz but I’m pretty sure that means she has had times where she’s published more then 2 books a year. Here I am still trying to get my first book ready since 2013. Nora isn’t the only author to achieve that level of production. However, she hasn’t just churned out books, she’s successfully entrenched herself in the romance genre around the world, her books are always on the New York Times best seller list and usually resides in the #1 spot for weeks at a time. Not to mention she has amassed hordes of loyal readers spanning generations not only under her original pen name but other pseudonyms as well ( J.D. Robb, Jill March & Sarah Hardesty). Her online advertising and the way her name is marketed are always on point. Even though she’s been highly successful for many years you wont find her hold up in some out of the way place just enjoying her success. She has been and still is very much in touch with writers and readers alike. You can find her attending events throughout the year. Matter of fact she has 5 events listed for this year, check them out. Did I also mention she is a fellow RWA member who hails from the same state and county as I do? While I doubt I will ever reach the number of books she has published I do hope to gain loyal readers like hers who will pass their love of my books onto the next generation. I also hope to be as connected and available to my readers as she is.

Who Inspires You?

Stay Tuned

Wednesday9am “Romance Heroes To Die For”

Friday 9am “Plus Size Actresses & The Characters They Play”

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  • Who inspires you? What author inspired you to write a certain way or even at all?
  • Have you read the Fever series from Karen Marie Moning? What did you think of it?
  • Have you read the Anita Blake series from Laurell K. Hamilton? What did you think of it?
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8 Plus Size & Body Positive Projects To Sink Your Teeth Into


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Reading about body positivity and joining online groups that support loving yourself for who you are today is great but sometimes you want more.

Instead of reading about a great event, product or movement you can help fund them and be in the know from the very beginning.

Listed below are just a few projects that are currently in the funding stage. Check them out.

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Just Curves Plus Size Activewear-ONEder Suit 2.0

Just Curves is proud to introduce the patent-pending, newly REDESIGNED ONEder Suit.  Designed with curves in mind, the ONEder Suit is a one-piece, open bust unitard that keeps your PANTS UP and your CONFIDENCE HIGH!  Just Curves is passionate about empowering plus size women through action to live their healthiest and happiest lives now…not 30 pounds from now.  Plus size women are more powerful than the world give us credit for.  We are runners, yogis, triathletes, strength trainers, and overall badass women!  We deserve fashionable active apparel to fits our lifestyle.  That activewear is finally here…

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Fat, Black and Educated Events

Fat Black & Educated is a self published short story written in 2015! Recently it has been adopted into a blog is for and about women who don’t live up to the standards of society but defy them. The Blog discusses Relationships, Socializing, Health and Fitness & More! What we want to do with FBE is far beyond just a blog. We want to make a difference in the lives of young and older women who don’t meet the status quo. We want to host events that will encourage them to get out more and feel a part of society. Some Events will include:

  • Plus Size Fashion Shows
  • Big Men and Plus Women Speed Dating
  • Empowerment Conferences
  • Pamper Parties
  • Retreats and More!!!

A Video Documentary of a single Australian Mans journey to get thin while traveling to Japan a country that outlaws being Fat.

Australia to Japan: The Story of a Fat Man

Follow how a overweight Australian man is treated in a country that has a law about being fat . Over a time frame of 3 months Watch him travel eat healthy and lose weight while exploring some parts of japan that most tourists don’t normally see. Enjoy Interviews with sumo’s and look at how Technology and Culture blend into a colorful masterpiece for the eyes. Take a glimpse at how the Japanese treat fat people and find out why they all seem to be thinner then their Australian counterparts.

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Cross-Country Canada: A Fat Man’s Walk 

In simple terms I am looking to make a documentary. I will make a film about an amazing and difficult journey across Canada, one fat man’s attempt to walk one of the longest roads in the world.

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Mid Drift: Exposing The Soft Underbelly of Motherhood

Mid Drift is a feature length documentary film about postpartum experience around the world. America’s obsession with “body after baby” is harmful and we want to shift the conversation to center on the incredible experiences and community surrounding motherhood. Angie, co-founder of The Mid Drift Movement and producer of this film, will also play a major role in this film as a “character” struggling with postpartum issues of her own.

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Love U Magazine 

We want to disrupt the fashion magazine industry by spotlighting the hidden fashionista in all of us. We believe we can knock down traditional barriers by creating a multimedia digital magazine containing beautiful body-positive photography with women of all sizes–breaking free from the beauty standards upheld by the mainstream fashion industry magazines. Most importantly, we hope to empower women by encouraging them to love themselves–recognizing both their inner and outer beauty. Our goal is to make LoveUMagazine the home for women who demand style regardless of size.

The Body Positive Coloring Book Project 

fatbodypolitics:

abundantbodies:

abundantbodies:

Calling All Abundant, Fat, Plus Sized, Succulent, and Thick Peoples From All Over!
This year at the Allied Media Conference 2016 (June 16-19 in Detroit,
 MI) we are coming back together to continue our conversations, share 
skills, experiences, stories, media, knowledge and strategies to build a
 more beautiful, body accepting and abundant loving future!
The Abundant Bodies Track challenges the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies, name fat phobia in our organizing and activism, and create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of indigenous, Black, people of color, dis/abled, super-sized, trans and queer fat folks. Abundant/thick/fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. 
How can we work together to deconstruct fat stigma and other forms of
 marginalization while building a stronger and more inclusive fat 
community? How can we challenge ourselves to decenter whiteness, 
capitalism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism and classism while we 
explore what it means to be fat?
We will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the 
ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies. Our goal
 is to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and
 community building.
We are looking for a variety of session proposals that may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Fat community 101
How to love your body
Ally building for thin folks and privileged fat folks
Body autonomy and social media
Anti-racist fat activism
Skillshares and tools for surviving and thriving
Bodies, health and movement
Breaking down connections between health and weight
Body movement / dance / practice for all bodies
Fat sexuality
Super-sized community members
Fatness at its intersections
Fatness and femme identity
Fatness and masculinity
Sci-fi bodies as fat, queer and people of color
Dis/ability and fatness
History of indigenous / people of color / Black / trans / dis/ability / supersize fat activism
Tools for young fat folks
Breaking down discussions about obesity through race, class, gender and other identities
Proposals are due March 11th, 2016 at midnight. Submit YOURS by filling out the form linked here.
If you have any questions regarding your proposal or this track, 
please contact us via on the Abundant Bodies Discussion Page on AMP Talk
 or at abundantbodies@gmail.com.
**Abundant Bodies and the Allied Media Conference is committed to 
creating a space that allows for access to all community members 
regardless of economics. We will be fundraising in the near future to 
make sure we can support all of the session coordinators who need it in 
order to give as many voices in fat community the platform they deserve.
PLEASE SHARE!

Only 1 more week to submit your proposal!!!

Abundant Bodies: Fat Lovin’ Media Features 2016

The Abundant Bodies track gathers, shares and celebrates the wisdom and abundance of our bodies. Abundant / thick / fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? How can we work together to deconstruct fat stigma and other forms of marginalization while building a stronger inclusive fat community? How can we challenge ourselves to decenter whiteness, capitalism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism and classism while we explore what it means to be fat?

Stay Tuned

Monday9am “Authors I Look Up To”

Wednesday 9am “Romance Heroes To Die For”

  • If given the chance would you help fund a project that speaks to your heart? If so, what kind of project would that be?Let's Chat Graphic
  • Do you know of any other plus size/body positive projects that need help? If so, list them in the comments below. 
  • How do you feel about crowd sourcing?
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Bring on the Romantic Suspense!


2016 Romantic Suspense Novels to check out

Today I wanted to share just a few books in my “To Be Read” wish list of romantic suspense books coming out this year.

All of the books below have romance tangled up with mystery and suspense. Some are christian novels, some are historical, some are down right dirty.

What can I say, I have eclectic tastes!

Check them out and see if any tickle your fancy.

#1 Vengeful Love by Laura Carter Release date: March 21 2016

I’ve always walked the straight and narrow—following the rules, never straying from my chosen path.Until Mr. Sexy Bazillionaire CEO Gregory Ryans walked into my life. It was only supposed to be business, but one brush of his wicked lips against my skin changed everything. I can’t deny what this man inspires in me. I’ll do anything he asks…even help destroy the enemies from his past. But he’s hiding more than he’s telling me. When our love leads to tragedy, there’s no going back. Gregory’s past is trying to kill our future. They say love can bring a person to their knees. I’ve just proven that vengeful love is the strongest force of all.

#2 Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin Release date: April 05 2016

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered. With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

#3 The Obsession by Nora Roberts Release date: April 12 2016

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

#4 ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick Release date: April 19 2016

Calista Langley operates an exclusive ‘introduction; agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning – a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials. Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve. But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past – and that only her death will satisfy the stalker…

#5 Magic Clicks by Gabriella Bradley Release date: April 22 2016 

Molly Clayton is stunned when she receives the news that she’s inherited a large estate from some unknown uncle. However, the letter is vague and it demands utter secrecy. If she doesn’t accept the terms, she’ll still inherit a decent amount. What should she do? Take a chance and end up with an old mansion in bad state of repair? Or take the money, pay off her credit cards, and go on a Hawaiian holiday?
Taking a two-week vacation, Molly struggles with the decision. At the airport she finally makes up her mind and finds herself on the flight to New Orleans.
Little does she know that she’s flying headlong into the arms of mystery and danger, but along the way, she also meets her long wished for soul mate, Detective Gabriel LaRoche.

#6 Unknown Enemy by Michelle Karl Release date: May 01 2016

For professor Ginny Anderson, translating a set of ancient tablets could be the coup of her career—or more danger than she can handle. Someone doesn’t want the secrets of the artifacts to be revealed…and they’ll kill to bury her discoveries. But former Secret Service agent Colin Tapping refuses to let anybody hurt Ginny and appoints himself as her protector—whether she wants one or not. Colin has made mistakes in the past, and keeping Ginny safe could be just what he needs to prove he’s still a capable agent and win back his job. But is he willing to risk paying the ultimate price to reclaim his former life?

#7 Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson Release date: May 03 2016

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it’s to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff’s department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie’s determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

#8 Storm Surge by Celia Ashley Release date: May 10 2016

Torn from her hometown and her father as a child, Paige Waters’ last memory of both is fraught with mystery and confusion. Now, sixteen years later, with both her parents gone, Paige returns to Alcina Cove, certain there is more to the painful story than she’s been led to believe. The answers must lie within the community, buffered from the larger world by the sea; but when she finds the townspeople more reticent than ever, her only hope is the intriguing man who lives in her childhood home–if she can break down his reserve…
A fisherman turned writer, Liam Gray is haunted by secrets of his own, some of which are deeply entangled with the closure Paige seeks. But as he and Paige grow intimate, their attraction building, Liam finds himself torn between truth and betrayal. Whichever he chooses will risk his future with Paige and cause someone pain–until an even greater danger leaves him no choice…

#9 Suicide Lake by Ashley Fontainne Release date: May 20 2016

Renee Thornton is on the brink of despair, ready to take a final plunge and join the other tragic souls at the bottom of Bradford Lake—known to locals as Suicide Lake.
Her plans change when she’s startled back to reality after a body brushes up against her from the depths below. Terrified, Renee runs away and slams into her old flame Cliff Simpson, a deputy with Whitten County Sheriff’s Department.
Strange events unfurl after the discovery of the corpse. Renee and Cliff find themselves caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and mystery.
Now instead of being able to slip away silently and become another anonymous statistic, Renee finds herself entangled in a murder investigation. Is Cliff her ally or enemy? Who can she trust? What other secrets will rise to the surface?

#10 A Light in the Dark by Marla K. Benjamin Release date: May 24 2016

One couple begins a Monday much like any other, but an arbitrary moment quickly sends them on a course of turmoil and uncertainty. Dez Parker, a former professional football star, and his fiancé, Sabrina, a divorced tax lawyer, have spent two years carefully carving out their future together. But nothing is ever guaranteed. When Sabrina disappears from her office parking lot, a city-wide search is launched. The case goes cold from the beginning and the only way for Dez to cope is to retreat into memories, relying heavily on his best friend, Alex, while he waits for a miracle. Three days later, Sabrina is found and in the days the months that follow, she and Dez attempt to navigate through a new normal of sleepless nights, mood swings, and relationship missteps. A uniquely crafted love story, layered with doubt and determination, A Light in the Dark is a daring and willful account of one couple’s struggle to regain a future amid the fallout of three fateful days in October. This is a story about life after survival.

#11 Into The Whirlwind by Kat Martin Release date: May 31, 2016

Megan O’Brien is at her wit’s end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son’s life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.
Dirk’s never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he’s got to help Meg rescue her son.
The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.

#12 Deception by Elizabeth Goddard Release Date: June 01 2016

Jewel Caraway thought she’d left her mistakes in the past—but then her past arrives at her door. Though she’s thrilled to reunite with her estranged sister, something about her sister’s new husband makes Jewel uneasy. Does he know her secret? Is he the one behind the growing list of attacks against her? And if he is involved…does that mean her sister is, too? With nowhere else to turn, Jewel must rely on police chief Colin Winters—the first man to make the widow question her resolve to never love again. But will he stay by her side when her guarded secrets are revealed?

#13 Native Born by Jenna Kernan Release date: June 01 2016

Apache tribal counsel member Clyne Cosen needs the FBI’s protection. But having Agent Cassidy Walker as his personal bodyguard presents its own dangers. His involvement in the custody battle for Cassidy’s adopted Apache daughter muddled the lines between personal and professional. Now he has feelings for a woman who was not native born.  Cassidy will do her job at any cost. But being so close to Clyne means the FBI agent sees him as more than just the man who could take her daughter—he might also steal her heart. Duty. Desire. Which path will Cassidy take…or will a bullet make that decision for her?

#14 Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige Release date: June 14 2016

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven’t spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what’s more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing. Now Emily is on the hunt to find out what happened to Amber, a hunt that leads her to sexy enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Reeve might have had something to do with Amber’s disappearance, but Emily can’t help the way she reacts to him.
Time is running out and Emily must figure out who she can trust and if she can trust her feelings.

#15 Into The Light by Aleatha Romig Release date: June 14 2016

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel. As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

#16 Cat With a Clue by Laurie Cass Release date: August 02 2016

Early one morning while shelving books in the library, Minnie stumbles upon a dead body. Authorities identify the woman as an out-of-towner visiting Chilson for her great-aunt’s funeral. What she was doing in the library after hours is anyone’s guess . . . but Minnie and Eddie are determined to save the library’s reputation and catch a killer.
As rumors about the victim circulate through Chilson, the police are in a bind over a streak of baffling break-ins. Luckily, Minnie and Eddie are traveling the county in their bookmobile, and they’ll stop at nothing to find the spineless killer before the final page is turned on someone else.

#17 Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble Release Date: September 20 2016

Kate has devoted herself to keeping her family’s blueberry barrens thriving. But when blossom blight devastates her blueberry fields, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to replace that income. Fixing up the small cottage on her property as a rental seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When Drake Carver drives by with his two nieces in tow, looking not only for a place to rent for the summer but also for a nanny for the girls, it’s almost too good to be true.

Stay Tuned

Friday9am “Upcoming Projects from the Plus Size Community”

Monday 9am “Authors I Look Up To”

  • What do you think about the books on this list? Does any catch your fancy?Let's Chat Graphic
  • Have you read anything else by the authors listed above? If so what was it and did you like it?
  • Do you know of any upcoming romantic suspense books that you think I should check out?
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What are Character Aesthetic Boards?


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Character aesthetic boards are the Pinterest version of character aesthetic posts on Tumblr. They can also be known as character inspiration boards. (Come check out my Destiny Be Damned Inspiration board to see what I mean.)

To put in basic terms, character aesthetic boards are made up of a group of pictures that speak to the aesthetic of a character, a story, a world, or a feeling. A Character Aesthetic post is when you select a certain number of pictures to put into a collage to represent the aesthetic you are trying to convey.

Questions #1: How do I find pictures to use? 

You can go about this in a couple of ways. You could:

  1. Find relevant pictures to use on Tumblr
  2. Find relevant pictures to use on Google
  3. Find relevant pictures to use on Pinterest
  4. Browse through other Character Aesthetic Boards on Pinterest to find pictures.

*Remember: If you are using an image that is not your own you need to, at the very least, find the original source of the photo and give credit. If you want to be 100% safe from legal action you should ask permission to share the photo before doing so.

If navigating the waters of rights to other peoples photos scares you, fear not. You can check out the following for free images to use:

Question #2: What kind of pictures do I look for?

When I was creating my Inspiration Boards on Pinterest I looked for visual representations of:  people (men, women, children), of animals, of states & cities, scenes,  quotes that sounded like a characters personality and also clothing and items that those characters might have.

Really it’s just up to your imagination and what sort of things you are visually looking for.

Question #3: How do I create Character Aesthetic Boards?

Step by step instructions on how to add boards to your Pinterest profile can be found here. Once you know how to add a board the next thing you need to think about is what theme you want the board to be (example: a certain character, a certain world, a certain mood, a certain color, etc…) and then come up with a name (example: the name of a certain character).

Questions #4: How do I save these photos to a board on Pinterest?

The easiest way to save images to your Pinterest boards on the internet is to install the Pinterest Browser Button. If you need to install the browser button for a mobile device or a different search engine click here.

Question #5: How do I create a Character Aesthetic Picture?

Step 1: Decide which character you want it to be about.

Step 2: Think about who that character really is and start searching for images that represent that in your mind.

Step 3: Look for a combination of images that are pictures, quotes, colors and textures.

Step 4: Save them to you computer.

Step 5: Combine at least 4 visually stunning pictures into a collage either using Photoshop (here is a premade template) or:

Step 6: Save your collage and then share it on whatever social media site you would like (or keep it private if you prefer).

Below is an example of my interpretation of a character aesthetic image for Kristen my heroine in Destiny Be Damned. I created it using the collage feature on Picmonkey.com. I went more for a vibe of what is in her mind and how she identifies with herself.

Kristen Character Aesthetic Collage

Shout out to Jenna Clare on YouTube for inspiring this post with her video “How To: Character Aesthetic Boards“. While you are there, subscribe to her channel. You will not regret it. Even if she doesn’t cover your preferred book genre she is so fun to watch.

If you’d like to learn more about what Pinterest can do for writers check out:

What Can Pinterest Do For Writers?

Stay Tuned

Wednesday 9am “Upcoming Romance Books I’m Excited About”

Friday 9am “Upcoming Projects from the Plus Size Community”

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  • Have heard about Character Aesthetic Boards? If so, have you created any of your own?
  • Do you prefer to call them character aesthetic boards or character inspiration boards?
  • Have you ever created a board for fan fiction?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 Plus Size & Body Positive Events


2016 Plus Size & Body Positive Events

It’s good to say “I’m me. I love myself whether I’m plus size, skinny or somewhere in between. ”

Body Love MantraIt’s good to know deep down that you are enough and that the best thing you could for yourself and your body is to love it unconditionally.

However, sometimes saying and believing it just aren’t enough.

In those times, it helps to surround yourself with people who are trying to learn and support the same message. That’s when local events, workshops and online classes come
into play.

Just like going to book fairs & reading events (check out Reader Be Obsessed with Body AcceptanceEvents 2016 ) for readers and writing conventions and retreats (check out Writer Events 2016 ) for writers; plus size and body positive events can be a great way to learn something new, make some great lifelong connections and have fun.

Below are events both online and off that I have found. I’ve listed the events that take place offline by state then by date while the online events are placed in order by date. This list will be added to as I learn of new events.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Online Events 

10 Tools to Radical Self Love Webinar  March 19 with an encore on March 23

#LoseHateNotWeight BabeCamp Spring Edition  April 4-30

No More Weighting e-course April 11

Fat Activism Conference October 9-11 30 Curvy Body Acceptance Websites That Will Help Build Confidence

Stay Tuned

Monday 9am “What are Character Aesthetic Boards?”

Wednesday 9am “Upcoming Romance Books I’m Excited About”

  • Do you know of any plus size & body positive events I should add to the list? If so leave the information down below in the comment section. Let's Chat Graphic
  • Have you attended a plus size or body positive event in the past? If so what was it and what did you think of it?
  • What kind of plus size or body positive event would you like to see in your area?
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