My first blurb, and guest blogging!

I’m blogging today for ‘Wordy Wednesday’ at Kerry Freeman’s blog, and talking about sticking your butt in the chair. Check it out here:

And, I’ve had my first ever blurb! It’s for the very excellent parody, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, by Fanny Merkin (aka. Andrew Shaffer). I reviewed it upon its release, here.

I’m laughing as much as I was when I read the original Fifty Shades.

Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

Actually, strike that. I’m laughing more.

Quite sensibly, I began reading Fifty Shames of Earl Grey when I was by myself, flying to Chicago. And I proceeded to laugh out loud — and gain some puzzled looks — as I read. But how to explain the jokes in Fifty Shames? I didn’t attempt it then, because I didn’t want to get kicked off the plane for being a pervert.

It’s a delight to read. I still think of lines from the book and snicker to myself during a quiet moment at work, or while I’m walking home. Who but Fanny Merkin could put together jabs at Twilight, Fifty Shades, bronies, tea, and tech (mini-disc player, anyone)?

Even if you haven’t read E.L. James’ Fifty Shades (or the entire trilogy), you should still read Fifty Shames. It’s better, it’s funnier, and you’ll want more when you’re done.

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