This weekend, I was surprised.
Last month, I was surprised.
This year, I’ve been surprised.
Why all the surprise, you ask?
I worried about Love Spanks this year (shh, don’t tell!)…more than I should admit. What would M/F readers think? Would we hear the same old “Ew” or “What do two women do in a bedroom, anyway?” responses to F/F fiction I’ve heard since I got started? Would we put together an event, only to have no one come? I fretted and plotted and worried some more, only to find my worries were for naught.
“I haven’t read F/F before this, but I was missing out!”
“Hot! Hot! Hot! Why did you have to end there?”
“What a great story!”
“Thank you, thank you thank you. This has been a lot of fun. I never had read any F/f because I thought I wouldn’t like it. I’m so glad that I decided to look at the blogs today because I would have missed something truly special. I found quite a few new authors to enjoy. I had a great time.”
As I made the rounds and read responses on the fifteen blogs, I was delighted to see the excitement and appreciation for well-written stories about women. No icky comments objectifying women, but plenty of enjoyment of some sizzling hot reads. Speaking of hot reads, didn’t the authors bring terrific stories? Science fiction, paranormal, contemporary…
In addition to the fifteen authors featured, forty-two authors, readers, reviewers, and sites sponsored the event as ambassadors. Anthony Walsh (The Cover Artisan) gave us some wonderful artwork.
20 readers completed the entire Love Spanks 2014 challenge and now will be able to add “VIP” to future Ana events (with the exception of Ana’s Advent Calendar, due to its length). Please congratulate our newest VIPs!
- Alyssa Hart
- Amy Bowens
- Kelsey Summer
- Renee M.
- Sassy Twatter
- The Long Bean
15 stories in one weekend is quite an accomplishment! In addition, 8 more readers managed to visit nearly every story.
Way to go! I’m surprised and proud of our community. Whether you were able to visit all or one, and whether you commented or lurked, the authors of Love Spanks thank you.
Prizes will be announced on Friday morning. Who will win? Stay tuned to find out!