Thursday, September 22, 2011

Charlaine Harris at The Writers Colony October 1st tickets still availble !

This would be sooo much fun !

Reserve your tickets now for an afternoon and/or an evening with the New York Times Best Selling Author of the wildly popular "Sookie Stackhouse" urban fantasy series, and HBO's mega-hit series "TRUE BLOOD".
Charlaine Harris has graciously scheduled two exclusive appearances and book signings to help raise awareness and support for and all the writers we serve. This is the first time the Magnolia, AR native has visited Northwest Arkansas.
Space is limited, so get your tickets now by calling the Writers Colony at 479-253-7444, or emailing

Saturday, October 1, 2011
1-3pm at The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs AR
Meet Charlaine Harris
The charming, funny and very southern Miss Harris will be appearing at The Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, in the Conservatory on Saturday, October 1 from 1pm-3pm.
Tickets are $50 and include a buffet and cash bar.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
6:30-10:30pm at The Peel Mansion, Bentonville, AR
An Evening With Charlaine Harris
On Saturday night, Miss Harris and the Writers Colony will host a fabulous dinner at The Peel Mansion in Bentonville, AR, from 6:30-10:30 pm where we will engage Miss Harris in an "Writers Studio" format with audience participation.
Tickets include a full-course dinner and all cocktails and beverages: $125 for single tickets, $200 per couple, $750 for a table of eight. Special dinner seating with Miss Harris at her table is available for $250 each, $450 per couple.
You won't want to miss this once in a lifetime chance to meet one of the hottest writers of our time!

Sookie and Eric : Worst Paranormal Book Sex Scenes ??

I’ve heard from numerous paranormal fantasy authors that the hardest sequences to write well are sex scenes – and, from a reviewer’s perspective, I couldn’t agree more. For every emotionally supercharged, wildly erotic passage that I read, there are dozens – no, hundreds – more that just don’t, ahem, measure up. Too much anatomical play-by-play (i.e. Pornographic Twister) makes for a gratuitous and repulsive reading experience and too much flowery description is downright comical. Words like turgid, heaving, and throbbing are a clear indication – at least for me – that a cheesy sex scene is quickly approaching. I can almost smell the Velveeta now…

Before listing some examples of good sex scenes gone bad, however, I feel it necessary to point out that a fair amount of the sex scenes in paranormal fantasy novels are meant to be amusing – Nicole Peeler’s Jane True saga and Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series, for example – so please keep that in mind when reading the sometimes hilarious and sometimes deeply disturbing excerpts below.

Many readers tell me that they would rather have no sex scene at all than a badly written or awkwardly choreographed sex scene – but I disagree. Sometimes a bad sex scene produces laugh-out-loud entertainment and makes an unremarkable read suddenly memorable – albeit for the wrong reasons. And in the case of novels like Peeler’s "Tracking the Tempest," bizarrely described sex sequences can make a good story truly unforgettable – for all of the right reasons.

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