Top 10 Reasons You're not a Romance Heroine

Found this list over at Bookseller Chicks‘ blog. Thought you should take a look. Enjoy!

Black Expressions Book Club

I just found out that Through the Fire has been selected for the Black Expressions Book Club. Think of it as the Doubleday Book Club for Black literature.

I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me. I think I’m actually going to have to buy a candy bar to celebrate!

Introducing Vegas Bites

I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to be part of a paranormal anthology featuring multicultural werewolves living in Las Vegas.  Vegas Bites centers around the Temple pack and the retirement of the Alpha pair at the end of a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament taking place in their hotel.  Lots of people would like to take the hotel away from the Temple children, Malcolm and Simone, but they and the rest of the pack aren’t going down without a fight.

Authors in the anthology include L.A. Banks, Natalie Dunbar, and JM Jeffries, along with yours truly.  Can I tell you how excited I am about this?

Very interesting…

On Wednesday of this week…

At two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning…

The time and date will be…

01:02:03 04/05/06

This won’t ever happen again in your lifetime!

Busy April 8th?

If you’re free on Saturday, April 8th around 2pm, I’m doing my first signing for Through the Fire at the Barnes and Noble at the Forum on Peachtree Parkway in Norcross. I’m signing with USA Today Bestselling author Leanne Banks, Berta Platas, and Raven Hart. Hope to see you there!

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Romance in Color Review for Through the Fire!

I just came across this wonderful review from Romance in Color online magazine. Here’s an excerpt:

REVIEW: This is a wonderful story about forgiveness, redemption, and the renewing power of love….

Bravo Ms Glass, you’ve done it again and made this reader look forward to other Hughes and Maxwell offerings!

I’m thrilled, positively thrilled. It’s such a joy when people get what I was trying to convey with the story. TTF is worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears that I put into it!

In a Perfect World…

My favorite morning show, The Bert Show, had a discussion this morning about race, racism, and if it’s simply wishful thinking to hope that different ethnic groups (read: blacks and whites) can truly live together in harmony.

Of course, I’d like to think that they could.  I’m a romance writer.  I write happily-ever-afters about interracial and black couples.  That’s part of the reason that I write these stories—to try to show readers that it’s more than ethnicity that binds us together.  It’s more than perceived culture.  It’s as much about societal and sociological commonalities as it is about cultural ones.

There will always be people more concerned about “sticking with their own kind,” meaning people of their own ethnic group.  That’s their choice, and I have no fundamental issue with it.  I do take issue with discounting a huge chunk of the world’s population out of some belief (misguided or not) that one is better off limiting their interactions.

In No Commitment Required, I introduce you to Michael and Yvonne.  He’s white, she’s black.  Complete opposites?  No.  They both have successful careers.  They both lost people they cared deeply for, and it scarred them to the point that neither wanted to love again.  They both think they’re perfectly happy having superficial relationships—and then they meet each other.  Each one finds a kindred spirit in the other, and after several trials, they find happiness together.

That’s what it’s about, in my opinion.  Besides, where do the geeks fit in?  And the Pagans?  All the non-white people I saw at the Disturbed concert last month?  Surely people are more comfortable with people who think and feel and believe and like as they do, rather than look as they do.  Seeing past the surface to find the real person, the real soul.  You just may find a true gem, a lifelong friend, your other half.

Sales Obsessing

Okay, so I’ve checked and as of right now, only has two copies of Through the Fire left! I don’t know how many they ordered initially, but I’m thrilled that they’ve sold through their allotment in the first week!

I’m anxiously awaiting reviews and reader feedback. This was such a special story, and I hope y’all enjoy it, I really do. If so, please drop me a line and let me know.

Its March

It’s March!

And I’ve got the first review for Through the Fire!  Okay, I don’t have the words, but I do have the result:

4-1/ stars-Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine!

I’m doing the happy dance here in Atlanta, let me tell you.  This weekend, I’m going to do a few drive by sightings.  If you happen to see the book anywhere, please let me know!

Honoring the Legacy by Living the Dream

In 1986, as a high school senior, I wrote an essay on the theme of “Living the Dream.” That essay, describing how the need to believe and achieve our dreams is part of what unites us, finalled in an essay contest celebrating the first national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. I was invited to go to the King Center and read my essay, along with five other finalists from across the city.

I won.

That day, I realized the power of words to persuade, enlighten, to motivate, to change. The power of my words. I received a plaque and a certificate. I still have my certificate, signed by Coretta Scott King, framed and hanging in my office.

I will never forget that day. I will never forget the feeling of accomplishment, empowerment. I will never, ever, stop living the dream. It’s the least I can do to honor two people who have done so much for so many.