Book Clubs: Dinner With Me?


“Full of deceit, scandal, and guilt . . . the consequence will leave readers reeling” — Library Journal


Simple Rules: Book clubs pre-ordering 5 or more copies of The Widow of Wall Street can enter the drawing to be my guests at a restaurant in their town. After pre-ordering, email  randy@randysusanmeyers.com with the subject line: Dinner: The Widow of Wall Street.” Include your name, hometown, and the number of books you pre-ordered.

Entries will be accepted until April 10th at midnight. The winner will be announced on April 11th on randysusanmeyers.com.


Compelling. This is a great read. . . . An engrossing emotional journey.”Kirkus Reviews

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The Before and After of Author (All?) Photos

If you love every picture of yourself, or you’re one of those naturally photogenic people, you won’t need this post. And I probably don’t want to stand next to you in any photo.

For the rest of us, there are tricks to make ourselves look less double-chinned, squint-eyed, or serial killerish in photos. I know. I am decidedly not one of those naturally photogenic people. Thus, my gathering of every bit of advice I could find before having an author photo taken. (Now I want to figure out how to outlaw people from ‘tagging’ me in candid shots they’ve taken. Isn’t there something about souls being stolen?

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Book Club Dinner With Me…In Your Town!

The Widow of Wall Street, launches on April 11 and I’m celebrating by inviting a book club to join me for a night out in their town. The conversations I’ve had, in person, on Skype, and in person with book clubs have been some of my very best hours as an author.

The rules to enter the drawing are simple:


Any book club pre-ordering 5 or more copies (print or eBooks) can enter the random drawing to be my guests for dinner at a great restaurant in your town.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Giving to These Kids!!!

 

My husband brings me roses every Valentine’s Day, which I love for more than one reason—along with the sentiment and that I adore flowers, it speaks to the lack of tradition I had growing up and feeds my need for the sweetness of security.

But this year I’m asking him for something in place of flowers—sharing our love and happiness. I gathered a list of books and games needed by The Home for Little Wanderer’s Roxbury House. There are many in need (and sometimes I think I, like you, can suffer from compassion fatigue)—plus, during this season of political fear, many of us are giving everything we can to groups that protect our rights. But I worry about forgetting the most forgotten.

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KISS Rules: Balancing Vigilance, Work & Life

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I write novels. Stories. I’m not a journalist.I work at separating my writing life and political views. But, having grown up with stories of the Holocaust, with family who left (were chased from) Germany and Romania because of politics, I know that there are times when art and life collide. We are all children of immigrants in this country and protecting each other comes first.

Each morning I wake worried for our country. I’ve gone past the stomach aches, inability to work, leaden feelings, sleeplessness, and depression, but I am ever more apprehensive about the panoply of protections being assaulted. I worry about walling off America from those who built our country, those who will continue to make us strong.

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Likeability Laced With Betty Crocker Syndrome (Real Life & Fiction)

 

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We shouldn’t  judge the behavior of a perpetrator by their victim’s personality.

Nobody deserves abuse.

Nobody learns (not children, not adults) through terror.

Not in fiction.

Not in real life.

A few years ago, when speaking about my then-just-released novel Accidents of Marriage, a reporter mentioned how surprised she was by her negative reactions to  the main character—how the character seemed to ‘provoke’ her husband and how the reporter sympathized with the husband’s anger. The next day, participating on a book festival panel, the moderator spoke of the husband in the book as a virtual out-of-control monster and his wife Maddy as a frightened woman battling emotional abuse.

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Smart is Beautiful: Boston Women’s March 2017

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Boston Women’s March—one of those in every state in the union.

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Filled with family

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Beautiful children

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Extraordinary Signs

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Dogs in Pink

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Brilliant Girls & Boys


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Dogs Wearing Scarves

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And A Wonderful Sea of People

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Women in Fur

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Shades of Harry Potter

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And I got to be with my BFF since forever

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Goodreads ARC (huh?) Giveaway: THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET

 Giveaway Ends January 28

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Oft asked question: “What is an ARC?”

An ARC is almost-complete version of a not-yet-published book that is released to “advanced readers.” Who these advanced readers are may vary, but for the most part they’re book stores, book reviewers and media reviewers who are allowed to read the book before its publish date so that reviews may coincide with the book’s debut and stores can make ordering decisions.

Sites like Goodreads, together with publishers, make these advance copies available to a few—very few—readers as a way to ‘get the word out.’

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Writing & Reading Those Special’ Romantic Scenes: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

 

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I tried to think of a, um, sexier title for this post, but they all sounded, um, icky, and the last thing I want when I’m writing about sex is an ick factor. Writing about icky sex? Terrific. Writing icky about sex? Terrible.

When my first novel released in 2010, Pia Lindstrom, an interviewer from Sirius Radio, shocked me out of my I-can-handle-any-question mood when she asked something to the effect of:

So, I was surprised by how much sex is in your book. You did it so well. People say it’s hard to write about sex. How did you do it?

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Tethered: A novel by Amy Mackinnon

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Death is the last frontier in so many ways. In my circles, even friends who talk about sex, politics, and that most forbidden of topics, paychecks, rarely talk about the nitty gritty of death. That’s something we save for our own private hells or heavens.

“I plunge my finger between the folds of the incision, then hook my forefinger deep into her neck. Unlike most of the bloodlines, which offer perfunctory resistance, the carotid artery doesn’t surrender itself willingly. Tethered between the heart and the head, the sinewy tube is often weighted with years of plaque, thickening its resolve to stay. More so now that rigor mortis has settled deep within the old woman.”

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