June 6, 2020

As more and more companies and publishing-related businesses began to make statements in support of the national Black Lives Matters protests spreading throughout the country, Romance Writers of America (RWA) released an announcement to its membership late Friday in support of the protests. The statement said, in part,  “That our authors from marginalized communities, especially our Black authors, have been treated as somehow less deserving of a seat at the table of publishing. We must admit and learn from this shameful past, while standing...

May 30, 2020

Source: Guy and Saint Thomas' 

A British doctor and nurse who had canceled their wedding plans due to the coronavirus pandemic found a way to reschedule their wedding at the hospital where they work.

Jann Tipping, an ER nurse, and Annalan Navaratnam, an acute medical doctor, had planned to get married in August, but had canceled because they feared their family members wouldn’t be able to travel at that time. But the couple were able to have family members from Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka attend because they live-streamed their hospital we...

May 29, 2020

Image taken from Netflix 

Australian Hannah Gadsby up-ended American comedy last year when her freshman Netflix special “Nanette” made us all see that there was a whole new way of making fun of our society without being misogynistic and/or racist.  She gave us a new definition of punching up managing to cover sexual assault and bullying in a comedy routine, and not make it squicky.

“Douglas” is the title of her latest Netflix special, named after her dog (and, we learn, a interior private part of the female anatomy that was named after a man...

May 28, 2020

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Book Expo America (BEA), the annual conference for the publishing industry that usually takes place in the last week of May in New York City, has gone online as a result of the Coronavirus.  For the next few days, industry professionals and avid booklovers can tune in online to author dinners, panels and book trends presentations.

Some of the highlights include a number of children’s publishing events which will be presented on Thursday and Friday. There will be five young adult and five middle-grade editors buzzing...

May 25, 2020

Photo credit to Annabel of Belathee

When Elaine Welteroth, a former Teen Vogue editor and Project Runway judge, and her musician fiancé Jonathan Singletary realized that the carefully planned destination wedding they had dreamed about in the Dominican Republic was not going to take place this spring, the couple decided to keep the date and improvise.

The date 5/10/20 was important to the couple, who has met when they were 12 in church in Northern California and reunited as adults by their church-going mothers. “There was so much symbolism in...

May 22, 2020

In a surprise move, yesterday the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors announced the introduction of a brand-new award, The Vivian, “named after RWA founder Vivian Stephens, whose trailblazing efforts created a more inclusive publishing landscape and helped bring romance novels to the masses.”

Equally surprising, RWA announced that they would be ending their annual RITA Awards, which had been perceived as the Oscars of romance writing, but had recently been tarnished by its non-inclusiveness over its 30 year history. The RITA awar...

May 20, 2020

As the annual book awards season rolls in, the innovative hybrid publisher Riverdale Avenue Books announced that four of their titles have received awards.

Riverdale Avenue Books won a Bronze Medal from The Independent Publisher Book Awards, affectionately called the IPPY Awards, in Erotica for No Safewords 2, edited by Laura Antoniou, and a second Bronze Medal in Horror for The Armageddon Chord, by Jeremy Wagner.

The Golden Crown Awards, the leading lesbian literary awards, choose Find Someone to Love by Divya Sood as a Finalist in...

May 19, 2020

photo: Insidefoto/ Backgrid 

When the Jersey Shore opens this Memorial Day, will we see Snooki and Jenni WoWW in a Trikini?

The Trikini is the latest development as a result of living worldwide pandemic.  It’s a bikini with a matching waterproof face mask, and People Magazine tells us that Kelly Rippa is a fan. 

This swimsuit was developed by Tiziana Scaramuzzo, owner of the Italian brand Elexa Beachwear line. According to the Daily Mail, Scaramuzzo told Italian news outlet Centropagina that the idea for her pandemic-safe swimwear “was born jo...

May 17, 2020

As a divorced woman myself, I’ve wondered what it would be like to be stuck in lockdown with someone you can barely stand.  Well, Mary Kay Olsen, one of the actors/fashion empire twins from “Full House,” has shown us the way.

After five years of marriage to her much older husband (who is the half-brother of the former president of France), Olsen filed for an emergency divorce this week because her banker husband had informed her that he wanted her out of their Greenwich Village apartment by May 18th, which she does not want to do until a div...

May 11, 2020

Thankfully America’s celebrities seem to have learned that ostentatious instagram bragging is not the way to our hearts after two months in isolation, so this year America’s beloved stars have posted a lot of thankful-for-my-mom photos.

Surprisingly, the most heartfelt seemed to be Tallulah Willis’ tribute to her mom, Demi Moore, from whom she was estranged for three years.

"Channeling love and strength to every mother to be, tired mamas, step moms, and mamas who’ve lost something precious. I’m sending it to anyone who struggles to celebrate...

May 6, 2020

Photo taken from Vulture magazine

Advant garde singer and performer Amanda Palmer announced on Twitter that her husband of nine years, fantasy author Neil Gaiman had left her and their four year-old son in New Zealand while he relocated to the UK. The biggest surprise was that she hadn’t told Gaiman that she would be making the announcement and he, like the rest of us, learned that she had gone public with their break up on Twitter.  She also gave further details of their split on her Patreon account.

Gaiman and Palmer had left the US after D...

May 3, 2020

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will allow California couples to obtain their marriage licenses via teleconference as the state has stopped weddings and other large gatherings during the pandemic.  California residents will also be able to "conduct a ceremony to solemnize the marriage via videoconference, as long as both parties are present, and have at least one witness who can join the live video conference," according to a statement released by the governor’s office. These new laws will be in effect for...

April 30, 2020

To celebrate the final day of the National Poetry Month, the American Academy of Poets will host Shelter in Poems: A Virtual Reading of Uplifting Poems to Bring Us Together on Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. E.T. 

“As National Poetry Month comes to a close, many of us will have weathered a month of solitude in an act of solidarity to protect each other. During these weeks, poetry has brought us all closer together even as we remain physically apart,” the academy’s website stated.

The event will raise funds to support our free publications a...

April 29, 2020

Parks and Rec is definitely my favorite television show of the last decade.  I embraced Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope like my long-lost doppelganger and fell so passionately in love with her Galantine’s Day that I have celebrate it every year on February 13th.  And, truth be told, Ben Wyatt is my idea of the absolute perfect man.

So you can only imagine my glee and excitement when I learned that the world will be getting a brand new COVID-19 from home episode of Parks and Rec to get us through this endless self-isolation on Thursday, April...

April 27, 2020

Some would say that Sean Bury had too much time on his hands. Others would call it the sign of true love.

But one Los Angeles family man spent hours splicing various images of his wife into the one-minute opening of the 1980’s sit-com about a bar in Boston “where everyone knows your name.”

He then posted the result on Twitter so we could all be charmed.

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