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Release Day – BEAUTY AND THE CURSE

image002What do you get when you cross an author who writes humorous, sweet contemporary romance with an author who writes darker, steamier sci-fi and paranormal romance? You get a humorous adult fairy tale, BEAUTY AND THE CURSE.

My critique partner and author, Cathy Tully, and I had a blast writing this novella together.

It’s only $1.99 on Kindle. Please check it out & if the spirit moves you, we’d love a tweet, Facebook mention, or a Goodreads TBR add!

Cursed by a jealous witch, wealthy recluse Anabel Charming is destined to grow uglier with each passing year. Only by having sex before her twenty-first birthday can this virgin’s spell be broken. Yet no man will agree to sleep with the humpbacked, pockmarked, one-leg-shorter-than-the-other “Freak of Park Avenue.”

When handsome Chase Singleton shows up on a quest to retrieve his grandmother’s long-lost talisman, which Anabel now possesses, Anabel is willing to give up the jewel…if Chase agrees to break her curse. With two days left before her chance at a normal life is lost forever, Anabel and Chase discover the reality of beauty, the power of sexual healing, and the meaning of love.

“With engaging characters, witty prose, and a surprisingly sweet romance, Beauty and the Curse delivers a thoroughly entertaining and heart-warming read.” —Melinda Leigh, bestselling author of She Can Run

~K.M. Fawcett

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A Life Without Bookstores?

The mere title of today’s blog sends me into cold sweats because I am a lover of books. I shudder to think what a life without bookstores would be like. A few words that instantly come to mind are: cold, sad and depressing.

We didn’t have a lot of money when I was young, so I didn’t venture into a bookstore until I got my first job in Manhattan. Entering that store was an out of body experience for me. I spent more lunch hours than I care to admit, surrounded by books, rather than living breathing co-workers.

As a writer, it’s important to keep up with your genre, and the quantity of new releases can add up quickly, so, I broke down and bought a kindle last year. I find it extremely helpful especially when traveling, instead of packing five or six books, I can pack more clothes.

Here we are a few year’s later after the battle of the big bookstores, and I can’t help but find it ironic that after putting all the small bookstore’s out of business, these large conglomerates have also put each other out of business, leaving us with one bookstore chain.

One.  And I can’t help wonder how did this happen?

I talk to a lot of people who don’t buy ebooks. They want a print version. Not everyone owns a computer, and not everyone orders books on-line. So I think its always going to be important to supply readers with what they want. To do this, I have a hard time thinking that Amazon will be enough.

And one bookstore chain? Nope. I don’t think so.

Last week, a very good source told me that B&N closes twenty bookstores a year in the U.S. alone. Well, call me an optimist, but I think it’s time for the re-birth of the small bookstore. It’s time to get back in the game, boys. Whether they offer a little bit of everything, or specialize in certain genres: Children’s books, Romance, Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense, etc., I think people would welcome them back with open arms.

What do you think? Do you miss your local hometown bookstore? I know I do.

Best,

Cathy Tully