Welcome to Good Karma Tuesday

First, CONTEST WINNERS. Yes, plural! The commenters were split between those who wrote/read tortured heroes and those who did not. So, I am pleased to announce not one but two random winners today!


Congratulations! Please email me (erica [at] ericaridley.com) with your address and choice of free book. Keep the good karma rolling! =)

Next, to answer some burning questions.

Post: Impending Wedding
Beverley asks:
Why do you call your intended MONKEYBOY??

Answer: Because he luuuurves monkeys, ever since he was a wee boy on his first visit to Busch Gardens and a cheeky little spider monkey reached out through the bars and slapped him on the face. To this day, even the mere image of a monkey will cause him to burst into uncontrollable laughter. He especially enjoyed Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, as you might imagine.

Bill Clark asks:
Why does one’s writing always look so much better when someone else quotes it in italics?

Answer: I don’t think it’s the italics so much as having something we write impact someone so much that they do quote it. How great of a feeling is that? (For the curious, I quoted a section of this post from Bill’s blog)

Post: Contests
Rashenbo asks:
I’ve got to admit.. it’s fun and exciting to win… well, anything – isn’t it?

Answer: I 100% agree! (Hence the wild winning going on this morning. I couldn’t seem to pick just one!)

Post: Dinner Party
Vicki asks:
So what is double secret probation??

Answer: Actually, I don’t know! I thought Kel would respond with something having to do with her vampire neighbors. (Ha! Bet you thought I was just being funny when I said she might’ve been bitten by the vampire neighbors–not so!)

Post: Poetry Monday
Susan Helene Gottfried asks:
I want to know the backstory to this!

Answer: That particular burst of teenage angst came from being in lurve with a boy who proclaimed his devotion, became my center of gravity for a heady year and a half, and then proceeded to casually mention he was picking up and leaving town (state, actually), which spawned a horrible clingy-denial moment, followed by me leaving state, albeit in the opposite direction. Angst, I tell you. Angst. *g

If you have any other questions (burning or otherwise) please leave ’em in the comments… Also, if you noticed I added pix of the books I’ve read so far in 2007 and have comments on any of the titles or authors, please comment about that, too–I love to dish about books! =)

Your turn: Give a gift or do something nice lately? (If not, why not?! Maybe we should have Good Karma Tuesdays. *g) Win anything lately? Hear any good news? What are you reading right now? Have you read anything on my list or by those authors? Spill!


  1. B.E. Sanderson - Reply

    My good karma thing for the week was saving a stray puppy. I gave him water, played with him, and called the local animal control guy. And before anyone gets that horrified look, our local guy is very nice and always finds homes for the strays. Not that it’ll be hard with this puppy – he was a sweetheart.

  2. Aura - Reply

    My recent win was a book called The Nymph King by Gena Showalter. Good book! And speaking of books, I looked over you list of books read this year and saw a couple that I have but haven’t read yet. Also, how were the Leopard Prince and Raven Prince? I’d love to read those. Ooo and on my to-be-bought list is Step Into Darkness by Naomi Bellis.

  3. beverley - Reply

    Elizabeth Hoyt’s RP,LP and SP (which you don’t have listed but I bet you will get once it’s out). My historical have dried up on me. Everything that is coming out has too much spying for the Crown and intrigue for my tastes, so I think I’ve going to have to start reading contemporaries again. I read A LOT, and when I can’t find a historical novel to my liking to pick up in a bookstore, you know it’s a sad, sad day.

  4. ERiCA - Reply

    B.E. & Kimber: Congrats! Your books are on their way.

    Aura: I really enjoyed TRP and TLP. I briefly mention them here, and I’m looking forward to TSP. Thanks for the tips–I’ve been meaning to try Gena Showalter for some time now. I guess I better!

    Beverley: You guessed it, I’m anxiously awaiting TSP. Sorry your historicals have dried up! I’d RAK you some, but I just sent all my TBR historicals to Darcy. (I’m going out of the country for a while and won’t have much time to read until I get back.) Just wait until you get to National, though… You better check an extra suitcase for all the books you’ll bring back!

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried - Reply

    Ooh, hey, thanks for the link love!

    I’m not sure what good karma I’ve done the past day or two, but it must have been something because I’m reaping the benefits of my efforts. Makes me ready to spread some more love around!

    As for books, I’m reading Where Serpents Lie by T Jefferson Parker and Every Secret Thing by Lila Shaara. One book per floor of the house (although no basement book)!

  6. Mary - Reply

    My good act was spending an hour with my son on my lap, sitting at my computer going through a Living Books story/activity together.

    I’m currently reading The Specialists: Model Spy by Shannon Greenland. They must have drawn my name in the TeensReadToo.com monthly contest, as the book magically appeared on my doorstep yesterday. =)

  7. Vicki - Reply

    I do my best to spread good karma all the time.

    I just finished reading Fantasy Lover by Sherylin Kenyon. I know that was the first way back but I had never read it or her before…yep I’m hooked!!

    Okay, your answer to my question causes several others to come to mind but first and foremost…vampires??? Do tell, Kelly, do tell. If you need drinks after the next meeting let us know. 🙂

  8. MerylF - Reply

    No good news, and no good Karma for me this week 🙂 But I do have a question!

    What was the defining moment in your life when you said “this is it, I am going to make a career out of my writing”, and what changes did you make to your life to get you where you are now?

    M 🙂

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