May 2 2011
Yesterday it was announced that members of the U.S. special forces had successfully executed a mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. People acknowledged this news in various ways but while we don’t know what will happen in the future, President Obama made a point of noting that
As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own.
This mission was years in the making and involved a number of individuals in our military from the intelligence committee to the Navy SEALs. One way to acknowledge this mission would be by donating money to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund or to the military
txt HUG to 85944 to donate $10 to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.
Log on to the following Web sites to show support, to include greeting cards, virtual Thank You cards and calling card donations to help troops stay in contact with loved ones:
Based on the Twitter feeds last night of my romance reading buddies, there appears to be a run on military romances. I would recommend the Maya Banks’ KGI Series, Lisa Marie Rice’s books (more on her here), and Stephanie Tyler, Suzanne Brockmann’s Silhouette Intimate Moments series starting with Prince Joe (Tall, Dark & Dangerous, Book 1) and Books 1 through 4 of the Troubleshooter series. My favorite is Over the Edge but be warned that there is a painful rape that happens to one of the secondary characters in that story. More good military reading includes the Samhain shorts by Elle Kennedy.
In a remarkable display of what social media can do, an information technology professional living in Abbattabod, Pakistan, tweeted about strange helicopters hovering over Abbattabod, crashing to the ground, and then a bomb going off. He did not know, at the time, what he was tweeting about at 1 am Pakistani time was the special forces invasion of Bin Laden’s compound. Sohaib Athar’s tweetstream (img) is one of the more remarkable artifacts of social media I have seen.
We are slowly adding the publisher lists for 2011 to Dear Author. You can see them in the sidebar or in the “Readers Resource” menu item right under the carousel of book images. The publishing lists are a quick way for you to see what publishers are putting out every month and it can help you organize your book buying budget. I still have Berkley and Avon lists to put together. Kensington has sent me a list and we will be posting a contest with the list later today.
The Cover Cafe contest is open for business! Voting starts to day and runs until May 31, 2011. Head over and vote for your favorite (and least favorite) covers of 2010. I know it is hard to believe, but The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton did not make the cut as a Contemporary finalist.
The cover was robbed! Said book is a 2011 publication. Sigh.
Ogas equates a woman’s search for a mate with the way Miss Marple goes about solving a murder, and calls “this unconscious evaluation [
is] the source of ‘feminine intuition.’” I have no idea what this means, but falling in love with someone you want to spend your life with doesn’t seem to me to have much overlap with solving a crime. He then draws an analogy between romance novels and pornography. Women, who are complex, read romance novels while men, who are simple, look at pornographic visual material. Women don’t buy subscriptions to porn sites, but they read lots of romance novels. In fact, there are as many people reading romance novels in English worldwide as there are people visiting porn sites in the U.S. and Canada (which suggests that many more people visit porn sites, but whatever).
Finally, in the next-to-last paragraph of the article, Ogas completely undermines everything that has gone before. Granted, it wasn’t very good to begin with. Let’s recap: (1) Women go online to find romance novels, erotica, and fan fiction in order to figure out through fictional heroes the kind of man they want; (2) Men are visual and solitary, women are textual and communitarian; and (3) Reading romance and erotica, and writing fan fiction, is about “satisfying sexual curiosity” for women.
Whoever is giving Ogas a platform should stop. Not because he is insulting to women but because his science is so bad he is insulting knowledge.