Shana Galen
Shana Galen

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I’m so grateful for all the fun we’ve had and the friends we’ve made. I’ll see you around the Internet!

–Theresa

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!

~Cindy~

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,
~Lexi~

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.

~Shana

*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!

~Jesse

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.

xoxo, Nancy


Kristan Higgins
Kristan Higgins

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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.

faceshotBut who really gets to decide what an unacceptable weight for a person truly is? Society? Hollywood? Ben & Jerry?

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! 😉

cover300pixelsAnd 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!

Blurb:

 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.

Author Links:

Website: http://authoralisonbliss.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/AuthorAlisonBliss

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AlisonBliss2

Buy Links:

Buy for Kindle https://smile.amazon.com/Size-Matters-Perfect-Alison-Bliss-ebook/dp/B01CYU3L68/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478497817&sr=1-11

Buy for Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/size-matters-alison-bliss/1123500335?ean=9781455568031

Buy at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/size-matters/id1093193240?mt=11

 


Katherine Garbera
Katherine Garbera

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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.

Happy reading!

Kathy 🙂


Kathleen O'Brien
Kathleen O'Brien

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Being a book-nut isn’t always easy.  Other people don’t always understand why we’d rather have a new bookshelf than a new necklace. They think we’re weird when we cry over things that never happened.  Or when we’d rather read than go to a party.  Or watch tv.  Or sleep.

Or why we want to talk about fictional people, hash over imaginary events, ask endlessly what you thought the ending “really meant.”  Eyes glaze.  Topics get changed. People make sudden right turns when they see us coming. 🙂

But when we meet a person who does understand, it’s as if, after wandering alone in a foreign country, we’ve finally run into someone from home.  Someone who speaks our language.  Instant friends.

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That’s what Jaunty Quills has been to me: a place where everyone was an instant friend. A safe place to let the book-nut in me run free.

I’ll miss that a lot.

So I wanted to use this last blog to thank you for being here to share our lives, and to share yours with us a little, too.  I have lists all over my desk of great ideas you’ve offered when I asked for help, and I have a heart full of warm memories of the kind words you gave when times were tough.

Of all the gifts I’ve received from books through the years, book friends are by far the greatest. Thank you so much.  I hope we’ll stay in touch. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter, or email me any time at KOBrien@aol.com.

Till then, happy reading! <3

 


Katherine Garbera
Katherine Garbera

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On this election day, I hope you all get out and vote.  But as a break from politics…how about Christmas!

herchristmascowboy-300dpi-300x450I love Christmas and I love Mariette, Mt–the fictional world created by Tule Publishing where I have set so many stories.  Readers have been asking for retired Marine hero Lane Scott’s story since he first appeared in A Cowboy For Christmas back in 2013.  And I’m happy to say it’s here.

Her Christmas Cowboy has all the feels that I love in a holiday story.  It’s got a sweet, shy girl who knew Lane in high school, lots of Christmas fun and of course a chance to catch up with all of the Scott Brothers and their new wives.

Because Christmas to me is tied to eating, drinking and watching holiday movies those things play a big part in Lane and Felicity’s story.  One of the games they play is a quick fire.  A game where they have to choose between two holiday themed things quickly.

Here’s a snippet of the scene:

“Quick fire,” he said. “We each fire off three questions in turn. Sound good?”

She carefully sat down and then took a sip of her hot chocolate. Her favorite part of drinking it this way was when the whipped cream melted in her mouth as the hot liquid hit it. She opened her eyes to find Lane sitting next to her, watching her.

She licked her lips.

His eyes tracked the movement.

She set her cup down as a slow heat began to build inside of her. She was trying to play it cool but there was no way to do that around Lane. He was seriously built and just everything about him made her think of being back in his muscly arms. Feeling the warmth of his naked body against hers as he moved over her.

“Favorite Christmas TV show?” she blurted out.

He gave her a knowing grin and took his time settling back on the blankets. He moved with surety and confidence, which she had come to expect.

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” he said. “Yours?”

Grinch—the animated one not the Jim Carrey one.”

He arched one eyebrow at her. “Midnight mass or the kids’ evening mass with the nativity?”

“Nativity—and not just because my students are usually in it. I like celebrating the holiday with kids.”

“Same,” he said.

His eyes were intense as he watched her and she was on the cusp of asking him to spend the night. Which she thought might be too soon considering they’d only had one date. “Snowy kisses or mistletoe ones?”

“If I’m kissing you: both,” he said. “But otherwise snowy because I’m kissing someone I want to and not because of tradition.”

***

I thought it would be fun to play here today.  Answer these holiday quick fire questions to be entered to win the e-book version of Her Christmas Cowboy for yourself and a friend!

 

Favorite holiday television show?

Favorite holiday cookie/cake/dessert?

Gift giving or receiving?

 

My answers are:

Charlie Brown Christmas

Pistachio and cranberry biscotti

Giving

 

Happy reading!

Kathy 🙂herchristmascowboy-300dpi-300x450


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