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Monday, October 30, 2006

This sounds like a HOT one!

And that cover....WHEW!

Topping Tora
By Laura Bacchi
ISBN 1-59578-294-X
Available now at Liquid Silver Books

Tora Wolff craves domination, and at Club Xotica, she expects to get it. When the man who tops her at work shows up to top her at play, Tora can’t believe her bad luck. And she hasn’t even found the dead body yet...

Jovan Creel wants a woman who’s willing to submit, and not just any woman. He wants Tora. But after all the fun and games are over, will she want him?

When Tora decides to explore her submissive side with another man, someone more experienced--and much more dangerous--Jovan soon discovers it's not a question of Tora wanting him when she returns to Atlanta. It's a question of whether she can return at all.

For an excerpt, click here. Contains: D/s, multiple partners, M-M-F, F-F, heavy spanking, light bondage, anal sex.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:50 PM | 0 comments

I started a new YouTube group!

Anyone...ANYONE...want to join? It's not much of a group if there's only one member, sniff, sniff. I'm lonely.

So, what's the point in creating the group in the first place?

Glad you asked! Let me explain.

Many authors park their little book trailers at YouTube. That's cool. An author can gain gobs of exposure if his/her trailer is popping up under various search tags. However, there are like a flipping bazillion other movies of various sorts and sundries on YouTube as well, I figured it would be nearly IMPOSSIBLE for folks to find our fabulous trailers. And if they aren't able to find us, how the heck are they going to learn about your brilliant, wonderful, terrific books?

Thus, the idea of a book trailer group. One place to view ALL the book trailers on YouTube! It was a smashingly good idea, or so I thought. Yet, despite efforts to spread the word, I remain the one and only member.

(Shades of days gone by in elementary school.)

Hoping this post will encourage a few people to join me...OMG! I just went to the site. I'm no longer alone. (hopping up and down with glee!)

Come, join us! Let's rock YouTube!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:39 AM | 0 comments

Friday, October 27, 2006

Am I the only one...

Who thinks this costume is hilarious?

Happy Halloween!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:29 AM | 3 comments

A word from our sponsor...

...and a Halloween picture

Sorry, folks! I've been MIA due to real life stuff:

A Halloween party at my kids' dance studio
A teenager swearing into the Navy (I'm so proud of her!)
A friend and fellow Ellora's Cave author coming into town for a couple days for a BIG book signing this weekend.

So, since my kids will be mortified if I post their pix, all I can share is the short of a couple of our pumpkins and that vital info for the book signing tomorrow.

Where: Paperbacks N Things, Wayne Rd. Westland MI
When: Saturday, Oct. 27 1-4 (I think???)
Who: Ann Jacobs, Madison Hayes, Rhyannon Byrd and Mandy Roth

TGIF and have a great weekend!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:03 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

It's OUT!!!!!

Touch of the Beast releases Wednesday, Oct. 25...which is tomorrow! Please help me spread the word!

(Book #2 of the Animal Urges series)

A shapeshifter erotic romance by Tawny taylor

Buy at:
Read an excerpt at


Katie Spenser is looking forward to some R-and-R with her best friend Abby when she makes the loooong trip from Chicago to Alaska. Unfortunately, rest and relaxation are not what she gets. Intead it's:

A missing best friend...
Men who turn into bears...
Bad guys shooting guns.

The only part of Katie’s so-called vacation that’s pleasant is Raul Zant. She simply cannot resist a guy so sexually dominant that a mere glance produces delightful tingles and quivers of anticipation. And the sex... Two words: Mind. Blowing.

Security Officer Raul must turn over his renegade best friend to Omega, or his brother will die. He loves his brother, but handing over his best friend, regardless of the reason, isn’t exactly painless. And speaking of pain, his desire for Katie is so relentless and intense it’s agonizing. She will surrender. He must have her.

Together, with assassins at their heels, and fiery lust driving them into each other’s arms, Katie and Raul must rescue their friends, uncover who is behind Omega, and learn whether there is a cure for Raul and Tarik’s unusual “ailment.”

The trick will be staying alive.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:48 PM | 1 comments

Got Fangs?

After much thought, I finally decided on a marketing phrase/theme for next spring's Romantic Times conference. The winning phrase/theme: "Sink your fangs into this".

What's so important about a silly phrase? What's the point (no pun intended)?

There are literally hundreds of authors attending RT. I (like about 90% of the authors there) am a virtual unknown. I will not have a huge lineup at my table in Club RT or the bookfair. And my promo goodies will sit among the hundreds of other displays in the hallway.

To stand any chance of my stuff (and in essence, me) standing out from the crowd, I need a catchy theme. Vampires are huge right now, and although I don't currently have any vampire books out in print, I do have shapeshifter books out with Ellora's Cave, dragons (Dragons and Dungeons, Light My Fire) and bear shapeshifters (Mark of the Beast and Touch of the Beast). I also have two vampire books submitted to Kensington and another vampire series in the works with Ellora's. Yes, the theme will apply nicely to my upcoming books.

One of the things I love to do when I launch a new marketing campaign is set up a Cafepress shop. I recommend all authors set up a shop. They're free, and the coffee mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads and caps make fabulous contest prizes or gift basket goodies for conferences. No, they aren't cheap. But outside of doing larger print runs (usually limited to single-color printing), CafePress is one of the most user-friendly options out there.

So, here you go:
More products will be added at a later date.

And to keep it in the family, my oldest daughter is featured on the back of my new bookmarks (printed by, fangs on, chomping on a copy of Sex and the Single Ghost :)

Anyone else want to share some ideas for conference marketing? Yes, it's early. RT is still six months away. But with print shop lead times, it's good to get things going months ahead of time.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:35 PM | 1 comments

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Good, the bad and the ugly...

E-publishers, that is :)

Have you been researching an epublisher, want to know what others think about it before you submit or accept a contract? One of the Divas, Emily Veinglory, has launched a site specifically aimed at sharing information on epublishers.

Check it out here:

Some other great places to go:

Preditors and Editors
Piers Anthony
AbsoluteWrite (Watercooler)

If you know of any other resources, please share them! IMO, it's important for authors to gather as much information about a publisher as they can before they sign their contract.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:14 PM | 0 comments

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Another writing contest

From their website:

The Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition
Show Us Your Shorts! Writer's Digest is now accepting entries in its 7th Annual Short Short Story Competition. We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Enter today for your chance to win cash and prizes including a $3,000 top prize.

Deadline: 12/1/2006

We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Send us your best in 1,500 words or fewer.
But don't be too long about it—the deadline is Friday, December 01, 2006.

First Place: $3,000
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $500
Fourth Through Tenth Place: $100
Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books

* The First-Place winner has the option of a FREE "Best Seller Publishing Package" from Trafford Publishing.

* The names and story titles of the First-through Tenth-Place winners will be printed in the June 2007 Writer's Digest, and winners will receive the 2007 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

The 7th Annual Writer's Digest SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION COLLECTION Sponsored by Trafford

The 1st- through 25th-place manuscripts will be printed in a special competition collection, published by Trafford Publishing. Use the entry form to order your copy or purchase a copy online using a credit card. Order now to receive the 50%-off, pre-publication special price. (Publication date: May, 2007. You are not required to purchase the collection to enter the competition.)

For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online.

The Rules

1. The competition is open to manuscripts of 1,500 words or fewer. Entries outside the word limitation will be disregarded. Type the word count on the first page of your entry along with your name, address, phone number and email address.

2. The entry fee is $12 per manuscript. You may enter as many manuscripts as you wish. You may send one check (in U.S. funds) and one entry form for all entries. If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, you may send one check (in U.S. funds) and one entry form for all entries.

3. All entries must be in English, original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere until the winners are announced. Writer's Digest reserves the one-time publication rights to the 1st-t through 25th-place winning entries to be published in a Writer's Digest publication.

4. If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, all entries must be typewritten and double-spaced on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Manuscripts will not be returned.

5. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, December 01, 2006.

6. Winners will be notified by February 9, 2007. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist and may be marketed elsewhere.

7. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your entry if you want to be notified of its receipt. We cannot notify you personally of your story's status before the winners are announced. If entering online, you will receive a confirmation email for each entry you submit.

8. Winners' names will appear in the June 2007 issue of Writer's Digest magazine. Afterwards, their names and story titles will be posted at

9. The following are not permitted to enter the competition: employees of F+W Publications, Inc., and their immediate families and Writer's Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on the masthead.

Privacy Promise
Occasionally we make portions of our customer list available to other companies so they may contact you about products and services that may be of interest to you. If you prefer we withhold your name, simply send a note with your name, address and the competition name to: List Manager, F+W Publications, 4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

A message from our Competition Collection sponsor:

Trafford Publishing is proud to sponsor the 7th annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection. We love helping make author's dreams come true. In fact, since 1995 Trafford Publishing has helped more than 5,000 authors publish over 7,000 new titles around the world. If your short story is part of a book or you have a separate manuscript you want to publish we welcome you to visit our website or give us a call—we'll even send you a free guide which explains how publishing your book is easier than you might think.

We wish you all the best with your contest submission.
toll-free: 1-888-232-4444 ext 1587

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:41 AM | 0 comments

Friday, October 20, 2006

Contest Needs Entries!

(Forwarded with Permission)

The first chapter hooks them. The first kiss entices them. The
final scene makes the reader cry for more. But what is your BEST
chapter? Here's your chance to enter your BEST chapter in the 8th
annual Launching a STAR Contest and see if it really sparkles!
Choose your BEST chapter showcasing the interaction of your hero and
heroine, 20 pages max. Each entry may include the setup (2 pages
max, not judged). First round judges -- one published and one

Fee: $25 for STAR members/$30 for non-members

Deadline: November 1, 2006

Categories/Final Judges:

Series Contemporary - Susan Litman, HQ/Silhouette
Single Title - Megan McKeever, Pocket
Histo rical - Tricia Phillips, Dorchester
Paranormal - Jessica Alvarez, HQ/Silhouette
Young Adult - Nadia Cornier, Firebrand Literary Agency

For more information and rules, go to: or contact the contest
coordinator Lee Duncan at:

posted by Tawny Taylor at 5:32 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Do You MySpace?

Do you MySpace?

This morning I logged into one of my MySpace pages to approve a couple of new online “friends”, and for the first time I noticed the statistics displayed on the right side of the window.

My Network has 120,676,000 plus members.

One hundred twenty million?

Is that possible? Are there that many folks on MySpace? Wow! Can’t really wrap my mind around that number.

I don’t have a lot of time to poke around, but I hear Cosmo (as in the magazine) now has a MySpace page. Walmart. And a Borders bookstore in California (they’re hiring, btw). It seems that MySpace, which was once an online hangout for teens procrastinating from pre-calc homework has become The Place To Be.

Do some searching and you’ll find authors Gena Showalter, Sylvia Day, Deidre Knight, Linnea Sinclair, Christine Feehan, and the list goes on. You’ll find industry professionals like Katherine Falk (Romantic Times magazine), New Concepts Publishing, Samhain Publishing and Fallen Angel Reviews. It’s a treasure trove of reader goodies. Their pages offer book trailers, blogs, excerpts, special online events and contests.

I’d love to know who those one hundred twenty million folks are out there. Do you myspace? If so, I’d love to “friend” you! Post a link or go to my pages and click “Add Me”.

For those who are curious, my MySpace pages are:

Friday at noon (Eastern Time) I’ll draw a name from those who either respond on this blog or “friend” me (make sure to mention Access Romance in your request) for a signed paperback copy of Sex and the Single Ghost.

See you at MySpace!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 6:00 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Think you've received the WORST rejection letter ever?

Check out this one (agent's name changed by original poster, not me *g*):

"Dear X,
Thank you for your query and I would like you to know I read it with deep interest. By the end though I found your style about as opposite for me as I could ever find. The grammar needed work, the punctuation needed... well, to be there. I apologize I must reject representing your project, and though this isn't something I do often, I would like to say that if you ever decide to query me again, I will reject that as well. I have included two form rejection slips with this rare personalized letter, one for this query and one for the next you may send. Best, Agent PoopyHead"

Ease the sting of your last rejection. Read more HERE. Or post anonymously and give others a reason to feel better about the last stinger they opened.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:49 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Touch of the Beast

Yep, It's official. I'm a book trailer junkie.

Check out the trailer I made for my upcoming release, TOUCH OF THE BEAST.


Katie Spenser is looking forward to some R-and-R with her best friend Abby when she makes the loooong trip from Chicago to Alaska. Unfortunately, rest and relaxation are not what she gets.

A missing best friend...
Men who turn into bears...
Bad guys shooting guns.

The only part of Katie’s so-called vacation that’s pleasant is Raul Zant. She simply cannot resist a guy so sexually dominant that a mere glance produces delightful tingles and quivers of anticipation. And the sex... Two words: Mind. Blowing.

Security Officer Raul must turn over his renegade best friend to Omega, or his brother will die. He loves his brother, but handing over his best friend, regardless of the reason, isn’t exactly painless. And speaking of pain, his desire for Katie is so relentless and intense it’s agonizing. She will surrender. He must have her.

Together, with assassins at their heels, and fiery lust driving them into each other’s arms, Katie and Raul must rescue their friends, uncover who is behind Omega, and learn whether there is a cure for Raul and Tarik’s unusual “ailment.”

The trick will be staying alive.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:53 AM | 0 comments

Monday, October 16, 2006

A New RWA Recognized Publisher!

For those of you who don't know, Premium Press America publishes those tall mass market novels you see in CVS pharmacies. Here's the skinny on what they're looking for (from RWA's monthly newsletter, RWA eNotes):

Premium Press America
2606 Eugenia Avenue, Suite C
Nashville, TN 37211-2177

Acquisitions Editors:
Lanier Brandau, acquisitions and managing editor

All submissions must be in English.

Only completed manuscripts will be considered for publication. All
manuscripts submitted must be finished, satisfactory to the author and in
print-ready form. PPA will not edit for content but will edit for
appropriate language, grammar, spelling and layout style and design. For
questions regarding spelling and usage, consult The Chicago Manual of
Style, 15th edition; Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition;
and Webster's Third New International Dictionary.

Manuscripts should average approximately 80,000-88,000 words. Unpublished
original work and some previously published work will be considered.

A self-addressed stamped envelope must be supplied for reply. Rejected
submissions without sufficient return postage will be discarded. No
responsibility can be assumed for loss or damage.

The average time to reply to a submission is four to six
months. Submissions are accepted year round. Simultaneous submissions are
accepted but should be noted in the cover letter. If your manuscript is
accepted elsewhere before you hear from the reviewers at PPA, you must
notify PPA as soon as possible. Authors may submit up to three manuscripts
at one time but should not send more manuscripts until they learn of the
review status from their first three submissions.

Submissions must include:

Cover letter with author's contact information including address, phone
number, e-mail address, indication of the method they used for submitting
the electronic copy of their manuscript, and notification if they have
simultaneously submitted their manuscript.

One hard copy of the complete manuscript. Manuscripts must be paginated,
printed in black ink, size 12 font, Times New Roman, Arial, Courier,
Georgia or Garamond fonts only, single-sided pages only, with author name
and manuscript title as headers on every page.

One electronic copy of the completed manuscript set in the same standards
as the hard copy of the manuscript. The electronic copy of the manuscript
may be sent either on hard disk, compact disc, or by e-mail to: Ms. Lanier
Brandau at

Synopsis of the entire manuscript in hard copy and electronic copy.

Response Time:
Four to six months

Currently Seeking:
PPA is currently seeking exciting romance novels with a great story and
great writing. PPA accepts most romance sub-genres.

Featuring three romance imprints:
Jocelyn Hollow Romance: contemporary and romantic suspense
Long Meadow Romance: historical and special setting
Dorian Romance: erotic and romantica

Please Note:
PPA cannot accept manuscripts for review by query or synopsis alone.
Questions may be sent to Ms. Lanier Brandau at

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:29 AM | 0 comments

Friday, October 13, 2006

Is this guy for real?!

A quote from

"Her record of writing, having published and selling a pornographic book clearly shows that Susan Combs is a two faced, hypocrite who was obviously more concerned with her literary career and seeing her name in print than the morals of the young People of Texas who are exposed to her 222 page book, A Perfect Match, which has her name at the top of every other page - - - a clear testament to Susan Combs’ insatiable ego and desire to see her name in print."

Uh...the author's name is on the top of every other page...of EVERY book, except maybe the Bible. COME ON!!!!! Makes you wonder how many books this guy has read.

Okay. Let's take a serious look at this issue.

1. I despise smear campaigns.

2. While there are as many definitions of porn as there are rattlesnakes in Texas, a romance novel that portrays premarital sex is NOT porn by most people’s definition--most definitely not mine.

Don’t believe me? Let’s read a few of the passages Mr. Head quotes.

“Her shirt had risen when she’d stretched, exposing inches of soft skin. The woman knew how to drive him mad.”

Not even lukewarm there. She must do better than that. No wonder the book's out of print (joking!).

“He thrust his leg between hers and a deep heaviness throbbed in her belly...She needed him to fill the aching void at her center.”

That’s at least a smidge warmer. But it’s still FAR from porn.

“Their mouths had fused hotly, desperately, a feverish urgency in his touch...”

That’s almost steamy.

But where are the naughty bits? The grinding, the throbbing? The threesomes and moresomes? The jumping from partner to partner, the sexual experimentation? This is a vanilla romance novel. Heck, I’ve read stuff this steamy in the bible. Ever read the Song of Solomon?

Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus.
Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses.
How beautiful you are and how pleasing, O love, with your delights!
Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
I said, "I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit." (NIV)

3. I can appreciate the need for moral, upstanding citizens in our local government (biting tongue HARD here), but really, a romance author being called a two-faced hypocrite just because she’s had one book published?! IMO, by taking such a hard stance here, Mr. Head has lost all credibility.

4. If this guy represents the voice of the people in his community, then the women there have my sympathy. Wow, ladies. Get out to the polls and vote! It's the only chance you've got to keep ignorant jerks like this one out of power.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:07 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, October 12, 2006

No, I don't live in Alaska

...but seeing this, you wouldn't know it :)

I hate to see what's headed our way in January :(

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:23 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Revised Book Cover

I LOVED the first version of TOUCH OF THE BEAST'S cover. It is SO HOT. Syneca is a genius. But this new version, OMG! Absolutely perfect! I think it does a great job representing the book's Alaskan setting.

My only complaint--looks like the little bear didn't make it into the new version. Sniff, sniff.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:27 PM | 0 comments

A Great Way to Start the Day

Being a girl who's literally addicted to the 'net, the first thing I do every morning is check my email.

Most of the time, I discover I've won several international lotteries, been selected by some wife of a deceased political power in another country to retrieve funds from some bank account, and been told my prescriptions for drugs I don't take are ready for delivery.

I had a nice surprise waiting for me this morning. A review of MARK OF THE BEAST.

"Mark of the Beast is an intense, action-packed, sexy read! Tawny Taylor drags the reader into Abby and Tarik’s story and takes them for a wild ride."

Many thanks to Gracie from Joyfully Reviewed for the wonderful review!

Read the rest at: Joyfully Reviewed

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:59 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Release Date for TOUCH OF THE BEAST!

I just got the news...TOUCH OF THE BEAST will be releasing before the end of the month! October 25th to be exact! WHOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!

No cover yet. But I'll post it as soon as I get it.

At least I have a blurb:

Touch of the Beast
Tawny Taylor

Book 2 in the Animal Urges series

Katie Spenser is looking forward to some R-and-R with her best friend Abby when she makes the loooong trip from Chicago to Alaska. Unfortunately, rest and relaxation are not what she gets.

A missing best friend.
Men who turn into bears...
Bad guys shooting guns...

The only part of Katie’s so-called vacation that’s pleasant is Raul Zant. She simply cannot resist a guy so sexually dominant that a mere glance produces delightful tingles and quivers of anticipation. And the sex... Two words: Mind. Blowing.

Security Officer Raul must turn over his renegade best friend to Omega, or his brother will die. He loves his brother, but handing over his best friend, regardless of the reason, isn’t exactly painless. And speaking of pain, his desire for Katie is so relentless and intense it’s agonizing. She will surrender. He must have her.

Together, with assassins at their heels, and fiery lust driving them into each other’s arms, Katie and Raul must rescue their friends, uncover who is behind Omega, and learn whether there is a cure for Raul and Tarik’s unusual “ailment.”

The trick will be staying alive.


I have a cover!!!!! And oh, is it hot!

I mean REALLY hot!

I don't think people will be able to ignore this cover...what do you think?

My fave part...the polar bear.
Don't see it? Look again :)

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:29 AM | 2 comments

Monday, October 09, 2006

Does this book sound great or what?!

Raleigh in Rio, by Cassidy Kent $3.00
Click HERE to buy

October, 2006
ISBN 1-59426-498-8

Raleigh Campbell just learned that her five year marriage was a sham. Not only did she find her husband in their bed with a co-worker, but he has been carrying on the affair for four years! To cheer her up, Raleigh's friends take her to Rio during Carnivale to celebrate her 30th birthday and pending divorce.

Little does she know that her soon-to-be ex has cheated his company more than her. Private investigator Cristo Santiago has been assigned to watch Raleigh's every move in search of twelve million dollars of embezzled corporate money and that's landed him in the hot waters of obsession. His love for Raleigh is sealed under the starry Rio sky, but can he find the missing money without losing Raleigh's trust?

Size: Photon
Rating: Pulsar

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:26 AM | 1 comments

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Exciting news!

I just received word that my Ten Ways to Not Get Published--which has been expanded to Twenty Five Ways to Not Get Published--will be published in November/December's Affaire deCoeur magazine!

Outside of a couple articles appearing in my RWA chapter's newsletter, this is my first published piece of nonfiction.

Check out their website:

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:02 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, October 05, 2006

New Trailer!

Yes, I made another one. This one's for my Sydney book, About Monday. Since Sydney doesn't have a blog of her own, she insisted I post her snazzy trailer here. She's such a nag sometimes :)

posted by Tawny Taylor at 2:27 PM | 2 comments

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Good Cause


Books and advance copies from your favorite authors like Eloisa James, Nora Roberts, Julia London, Laurell K. Hamilton and so many more; critiques of your works in progress from authors like Charlaine Harris, editors and agents; promotional opportunities; and just plain fun stuff like Harry Potter movie posters signed by producter/director Chris Columbus!

Great stuff, just in time for the holidays!

I'm currently in the thick of organizing a fundraiser for Love Without Boundaries (, an excellent nonprofit that provides medical care to orphans in China ­ the project has been exciting, challenging, heartwarming and eye- opening. I hope that everyone who reads this article will come over to the auction site and bid generously! There is such a great need for funds to help out these precious children in China.

The idea for this fundraiser came to me only days after my husband and I submitted our Letter of Intent to adopt a little girl waiting for us in the Chuzhou Social Welfare Institute in the Anhui Province of China. I¹m excited that the fundraiser will go live just a few short weeks before we
travel to China to bring our daughter home.

The huge need for medical care for the millions of orphans in China hit home for us as we started our adoption journey and found our daughter on our agencies waiting child list. We investigated not only her particular need (cleft lip and palate), but also learned so much about so many challenges faced by these precious children. So many whose lives can be changed by just a few thousand dollars, some even just a few hundred! Five hundred dollars can repair a cleft palate. Five thousand can save a heart baby.

When I put the call out to friends and colleagues, I was humbled -- though not surprised -- by the generosity of all who are donating. We have a range of great items to bid on, from signed books, to Hollywood memorabilia, to critiques of your book or screenplay by editors, agents, and
managers. Just to give you some idea, we have a Harry Potter movie poster signed by director Chris Columbus; books from Julia London, Eloisa James, Christine Feehan, Nora Roberts, Laurell K. Hamilton and so many more; goodies from author Nelson DeMille, manuscript and screenplay critiques offered by authors such as Charlaine Harris, as well as by literary agents and Hollywood mangers, and so much more from your favorite authors!

The auction will go live next week on October 4, 2006 and remain active for 10 days. For more information, go to -- and please, bid generously!

With love,

Julie Kenner
National Bestselling Author of

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:46 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Food, Glorious Food!

One of the most common questions people ask me is how I manage to balance my responsibilities as wife and mother (of a fairly large brood) with writing. My answer is always the same: I prioritize. And I'm the first to admit that certain domestic tasks fall to the bottom of my priority list, including cooking.

I LOVE to eat. I love food. But if it's a choice of eating something scrumptious that takes forever to prepare or writing, I choose writing. It's not just a matter of economics, although that is a big part of it.

So, what do I cook?

Note: I cook a large enough quantity to last no less than two nights. That way, I'm only forced to cook three times a week.

Crockpot roast--take a hunk of meat, throw it in a crockpot along with some potatoes (don't even bother chopping them up anymore), carrots and peeled onions. Pour two cans of Red Gold brand Roasted Garlic and Onion stewed tomatoes over everything, cover and simmer for eight hours.

Sloppy Joes--Dump a pound of ground beef in a skillet and guilt-trip a teenager into standing there and stirring until browned. Then drain, return to skillet and add one can of Manwich, simmer for a few minutes.

Oven BBQ chicken--arrange raw chicken in glass baking pans. Bake for roughly an hour until juices run clear. Pour a bottle of BBQ sauce over chicken and continue baking for a couple of minutes. Pull out and serve.

There you go, three of my family's favorite meals. Easy. Cheap. And convenient.

Anyone else have an easy-to-prepare recipe to share?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:50 AM | 2 comments

Monday, October 02, 2006

No, you can't share.

That's something you don't hear every day...or at least it's something I haven't heard often. When I was growing up, I was taught to share. It's nice to share.

I like to be nice.

But when it comes to ebooks, it's NOT nice to share.

Why is that? Why can't you share ebooks? After all, if you bought the book, you should be able to do anything you want with it. Right? When you buy a paperback book, you can toss it in the trash. You can loan it to your best friend...who never returns anything she borrows. You can sell it to the highest bidder on eBay. You should be able to do the same thing with an ebook. It's your right. You paid for the darned thing...


This is the part where I'm going to quote a friend of mine, who happens to be an attorney. She is SO MUCH BETTER at explaining this legal stuff...but in a nutshell, she's stating you CAN legally do most anything you want with something you physically possess--something you can hold in your hands. But the problem is, an ebook doesn't fall into that broad category (an ebook reader does).

So, following is a very clear explanation of why ebooks are different from treebooks--in relation to sharing, swapping, selling, etc.
I'm constantly asked why it's OK to lend someone a print book but it's not OK to do the same with an ebook.

The answer is really quite simple.

With a print book, you actually have tangible personal property as well as intangible intellectual property. The intellectual property involved is the creation of the author--the creative work itself contained within the pages of the book. This is what the copyright protects--the author's expression. However, since it is in print and can be held in your hands, it's also personal property. The reader purchases the book. While they didn't purchase the copyright, they purchased the physical book. This is where the first sale doctrine kicks in. Once the "first sale" has been made, the purchaser can do anything with it that they so choose (other than infringement the work of course). Since they've purchased the physical book, they can dispose of it in any matter that they so choose, much as with any other form of personal property, inclduing reselling it or lending it to someone. When they lend someone their copy, they no longer have that copy in their own hands. It is now in the hands of the other person. There is still only one copy involved.

However, with ebooks, when you email the story to your friend, you're actually creating additional copies of the work. Your initial purchased copy remains on your hard drive and in your sent mail, and now there's a second (or possibly third, fourth, fifth, you get the point) copy out there on the hard drive of the receipient. This recipient can then email a copy to their friend, and the recipient's copy still remains with them while they've caused a third copy to be made in their friend's email. And it goes on and on. Since one of the exclusive rights of the copyright holder is the right to make copies, you've just massively infringeed that right when you share the work with someone else, even if you're only intending for them to "borrow" it, simply because you're still free to read while they're "borrowing" it. You didn't lose your personal copy because it was never personal property. It was intangible property, which is infinitely divisible.

By Amanda Brice, Attorney and Author
SHE'S GOT LEGS--coming late June 2006 from Freya's Bower
"A Perfect Match" available in June 2006 issue of Lyrica

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