I remember how accomplished I felt when I completed my first trilogy. Every book published is a boulder pushed up a hill. So when I heard Marie Ferrarella was publishing her 250th novel this week, I just had to ask her: How did she did it?
Today we get our first look at Dakota Johnson – aka Anastasia Steele – on the cover of the February issue of Vogue magazine! My only complaint is that she’s not blindfolded. The countdown to February 14 just gets better and better. To read more about the cover and Dakota’s plans for post-Fifty Shades, check out E! online
The world’s most stylish pregnant woman became a new mom yesterday: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcomed baby boy Otis Alexander Sudeikis on Wednesday, April 23. Mom made the announcement on Twitter: “Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I’m the building).” This kid is going to have good looks and a great sense of humor…a romance hero in the making. Congrats to Olivia and Jason. (We’ll miss seeing you rock the best maternity wardrobe ever, Olivia!)
What was your favorite romantic movie of the 1990’s? Do you even have to think twice about it? I’m guessing for a huge percentage of readers it’s Pretty Woman. And how could it not be? Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, shopping, and sex. What could be better? How about…Pretty Woman, the musical! Yes, director Garry Marshall, screenwriter J.F. Lawton, and producer Paula Wagner are, according to the NewYork Post, working on a Broadway production. (I just hope Lawton doesn’t try to go back to his original ending, in which Vivian ended up kicked out of a limo instead of where she belongs…in Edward’s arms!) Thoughts?
The Fifty Shades of Grey mania continues with the latest of the official merchandise. E.L. James had a hand in creating two wines, one white and one red. The white is called “White Silk” and the red is called “Red Satin.” Here’s what E.L. had to say about them: “If you spill the wine, I will punish you, Miss Steele.” – Christian Grey Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey, reflecting the sensuality that pervades every encounter between Anastasia and Christian. I’ve always had a penchant for good wine, so helping to create the blends Red Satin and White Silk felt like a natural extension of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I hope all of you curl up with a glass to savor the romance and the passion. You can buy them here… Continue
Yesterday, an NPR show out of Boston, “On Point With Tom Ashbrook,” hosted a raging debate on what’s romance, what’s erotica, and what’s porn. They show featured one of my favorite romance bloggers Wendy Crutcher (aka SuperWendy), bestselling author Angela Knight, and Jesse Baron, an editor from Harper’s Magazine. Last night, just a few hours after this show aired, I participated in a panel about erotic romance at the New York Public Library where we debated many of the same issues: What do these books say about gender roles? What do women want in books versus what do they want in their bedrooms? What is the line in the sand when it comes to sex scenes? Click below to hear the radio show – and let me know what you think.