Ep 59.. The Power of Romance Book brings the Good to the World with Willow Winters.

On this Episode of Buzzing About Romance we are chatting with author Willow Winters about finding your path in the world and advocating for the greater good. We will high light her Charity Live A Thousand Lives Project.

Meet Willow Winters:   Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two. 

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision! 

The Live A Thousand Lives Project sprang from the desire to make audiobooks more accessible to the mobility-impaired community.

For our family, friends and other individuals with physical handicaps and degenerative disorders, manipulating physical books presents a unique challenge. Audiobooks offer a solution.

But opening apps, scrolling catalogs and the fine motor movements some take for granted create an obstacle between the mobile-impaired and their favorite stories.

The Live A Thousand Lives Project has been fueled by prolific Romance writers and unabashed book lovers who appreciate that audiobooks boost mental health, improve memory and stimulate the brain in ways that mirror reading printed text. Books feed our soul and fuel our imagination. We whole-heartedly feel these benefits should be available to people of all-abilities.

Romantic Buzz: RWA Vivian  AWARDS 

This time in the Romantic Buzz we talk about the controversy surrounding the latest awards and the winner of the Spiritual Romance Award. We are link both the Washington Post Article about the book and the problematic nature of it and also the RWA’s response.

The Book in question is At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer — opens with a depiction of the Wounded Knee Massacre that some readers and authors have criticized as romanticizing the killing of Native Americans. The book’s Publisher Bethany House, a Christian publisher.

RWA response https://www.rwa.org/Online/News/2021/Statement_on_2021_VIVIAN_Awards.aspx 

Update: As of 8/7/2021 The RWA did resend the award for At Love’s Command. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2021/08/06/romance-book-award-withdrawn-at-loves-command/5520083001/

August Book Club with Mickey Miller is Next Saturday 8/14 we are reading the Hold Out.   

September Drunk Book Club:  We are doing things  bit different for the month.  We have picked the author and now our Drunk Book Club Members are nominating the books! Author Kelly Jamieson will be joining us on Sept 18th  

NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY  Sept 6th.  8 Hour Live Stream on Youtube!  Carolina will be acting as Becky (my) Co-host).  We have 14 amazing romance authors joining us.  Mariah Ankenman,  Eve Kasey,  Samanthe Beck, Ofelia Martinez, Avery Flynn, Roan Parrish,  Serena Akeroyd, Gina Azzi, Sienna Snow, Xio Axelrod, Molly McLain, J Saman, Piper Rayne , Jiffy Kate 

What else we’re reading this week/weekend:  
Becky: Enemies by Tjian.   
Leah: Cabin 1 by Amanda McKinney book 1 of her Steele Shadows Security Series. 

Notable Upcoming releases: 

Releasing Aug 8th  
Guarded: A Salvation Society Novel by DC Renee  

Releasing Aug 9th  
Immoral by Nicole Dykes 
Spring Fever (Dating Season Book 5) by Laurelin Paige , Kayti McGee 

Release Aug 10th  
Come With Me (Baxter Boys, book 4)  by Mindy McKinley  
The Role by A B Wilson – Debut Release and Buzzing about Romance Librarian ! 
Finding Lexie (SEAL Team Hawaii, book 2) by Susan Stoker 
The Trouble with #9 (Hockey Hotties, #2) by  Piper Rayne  

Releasing Aug 11th  
Meritage: An Unexpected Blend – Gelbert Family Winery by Kelly Kay  
Taking A Chance (Loving the Wild Book 1) by Kat Obie  
Next Up (what we are discussing next time):  We are covering the Cover.  Author Rebecca Gallo recently recovered her debut Duet with the help of cover model and actor Ian Brownstone.  She share the experience over on tiktok throughout the process and even let TIktok Followers help pick favorite cover options.  Both Rebecca and Ian are going to join us and share with us the process of picking a cover model, recover the books and all that fun!  

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