Sunday, December 30, 2012

50 Shades author EL James fesses up. Stop the slaughter. A writer remembers the editor who shaped his work. Nifty Nook promo.

I'm posting today with Anne R. Allen: 6 Things Writers Taught Me About Writing.

Ivory now at $1000 a pound.  Kenya makes efforts to save wildlife & stop poaching. Godawful stories like this about the brutality of wildlife slaughter inspired me to write ZURI.

Her guiltiest pleasure? 50 Shades author  EL James fesses up.

The gold standard: A writer explains how a great editor helped shape his work. Ashbel Green


SHOW ME YOUR NOOK!   December 17 thru December 30

1. Do you have a Nook? Take a picture of yourself holding it and upload the photo to @RuthHarrisBooks at Twitter.  If you don't have a Twitter account,  just attach the photo of you and your Nook to an email and send to me at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com.

2. Contact me with your email address & if my million copy NYT bestseller, MODERN WOMEN, appeals to you, I will gift you a copy. If you'd prefer another book, take a look at this knock-your-socks-off list of participating authors, let me know which book you'd like & I'll forward your request.
  • Cat Kimbriel:  Fires of Nuala  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Jeffrey A. Carver:  Eternity’s End  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook
  • Phyllis Irene Radford:  Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants #1  (Fantasy)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Mark Chisnell: The Defector  (Thriller)  FaceBook
  • Brenda Hiatt:  Lord Dearborn’s Destiny (traditional Regency romance) FaceBook
  • Phoebe Matthews:  Demonspell  (contemporary fantasy)  Web Site
  • Lorraine Bartlett: Murder On The Mind  (Mystery)  Blog
  • Ruth Harris: Modern Women  (Fiction/Chick Lit)  Blog
  • Jennifer Stevenson:  King of Hearts  (romantic comedy)  Web Site & FaceBook
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers, Book One of the Starfarers Quartet  (Science Fiction) Book View Cafe
  • Lise McClendon:  All Your Pretty Dreams  (Adult Fiction)  FaceBook

 THE WOMEN WE WERE MADE US THE WOMEN WE ARE!




Million Copy New York Times bestseller MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series Book #4) by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris was originally published by St. Martin's Press in hard cover to rave reviews. In its paperback edition, MODERN WOMEN repeated that success, becoming a national bestseller, and then equaled that achievement for the third time when the Kindle edition rose to #1 on Amazon’s prestigious Movers and Shakers List.

Opening with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63, MODERN WOMEN is about the lives and times of three young women—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

Lincky Desmond: She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong.
Elly McGrath: She is loyal and idealistic but when faced with the ultimate betrayal, will she be able to stand up for herself?
Jane Gresh: Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, she manages to shock the entire country.
Owen Casals: Handsome, successful, magnetic. He marries one, betrays another and makes one of them very, very rich.

“Author Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age story. A superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love MODERN WOMEN.--West Coast Review of Books

“Ruth Harris's breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.--Dallas News

"Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades.” --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Upbeat, sassy. Filled with romantic sparks and fast action ."--Booklist

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women's literature."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Glory be! Excellent, a thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love."--Los Angeles Times

"Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women's lives. Open this novel and prepare to be happy."--New Woman magazine

"A sure thing. I greatly enjoyed MODERN WOMEN and, actually, I couldn't put it down." --The Washington Times

Ruth Harris is Brilliant.....trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in a Boxed Sets: Books 1-3. All available in Nook editions.

Decades, Book #1—A marriage at risk and a family in crisis, originally published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews —“Absolutely perfect.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Husbands And Lovers, Book #2—Million copy New York Times bestseller. A wallflower becomes a swan and two handsome, successful men vie for her love. “Steamy and fast-paced.” --Cosmopolitan

Love And Money, Book #3—Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate—and murder—bring them face to face. “Richly plotted. First-class entertainment.” —NYTimes Book Review

The Last Romantics, Book #5—An epic love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous but doomed 1920’s. “Full of larger-than-life characters.” 5-stars

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Writers' cubicles & the Procrastination Zone. Literary museums & an almost forgotten memory.

Writers' Cubicles:

I love their black architect's lamps. Don't know what I'd do without mine—although mine have green shades. Writers, their cubicles & the Procrastination Zone.


Literary museums in a literary city bring back an almost-forgotten memory: 

I was home for the summer from college—we had just read and parsed The Magic Mountain that year. Visiting friends of my family, I saw my father's tennis partner sitting on the veranda immersed in a book.

"What are you reading?" I asked.

"Buddenbrooks," he said. We then had a lengthy discussion of Thomas Mann, the details of which I have forgotten. What I haven't forgotten is that he was reading the family saga (based on Mann's own family) in German and graciously took the time to actually listen to my (no doubt) jejune theories of T. Mann, the symbolic meaning of the mountain sanitarium, and the allure of Mme. Chauchat.

The man was a well-known radio newscaster of his era. Do today's broadcast equivalents do the same kind of leisure reading? Is Brian Williams reading Thomas Mann? In German? In English? On Wikipedia? Thomas Mann, Günter Grass & literary museums.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Video: The Nutcracker Part 1 as danced by the Royal Ballet.

Merry Christmas!

The Nutcracker as danced by the Royal Ballet.

Nifty Nook promo:


SHOW ME YOUR NOOK!   December 17 thru December 30

1. Do you have a Nook? Take a picture of yourself holding it and upload the photo to @RuthHarrisBooks at Twitter.  If you don't have a Twitter account,  just attach the photo of you and your Nook to an email and send to me at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com.

2. Contact me with your email address & if my million copy NYT bestseller, MODERN WOMEN, appeals to you, I will gift you a copy. If you'd prefer another book, take a look at this knock-your-socks-off list of participating authors, let me know which book you'd like & I'll forward your request.
  • Cat Kimbriel:  Fires of Nuala  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Jeffrey A. Carver:  Eternity’s End  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook
  • Phyllis Irene Radford:  Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants #1  (Fantasy)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Mark Chisnell: The Defector  (Thriller)  FaceBook
  • Brenda Hiatt:  Lord Dearborn’s Destiny (traditional Regency romance) FaceBook
  • Phoebe Matthews:  Demonspell  (contemporary fantasy)  Web Site
  • Lorraine Bartlett: Murder On The Mind  (Mystery)  Blog
  • Ruth Harris: Modern Women  (Fiction/Chick Lit)  Blog
  • Jennifer Stevenson:  King of Hearts  (romantic comedy)  Web Site & FaceBook
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers, Book One of the Starfarers Quartet  (Science Fiction) Book View Cafe
  • Lise McClendon:  All Your Pretty Dreams  (Adult Fiction)  FaceBook

 THE WOMEN WE WERE MADE US THE WOMEN WE ARE!




Million Copy New York Times bestseller MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series Book #4) by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris was originally published by St. Martin's Press in hard cover to rave reviews. In its paperback edition, MODERN WOMEN repeated that success, becoming a national bestseller, and then equaled that achievement for the third time when the Kindle edition rose to #1 on Amazon’s prestigious Movers and Shakers List.

Opening with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63, MODERN WOMEN is about the lives and times of three young women—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

Lincky Desmond: She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong.
Elly McGrath: She is loyal and idealistic but when faced with the ultimate betrayal, will she be able to stand up for herself?
Jane Gresh: Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, she manages to shock the entire country.
Owen Casals: Handsome, successful, magnetic. He marries one, betrays another and makes one of them very, very rich.

“Author Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age story. A superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love MODERN WOMEN.--West Coast Review of Books

“Ruth Harris's breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.--Dallas News

"Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades.” --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Upbeat, sassy. Filled with romantic sparks and fast action ."--Booklist

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women's literature."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Glory be! Excellent, a thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love."--Los Angeles Times

"Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women's lives. Open this novel and prepare to be happy."--New Woman magazine

"A sure thing. I greatly enjoyed MODERN WOMEN and, actually, I couldn't put it down." --The Washington Times

Ruth Harris is Brilliant.....trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in a Boxed Sets: Books 1-3. All available in Nook editions.

Decades, Book #1—A marriage at risk and a family in crisis, originally published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews —“Absolutely perfect.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Husbands And Lovers, Book #2—Million copy New York Times bestseller. A wallflower becomes a swan and two handsome, successful men vie for her love. “Steamy and fast-paced.” --Cosmopolitan

Love And Money, Book #3—Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate—and murder—bring them face to face. “Richly plotted. First-class entertainment.” —NYTimes Book Review

The Last Romantics, Book #5—An epic love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous but doomed 1920’s. “Full of larger-than-life characters.” 5-stars

Friday, December 21, 2012

Jerry Seinfeld: how to write a joke. 2012 best movies. Show me your Nook.

Two years & a yellow legal pad. How to write a joke. Jerry Seinfeld.

Another end-of-year list. 10 Best movies of 2012.

Nifty Nook promo:


SHOW ME YOUR NOOK!   December 17 thru December 30

1. Do you have a Nook? Take a picture of yourself holding it and upload the photo to @RuthHarrisBooks at Twitter.  If you don't have a Twitter account,  just attach the photo of you and your Nook to an email and send to me at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com.

2. Contact me with your email address & if my million copy NYT bestseller, MODERN WOMEN, appeals to you, I will gift you a copy. If you'd prefer another book, take a look at this knock-your-socks-off list of participating authors, let me know which book you'd like & I'll forward your request.
  • Cat Kimbriel:  Fires of Nuala  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Jeffrey A. Carver:  Eternity’s End  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook
  • Phyllis Irene Radford:  Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants #1  (Fantasy)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Mark Chisnell: The Defector  (Thriller)  FaceBook
  • Brenda Hiatt:  Lord Dearborn’s Destiny (traditional Regency romance) FaceBook
  • Phoebe Matthews:  Demonspell  (contemporary fantasy)  Web Site
  • Lorraine Bartlett: Murder On The Mind  (Mystery)  Blog
  • Ruth Harris: Modern Women  (Fiction/Chick Lit)  Blog
  • Jennifer Stevenson:  King of Hearts  (romantic comedy)  Web Site & FaceBook
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers, Book One of the Starfarers Quartet  (Science Fiction) Book View Cafe
  • Lise McClendon:  All Your Pretty Dreams  (Adult Fiction)  FaceBook

 THE WOMEN WE WERE MADE US THE WOMEN WE ARE!




Million Copy New York Times bestseller MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series Book #4) by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris was originally published by St. Martin's Press in hard cover to rave reviews. In its paperback edition, MODERN WOMEN repeated that success, becoming a national bestseller, and then equaled that achievement for the third time when the Kindle edition rose to #1 on Amazon’s prestigious Movers and Shakers List.

Opening with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63, MODERN WOMEN is about the lives and times of three young women—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

Lincky Desmond: She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong.
Elly McGrath: She is loyal and idealistic but when faced with the ultimate betrayal, will she be able to stand up for herself?
Jane Gresh: Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, she manages to shock the entire country.
Owen Casals: Handsome, successful, magnetic. He marries one, betrays another and makes one of them very, very rich.

“Author Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age story. A superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love MODERN WOMEN.--West Coast Review of Books

“Ruth Harris's breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.--Dallas News

"Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades.” --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Upbeat, sassy. Filled with romantic sparks and fast action ."--Booklist

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women's literature."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Glory be! Excellent, a thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love."--Los Angeles Times

"Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women's lives. Open this novel and prepare to be happy."--New Woman magazine

"A sure thing. I greatly enjoyed MODERN WOMEN and, actually, I couldn't put it down." --The Washington Times

Ruth Harris is Brilliant.....trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in a Boxed Sets: Books 1-3. All available in Nook editions.

Decades, Book #1—A marriage at risk and a family in crisis, originally published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews —“Absolutely perfect.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Husbands And Lovers, Book #2—Million copy New York Times bestseller. A wallflower becomes a swan and two handsome, successful men vie for her love. “Steamy and fast-paced.” --Cosmopolitan

Love And Money, Book #3—Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate—and murder—bring them face to face. “Richly plotted. First-class entertainment.” —NYTimes Book Review

The Last Romantics, Book #5—An epic love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous but doomed 1920’s. “Full of larger-than-life characters.” 5-stars

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Best book covers. Best movie posters. Show me your Nook.

More 2012 end-of-year lists.

Graphic designers choose the year's best book covers.

The retro, minimal, satirical, and striking artwork representing this year’s slate of incredible (and yes, terrible) movies. Best movie posters.

Nifty Nook promo:


SHOW ME YOUR NOOK!   December 17 thru December 30

1. Do you have a Nook? Take a picture of yourself holding it and upload the photo to @RuthHarrisBooks at Twitter.  If you don't have a Twitter account,  just attach the photo of you and your Nook to an email and send to me at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com.

2. Contact me with your email address & if my million copy NYT bestseller, MODERN WOMEN, appeals to you, I will gift you a copy. If you'd prefer another book, take a look at this knock-your-socks-off list of participating authors, let me know which book you'd like & I'll forward your request.
  • Cat Kimbriel:  Fires of Nuala  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Jeffrey A. Carver:  Eternity’s End  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook
  • Phyllis Irene Radford:  Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants #1  (Fantasy)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Mark Chisnell: The Defector  (Thriller)  FaceBook
  • Brenda Hiatt:  Lord Dearborn’s Destiny (traditional Regency romance) FaceBook
  • Phoebe Matthews:  Demonspell  (contemporary fantasy)  Web Site
  • Lorraine Bartlett: Murder On The Mind  (Mystery)  Blog
  • Ruth Harris: Modern Women  (Fiction/Chick Lit)  Blog
  • Jennifer Stevenson:  King of Hearts  (romantic comedy)  Web Site & FaceBook
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers, Book One of the Starfarers Quartet  (Science Fiction) Book View Cafe
  • Lise McClendon:  All Your Pretty Dreams  (Adult Fiction)  FaceBook

 THE WOMEN WE WERE MADE US THE WOMEN WE ARE!




Million Copy New York Times bestseller MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series Book #4) by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris was originally published by St. Martin's Press in hard cover to rave reviews. In its paperback edition, MODERN WOMEN repeated that success, becoming a national bestseller, and then equaled that achievement for the third time when the Kindle edition rose to #1 on Amazon’s prestigious Movers and Shakers List.

Opening with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63, MODERN WOMEN is about the lives and times of three young women—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

Lincky Desmond: She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong.
Elly McGrath: She is loyal and idealistic but when faced with the ultimate betrayal, will she be able to stand up for herself?
Jane Gresh: Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, she manages to shock the entire country.
Owen Casals: Handsome, successful, magnetic. He marries one, betrays another and makes one of them very, very rich.

“Author Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age story. A superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love MODERN WOMEN.--West Coast Review of Books

“Ruth Harris's breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.--Dallas News

"Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades.” --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Upbeat, sassy. Filled with romantic sparks and fast action ."--Booklist

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women's literature."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Glory be! Excellent, a thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love."--Los Angeles Times

"Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women's lives. Open this novel and prepare to be happy."--New Woman magazine

"A sure thing. I greatly enjoyed MODERN WOMEN and, actually, I couldn't put it down." --The Washington Times

Ruth Harris is Brilliant.....trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in a Boxed Sets: Books 1-3. All available in Nook editions.

Decades, Book #1—A marriage at risk and a family in crisis, originally published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews —“Absolutely perfect.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Husbands And Lovers, Book #2—Million copy New York Times bestseller. A wallflower becomes a swan and two handsome, successful men vie for her love. “Steamy and fast-paced.” --Cosmopolitan

Love And Money, Book #3—Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate—and murder—bring them face to face. “Richly plotted. First-class entertainment.” —NYTimes Book Review

The Last Romantics, Book #5—An epic love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous but doomed 1920’s. “Full of larger-than-life characters.” 5-stars

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012: Worst Words, Best Dressed. Show me your Nook.

Time for those end-of-year lists. Here they are: The best. The worst.

2012's worst words.

2012's best dressed.


NOOK-alicious!

SHOW ME YOUR NOOK!   December 17 thru December 30

1. Do you have a Nook? Take a picture of yourself holding it and upload the photo to @RuthHarrisBooks at Twitter.  If you don't have a Twitter account,  just attach the photo of you and your Nook to an email and send to me at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com.

2. Contact me with your email address & if my million copy NYT bestseller, MODERN WOMEN, appeals to you, I will gift you a copy. If you'd prefer another book, take a look at this knock-your-socks-off list of participating authors, let me know which book you'd like & I'll forward your request.
  • Cat Kimbriel:  Fires of Nuala  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Jeffrey A. Carver:  Eternity’s End  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook
  • Phyllis Irene Radford:  Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants #1  (Fantasy)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Mark Chisnell: The Defector  (Thriller)  FaceBook
  • Brenda Hiatt:  Lord Dearborn’s Destiny (traditional Regency romance) FaceBook
  • Phoebe Matthews:  Demonspell  (contemporary fantasy)  Web Site
  • Lorraine Bartlett: Murder On The Mind  (Mystery)  Blog
  • Ruth Harris: Modern Women  (Fiction/Chick Lit)  Blog
  • Jennifer Stevenson:  King of Hearts  (romantic comedy)  Web Site & FaceBook
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers, Book One of the Starfarers Quartet  (Science Fiction) Book View Cafe
  • Lise McClendon:  All Your Pretty Dreams  (Adult Fiction)  FaceBook

 THE WOMEN WE WERE MADE US THE WOMEN WE ARE!




Million Copy New York Times bestseller MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series Book #4) by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris was originally published by St. Martin's Press in hard cover to rave reviews. In its paperback edition, MODERN WOMEN repeated that success, becoming a national bestseller, and then equaled that achievement for the third time when the Kindle edition rose to #1 on Amazon’s prestigious Movers and Shakers List.

Opening with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63, MODERN WOMEN is about the lives and times of three young women—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

Lincky Desmond: She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong.
Elly McGrath: She is loyal and idealistic but when faced with the ultimate betrayal, will she be able to stand up for herself?
Jane Gresh: Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, she manages to shock the entire country.
Owen Casals: Handsome, successful, magnetic. He marries one, betrays another and makes one of them very, very rich.

“Author Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age story. A superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love MODERN WOMEN.--West Coast Review of Books

“Ruth Harris's breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.--Dallas News

"Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades.” --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Upbeat, sassy. Filled with romantic sparks and fast action ."--Booklist

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women's literature."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Glory be! Excellent, a thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love."--Los Angeles Times

"Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women's lives. Open this novel and prepare to be happy."--New Woman magazine

"A sure thing. I greatly enjoyed MODERN WOMEN and, actually, I couldn't put it down." --The Washington Times

Ruth Harris is Brilliant.....trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in a Boxed Sets: Books 1-3. All available in Nook editions.

Decades, Book #1—A marriage at risk and a family in crisis, originally published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews —“Absolutely perfect.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Husbands And Lovers, Book #2—Million copy New York Times bestseller. A wallflower becomes a swan and two handsome, successful men vie for her love. “Steamy and fast-paced.” --Cosmopolitan

Love And Money, Book #3—Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate—and murder—bring them face to face. “Richly plotted. First-class entertainment.” —NYTimes Book Review

The Last Romantics, Book #5—An epic love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous but doomed 1920’s. “Full of larger-than-life characters.” 5-stars

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Authors love Nook! SuperFabulous Promo for Nook owners!


NOOK-alicious!

SHOW ME YOUR NOOK!   December 17 thru December 30

1. Do you have a Nook? Take a picture of yourself holding it and upload the photo to @RuthHarrisBooks at Twitter.  If you don't have a Twitter account,  just attach the
 photo of you and your Nook to an email and send to me at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com.

2. Contact me with your email address & if my million copy NYT bestseller, MODERN WOMEN, appeals to you, I will gift you a copy. If you'd prefer another book, take a look at this knock-your-socks-off list of participating authors, let me know which book you'd like & I'll forward your request.
  • Cat Kimbriel:  Fires of Nuala  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Jeffrey A. Carver:  Eternity’s End  (Science Fiction)  FaceBook
  • Phyllis Irene Radford:  Guardian of the Balance, Merlin’s Descendants #1  (Fantasy)  FaceBook & LiveJournal
  • Mark Chisnell: The Defector  (Thriller)  FaceBook
  • Brenda Hiatt:  Lord Dearborn’s Destiny (traditional Regency romance) FaceBook
  • Phoebe Matthews:  Demonspell  (contemporary fantasy)  Web Site
  • Lorraine Bartlett: Murder On The Mind  (Mystery)  Blog
  • Ruth Harris: Modern Women  (Fiction/Chick Lit)  Blog
  • Jennifer Stevenson:  King of Hearts  (romantic comedy)  Web Site & FaceBook
  • Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers, Book One of the Starfarers Quartet  (Science Fiction) Book View Cafe
  • Lise McClendon:  All Your Pretty Dreams  (Adult Fiction)  FaceBook

 THE WOMEN WE WERE MADE US THE WOMEN WE ARE!

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Million Copy New York Times bestseller MODERN WOMEN (Park Avenue Series Book #4) by “brilliant” novelist Ruth Harris was originally published by St. Martin's Press in hard cover to rave reviews. In its paperback edition, MODERN WOMEN repeated that success, becoming a national bestseller, and then equaled that achievement for the third time when the Kindle edition rose to #1 on Amazon’s prestigious Movers and Shakers List.

Opening with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/63, MODERN WOMEN is about the lives and times of three young women—and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.

Lincky Desmond: She marries Mr. Right—only to risk it all for Mr. Wrong.
Elly McGrath: She is loyal and idealistic but when faced with the ultimate betrayal, will she be able to stand up for herself?
Jane Gresh: Bawdy, talented and determined not to be ignored, she manages to shock the entire country.
Owen Casals: Handsome, successful, magnetic. He marries one, betrays another and makes one of them very, very rich.

“Author Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a coming-of-age story. A superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love MODERN WOMEN.--West Coast Review of Books

“Ruth Harris's breezy prose style, peppery dialogue and irreverent observations make MODERN WOMEN fun to read.--Dallas News

"Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades.” --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Upbeat, sassy. Filled with romantic sparks and fast action ."--Booklist

"Sharply and stylishly written. Harris treads a fine line between popular fiction and more substantive women's literature."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Glory be! Excellent, a thoroughly delightful tale of what it was like to be young, ambitious and in love."--Los Angeles Times

"Fiction at its best. Savvily mixes rosy fantasy with truth about women's lives. Open this novel and prepare to be happy."--New Woman magazine

"A sure thing. I greatly enjoyed MODERN WOMEN and, actually, I couldn't put it down." --The Washington Times

Ruth Harris is Brilliant.....trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated, a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in a Boxed Sets: Books 1-3. All available in Nook editions.

Decades, Book #1—A marriage at risk and a family in crisis, originally published by Simon & Schuster to rave reviews —“Absolutely perfect.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Husbands And Lovers, Book #2—Million copy New York Times bestseller. A wallflower becomes a swan and two handsome, successful men vie for her love. “Steamy and fast-paced.” --Cosmopolitan

Love And Money, Book #3—Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate—and murder—bring them face to face. “Richly plotted. First-class entertainment.” —NYTimes Book Review

The Last Romantics, Book #5—An epic love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous but doomed 1920’s. “Full of larger-than-life characters.” 5-stars

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dustin Hoffman on being difficult. Marian Keyes on being depressed. Cute "50 Shades" joke.

Today: Insights into states of being—

Facing down his demons: In-depth with actor, now director, Dustin Hoffman.

Bestselling writer talks about fear, depression, chick lit, happy endings and being published. Marian Keyes.

You didn't think I'd forget the joke, did you? I mean, come on!  :-)
It's about four guys & a fishing trip, handcuffs, candles and rose petals:


Four guys have been going to the same fishing trip for many years.
Two days before the group is to leave, Ron's wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn't going.
Ron's mates are very upset that he can't go, but what can they do?

Two days later the three get to the camping site to find Ron sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking on the fire, sitting having a cold beer.
"Shit, Ron, how long have you been here, and how did you talk your missus into letting you go?"

"Well, I've been here since last night. Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my living room chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and asked, 'Guess who?" I pulled her hands off, and there she was, wearing a nightie.

She took my hand and pulled me into our bedroom. The room had candles and rose petals all over. Well she's been reading 50 Shades of Grey. On the bed she had handcuffs, and ropes! She told me to tie her up and cuff her to the bed, so I did.
And then she said, "Do whatever you want."


So, Here I am!



Friday, December 14, 2012

Elephants & rhinos. Africa's endangered species are being slaughtered and face extinction.


Grim news today about greed and the near-extinction of endangered species.

Rhino horn now a club drug in Asia.


Huge ivory stash seized in Malaysia.


Violence in Mali is threatening the survival of endangered elephants.


About the only good news is a donation of $5 million for a drone program to track poachers by Google.


A life-long lover of animals, I wrote ZURI to draw attention to the greed-motivated poaching which has brought the rhino to the brink of extinction and threatens elephants as well. The valiant efforts of the scientists, conservationists & veterinarians who rescue orphaned animals play a crucial role in ZURI. I hope the emotive power of fiction will help prevent the further slaughter of these majestic animals and I have donated to organizations dedicated to this effort.


Also find ZURI on Nook.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Buzz about a first novelist. Inside the New Yorker. The writer's cabin. How to live well: a reading list.

Today, all about readers & writers.  No sex, though. We'll just have to tough it out.

Increasing buzz about a first novelist. She writes about family & generational transfers of emotion. Ayana Mathis.

A place to work but where is the desk? The lure of the writer's cabin.

"A magazine of writing, not just information. Inside the New Yorker.

How to live well: a reading list.

James Bond meets Nora Ephron. Or is it the other way around? Coming soon: THE CHANEL CAPER. I had fun writing it. Will you have fun reading it? You will, especially if you're a Baby Boomer.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Johnny Cash's love letters to June. EL James & her husband practice sex positions. James Bond meets Nora Ephron.

Love and sex. Or is it sex and love?

Sad, touching, memorable. Johnny Cash's love letters to June.

EL James & her husband had to figure out which body part went where. Here's how they did it.

James Bond meets Nora Ephron. Or is it the other way around? Coming soon: THE CHANEL CAPER. I had fun writing it. Will you have fun reading it? You will, especially if you're a Baby Boomer.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Stephen King & Lee Child talk scares, suspense. 10 best cities to live in. Modern Women.

He scares everyone—including me—but what scares Stephen King?

This bestselling writer explains simple ways to create suspense: Lee Child.

I love lists & here's an interesting one: the ten best cities to live in.

Quick pitch for a million-copy NYTimes bestseller: MODERN WOMEN. The women we were made us the women we are. "Fiction at its best!" New Woman magazine said it. Not me. So I guess you'd  call it a humble-brag.  Kindle. Nook.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The surprising upside of getting older. Joan Didion & Ina Garten. 2012's most looked-up words.

Today's good news: The surprising upside of getting older. Two smart women & this year's most looked-up words:

The aging paradox. Getting older. Feeling better. Truly. 80+ and thriving. Sexy, too.

Ten things Joan Didion loves.

Ina Garten on great dinners & overlooked kitchen tools.

2012's most looked-up words.