Friday Favorites 3/8/13

Posted Mar 8 2013, 11:53 am in , , , , , , ,

I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in what feels like forever. I’m not even going to go look to see how long it’s been. The truth is, I’ve let a lot of my blog reading slide. There are still blogs that I read daily, but I never remember to make note of them to put together for a post. I’ve been spending most of my time writing and figuring out promotion and stuff. But I managed to carve out some extra blog reading time this week and I came across some posts that were so good, I have to share them.

First up, Merry Farmer posted about how some readers just don’t get it. This has to be one of the biggest things an author needs to learn. Some people argue that as an author, especially a new one, you shouldn’t read reviews. Admittedly, I don’t follow this advice, and I’m not going to deny that it stings when someone gives my book only one star, but for every negative review, I have a bunch of great ones. I understand that my book won’t appeal to everyone. And that’s okay.

August McLaughlin wrote a post this week about the female orgasm and first sexual experiences. My favorite part is reading about how Cosmo readers describe orgasm. As a romance writer, this is one of those things that’s hard to describe. The best part of the post, though, is the idea that women need to be empowered when it comes to their own sexuality. For all the fun people poke at romance, I believe this is one of the many reasons why women read it. They feel in control of their own sexuality because that’s the way most of us write it.

A blog that’s on the new side for me is Accidentally Sexy. I’m not sure how I originally stumbled onto the blog, but Ana Fernatt writes about love and dating and it’s great fun. A post from last week goes right along with August’s post as Ana describes what it means to be accidentally sexy. I love her list, especially “Being your truest self.” I think so many of us spend years pretending to be what we aren’t in order fill someone else’s expectations that we miss out on who we’re supposed to be.

Ana also posted about an incredible journey a couple had. They traveled together and instead of taking the usual touristy pictures, he documented their travels with photos of his girlfriend leading him through each destination.

And finally, just for laughs, the Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms had a hilarious post about what it means to be the kid of a mom who blogs (or in my case, writes). The first one is my favorite — “My mother used t bake cookies with me…but now she blogs and I pretty much raise myself.”

What fabulous thing have you come across in the past few weeks?



4 responses to “Friday Favorites 3/8/13”

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Shannyn! (Have I mentioned that I love how you spell your name??) I obviously have a couple of blogs to check out today… 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Thanks, Shannyn! I am going to check out the other blogs you mentioned too! Erin

  3. Ana says:

    Hi Shannyn!

    I’m so glad you discovered Accidentally Sexy! I’m so flattered to be included in your Friday roundup. I’ve been a little MIA over the past two weeks (as today’s post explained.) But I’m back and ready for action.

    I’ll have to check out one of yoru books!


  4. Ana says:


    Ugh. The internet means spelling mistakes live forever!