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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Help me end school lunch debt in Cranston, Rhode Island

I just started a GoFundMe campaign to end school lunch debt in Cranston, Rhode Island.


What does this mean? I read an article saying that for children who go to the Cranston School District public schools whose families can't afford to pay for their lunch, the district is going to send a collection agency after these families starting January 2, 2019. This is shameful. I want to help pay off as much of the $45,859 as possible. If you'll join me in donating even a small sum such as $1 or $5 and/or spreading the word, it would help these families a lot. All of the funds collected will go directly to the school district, even if it's less than the full amount I'm asking for. You can donate under your name or anonymously.

I'm in the process of making a Cranston School District staff member the recipient so the funds will go directly toward them. I will not be withdrawing any funds myself but I was advised to set it up now to raise as much as possible this month. If you'd like to learn more about fighting lunch debt, I urge you to visit Thank you for getting into the holiday spirit and helping these families!

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Sexy book trailer for Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4

We are just a few days away from the December 11 release of my new anthology Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4! I'm so excited for these 20 brand new stories to be out in the world. If you've enjoyed the novels of Alyssa Cole, Alessandra Torre (who has a new novel out today), Megan Hart, Suleikha Snyder, Tamara Lush, Sofia Quintero, I'm pretty sure you'll love their stories in this volume.


I'm even more excited that my publisher, Cleis Press, made a book trailer for this collection. I've made book trailers before (Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica was the first and has a special place in my heart), and acted in them, but this one is the first that someone else made for me. I feel special. It seems fitting because this is a special, super hot anthology.

Want to help the book succeed? Add it to your Amazon wishlist and put it on your Goodreads want to read list. You can also follow us @bestwomenserotica on Instagram and on Twitter and Facebook for updates and giveaways. Speaking of giveaways, Monday, December 10 is your last chance to win one of TEN AUTOGRAPHED COPIES over at Goodreads! (U.S. only) And here's all the buy links to get your own copy!

Also below: a snippet from our wonderful starred Library Journal review. Early readers are loving the hotness here and I hope you will too. And stay tuned for the audiobook later this month narrated by Rose Caraway! Want free adult erotic stories on audio? Click here for ones from the first three volumes read by Rose.

From our starred Library Journal review. Once the full review is online, I'll share it here.

The entries range from tenderly seductive—Alyssa Cole’s sf human/android tale “Essential Qualities” proves a true standout in this regard—to playfully raunchy, with everything in between. This anthology’s ­inclusion of diverse characters in terms of age, race, kinks, and ability is refreshing and much-needed in erotica; each writer finds a way to adhere to the collection’s theme while blissfully breaking the mold. VERDICT An exceptional volume of quality quickies; highly recommended.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

The Great Big Romance Read is reading Pride by Ibi Zoboi in December

For Forbes online, I wrote about The Great Big Romance Read, a month-long worldwide event in December where in-person and online book groups are meeting to discuss Pride by Ibi Zoboi, a Pride and Prejudice remix (it even says so on the cover). You can even join yourself. Book groups are happening at events such as bookstores and libraries and elsewhere, and online book discussion groups, podcasts and YouTube channels are participating, which is one of the things that drew my attention.

The event was organized by romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice and you can learn more in my article. I happened to buy a copy for a teenage cousin of mine before I'd heard about The Great Big Romance Read and since I won't be seeing her until January, I'm hoping to read it myself this month, although sadly, with all my writing about books and some other new assignments, I haven't had as much time to read. I'm hoping I'll have some more time this month.



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Sunday, December 02, 2018

What happened with Nora Roberts and Tomi Adeyemi and their similar book titles

I've been busy over at and yesterday wrote about the Nora Roberts Tomi Adeyemi book title plagiarism accusation of Roberts' Of Blood and Bone and Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone. Get the scoop and then follow me at (or on Twitter) because there will be a followup article this week.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Me on how to get a book deal by using Instagram at

I hope you'll check out my latest article at on "How to get a book deal from your Instagram account". I interviewed Stupid Fit Couple, Emma Lee of Hidden Heartbreak (and author of the book of the same name), publishers Andrews McMeel and Knock Knock and two literary agents to give you the scoop on what it takes to go Instagram to book.

It's the first of several articles exploring book deals and social media (including podcasts), so follow me at so you don't miss anything. I'm aiming to cover multiple service articles like this so if there are things you want to know about book publishing, let me know and I'll try to explore them. Email me at rachelkb at gmail dot com with "Forbes" in the subject line. I obviously can't cover everything but am always open to topic suggestions (though individual titles are less useful unless they're part of a trend or current events/publishing news).

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

New on what happens to authors when their publisher closes

For I interviewed four authors who've been through publisher closings, Kellye Garrett, Mollie Cox Bryan, Bonnie Vanak and Alexa J. Day (or a publisher not taking new submissions or publishing new titles, in the case of Midnight Ink). If you've been through this or know someone who has, I hope it's helpful. As always, if it's useful, please share it, and bookmark my profile for multiple articles per month. A few in the works are about how to get book deals and there's lots more coming in December and the new year. If you're an editor, publisher, publicist or literary agent with suggestions on book publishing trends or news, especially anything pegged to holidays, current events, celebrities, etc., please get in touch by emailing rachelkb at gmail dot com with "" in the subject line.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Win 10 sexy books in my November newsletter giveaway

If you subscribe to my newsletter, check your inbox for my November newsletter (or read it at this link), you know I love to give away books! Make sure you add to your address book so the newsletter comes to your inbox. The giveaway link is at the top of the newsletter. This month I'm doing my biggest giveaway ever of the 10 books shown below, two of which I edited and the other eight I contributed short stories to. One lucky subscriber will get them all! Full titles listed below. You have until November 30, 2018 to enter. 15 other winners will receive signed copies of The Big Book of Submission, Volume 2: 69 Kinky Tales or On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories. This giveaway is open internationally. And don't forget, U.S. readers, that you can also enter my Goodreads Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 giveaway through December 10, 2018. GOOD LUCK!


Books in my November newsletter giveaway (must be a subscriber to win!):

The Big Book of Submission, Volume 2
edited by me Bondage Bites
edited by Alison Tyler K Is For Kinky
edited by Alison Tyler The Merry XXXMas Book of Erotica
edited by Alison Tyler Open for Business
edited by Alison Tyler Best Lesbian Romance 2012
edited by Radclyffe Afternoon Pleasures
edited by Shane Allison Best of Best Women's Erotica Volume 2
edited by Violet Blue On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories
edited by me Three-way
edited by Alison Tyler

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