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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hello Freedom by Carla Damron

Hello Freedom, the Facebook ad read. In the first photo, a scantily clad woman arches her back, as nimble as Gumby. In the second, she twists sideways, lithe and graceful in her midriff-baring cotton top. She is maybe my age, but thinner, like some of those gym gazelles I envy. You know the ones—they complain about buying a size FOUR at Anthropologie last week, so they’re adding spin classes to the seventy-five hours they do on the treadmill.

I hate her. Also, I want to be her. 

Hello Freedom. I imagine the ad is for a diet miracle that will make me as slender as she is. Or maybe it’s an energy drink—never tried one, but hey, if I could stretch myself into laws-of-physics defying yoga poses and look like her I’d give it a shot.  Or maybe it’s for an arthritis pill. Like many women my age, I creak and groan in the mornings, my joints protesting even a short venture to the kitchen. I’d love freedom from that.

But no. Hello Freedom, the targeted ad on my Facebook feed, is for PEE-PROOF UNDERWEAR. Is this the demographic where I now belong? Does that poor flexible woman have to be careful lest she mess herself during Bikram Yoga?

I don’t want to disparage the problem. It happens, and the day will come when I complain about it. And it’s sure not something I want brought up on Facebook: “Hey, I just bought pee-proof panties! How many likes can I get?”

It worries me what targeted ads will appear next. Gingko Biloba to help with memory issues? Funeral home specials?

I prefer ads for river cruises in Europe or Alaska. Give me pics of cotton flowy dresses that I can imagine myself wearing without looking like a mattress that escaped its fitted sheet. Or pet products—show me that latest litter box miracle, or the dog toy that can’t be dismembered in fifty seconds.

But please, Facebook, I’m begging you. No more ads with this woman in my feed:

 Hello Freedom my ass.

How do you handle annoying ads on your social media feeds? 


Jim Jackson said...

I admit to having an excellent filter when it comes to Facebook ads. I don’t see them at the right of my page, where I never look. I skip over them in my feed without really noticing what they are.

It does make me a bit leery about buying a FB ad for my books. Since I write the kind of books I like to read, flawed logic might suggest my readers also ignore FB ads – and so I’d be wasting my money. Sort of like Hello Freedom was on you.

~ Jim

Kait said...

LOL - Gotta wonder - I do sometimes notice the FB ads on the right of my page too and sometimes try to figure out just what search they came from. Writers must drive FB nuts. Glocks were showing up in mine recently. Sometimes I'll search for things just to see if FB picks up on it. We must drive the NSA nuts!

Like Jim, I wonder about buying an FB ad for these reasons and because I keep reading about how annoying FB posters find them. I accept that FB has to make a buck, but it is a bit creepy that they mine our Google and Amazon searches for their ad targets. And in your case Shari, who knows where they got their info for that particular ad - perhaps from some mental stretch that you had visited yoga sites?

KM Rockwood said...

Calls to mind the old story about the two young boys who plunk a box of tampons on the checkout counter. The clerk asks, "Are these for your mother?"

"No," says the older one. "They're for my brother," nodding at the other boy.

"Your brother? Why?"

"Well, the ads say you can swim and ride a bike if you use these, and he can't do either one."

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

My FB ads reflect what I've researched recently: how much damage does a hammer blow to the back of the hand do?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. I changed the weapon.

My FB ads were all manner of hand tools and culinary equipment.

carla said...

I need to ignore the ads! They are like shiny objects and I don't turn away!

Deb Romano said...

I haven't been on FB in many months, but for several years my FB feed has included ads for real estate agents in the Seattle area. I love getting on the east coast and I've never been to the state of Washington.

My job requires me to check on- line obituaries first thing every morning. If I used my work computer to access FB I imagine that my FB feed would include ads for estate planners and funeral homes. Probably in Seattle.

Deb Romano

Deb Romano said...

I accidentally hit Publish before previewing my post. Meant to say "I live on the east coast". My phone changed it!

Grace Topping said...

I'm new to Facebook, and only developed a presence because I've been told I need an author platform. It surprises me the number of ads and things I receive that I didn't expect--from companies that I didn't befriend. So how am I getting their stuff? I guess I'll have to break down and find a copy of Facebook for Dummies--if there is such a thing.

Gloria Alden said...

I rarely go on Facebook except to say Happy Birthday to a friend so I never notice any ads. I only watch a few shows on PBS so I don't see many ads there, either.