Iconic Evening Dresses – Fashion Maven A to Z
$100 World Book Day Giveaway – @RomanceWritersBehavingBadly
March 2017 Newsletter

Iconic Evening Dresses – Fashion Maven A to Z

It’s the day for letter V, and once again a decision must be made. Should I choose Valentino? Or one of several Versace? Don’t forget Diane Von Furstenburg. And then it came to your Fashion Maven, iconic evening dresses.

How much fun can it be to wear the dress of your life from a big name designer to the Academy Awards? So Valentino and Versace it is.

Many of the gowns found on iconic dress lists were designed by Valentino and Versace. A measure of the fame these dresses have attained is due the star who wore them, but considering the awful dresses some of the élite of film choose to wear, the star doesn’t make the dress. The dress must first be amazing.

Several of the dresses below would not appear on your fashion maven’s list of iconic dresses, but, having been limited to the two couture design houses, she was hesitant to eliminate any. She will point to her three favorites: Cate Blanchette in the yellow Valentino, Elizabeth Hurley in the black with safety pins Versace, and Penelope Cruz in the blush, feathered Versace. The feathery ruffles are only part of what makes that gown a work of art. The sculptured bodice is exquisite. The fashion maven would love to know your favorites. Please share in the comments.

First Valentino:

And now Versace:

For those who do not know who the Fashion Maven speaks of when she mentions the revered name of Selina Shirley. She is the latest bright star at the House of Shirley established long ago, far in the future on the Federation planet, Tallav. Her love story has been published in Maon: Marshal of Tallav.

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$100 World Book Day Giveaway – @RomanceWritersBehavingBadly

It’s World Book Day! Eight of the authors of Romance Writer’s Behaving Badly, including me, collected their pennies and came up with a $100 Gift Card Giveaway. You heard that right. Follow the instructions below, and you’ll have a chance to win $100 that you can spend on books, books, and more books.

But first, since I am a romance writer who knows all about behaving badly, I invite you to get in a bed with a book. Preferably one held by another book lover.

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Like the Facebook pages of each of the Romance Writers Behaving Badly authors listed below.
  2. Subscribe to each author’s newsletter.
  3. Like the Facebook Page of the Romance Writers Behaving Badly.

All the links you’ll need to enter can be found on the Romance Writers Behaving Badly Facebook page.

It’s also cover release day for It Takes a Cat Burglar. It releases May 7th and is available for pre-order on Amazon, as soon as their worker bees finish removing the bubble wrap. Note: it will release in Kindle Unlimited on May 7th and go on sale as a Kindle Countdown deal for $0.99 the fourth week in May. (Amazon rules and strategies and such.)

March 2017 Newsletter

March 17, 2017

Erin go Bragh!

The small percentage of Irish in me always comes out on St. Patrick’s Day. A Guinness or hard cider is a must. And I do pinch those not wearing green. There’s some Irish man-candy a little later in this newsletter.

Matou & Me is off to the editor to begin the editing process. With that accomplished, I’ve started in on the novella I’m contributing to the latest SFR Shooting Stars anthology, Cosmic Love Cabaret.

If you were hoping to read a love story for Master Trey, Adrianna’s mentor in Shane: Marshal of Tallav, you’re in luck. Master Trey is head for the Cosmic Love Cabaret on the L.S. Quantum. It’s like Beta Tau, the pleasure planet, but on a gigantic space ship.

The Cosmic Love Cabaret anthology will be up for presale at Amazon on September 26, 2017 for the sale price of $2.99. Never fear. I will remind you. 😊

My other big news – I write science fiction romance, so this was a no brainer since I’m already a Postwaves member in the books, science fiction, and love & romance groups.

I’ve started a Sci-fi Romance group at Postwaves. (What is Postwaves?)

Any member can add posts. I will be asking the Postwaves people to add several websites as auto post. The point of the group is to spread the love of
sci-fi romance.

Description: For those who read, write, publish, and love science fiction romance. Let’s go beyond the promotional blitz to what moves us to read and
write this genre of romance fiction. Our community helps filter through each submission before it reaches our group’s feed, ensuring focus on only relevant and high quality posts.

What can you do?

  1. Join Postwaves and join the group.
    Once you have a Postwaves account, select the My Groups button to see the search box for groups. Search for Sci-fi Romance and click on it when it appears. You’ll receive an email when you have posts to vote on and when there are new posts to read. That’s how I interact with my Postwaves groups, and I have several.
  2. Spread the word about the group.
    Select the Social Media button of your choice below this post and share, tweet, or pin.
  3. When you blog something interesting about sci-fi romance, post it to the group.
    Look for the Add a Post button at the top of the Postwaves page.

Let’s get more people reading sci-fi romance!

If you’d like to become a member of my street team, visit here to learn more and sign up.

The Fashion Maven has been busy.

For those following my On Writing & Reading posts, the following are new:

March Giveaways

Oh snap! I want to pull those suspenders back and pop all that lovely man-flesh. Then kiss it better.

Focus woman!


I’m participating in the Kiss Me I’m Irish Mega Giveaway. Mega means the authors involved have combined their resources to offer the following prizes:

  • 3 Kindle Fires
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
  • 3 – $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3 – $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Lots of goodies and lots of ways to enter. There’s lots of fun planned all March long.

Enter Here!

Maon: Marshal of Tallav Blurb Blitz Tour & Giveaway

The second week of the Maon: Marshal of Tallav Blurb Blitz Tour begins Monday. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon/BN gift card to those who comment on the daily posts in the tour. The tour will continue through April 7.

Stop by each hosting site, and leave your comment about Maon. I’ll answer any questions you have along the way. The Archaeolibrarian has promised a review. Good luck on winning the gift card.

The tour was organized by Goddess Fish Productions. They’ve done a smashing job on finding wonderful hosts.

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