Ladies in beautiful dresses

With the EPPIE Award banquet quickly approaching, the ladies on the EPIC board are discussing what they plan to wear to the event. I have read each fashion description with almost unseemly relish. Honestly, and as I commented on the board this morning, I loved hearing the accounts. The more cold and cruel the world becomes, the more I absolutely NEED to read about Cinderella dancing at the ball in her beautiful dress. As news reports grow increasingly horrific, I YEARN to discuss the length of Cindy’s hemline.

Full circle.

When I was a child, my mother would attend various weddings and other “grown-up” formal functions. Afterward, over tea . . . and pilfered buffet goods she snuck home . . . she would gleefully relate juicy party gossip to my sister and myself. I always asked for full descriptions of “what the ladies wore”.

My fascination with fashion ground to a halt in college; in fact, in my naivety, I considered dressing stylishly superficial, certainly beneath my contempt. Back then, I had more important things to do, serious things to do. Off went the make-up and the bra, on went the Army and Navy store jeans. That I embroidered those uni-sex jeans in motifs of flowers and butterflies didn’t seem contradictory to my minimalist philosophy.

Anyway, then life hit.

I still wear jeans and no make-up, but you’ll be happy to know I did eventually strap on a bra again. And I’ve come to understand and appreciate the importance fashion serves as a buffer against the all-too seriousness of life.

A year ago this month, my 92 year old aunt left this world for someplace better, and on her deathbed, she wore the prettiest fuchsia nail polish, a shade that exactly matched her afghan–color coordinated up to the end. This shouldn’t have surprised me, as all her long and contented life, she had dressed fashionably. She made me happy just looking at her.

Though I can’t attend the EPPIE award ceremony this year, I hope the ladies dress to the nines. I hope they shimmer and gleam and sparkle. I hope they strut their stuff. I hope for one night they stomp all over seriousness.

My best wishes go out to all the EPPIE finalists.

Louisa Trent


It occured to me that I never mentioned these finalists. Here’s the list:


Black Flowers by E. F. Watkins—Publisher Amber Quill Press

Gambling with the Enemy by Toni Leland—Publisher Equine Graphics Publishing Group/Parallel Press Imprint

Pedestals by Jane Shoup—Publisher Echelon Press

Anthology (all genres)

Suits, Ties & Water Cooler AmberPax by Trixie Stilletto, Caitlyn Willows, Adrianna Dane, Isabella Jordan, Denyse Bridger—Publisher Amber Quill Press

Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume 1, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology by Alice Blue, Sherry Derr-Wille, Christine DeSmet, Debbie Fritter, Liz Hunter, Carrie S. Masek, Barbara Raffin, Jaye Roycraft, Julie Skerven, Jane Toombs, Cassie Walder, Karen Wiesner—Publisher Whiskey Creek Press

A Faerie Tale by Paige Burns, Jodi Lynn Copeland, Rae Monet, Tiffany Aaron—Publisher Liquid Silver Books

All I Want For Christmas by Kally Jo Surbeck, Brenna Lyons, Elaine Charton—Publisher Triskelion Publishing

Children, Young Adult, and Tween

Bully Brigade by Betty Jo Schuler—Publisher DiskUs

Faith of the Unforgotten by Leathel Grody—Publisher Lethal Publishing Corporation

My Little Blue Car by Carolyn R. Scheidies—Publisher

Oliver’s Castle by Diane Thompson—Publisher Mystic Toad Press, L.L.C.

Erotic/Erotica with paranormal elements

Animal Instincts by Jaci Burton—Publisher Ellora’s Cave

Chains of Jericho by Vivien Dean—Publisher Linden Bay Romance

Hot House: Dante & Hayley by Sheri Gilmore—Publisher Loose Id

I, Nefertiti by Lacey Savage—Publisher Loose Id

Lilith’s Legacy by Aubrey Ross—Publisher Changling Press

Rites of Mating by Brenna Lyons—Publisher eXtasy Books

Spin Drift by Jule Jones—Publisher Loose Id

Tempest by Louisa Trent—Publisher Loose Id

Erotic/Erotica without paranormal elements

Honoring Sean by Maggie Casper—Publisher Ellora’s Cave

Love’s Revenge by Monica Burns—Publisher New Concepts Publishing

Maverick’s Black Cat by Maggie Casper and Lena Matthews—Publisher Ellora’s Cave

Persuading Suzanne by Amy O’Connor—Publisher eXtasy Books

The Gift by Honey Jans—Publisher Whiskey Creek Press

Undercover Lover by Cailyn Willows—Publisher Amber Quill Press, LLC


Bitter Sweet by Michelle Levigne—Publisher Mundania Press

Dragon’s Son by Elaine Corvidae—Publisher Mundania Press

Glass Souls by Michaela August—Publisher Awe-Struck eBooks


Funeral in Babylon by Max Overton—Publisher Mundania Press

Lainn’s Destiny by Toby Heathcotte—Publisher Triskelion Publishing

The Sweet Shade of a Chinaberry Tree by Janice Ward Parrish—Publisher Hard Shell Word Factory


The Last Dance of the Lochkray by Frian M.H. Goodwin—Publisher LTD Books

The Rat Catcher’s King by John F.D.Taff—Publisher Double Dragon Publishing

Inspirational (Christian, Metaphysical, New Age)

Hattie’s Preacher by Sherry Derr-Wille—Publisher Awe-Struck eBooks

Lorien by Michelle L. Levigne—Publisher Hard Shell Word Factory


Death Row Defender by Ray Dix—Publisher Hard Shell Word Factory

The Queen Anne Fox by Jerol Anderson—Publisher Whiskey Creek Press

The Summer Bones by Katherine Smith—Publisher Whiskey Creek Press

Vengeance to the Max by JB Skully—Publisher Liquid Silver Books


31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park by Larry K. and Lorna Collins—Publisher iUniverse, Inc.

Made a Difference for That one: A Surgeon’s Letters Home from Iraq by Meredith Coppola—Publisher iUniverse, Inc.


Ghostly Embers: Visions of Toledo by Larry Rochelle—Publisher Booksurge

The Oestara Anthology of Pagan Poetry by Cynthia Joyce Clay; Delight Clay; Raymond T. Anderson—Publisher Oestara Publishing LLC

Romance (Contemporary)

Harvey & Eck by Erin O’Brien—Publisher Zumay Publications

Hired Hand by Caitlyn Willows—Publisher Amber Quill Press, LLC

In the Mood by Ellen Fisher—Publisher New Concepts Publishing

Just My Imagination by Karen Sandler—Publisher Hard Shell Word Factory

One Small Spark by Muncy Chapman—Publisher Grace Publishing

Precious Things by Gail R. Delaney—Publisher Wings ePress

Romance (Fantasy/Paranormal)

All Night Inn by Janet Miller—Publisher Cerridwen Press

Falling Star Wish by Betty Hanawa—Publisher Triskelion Publishing

The Case of the Virtuous Vampire by Monette Michaels—Publisher LTD Books

Treading the Labyrinth by Rae Morgan—Publisher Liquid Silver Books

Unicorn Quest by Angelica Hart, Ellen Fisher—Publisher New Concepts Publishing

Romance (Historical)

An Unacceptable Demise by Patricia Harrison—Publisher Amber Quill Press, LLC

Bittersweet Surrender by Barbara Sheridan—Publisher Cerridwen Press

My Secret Yankee by T.D. McKinney and Aimee Masion—Publisher Amber Quill Press, LLC

Wayward Sun by Katherine Smith—Publisher Whiskey Creek Press

Romance (Romantic Suspense)

Letters from the Heart by Anita Whiting—Publisher New Age Dimensions

Means to An End by Carol McPhee—Publisher Wings ePress

Project Prometheus by Ester Mitchell—Publisher Triskelion Publishing

The Chemistry of Evil by Lynne Connolly—Publisher Triskelion Publishing

Wolf Island by Cher Gorman—Publisher Loose Id

Romance (Science Fiction/Futuristic)

A Window in Time by Carolyn Lampman—Publisher Whiskey Creek Press

Farthest Space: The Wrath of Jan (part of the Tripping Through the Universe anthology) by Ellen Fisher—Publisher New Concepts Publishing

Forced Mate by Rowena Beaumont Cherry—Publisher Rowena Cherry

StarJumper’s Bride by J.A. Clarke—Publisher LionHearted Publishing, LLC

Science Fiction

An Audience for Einstein by Mark Wakely—Publisher Mundania Press

Peacekeeper by Tabitha A. Bradley—Publisher eXtasy Books

Shards: Book One by Peter Prellwitz—Publisher Double Dragon Publishing

Shards: Book Two by Peter Prellwitz—Publisher Double Dragon Publishing

Single Title/Mainstream

RV by Angelo Spyropoulos—Publisher Zumaya Publications

Jayna Incarnate by Jane Shoup—Publisher New Age Dimensions

The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred—Publisher Cerridwen Press

Til The End of Time by Sabra Brown Steinsiek—Publisher Whiskey Creek Press

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