Author Archives: Rose

Hanukkah giveaway, 8th night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

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This final gift is a signed copy of my novella “All or Nothing”, a Listen to the Moon button reading “The butler did her!”, and a magnet saying “HE BROUGHT HER A HAM!” (if you’ve read Sweet Disorder, you get it.)

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

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All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Happy holidays!

Hanukkah giveaway, 7th night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

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NOTE: Each link will become live on the corresponding night of Hanukkah! Just check back later this week. 🙂

Tonight’s gift is a copy of Joanna Shupe’s A Daring Arrangement and an “I’m in Hamilton’s Battalion” button.

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

If you’d like to be notified of future contests in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Happy holidays!

Hanukkah giveaway, 6th night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

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NOTE: Each link will become live on the corresponding night of Hanukkah! Just check back later this week. 🙂

Tonight’s gift is a copy of Courtney Milan’s The Governess Affair, plus 2 pieces of Courtney swag: a Pele button, and washi tape reading “women: doing things since forever”.

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

If you’d like to be notified of future contests in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

Happy holidays!

All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Hanukkah giveaway, 5th night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

NOTE: Each link will become live on the corresponding night of Hanukkah! Just check back later this week. 🙂

Tonight’s gift is my RWA2018 tote bag (unused) and enamel pin. If you win this one you can pick which one of my books you want to go in it.

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

If you’d like to be notified of future contests in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Happy holidays!

Hanukkah giveaway, 4th night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

NOTE: Each link will become live on the corresponding night of Hanukkah! Just check back later this week. 🙂

Tonight’s gift is a signed copy of Theresa Romain’s Scandalous Ever After, and a Tessa Dare button reading simply, “I Dare.”

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

If you’d like to be notified of future contests in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Happy holidays!

Hanukkah giveaway, 3rd night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

NOTE: Each link will become live on the corresponding night of Hanukkah! Just check back later this week. 🙂

Tonight’s gift is a signed copy of my Sweet Disorder, a magnet from me saying “HE BROUGHT HER A HAM!” (if you’ve read the book, you’ll get it), and a rosette like ones Lively St. Lemeston Whigs wear.

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

If you’d like to be notified of future contests in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Happy holidays!

Hanukkah giveaway, 2nd night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

NOTE: Each link will become live on the corresponding night of Hanukkah! Just check back later this week. 🙂

Tonight’s gift is a signed copy of Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You, a button from Alisha saying “A lady in the street, Akira in the sheets,” and a Cockygate button.

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

If you’d like to be notified of future contests in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Happy holidays!

Hanukkah giveaway, 1st night

A gift is going up every night of Hanukkah! (Each gift is a book plus swag—some mine, some I collected for you at RWA.) Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. You can find all the gifts here:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

NOTE: Each link will become live on the corresponding night of Hanukkah! So if it doesn’t work, check back later this week. 🙂

Tonight’s gift is a signed copy of Alyssa Cole’s A Princess in Theory, a Duke by Default postcard, a button from Alyssa saying “This HEA slays fascists,” a pencil reading “This machine kills fascists,” and an “I’m in Hamilton’s Battalion” button to celebrate our anthology.

If you’d like to receive an exclusive scene of your favorite couple from my books celebrating their winter holiday, sign up for my holiday mailing here!

If you’d like to be notified of future contests in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

All winners will be randomly selected on December 15th. Entries are open on all gifts until then.

Happy holidays!

Rose Doctors the Book: “Venom”

WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS.

I have to say, I had a great time at Venom. It was charming. It was funny. Tom Hardy was acting his little heart out. And it ended on a high note! I can’t remember the last time I left a movie feeling so satisfied. Ant-Man and the Wasp, maybe? I am a sucker for odd couple stories, and if one half of the couple is a gross, bloodthirsty, weirdly-petty-but-also-weirdly-susceptible-to-kindness monster, all the better! I also really enjoyed how in love with Eddie Venom was (WITH HIS LAST BIT OF STRENGTH HE SHAPED HIMSELF INTO A PARACHUTE MY HEART), and (look, I’m easy) I laughed out loud in the theater when Annie and Eddie agreed that it felt good having Venom inside them.

I did have some concerns about various production stuff (why is Venom shaped like that? Why are all the action sequences so choppy and dark? Why didn’t Jenny Slate have more lines and maybe Michelle Williams’s role? She is LUMINOUS) but I am here to doctor the BOOK so I will limit myself to that.

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Rose Doctors the Book: “A Star is Born”

I can’t remember a recent movie that got an ad campaign like A Star is Born. When you go to a movie, the trailers tend to be targeted, although we can debate about the usefulness of the categories. For the last six months, I’ve seen “all the family drama trailers”, “all the black trailers”, “all the suspense trailers plus all the minority trailers”, “all the trailers we think middle aged women will like”, “all the comedies,” and various combinations thereof.

But EVERY SINGLE MOVIE showed the trailer for A Star is Born. I assume every movie in America showed the trailer for A Star is Born. I have no idea what that kind of ad campaign costs but it can’t be cheap!

At first the BFF and I laughed. “Who is going to see a Star is Born remake in the year of our lord 2018?” we asked each other.

Gradually, we realized the answer was—us. We were going to see the A Star is Born remake.

Mostly, it was curiosity. The trailer gave very little indication of what kind of movie this was, or even what the plot was. It seemed to show only the early part of the characters’ relationship even though we knew the core of the movie was that she becomes a bigger star than him and he can’t handle it. Partly, it was a love of musicals and Jason Isbell. Partly, it was that Lady Gaga is a total babe with an amazing voice. (When Bradley Cooper touched her nose, I murmured breathlessly, “Living the dream…”)

Secretly, I think I was hoping for a train wreck. I wanted the movie to flop and for Bradley Cooper to have to go bankrupt, and I wanted front row seats for the disaster. (Yes, I know this is gross, but here we are. I don’t even remember why I don’t like Bradley Cooper! I think there was a reason? I do remember several things Lady Gaga has done that annoyed me which is why I haven’t listened to any of her albums since, uh….Monster? Was that the second one? But she’s also much more talented than he is.)

But also, secretly, I was hoping for a great movie with great songs, that would capture the struggles of successful women surrounded by fragile male egos.

In the end, I’m not entirely sure what I got. It wasn’t bad, exactly. I just…don’t know what it was.

Here are my suggestions to improve the A Star Is Born script.

WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS.

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