Roaming Around the Web (4)

Time for another R.A.W. roundup!

  • Planning for Love by Christi Barth is currently free on Amazon. A contemporary romance that is the first book in the Aisle Bound series, it’s a must-download! Look out for the next book in the series, A Fine Romance, which will be released March 13.
  • Kristie (aka Kindle Gal) from Kindles and Wine posted a Q&A where she answers questions from bloggers (including myself!) and gives readers a behind-the-scenes peek at her personal/blogging life.
  • I’m sure you’re familiar with those awesome old-school pulp fiction posters —  you know, the ones that were on the covers of hard-boiled stories from the ’50s. Well, now you can make your own with the Pulp-O-Mizer tool! Totally free and completely customizable, the Pulp-O-Mizer will make a pulp fiction cover for your blog, book or Facebook page. I’m planning on making one & maybe even ordering a notebook or coffee mug with my print on it.
  • I come across random web videos all the time, but this one in  particular was SO awesome that I just had to share it: Soldiers imitating a “Call Me Maybe” video originally performed by the Dolphin Cheerleaders. The way those guys get into it totally. Makes. My. Day. If there’s one video you watch it’s this one, trust me!
  • And lastly, an app recommendation from me to you: Songza, a music site that plays songs based on your mood/setting/etc. For instance, right now it is Friday morning and the “Concierge” suggests playlists for: Working (no lyrics), Brand New Music, Working (with lyrics), Easing into the Day, and Enjoying the Morning. Cool, right? Best part: it’s free & ad-free! (PS: it’s also available on your computer if you don’t want to download the phone app)

ROAMING QUESTION: Have you come across anything interesting (romance/book-related or not) in the World Wide Web? If so, please share! I’m especially keen to links that feature cute animals doing even cuter — and quirkier — things.

The Writer’s Life: Animated

Hey guys and gals, it’s Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am stoked for the weekend. The Fourth of July — which fell on a Wednesday this year — was just a tease. Sure, it was filled with fireworks, friends, and family, but to have to go back to work the next day… Well, that’s the pits. Unless, of course, you’re a writer. I’m not saying that being an author is easy or doesn’t have it’s fair share of “woe is me” moments (writer’s block, anyone?), but I stumbled across a video by romance author/comic  creator Anne Elizabeth that illustrates (literally) the life of a writer that I couldn’t resist sharing. I found it charming, humorous, and motivating, and whether you’re a writer or not, I’m sure you’re bound to feel the same way. It definitely kept me from falling into the dreaded July 5 work pits.

Now that it’s Friday, I’ve got some fabulous weekend plans lined up which include roaming through romance (of course) and the Gulf Coast. What about you, dear readers?


ROAMING QUESTION: Any exciting summer plans? Come across any reading/writing-related videos of note? I’d love to hear all about it!

Happy Blazin’ Birthday!

Happy tenth birthday, Harlequin Blaze!

Blaze is one of my favorite imprints, so what better way to celebrate than with one of these Special 10th Anniversary Collectors’ Edition books — featuring ‘The Original Sexy Six’ authors — a slice of cake, and a quick video illustrating the process behind creating a Harlequin novel (so cool!). Thanks, HB, for adding a little lot of spice to my reading experience! Here’s to another 10+ years!