May 13, 2008

Naked Lady . . . Soap!

Today's squeaky clean post is all about supporting small business.

If you're anything like me, you get a nervous tic just thinking about stepping foot in your local Wal*Mart. I'm a big fan of small, local businesses. The service is always superior and the quality excellent, so I support small, local businesses every chance I get.

As an author, I ALWAYS buy something when I'm lucky enough to spend time in an independent bookstore. The two closest to us are Vero Beach Book Center and Books and Books. Wish there were more.

For a big celebration of independent bookstore's, check out Shrinking Violet Promotions, created by authors Mary Hershey and Robin LaFevers. Each day in May, they're celebrating a different independent bookstore.

Something I enjoy nearly as much as the indies are local green markets. We have one right here in Abacoa. Sadly, this Saturday is the last one of the season and I'll have to get my fresh greens and hand-made soaps elsewhere.

Um, no I won't!

My friends at family-owned and run Naked Lady Soap sell their yummy smelling soaps on-line. I can replenish my supply until the green market opens again in the fall. If you want to support a lovely, small business and get some fabulous soaps for yourself or your friends, stop by the Abacoa green market this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or shop on-line here.

And speaking of clean, there's a certain housewife in Utah who blogs about books she deems to be clean. My novel didn't meet her squeaky standards. Too bad about that. I nearly laughed my head off when she gave my book a little devil icon instead of the angel icons reserved for good, clean books. Check out her review here.

Now, if only my book would get banned somewhere, then perhaps I'd sell even more copies.

Stay clean (or not),


Riley Roam said...

I'll check out the naked ladies! Wait a second, that sounds strange...well, you know what I mean.

That blog from the "squeaky clean" (uptight moron) woman in Utah is pretty funny. You little devil you, writing such "risque" children's books. It's a good thing we have people like that protecting America's children from such questionable content. She's probably head of the book banning bloggers brigade.

Jill N.

Anonymous said...

Golly-gee, you naughty writer, you!
You would have received a double-devil if you had not changed all of those 3 3/4 lettered words!

Linda S. M.

Anonymous said...

You should read what anonymous commented to the "squeaky clean"

Anonymous said...

This is a review?? She only read 25 pages and then added amazon's review(isn't that plagiarism?...maybe not, if she cites the source) Anyway, it's a lazy, shoddy to write accurately about a book. And, of course, she's WAY off base. Doesn't she have any idea what kids are seeing/hearing on TV, the Internet, and AT SCHOOL? Your delightful book is nowhere near all that...and it accurately describes the life of a pre-teen. I've recommended it to all my writer friends....and friends with kids/grandkids in that age group. Seems like this woman wants kids to still just read stuff like Five Little Peppers and How They Grew! How sad. Marjorie Flathers

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. I read the lady's post and she never said it was dirty, she just said she couldn't finish it. There is even another readers review on the main post that said they liked the book and would highly recommend it. Am I missing something?