Links: A Whole Lotta Romance Talk

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s been a difficult week and we hope all of you have been taking steps to take care of yourselves. For this edition of Wednesday Links, we’re getting back to what brought us here in the first place: a love of romance.

Ana and Thea of The Book Smugglers posted a spotlight on the ladies of the romance store The Ripped Bodice, whom they interviewed about being ladies entrepreneurs, about kickstarting etc. Bea and Leah also generously put together a box of romance goodies (pics attached) for our Kickstarter – which is in its last few days. Sarah backed it and is cheering them on.

Their Kickstarter has been successfully backed, but they have a pretty sweet stretch goal that they’d like to meet.

Sarah wrote a great response to the NYT Romance Roundup. Do read it if you missed it. I, however, am less eloquent as I proceeded to have many glasses of white wine and write up a rant over at Book Riot.

From RWA: Judging sign-up for the 2018 RITA Contest opens Tuesday, October 3, at 9 a.m. (CDT). This year, the RITAs are moving to an all-digital format, meaning judges will receive an electronic packet of books to read. This move benefits the organization and membership in multiple ways, and we hope it will make the contest run much more smoothly and effectively! To find out more about this change, please view our FAQ.

If you’re planning to enter this year’s contest—or if you’re a PAN member—please sign up to judge. A link to the judging sign-up form will be posted on the RWA website on October 3. RITA submissions will open November 1 at 11 a.m. (CDT).

Battery chargers!

Every few months a bigger, better, and lighter weight battery charger comes out. At this point I have 3 in various sizes—lipstick sized, 6.5oz, and the 12.5oz, which lives in our travel bag. I can recharge my kids’ DS, tablets, my phone, etc, before it runs out of charge. – SW

Bawdy Bookworms – this quarter’s box is available now. Code SMARTB for free US shipping or $6 off international shipping is still live. I really enjoyed the previous box. The book selection was a pleasant surprise and the item quality is top notch.

Close up of items featured in the Hurts So Good Bawdy Bookworm box, including a leather paddle.

Add a little kink into your life with Hurts So Good, this quarter’s Bawdy Bookworms Box.

To keep the respect for romance going, please give “Welcome to the Romance Resistance” a read at Salon. Our lovely Sarah is quoted!

Obviously authors appreciate the fact that their romances are selling well, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy to turn to writing about love at a time when there are so many threats to their health, safety and democratic ideals. All the authors I interviewed for this story said writing romance has been challenging for them post-election but that it’s ultimately been helpful as they forge ahead, as has reading the work of their fellow novelists.

Asked what role romance has played in her life since Trump’s ascendancy, SaFleur said it’s helped counter the real-life drama taking place nearby.

And as always, thank you to the authors, readers, and everyone in between for making the romance community an awesome place!

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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