Blog Contests, Romance Novels & the Quest to Be Less Snobby

BUTTERFLY TATTOO by Deidre KnightImma throw this image in just because I like having a little thumbnail on my Facebook page and HEY, WHO ARE YOU TO STOP ME?  I recommend you follow Deidre on Twitter at While you’re at it, you should read all the other books I showed in the vlog post, they’re all worthy of consideration. THAT IS ALL


19 thoughts on “Blog Contests, Romance Novels & the Quest to Be Less Snobby

  1. Dude. Good for you that you’re expanding into other genres. It’s a great learning tool and I bet you’ll find it helpful as you continue working on your craft.

    Glad you’re feeling better. Oh, yeah. One more thing. Stop entering all these contests so someone else gets a chance to win. 😉

    1. Thanks Vivian. I’m not trying to say it’s wrong to NOT expand, but as a writer it seems potentially beneficial for me from both a craft perspective and an overall philosophical perspective. However I WILL NEVER STOP ENTERING CONTESTS, NEVEREVEREVER

      1. Absolutely. It’s hard to break out of the comfort zone and they’re still some genres I have difficulty reading. But one day, I will conquer all.

        And did I hear correctly? You won another book? Think it’s time to market some lucky charms for the rest of us?

  2. Since I know you are fond of blog giveaway contests, I thought you (and your minions) might be interested to know I’m giving away a brand new copy of YA author Julie Anne Peters’ latest book this week, as a tie in to a new interview series I’m doing. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

    And also, I admire you for your honest self-assessment. It’s an interesting point you bring up too–the assumptions or judgments we can pass on other types of writers while simultaneously getting our feathers ruffled when people do the same to us. I am sure we are all guilty of it from time to time if we’re honest about it.

    1. I WILL SEND ALL MY MINIONS AND ZOMBIE SQUIRREL FORCES OVER TO YOUR BLOG. Oh yeah, I’ll go there myself too. Thanks for the props – I agree, we’re probably all guilty of this kind of stuff from time to time. And in the larger sense it IS okay, since I know there are countless factors that go into people’s thoughts and feelings about genre fiction. I just wanna try and be self-aware about it, y’know?

  3. Because you’re not THAT GUY, Mike, and I respect you for that. As a romance lover and writer, I wish you good luck and happy reading. may you be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

    Report back. Evilly. Or not. Whatever.

    1. Thanks Lena, I honestly don’t know what my reaction will be, so pleasantly surprised has as good a chance as anything else! And if I do report back, you can bet it will be SOOOO EVIL

  4. Mike, since you were honest and admitted to your snobbery, I will do the same. I tend to shy away from romance novels for the reasons you mentioned. But you’re absolutely right that we, as children’s book writers, have no business thumbing our noses at genres when people do it to our genre all the time. Even though I have the maturity of a ten-year-old so romance novels will probably make me blush and giggle a lot, I may just give one a try! Happy reading. 🙂

    1. Thanks Anna, all we can do is try, right? I may not ever read another romance novel after BUTTERFLY TATTOO, who knows. But I’m gonna read at least this one.

  5. You know, all this ARC karma has got to be sucking the karma out of other parts of your life? How’s your parking karma? I bet it stinks!! (Or there is no justice in this world.)

    Romance authors are da bomb.

    1. My parking karma is, in fact, horribly bad! Also, in the past two weeks I’ve made two pots of soup that ended up tasting weirdly medicinal.

  6. Oh my gosh! I think Martha is on to something! I can’t win an ARC for nothing, but I have fabulous parking karma these days! ANd everything I cook is delish!

    So Mike – the moral of the story is – let us win some ARCs you ARC hog!


    1. What’s that you say? Congratulations on winning that ARC of Eric Luper’s THE LOVE MANIFESTO OF SETH BAUMGARTNER? Why thank you!

  7. I used to read romance novels when I was a teen. I’m not sure why I stopped, maybe because they elevated my romantic expectations to an unreasonable degree. Now that I’m married, I really don’t think I should read them! lol

    1. Interesting point about the unrealistically elevated expectations, Raynbow. I wonder what my wife thinks about this too – she’s seen this vlog post, but hasn’t actually said anything about it! Hmmm…

    1. Ah, it’s okay Madelyn, I appreciate you letting me know. I just went out and bought ORIGAMI YODA anyway, so it’s all good. 🙂

  8. Rock on for expanding boundaries. I’m doing a personal reading challenge this year to read genres I rarely or never read – western, romance, sci fi, mystery. Including romance was definitely an attempt to shed snobbery. I had fun buying what I’d call a bodice-ripper, but I still sandwiched it between THE GUNSLINGER and BLOOD MERIDIAN when I reached the checkout counter. Like a girlie magazine.

    1. HA! Girlie magazine! That is a massively enjoyable multi-faceted conceptual experience, wrapping the bodice-ripper between THE GUNSLINGER and BLOOD MERIDIAN like that. WELL DONE

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