Yes! What she said! To this, I can only add thanks to those who have supported my writing in so many ways. People I don’t even know have reblogged and retweeted my announcements of book releases and promotions for no reason but to help spread the news. It has been such an encouragement! So, yes, please continue to support your favorite authors. We appreciate you!
There was a loud banging and clanging. The orchestra stopped playing. Rene Pape turned toward the audience (perhaps speaking to the prompter?), and said “Curtain.” Awkward pause. “Curtain.” (He might have actually said “Close the curtain.”) The curtain did, indeed, close. A cryptic announcement came on instructing us to remain in our seats. A few minutes later, it was announced that we were to have an early intermission while they prepared to resume the performance.
We were not told what was wrong, but on my way to the lobby, I heard several people saying that singer playing Marthe had fallen. I checked Twitter and got the same information. When we returned to our seats, an announcement was made that Wendy White (playing Marthe) had fallen “a short distance” and had been “taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure”, but that she had not been hurt seriously. (A short distance? If you call falling off my second floor deck a short distance, then that’s about what it was.)
After intermission, it was announced that Teddy Hanslowe would continue as Marthe (which she did admirably), and the opera went on. (Jonas Kaufmann remained gorgeous throughout.)
I don’t have many music crushes, but this is one of the few. Tchaikovsky is best known for his three ballets: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. And while the later has serenaded me through autumn essay writing for the past five years, it is one of his lesser known compositions - Nocturn in C Sharp Minor, Op 19, No. 4 - that I could listen to on repeat for weeks at a time.
And it doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty much gorgeous.
I LOVE Tchaikovsky. The man is freaking brilliant. I think if I had to choose, my favorites would be his operas of Pushkin stories, but OMG OMG.
Yesterday morning, I posted once (once!) that ANA MARTIN would be part of an Amazon KDP Select promo for that one day. I got busy at work and came home to discover that it had shot up to #9 on the Bestseller list for Free Historical Romances. I was stunned. I still am, and I’m deeply appreciative.
Enjoy your reading with my humble thanks. Oh—and I made you some brownies.
I think they miss the key element here: Cowboys look great in Wranglers.
But why cowboys, we asked romance maven Sarah Wendell, author of Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels, and cofounder of SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com, a top romance blog. “Cowboys have been a perennial part of romance, in terms of romantic archetypes,” says Wendell. “One of the reasons they’re a mainstay is because there is an inherent nobility in the idea of being a cowboy. England has dukes and earls and various forms of nobility; the United States has cowboys.” As for their erotic appeal, she explains, “There is something very sexy about knowing that at 4 in the morning, if it’s 20 degrees below zero, that a guy’s going to get up and take care of things.”
Juniper Research released a new report Thursday, called “Mobile Publishing: eBooks, eMagazines & eNewspapers for Smart Devices,” estimating that eBook sales would hit $9.3 billion in 2016 as compared to this year’s $3.2 billion.
BEIJING - After 15 years as a journalist, Zhang Danuo knows a good story when he sees one. Now he’s using that skill to change people’s lives.
Since the mid-1990s, he has been offering his services free to disabled people who want to write about their experiences.
"I want children with all kinds of disabilities to be able to read the work of people in similar situations, so it can help them through their difficult journey," said Zhang, 39, as he sat in the study of his Beijing home.