I’m so grateful for all the fun we’ve had and the friends we’ve made. I’ll see you around the Internet!
After all these years, I’m going to miss “seeing” all of you on the blog. Please make sure to “friend” me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cindy.kirk.399 so we can stay connected. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!
I’ve loved my time here with the Jaunty Quills. I’m so in awe of each of these very talented writers, and I treasure the circle of regular commenters I’ve met on the blog. Hope to see you all at LexiEddings.com, where you can find my blogs, and links to some of my online hangouts. Keep reading. Keep laughing. Keep loving!
Cyber-hugs all around,
It’s been a real pleasure to get to know everyone here on the blog. I’ll miss our interactions but look forward to seeing you around the web and hopefully in person at events in the future. Until then all the best in love and laughter, Kathy.
Thank you so much to all of our readers. Whether you’ve been following us for eleven years or just a few days. We are so, so thankful for all of you.
*Getting misty here.* So long, my friends. I’ll see you around the web-iverse. Until then, be well, and I wish you many wonderful love stories!
Thanks for all the good times. It’s been such fun getting to know you. So, let’s not say goodbye, okay? Instead, let’s keep in touch on Facebook. If we’re not FB friends already, you can find me here: https://www.facebook.com/nrobardsthompson.
I’m the newest JQ—I joined the blog in September 2015—but in some ways it seems like I’ve been part of this group for far longer. Before I knew any of the other Jaunties, I was a fan of their work. When I badgered some of them into becoming my friends, I visited the blog as a guest. When Shana and Vanessa invited me on behalf of the group to be a new member, I was over the moon.
And really, I still am. My favorite thing about spending time online is getting to know people, and over the past 14-ish months, I’ve gotten to know my fellow Jaunties better. Just as delightful, I’ve gotten to know the regular readers of this blog. It feels like we all meet for coffee together, chatting about what’s going on, sharing goofy anecdotes and recipes and (looking at you, Kristan) terrible homemade ornaments. Above all, we’ve bonded over our mutual love of romance novels.
I’ll miss this community a lot. I hope you’ll find me on my other online homes so we can keep up. I’m on Facebook and Twitter almost every day. I have a Pinterest account too, but I haven’t quite figured out how to do amazing things there. I’ve been making boards for my books, though, and that’s fun. You can also stop by my site for all the latest news, plus excerpts and free short stories. While you’re there, I hope you’ll sign up for my newsletter so we can stay in touch.
Yesterday my newest book—a historical romance novella called My Scandalous Duke—hit ereaders. It’s a friends to lovers story, warm and sassy. I mention this because even though the blog won’t continue, the books will! My fellow JQs and I, past and present, will keep on writing. And I hope very much that we will all see each other around. Thanks for making my time as a JQ a real joy.
Look at this poor guy. If he were a chalk outline, he’d be the opening scene for an episode of Criminal Minds. As it is, he’s currently lying on my living room floor.
Four-plus years ago, when I joined the Jaunty Quills, he looked like this.
Okay, not exactly, but it was close. Having picked him (the doll, I mean) up at the local thrift shop, I made him the star of a series of funny toy “photoshoots” I put together—with captions—to promote the first of my Mustang Ridge books. (Of course I can’t find the darned things now. Too many computers in the past, I guess…)
Look at him, all sassy and shirtless (no, Autocorrect, I don’t mean mummified, thankyouverymuch) and smoldering. Yep, that was my Shirtless Cowboy back in the day, when I had deadlines and voices talking to me in my head, and I started every morning with a cup of tea, my computer, and the last thing I had written the night before.
We had some good times, the cowboy and I, promoting Summer at Mustang Ridge, then Winter at Mustang Ridge. After that, though, I moved on to other promos, and the Shirtless Cowboy moved into a Rubbermaid container that was full of toys I had kept from childhood or acquired along the way. It was labeled, as are so many stories (and perhaps Rubbermaid containers, too): What If??
There he stayed for some time, while I wrote more books, more blogs, each word coming harder than the last because my life was changing—I was changing—and the industry, too.
Then, not too long ago, the shirtless cowboy made his return, in a very Toy Story fashion, when I opened up that What If box, and the kiddo who had come into being in the interim grabbed him and announced, “Cowboy ride bulldozer!”
And so my Goodwill refugee turned romance novel model has returned to his roots and become once more the focus of a child’s imagination. As for me, I’m slowing down and narrowing my focus, too. Just as the Jaunty Quills are winding down, I’m stepping back from writing and turning my attention to other things.
I am proud of the books I have written and so very grateful for the friends I have made in the world of romance novels. I will always be a writer in my heart, but I don’t expect to have any books to promote for a while. And when I do return, I doubt I’ll be writing the same books as before, because I’m far from the same person I was.
I’ll look for you, though, my JauntyFriends, my ReaderFriends, and my WriterFriends, and hope that we’ll see each other then. Or, better yet, that we’ll cross paths in the worlds of other wonderful authors, and the books we all love.
Until then, you’ll be in my heart. I wish you all the best in life, love and books. As the shirtless cowboy would say: Ride on!
Photo by Barry Watrous
Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be here and would like to thank Kristan for inviting me.
So onto my topic! Should size really matter?
When I first began writing my Perfect Fit series featuring plus-size heroines, I had no clue how strongly I would relate to these fictional women. As a child, I was short but never skinny. In my teen years, I had never been what someone would call slender. As a divorced adult in my mid-twenties, I’d held a brief stint as the confident “it” girl who walked into the bar and sent all the guys’ tongues wagging, even though I wasn’t thin by definition in my size twelve jeans. Now, as an adult who’s carried two oversized baby boys in her stomach (seriously, my last one was a whopping twelve pounds!), I’m basically what some people would refer to as…
Excuse me for using the F word here. Fat.
Life is too short to NOT love ourselves for having someone else’s version of a less-than-ideal body type. Not only is it a harmful way of thinking, but sometimes we just have to give ourselves a freaking break. Be vulnerable. Be imperfect. None of that makes us worth less.
In Size Matters, my heroine feels very negatively about her weight, but then she’s had her mother nagging her about it her entire life. However, she’s lucky to have her best friend, a curvaceous woman who is rocking it!
There will always be someone out there willing to say something negative about us. But no amount of body-shaming should ever make us feel bad about ourselves. One day, society will catch up to us and see past our size to what makes us special.
In fact, they’re already starting to.
This year alone, there have been some great strides in that direction. Like back in February, when Sports Illustrated made history by featuring plus-size model Ashley Graham on its cover. The purple and orange bikini showed off all of her voluptuous curves, and I can’t imagine a single person out there, especially a man, glancing at that photo and not thinking that she looked sexy.
Not surprisingly, romance novels – written by and for women – have made perhaps the most progress in this area. No longer is every heroine a blond, virginal, size two princess. There are plenty of examples of BBW novels, and BBW authors too! 😉
And although I’m happy to report that Hollywood has begun to showcase curvier women in more prominent film and television roles too, I sometimes, as a viewer, still feel let down by the industry standards. Maybe it’s just my skewed perception, but oftentimes these plus-size women are largely shown in roles that feature them as the frumpy, sometimes witty, housewife. Or the sarcastic, man-hating best friend who can’t seem to get a date. Or the jilted ex-wife who was left behind for a slender, younger version of herself.
It seems to me that these plus-size actresses are rarely depicted as the kick-butt heroine of an exciting new action-adventure movie. Or why can’t they be the hero’s love interest in an upcoming big-screen romantic comedy. Thank goodness for Bridget Jones! But why can’t we have more of these realistic heroines? Why aren’t they being made?
So my question to you is…
What kind of television or film role would you like to see a curvier girl featured in as the heroine of the story?
Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing for a signed print copy of my upcoming release, Size Matters! This giveaway is open internationally and closes in 48 hours.
Check back on Sunday to see if you’re a winner!
Size Matters (A Perfect Fit, #1)
The rules of (fake) engagement…
Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she’s sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren’t enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper – or the fact that he just told her mother that they’re engaged…which is a big, fat lie.
Sam sometimes speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah’s date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancée! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay “just friends,” and make Leah’s family loathe him enough to call the whole thing off. But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah’s decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren’t going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he’s for real…before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.
Rochelle is my winner! Please email me at kathygwrites @ gmail.com (no spaces).
Thank you everyone for participating in my blog and sharing your favorite things about the holidays. I will miss chatting with you every couple of weeks. Please be sure to stop by Facebook or my website to keep in touch.