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  • Joel Cunningham 3:53 pm on 2018/05/17 Permalink
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    Official Rules: B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog Twitter Sweepstakes 

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

    Barnes & Noble @BNSciFi Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. (“Sponsor”), 122 Fifth Avenue New York, NY  10011.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Eligible Entrants who are under the legal age of majority in their state of primary residence (a “Minor”) must get their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Sweepstakes. A Minor Entrant will be required to provide parental consent in a form satisfactory to the Sponsor before he or she can be declared a winner and any prize can be awarded under the terms of these Official Rules. Employees of Sponsor, and its and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

    HOW TO ENTER: Follow Sponsor’s Twitter account and respond to any Sweepstakes offer posted by Sponsor on its Twitter page at https://twitter.com/BNSciFi by “Re-Tweeting” or otherwise responding in the manner and time period set forth in the offer (the “Entry Period”).  The “Re-Tweet” or other required response must include all information required in the offer.  Limit one (1) entry per unique Twitter account and per person per Sweepstakes.   Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor.  No other entry method will be accepted.

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    WINNER SELECTION: Winners will be selected by random drawing from amongst all eligible entries received by the end date.  Proof of transmission is not proof of receipt.  Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes and determines the order of receipt of entries.  All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes.).

    WINNER NOTIFICATION/ VALIDATION: The potential Winner will be announced on Sponsor’s Twitter feed (“@BNTeens”) and notified by Direct Message on Twitter and the potential Winner may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity form (where legal) within seven (7) days of date of attempted notification. Noncompliance within this time period, or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, time period permitted, an alternate potential Winner may be selected. The prize will be fulfilled approximately 2-3 weeks after winner validation. Any Winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize.

    PRIZE AND ODDS: Winners will receive prizes as specified in the entry Tweet. No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes is open to over 100,000,000 internet users in the United States.

    GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use Winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize; (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered Entries; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweeps or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their Entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to award the prize in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the event or action warranting such cancellation. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled prior to the stated end date, a notice will be posted at www.twitter.com/BNSciFi. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes.

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    The post Official Rules: B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog Twitter Sweepstakes appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Food.com: Newest recipes 3:05 pm on 2018/05/17 Permalink  

    Strawberry Kuchen 

    Simple fluffy cake with tart/sweet fruit on top -- posted by Caromcg
     
  • Corrina Lawson 3:00 pm on 2018/05/17 Permalink
    Tags: , , cheryl etchison, christmas on crimson mountain, deeanna gist, fool me twice, , , kasey michaels, , , michelle major, once and for all: an american valor novel, , , tender texan, texan's reward, , the lurid lady lockport, the rake, tiffany girl, , when the stars fall down   

    The Great RITA Read: Trauma and Recovery in Romance Novels 

    Perhaps the single biggest misconception about books in the romance genre is that they’re fluff.

    I’m up to 70 books in my Great RITA Read, and I cannot stress how wrong this assumption is. There are so many stories of women dealing with real-life issues, so many heroines who have suffered horrible traumas, including, but not limited to: the deaths of beloved family members; sexual assault; exile; cancer; and crushing poverty.

    However, their stories are not about their traumas.

    The stories are about their recoveries.

    Most of these romances begin not when the heroines are traumatized, but when they have decided to take action to improve their lives. And nothing is more hopeful than reading about heroines who begin again and, this time, emerge the victor. Their triumph is inevitably earned by the heroine’s own efforts, which are recognized (eventually) and encouraged by the hero.

    This pattern of recovery with the support of a hero who sees the strength of the heroine, has repeated itself across all the romance sub-genres awarded in the RITA Award, from historicals to contemporary romantic comedies to paranormals and even the recently revived category of mainstream fiction with romantic elements. It’s also a pattern that has existed since the awards first began in 1982.

    Take Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra, the 2017 RITA winner in the Contemporary Mid-Length category. It’s the story of a divorced woman recovering from an abusive marriage. She’s started her own business, a bakery/coffee shop on a beautifully described island in the Carolinas, and is doing all she can to provide stability and love to her son. She’s already on the road to recovery, already making strides, and making plans for the rest of her life. It’s not a sad or tragic book. It’s a joyous book set in a lovely place, one where you can practically feel the sun on your face and the ocean breezes. It’s about living again, for both the hero and heroine, not a deep dive into the trauma that led to it.

    This story of recovery even shows up in comedies. In It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, winner of 1994 Best Romance Award, the first chapter is set at the funeral of the heroine’s father, a ruthless businessman and owner of the Chicago Stars NFL team. Our heroine hated her father with good reason. He could never show her love or even affection and he certainly never believed in her. But our heroine didn’t fold. She ran away from home, created a new life and fabulous persona for herself, and shows up at his funeral in an outrageous outfit with her little dog and her friend, a prominent male model.

    Comedic chaos ensues. That scene is probably one of the funniest openings to a romance novel ever. The reader doesn’t find out until later in the book that the reason for the heroine’s estrangement from her father was that he never believed her when she reported being raped. (And, yes, her rapist gets a comeuppance in this book.) Again, the book is a comedy but, like all great comedies, it does not overlook the pain behind the laughter. The hero of the story is forced, over and over, to look beyond our heroine’s outrageousness to realize that she has for more strengths and smarts than anyone believes exists. And, of course, he comes to believe in her.

    Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran, the 2015 Historical Romance: Long winner, is a Regency-set historical with a heroine who falsifies references to gain entry into the home of a Duke. She needs to search the house to find incriminating letters that implicate the man trying to kill her, the plan being to blackmail him to back off. He’s already tried once to murder her, nearly succeeded, and she’s been exchanging identity after identity for several years in order to escape him. Obviously, she’s traumatized but working toward a solution. Meanwhile, the Duke is mired in a deep depression because not only is his wife dead from a drug overdose but she’d been cheating on him for years, with several men, and spilling political secrets to his rivals. The reason I came to love this hero, who enters the story in a scene in which he drunkenly throws a bottle at the heroine, is that he recognizes that while he’s been mired in self-pity and unable to leave the house, the heroine has been remaking her life, and taking steps to outflank her enemies. She is stronger than he is and he knows it.

    Sometimes the reader experiences the heroine’s trauma on the page, at least for a time. When the Stars Fall Down by Anne Stuart, which won the 1986 Single Title Romance RITA when it was named Banish Misfortune, tackles the everyday sexual harassment that women encounter at work (sadly the sexual harassment described in the book is all too depressingly current), and shows the emotional cost of this harassment. The heroine grew up as the child of alcoholics, and was raped by their drinking buddy, and has tried to commit suicide twice. In contrast to the others I’ve described, it is a dark book, but it begins as the heroine believes she’s found a way to function in the world. Problems ensue which cause her to fall apart but, of course, she rallies, and it’s not until she feels centered that she’s able to even think about a relationship with the hero. Like all these stories, the heroine finds love not because she’s been rescued but because she’s taken steps on her own to recover from past events.

    But the genre also explores other traumas aside from rape or physical assault. In The Texan’s Reward by Jodi Thomas, which won the Short Historical RITA in 2016, the heroine is disabled, left without the use of her legs due to a gunshot wound. She spends most of the novel in a wheelchair, wary of anyone pitying her, while she struggles to regain some of her physical mobility. The hero has known her for years and loves her, but her struggle is that she must feel complete again, if not physically, emotionally, first.

    In Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major, the 2017 Contemporary Romance-Short winner, the heroine has recovered from cancer and is learning to start planning for a future that’s been on hold for some time. In Once and For All: An American Valor Novelby Cheryl Etchison, the RITA Winner for Best First Book in 2017, the heroine has gone through cancer treatment twice and seeks a way for a new beginning, desperately wanting to be seen as a whole person and not a patient.

    Then there’s the abused widow in Tender Texan, again by Jodi Thomas, the Short Historical winner in 1992. The heiress terrified about being forced into marriage in The Rake by Mary Jo Putney, the 1990 Regency Romance winner. (To say nothing of how well the book portrays the hero’s struggle with alcoholism.) The heroine of Tiffany Girl by Deeanna Gist, the 2016 Historical Romance: Long winner, who refuses to stay at home and work because, if she doesn’t leave, her father will always control her money. The young orphan heroine of The Lurid Lady Lockport by Kasey Michaels, the 1985 Regency Romance winner, who insists on being treated as equal despite having no real power, at least until she insists on it.

    Over and over, these stories feature heroines overcoming doubt, horrific traumas, and the bad hands that fate has dealt to them and, finally, winning.

    Not only winning but winning with style, and building a future in which the hero honors the person she’s fought to become.

    The next time someone calls romance “frilly fantasies,” smack one of these books into their hands and make them eat their words. What they’ll find are stories written mainly by women, writing for women, providing hope, inspiration, and many different roadmaps for triumph.

    The post The Great RITA Read: Trauma and Recovery in Romance Novels appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Food.com: Newest recipes 1:48 pm on 2018/05/17 Permalink  

    Quick Chicken and Dumplings 

    A one-pot recipe that is packed with chicken, veggies and delicious dumplings, with no canned 'cream soup needed. Developed by: Recipe by The Slow Roasted Italian -- posted by Bonnie G 2
     
  • Food.com: Newest recipes 1:30 pm on 2018/05/17 Permalink  

    Banana Pudding Beach Icebox Cake 

    A refreshing island oasis with a chilly banana theme is perfect for a summer afternoon. -- posted by Genius Kitchen
     
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