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May Newsletter - Vol. 57

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are,

to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”

- Maya Angelou


Roses and Thorns


In romance novels, we focus on love. The meet-cute, the slow (or not so slow) buildup of tension and attraction, the explosion of desire, and even the slower paced love of a long-standing relationship. We love all of it. Many readers want romance novels that focus on the softer side of love because we face so many of the harsh sides in real life.


This month, our newsletter is going to focus on one of the harsher sides of sex in real life. If that’s not of interest to you, or if it’s triggering to you, please feel free to come back and join us next month.


Unless you’ve been on an unplugged vacation, you’ve no doubt seen the national news that a landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, may well be overturned soon in the US. Our country has seen multiple states enact laws in recent years that restrict or prohibit access to abortion. While plenty of people are thrilled by the likelihood of the end of abortion access, polls show that the majority of Americans do not support this decision.


As this new development will put access to abortion within the jurisdiction of state governments, we want to encourage you to contact your state representatives and make your voice heard. If you don’t know your representatives, or if you just want an easy way to find them, try: https://myreps.datamade.us/


If you feel the need to do more, we’ve compiled a few links to organizations that help provide abortion access. Each is accepting donations, and plenty of similar organizations are accepting volunteers as well.


https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion/ — National


https://providecare.org/financial-resources-abortion/ — National


https://elevatedaccess.org/ — National


https://arc-southeast.org/ — Regional


https://brigidalliance.org/ — Regional

Joy Editing is staffed by a group of women who recognize abortion is a complex issue and that sex can come with consequences. Sometimes those consequences are joyful, and sometimes they’re painful. If we can help with the painful parts, we want to try.


Until next month, please practice kindness with yourself and with others.


- The Joy Editing Team

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