Friday, 23 November 2012

Not the kindest novels...

I've always favored the dark side of romance. I even wrote one without a HEA and was asked to revise before it would be accepted for publishing. BROKEN featured the hero being rejected by the heroine and having to accept that when you screw up that big, there's no coming back. And she dies of a broken heart. Because you can. But I rewrote the ending and of course she let him back into her life and they worked it out...lots of mixed reviews about that one, probably bc I was so conflicted.

I recently wrote a novella titled The Right Thing, about an incredibly selfish, damaged man, somebody really hard to like, even if he came by it honestly. The heroine sacrificed and he gained from it-and became the man we all want., and maybe deserve. He tumbled to the fact it's better to love another person, sometimes at great risk, than to never give your heart. An amazing publisher has offered to publish it-the review coordinator saw past his asshole personna and to the man he could become, if only he followed his heart. Bless her. So I may write the sides of people many romance readers would prefer not to think about, but it is what it is. Love rarely comes easy and it can be quite dark.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Rose Anderson, author of the book I’m presently reading, Loving Leonardo, invited me to participate in the Next Big Thing blog series. She’s waaaay more tech savvy than I am so it was nice to be invited!


What is your working title of your book?

The working title for my Next Big Thing is Fulfilled.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I seem to prefer one word titles for the most part, and Fulfilled is Book 5 in the Club Pleasure series, following Wishes, Madness, Reason and Vulnerable.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s BDSM erotica, a ménage, and features the nanny from Wishes.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’d be picking Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, and Chris Pine to play my characters in a movie rendition with Drew Barrymore and Ben Affleck as supporting cast.  
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Through a quirk of fate, a woefully unsophisticated nanny is plunged into the Lifestyle and discovers her true needs and desires beneath the loving ministrations of two Doms.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I hope my publisher will accept this WIP!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It’s been over a month of self edits, and my first draft took only a week.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Two people inspired me. My dear friend and author Lydia Michaels who insisted I write the nanny’s story, and a fan, who wrote to ask for Trevor’s story (aka Chris Pine).

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Check out a few of my favorite authors:

Missy Martine


Lydia Michaels 

Heather Rainer

Susan Laine 


Saturday, 17 November 2012

reading and writing and reviewing...

I'm currently reading a novel by Rose Anderson entitled Loving Leonardo. Well researched and historical. Liking it.  MM- something I don't read a lot of but so nicely done. I expect a MMF in the next few chapters!

Wrote a FFM several months ago, a challenge for me but totally enjoyed it. Surrounded didn't sell as well-was it the FF?  I wonder. Nice reviews and feedback from those who did read it. I think it's a hidden gem, biased or no, lol.

I read a lot, and I mean a lot. I read as much as I write. Don't seem to find much time for anything else! I review what I write too, fair and square. Never say anything I wouldn't to the author's face. Which brings me to reviewing-what is it with people who hide behind their Internet ID? Cowards. It's fine not to like a book bc of the content but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Say your piece about the content-if the blurb didn't give you a hint about whether it was for you or not, that's one thing. But if you don't like the content, say so, but consider if it was well written or not and remark on that.

I recently read a book that offended me to the point I was disturbed for days. I hated the content. But could she write! Absolutely. I'll never read the book again and shared my opinion on the subject matter-the blurb didn't even hint at it- but I gave credit where credit was due.  Deep POV, well researched and captivating. It just wasn't for me and I write dark stuff too.