Huge Giveaway from NYT & USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Melissa Foster

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To help celebrate the release of her newest Romance, bestselling author Melissa Foster,has created a fun Street Team for readers of her books and lovers of the Romance genre. As part of this launch, she will be giving away lots of prizes—and I mean lots. From chocolate gift baskets to autographed books to super swag, she will be giving away more than 20 prizes, and as many as 520!

If the Street Team reaches 500 members by Monday, December 22, every single member will score an Advance Review Copy of her upcoming novel, Seaside Secrets. That means that you can enjoy the newly released Seaside Sunsets and then immediately read the next installment in the series. Pretty cool, huh?

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Not in the mood to join the team? Not a problem! You can still enter the Rafflecopter contest for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and autographed book.

Now that I know you’re excited, read on to learn more about Melissa’s Street Team and her newest release, Seaside Sunsets.

About Melissa’s Street Team

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Do you LOVE Melissa Foster’s hunky heroes and smart, sexy heroines? Want to tell others about her books and help spread the word while gaining exclusive peeks at upcoming releases? Join Melissa’s Street Team, and become one of her most trusted fans!

Fab fan benefits:  Personal interaction with Melissa, lively discussions with other super fans and romance junkies, sneak peeks into future publications, exciting challenges with great prizes/swag, and fancy badges for your website, blog, and social media profiles.

Join today:  www.facebook.com/groups/melissafosterfans

About Melissa’s Newest Release

*SEASIDE SUNSETS WAS CHOSEN AS ONE OF AMAZON EDITORS’ BEST ROMANCE BOOKS OF DECEMBER 2014

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother–and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life–and his heart–upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away

Recommended for readers aged 18+

Get Seaside Sunsets on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, or Google Play!

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Support Women Authors with Shebooks Kickstarter Campaign

I wasn’t familiar with Shebooks until I spotted their current Kickstarter campaign online but from a look at it I like what they’re doing.

They publish ebooks “by women, for women” with an emphasis on memoirs, which is one of my favorite types of books to read. Their kickstarter campaign is designed to fund more publishing as well as to raise awareness of a gender bias in the writing industry.

I actually didn’t know that there was such a bias – that, according to their reports at least, women are published less and earning less than men despite having more bestselling titles. If this is true (and I have no reason to believe it’s not; I’m just phrasing it that way because I haven’t done additional research on my own so I’m just repeating what they’ve shared) then I’m a bit embarrassed that it’s not something I was aware of considering that this is my field. I mean, I mostly do self-publishing and prefer that route but it’s still something important to be aware of.

So I’m glad that they’re raising awareness while supporting authors to change that. Good stuff.

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The Creative Career of Dona Meilach

In a few days I’ll have a post up on my crochet blog about the crochet artists featured in the books by Dona Z. Meilach, particularly her 1970s books. But crochet isn’t the only craft this author covered in her prolific writing career. In fact, she seems to have authored books on almost every craft topic as well as other design and even food books. I can’t find much information about the author herself but I think her work speaks for itself.

About the Author

What I do know about Dona Z. Meilach is that she was born in 1926 and lived until 2006. She authored her first book that I can find anyway in 1964. Her last book was published in 2007, shortly after her death. In that time span she wrote dozens of books. I am amazed by how prolific she is and think that she did a great job in her lifetime of curating the work of other creative people in a way that not only reflected her own interests but preserved a piece of history through the lens of those interests.

Why Meilach’s Books Matter

Meilach’s books run the gamut of craft and design subject matter. Her first book was about found art; her last book was on decorative ironwork. Her other books cover a wide swath of topics including rug making, blacksmithing, homemade liquers, basketry, batik, furniture making and fondue. The books themselves matter individually, of course, because of the information that they offer – especially the ones that offer instructions on how to do these crafts yourself so that the crafts are preserved over time.

Why I think these books really matter, though, is that so many of them are collections of the works of other crafters. I learned about Meilach in my research into 1970s crochet designers. Several of her books feature of the works of artists who were working during that time period, on the cusp of when the craft was beginning to get acceptance as an art form. She features images of the works of artists that I’ve seen in other publications as well as works from artists whose work I haven’t seen elsewhere. The sum total of Meilach’s books is an amazing collection of curated crafts and art that celebrate the individual artists, the history of the crafts and the work of makers of all kinds. This is important.

Writers can do many things but I think one of the most important things that we do is to share and preserve the stories of others. That’s a lot of what Meilach has done in these books.

Some of the Books

You can see the books I checked out related to crochet in the upcoming Wednesday post on my crochet blog. But here I’ll share some of her other interesting titles. I’m currently loving the oldest book of hers that I was able to locate, which is the book Collage and Found Art that she co-authored in 164 with Elvie Ten Hoor. It talks about how collage allows the artist to get a fresh perspective on mundane objects, including paper, and to turn that into new art. It gives tips, techniques and ideas for collage art including mixed media and found art collage – something I think many of us think of as a relatively new thing.

Other Meilach books I’m interested in checking out include:

1970s Jazzercise book; I’d love to check it out for the retro appeal!

1970s book on papier mache art

1988 book on ethnic jewelry

2000 book that covers the history of a specific niche of metal sculpture work

2006 book about teapots and the people who make and collect them

What a fun career Meilach seems to have had!

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