The lovely Bona just reviewed Courtney Milan’s “Unlocked” at her blog¹, so of course, I had to check if I had it (I do) and then read it (which I am, mostly–damned paid job always gets in the way of my reading).
In the middle of this, I just looked at Ms Milan’s twitter feed? timeline? stream? (whatever) and saw that she will be in Melbourne, Australia next February, as one of the keynote speakers for ARRC2017 (Autralian Romance Readers Convention)
Congratulations, Ms Milan, so well deserved, for so many reasons (not the least of which is the quality of your writing)
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¹ Most of the blog is in Spanish, though Bona participates in SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge with monthly reviews in English.
(This post has been edited to add more links
for further reading as I become aware of them;
there is a second edit to address my inaccurate reporting
of the ending of a book I have not read)
This rant, which has been percolating in my brain and heart since the morning after the Ritas were handed down,¹ is brought to you by the inclusion of the book For Such a Time, by Kate Breslin, into the list of finalists for RWA’s Rita Awards.
Why would that be a problem? you may ask. Well, a couple of reasons, which have been thoroughly discussed in several places, but let us start with a quick summary, shall we?
The novel, set during WWII, is about a blue-eyed, blonde Jewish young woman–described as Jewess in the actual blurb, I kid you not–who is ‘rescued’ from Dachau’s concentration camp by the SS officer in charge of Theresienstadt concentration camp, and how they fall in love. The book ends with the Jewish protagonist’s faith being healed by the Bible (New Testament included), and with the SS officer having been redeemed by the power of (Christian) love.
Chew on that for a second, if you would.
A while back (perhaps two months ago?) there was a conversation on twitter about how difficult, if not impossible, it is to find people of color in stock photography.
This is by no means a novel concern.
Long before that conversation–almost a year ago, in fact–Courtney Milan had posted about the issue on her blog. So it’s not surprising that when she learned about Elise Marion setting up a Kickstarter campaign that would showcase the beauty of diversity–of all kinds–Ms Milan would tweet the link.
Considering the size of Ms Milan’s fandom and the number of re-tweets that link got, I wasn’t surprised to see that the project was fully funded within a day. In fact, as of this writing, Mosaic Stock Photos had raised $1,500 over the original amount sought.