Hold the Presses! The Spirit of 2011 is upon me!

I’m feeling a might New Years-ish!  The approaching change looks interesting this morning!

Time to recognize!

For meritorious conduct in the face of wicked witches and heart attacks, Penelope, you have been inducted into the Legion of Courage, along with Amber Skyze, who put on a brave face after enormous tragedy and soldiered on.  Ladies, my hat is off to you.  I admire your strength and fortitude – and I envy your sites and readership!

These two authors have stuck by me from day one of my very first publishing contract – I owe them a big shout out – Anny Cook and Sandra Cox.  You are the best!  Anny writes paranormal romance and Sandra fosters cats and writes some great YA fantasy and nonfiction.

She who makes me laugh out loud – no matter how awful stuff is, author Mia Watts!  She also writes the only M/M stuff I read.  Her men are, uh, incendiary.   Fanning myself…Oh she of the golden prose…think Lord Dunsany.

These two authors go above and beyond, generously devoting their time and space to other authors – Rachel Firasek and Michele ZurloMichele hosts The Steam Room and Rachel, A Possessed WIP.  Great stuff!

The female bloggers who force the old neurons to fire:

TJ of Dreams and Speculation – OMG – she’s a bloody genius!  Talk about expanding your horizons!  Reading TJ’s site does it every time.

Jessica at Read, React, Review – If book blogging was an experiment, she would be the control.  She’s like…it’s too early in the morning to think of words…let me put it this way…Jessica sets the bar high.

Charlie at Smart Girls Love Science Fiction and Paranormal Romance – the name of her site pretty much says it all.  She is one of the most concise bloggers I know, always fills her blog with outstanding content and reviews, which leads me to my next smart woman -

Rebecca, of Dirty Sexy Books.   Rebecca, along with Stephanie at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust, are my go-to women.  Rebecca, believe it or not, answers her emails!  She’s interactive and like all the bloggers mentioned above and below, responds to comments.  Plus, like Stephanie, she subscribes to the concept of ‘economy of words’.  She doesn’t waste my time.  Speaking of Stephanie, she’s like scary smart, yet incredibly tender-hearted.  She has a real soft spot for animals and nothing gets to me like a person with compassion for our furry and feathered friends.  She, Penelope, TJ and Jessica are all academics who love romance, paranormal and speculative fiction.  When I read their posts, I feel like I’m back in college listening to the lectures of my favorite professors.

The best recs?  Julie, at Outlandish Dreaming.  I get good reading recs from many sites, but Julie and I have similar taste in romance.  I use her site like a shopping cart – What’s Julie reading now?  Whatever it is, I’m on it!  Most of the books currently sitting in my TBR pile are from Outlandish Dreaming.

The sweetest book blogger/reviewer on the planet?  Susi at The Geeky Bookworm.  I don’t think I’ve ever met a nicer person – and she’s one of those smart girls too!  She’s passionate about romance.  Her native tongue is German.  Can you imagine how difficult it would be to read romance in another language, let alone review it?  She’s amazing!  And pretty funny too because she’s such a squeamish girl!  She reminds me of me.  Villains scare her!

Authors who always have something interesting to say?  Everyone on my side bar, but you have to check out Nina Pierce and Rosalie Lario.  Sometimes I’m guilty of skimming, but I read their posts from top to bottom.  They use their sites for teaching moments.  These two are great references for wanna-be authors.

Katalina Leon writes ephemeral erotica – my husband and I share a love of her books (and I worship at her feet) – we hold readathons to see who can finish them first, him on his Kindle, me on my computer.  Is your marriage/sex life stuck in the doldrums?  Read Kat’s stuff.  It’s like lightning in a bottle.  Go.  Read.  Enjoy.  Don’t hurt yourself.

The links I have on my sidebar are there because those authors and bloggers are special people.  Every single one brings a unique perspective to the romance genre.  If I had the space, I’d mention each of you.  I encourage readers to check them out when you have some free time.

Last but not least, many thanks to outstanding author Fran Lee, who is always available when I need a pat on the back or a kick in the ass.

Best read of 2010 – Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay

Best movie of 2010 – True Grit, with Jeff Bridges

Best star-struck moment – hearing from Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why – after my series of posts on surviving the canoe trip from hell.  His book saved our lives.

Other best star-struck moment – connecting with one of my all-time favorite fantasy authors, Tad Williams – His books are on the top of my recommended reading list.  He’s also pretty hilarious!

So, done.  Happy New Year.  And I love you all.  Oh Auntie Em, there’s no place like home

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32 Responses to Hold the Presses! The Spirit of 2011 is upon me!

  1. I’ve found so many great blogs,websites and friends through your blog. This an amazing list and I’m incredibly flattered to be mentioned. Thank you!
    Now, let’s start 2011! lol
    XXOO Kat

  2. Happy New Year, Julia! I’m glad to see the end of 2010 too. It was a very hard year for me and my family. I raise my glass to 2011!

  3. Kat – I’m such a nosy person that whenever I go to a blogsite I check out their links. I love to find new and interesting points of view. And girl, your books are fuckin’ hot!

    Hey Beth! Happy New Year – I hope 2011 will be a much much better year for you and your family. 2010 sucked eggs! Except for the Giants winning the World Series.

  4. Penelope says:

    Julia…I’m so glad I “discovered” you this year. You have a nice posse of fans following your blog, which says a lot about you as a person and an artist (writers are artists, right?). I am so ready to leave 2010 behind…leave my unhealthy heart behind, and start 2011 with a positive attitude.

    Thanks for introducing me to so many other cool writers and blogs!

    Happy New Year! :)

    Thanks for the induction into the Legion of Courage!

  5. Penny – you deserve so many awards! I’d like to add an award for the Always Polite Blogger!

  6. Delilah Hunt says:

    Happy New Years Julia!! Thank you for the encouragement and friendship you’ve shown me in the short time we’ve “known” each other :-)

  7. Delilah – I’m so very glad we got to know each other too! I’m hoping for a great year for us all. Wait…I sound like Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol.

  8. amber skyze says:

    Ahh, you’ve made me cry. :) Thank you so much for adding me to this list. I’m honored to be among so many talented and amazing authors. If it weren’t for friends like you, this past year would have been a worse struggle for me. I’m thankful for your friendship and encouragement. :)

  9. Amber, you are an amazing woman. I’m blessed to have you as a friend.

  10. sandracox says:

    Aww, thank you, sweetie. That is very special.

  11. SusiSunshine says:

    *dries her tears* You are just made of awesome sweety. So happy we found each other.
    ((big hug))

  12. Ciara Knight says:

    Happy New Year, Julia. I’m so happy you have such an amazing group of ladies surrounding you. You deserve it. I hope 2011 brings you great health, wisdom, and may all your dreams be fulfilled.

  13. Julia, Thanks for the shout out. I got into featuring other authors completely by lazy accident. I was too lazy to write stuff for my own blog and I thought something all about me would be boring. I’ve loved getting to know the different authors who’ve appeared on my blog this past year, and I look forward to getting to know even more this coming year. Have a great 2011!
    Michele

  14. Julie L says:

    Julia thanks so much for your kind words about my reviews – I’m so happy we’re are sympatico!! LOL! As far as movies go, I saw the Kings Speech yesterday! OMG – Colin Firth! He’s back, thin, handsome and I love him again (I used to have a really, really, big thing for him years ago in his Mr. Darcy/Mark Darcy BJD days) – check the movie out, he’s great in it! Happy New Year!

  15. Happy New Year…I am so glad that 2011 is here. Fresh new start and time to forget the hard year that was 2010. I wish you all the best this year.

  16. Charlie says:

    Thanks for the shout out! You’re one of my best finds for 2010! Wishing you the best in 2011.

  17. Hello all – I’d love to answer individually but it’s been a crazy day of working on this site. I love you all so much – you are great people. Sometimes women aren’t nice to other women – we can be competitive, but that just isn’t the case here – and with so many other women I’ve met through writing.

  18. Aww, I feel so validated. Thank you so much for honoring me with a mention. I love have authors/writers on the blog, and I think we all have a great time picking at their interviews. I can’t wait to a great year and many more. Thanks again, friend!!!!

  19. Great new look, Julia! Congrats on the books and the blog–and I have to check out your best read of the year!

  20. Anytime, Rachel! You and Michele are so generous.

    Thanks, Suzanne! Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my all-time favorite authors. Under Heaven is perhaps one of the best books I’ve ever read.

  21. Jessica says:

    Thanks so much for the compliment Julia! Your site looks great! But … I think that woman needs to learn how to wear panties?! ;)

  22. Hi Jessica – yes, I thought about removing the panties altogether, but after my friend, Mia, told me about her adventure of the falling panties during a lecture to a group of business investors, I just had to do it!

  23. Hi Julia – Your blog went all sexy since the last time I visited! It’s a good match. Thanks for the shout-out, but triple thanks for all the links. I’m not familiar with a lot of these bloggers, and I’ve been jonesing for some new places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Yeah Rebecca – yesterday! You deserve a big shout out as do all the ladies mentioned. Very special people.

  25. Hottie McNaughty says:

    I found your blog via Dirty Sexy Books. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve got lots of new authors, blogs and books to investigate. :-)

    Happy new year,
    ~Hottie

  26. Thanks for stopping by! I’m such a curious person that I do the same thing – I’ve found the most interesting sites from other blogs!

  27. First of all, I have to say that I love the new blog look. I think it shows a whole lot more personality than the last layout. Second, thank you so much for the mention. I’m actually ridiculously embarrassed. How can I live up to such praise? :P

    Also, I wish you a very happy 2011, Julia.

  28. Oh TJ – you don’t have to live up to anything – you are what you are! Really good at what you do! Yeah…I like my new layout – I can’t take all the credit, I had help, but man oh man, it was a daylong project yesterday! The dropped panties are symbolic of my friend, author Mia Watts, losing her panties at a business presentation. I’ve won’t let her forget it!

  29. Stephanie says:

    Julia, Thank you so much for your kind words and your friendship. It means a lot to me. I don’t know how academic I am. These days I am too lazy to study much!

    I like to read though and love the sincerity and enthusiasm in your writing! keep on trucking (aging self)!

    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    email: steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  30. Steph – Thank you. You are so special! Keep on truckin’ is my motto as well!

  31. Nina Pierce says:

    Wow, I checked out the blogs you read (and bookmarked most of them). I feel honored being linked among all that awesomeness. Did I mention I LOVE the new look? *g*

  32. Thanks, Nina! You are pretty awesome yourself!

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