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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

PoP Debate Question 3

How do The Story of O, Panic Snap, Carrie’s Story, 50 Shades of Grey, and similar erotic fiction push back against societal expectations of sexual virtue for privileged Anglo/Caucasian/white women? 

Friday, January 22, 2016

PoP Debate Question 2

Why is the sex in serious, critically acclaimed fiction so often sad, mad or bad; adulterous, incestuous or otherwise felonious, and disproportionately disappointing for characters who are female, non-Anglo and/or QUILTBAG with consequences that are bittersweet, tragic or catastrophic? 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Politics of Pleasure (PoP) Debate Question 1

In the pop culture age of Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S. Army Rangers Capt. Kristen Griest & 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, Ashley Nell Tipton, robust engagement and growth of the members in the Society of Women Engineers, and more female college undergrads than male in the U.S. and many other countries, why are women still judged according to their relationship status, physical appearance and body weight more than for their intelligence and accomplishments? 

Read Between The Lines Blog Tour for DODGING EROS



Friday, January 15, 2016

Language Barrier

When the switch from singular to plural gets lost in translation

Observation: Spell check doesn't work in a vacuum, and there are reasons why some cute reusable totes end up getting sold at the dollar store.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Patrons Behaving Badly

For many reasons the public library is one of my favorite places to visit. (Blerdy = black + nerdy!) It's quiet, except during children's story time, but hearing all those high-pitched voices oohing and aahing as the tale unfolds is the cheerful sound of future readers. Plus, they're young kids. Their behavior gets viewed with some leniency due to their youth.

Lately, whiny adults have been harshing my usual library buzz with their complaints about how loudly other patrons are tapping the keys on their keyboards. (Earbuds exist for a reason.) Another so-called adult loudly and repeatedly complained that she shouldn't need to wait in the queue for the next available computer because some people were only playing games and should get bumped from their seats in favor of people who need to do work. (Um, the library's been open for hours; you should have come earlier.) With silent (It's the library!) cheers from the nearby patrons, the librarian scolded this narcissist for her selfish attitude.

What is confusing about the phrase public library? It's designed to be a shared space for open access to resources. People who don't want to wait their turn or hear other people's ambient sounds while they work shouldn't come to the public library expecting the environment to feel like their private home.

[End tirade;-).]

I <3 Libraries

Sunday, January 3, 2016

DODGING EROS: Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Reviews Campaign

Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway


Reading has been a brain escape for me since my dad used silly voices at bedtime to enact each character from my collection of Dr. Seuss books. The launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Private Moments Publishing (an imprint of 5 Prince Publishing) seems like the perfect opportunity to offer reviewers and readers a chance to win a mini-retreat from the demands of being a grown-up and to focus on the pleasures of being a consenting adult.

Giveaway Details:
  • A mid-week, 3-day/2-night getaway for two adults (both at least 18 years old)
  • Entry period will run from 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, January 4, 2016 until at least 10 reviews of Dodging Eros are posted to Goodreads and Amazon.(1)
  • Winner will be chosen by random drawing, and announced on the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com) and posted to the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page by 30 days after the minimum number of reviews have been posted.
  • Within 30 days of confirmed verification of eligibility to receive the prize, the randomly selected winner will receive a gift card or voucher redeemable for the value of a mid-week, 3-day/2-night stay in a double occupancy standard room at a property at an international hotel chain or resort from a pre-determined list of locations. Booking dates subject to availability at the selected property. Gift card or voucher not redeemable for cash.
  • Winner is responsible for all prize taxes, travel arrangements, travel documents, applicable legal & medical clearances, travel costs, parking fees, upgrade charges, mini-bar, room service, spa services, activities fees, meals, gratuities, surcharges and currency exchange fees.
  • Winner is responsible for meeting all eligibility requirements.
  • One entry per person (at least 18 years old) per the following methods:
1.      Dodging Eros print or digital purchase and/or
2.      signing up to follow the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (current followers who are at least 18 years old as of the posting of the minimum number of reviews automatically entered) and/or
3.      DE review (e-ARCs available through NetGalley) posted to Amazon or Goodreads and/or
4.      “like” of the cover reveal post on the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page and/or
5.      @CardynBpresents #DodgingEros re/tweet(2) and/or
6.       #GrownUpsGetaway.
7.      No purchase necessary. Purchasing multiple copies of Dodging Eros will not equal multiple entries nor will it increase an entrant’s odds of winning. Total number of eligible entries as of the close of the contest will determine the odds of winning. 5PP and PMP employees, and employees of the winning hotel chain/resort and their spouses, domestic partners and their children are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law.

(1)   As sponsor of this Grown-Ups Getaway giveaway the author is not responsible for entries that are not received by the closing deadline. The author is not liable for events that may occur while giveaway winner and/or companion reside at the destination property or while they travel to and from the destination property. Entering this giveaway equals agreeing to all terms of participation.

(2)   Multiple re/tweets per eligible person are allowed and will be counted as individual entries. Becoming an @CardynBpresents Twitter follower will not increase an entrant’s odds of winning.

The randomly selected winner will receive a mid-week, 3-day/2-night mini-retreat for 2 adults (both at least 18 years old) as described in the above giveaway details.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.