Friday, March 27, 2015

What you should be reading (and an appeal to authors)

In the wake of Fifty Shades of Grey and similar novels, it is tragic to watch the sudden and overwhelming predominance of uncaring men, violent characters, cheating boyfriends and generally dislikeable people making their way into the books we call romance.

Let me bring something to your attention, friends—this is not romance. Men who cheat on women, are violent, tie them up out of some sordid fetish to treat them like animals are not men we should be fantasizing about. They're pricks. Have we fallen so far down in the pursuit of love and romance to think that the only way to obtain joy in a relationship is to subject ourselves to bestial practices by men who know nothing of courtesy, respect, kindness and just good old fashioned chivalry?

We worship the Bad Boy, hunt the man with the tattoos and a the bike and the women chasing after him. Fine. But if that same Bad Boy is cheating on you, hitting you, disrespecting you, then he's not a Bad Boy. He's a wanker. And he shouldn't find his way into our books.

Have you read the Johnny series? What did you think of Thunder, a Bad Boy to the core who nonetheless never does anything to betray or hurt or demean Alice?

That some authors even glorify the abhorrent subject of rape is beyond reprehensible.

New Adult authors should break the pattern, be unique, change the trend. Jettison those asshole characters and write about the Bad Boys who are yet as chivalrous as any knight errant ever was. How romantic would be a scene in which a bad-as-bad-can-get dude rips the heart out of another "bad boy" who cheated on his girl or hit her? There are many creative scenes in which we can yet maintain the fascination with the Man Who Breaks The Rules, and nonetheless not have him be The Only Man I Can Get Even Though He Treats Me Like Shit.

Have some pride.

There's no such thing as dominance and submission amongst humans, only weasels. One of the European weasels, to procreate, rapes his partner. We are not weasels.

No relationship can survive without mutual respect, care and honesty. It isn't true that you have to be a goody two-shoes to achieve that. You only have to be human.

This is a plea to both New Adult authors and readers. Demand brings supply. Authors are creative people. I'm sure we can think of many scenes and characters where the mouthwatering Bad Boy is yet a man worthy of the girl. But we should quit supporting, buying, reading and writing stories where pricks rule the world and women fall for them. I know it's fiction. But it's also not. People look to books for answers, ideas, hopes. They look to them to escape to a better world. If you keep telling them that a better world is one where the only man you can get is a boozing bastard who swears at his girl and catches some action on the side, people might start to believe it.

And it really isn't that way.

It's never easy to break the trend. A lot of work and care goes into writing and publishing a book. Sometimes a lot of money. And we want readers. I believe we will get those readers, get them en masse, if we change our characters and make them likable, chivalrous, and the ideal of what a man should really be like.

A man with ropes and handcuffs is no man. He's an unimaginative coward.

Friday, March 20, 2015

~ BOOK BLITZ ~ MIND GAMES BOOKS ONE AND TWO NOW AVAILABLE!

Happy Release Day!

Be sure to enter the Giveaway at the end of this post!

Book One is FREE on KindleiTunes, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords!

BOOK ONE
HIS MIND GAMES


Synopsis Book One:


A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance

An inner world of magic and power.

A lover. A night together—their first night. 

And then—disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.

And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met...the man they call Jack. 

A demon. 

And now he has her. 

And he’s playing Mind Games with her.

Links Book One:

BOOK TWO
HER MIND GAMES


Synopsis Book Two
WARNING: MIGHT CONTAINS SPOILERS! 


A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance

An inner world of magic and power, ruled over by witches who are by nature conniving, deceitful, ... lustful.

A hunter. Built and powerful and godly...obligated by duty to protect the witches from parasitic demons who suck on their minds and destroy their inner worlds using tools of war.

The key. Crystal Loradeen, a witch who fights against her true nature but who falls deeper into it by the merciless hands of Fate.

And him, the boy, the man, the demon hunter, Lucien Dresner, the lover in her dreams who captures her desires and fills her mind with passion and need. She yearns for him, lusts for him.

And he for her.

The war is on.

Witches are being recruited.

And their innate weaknesses threaten to destroy them all.

STORY SUMMARY:
Shira Naiman is the most powerful witch Crystal knows. Crystal needs her help to fight the war, a war for their minds, a war waged by parasitic demons who suck on their powers and turn witches into demons themselves.

But Shira has a weakness. As do all witches. And only through their weakness can demons bring witches under their control.

Shira's weakness soon pulls Crystal down into a world of abject deceit, betrayal, sex, passion and a madness so vicious that it finally brings her into the hands of the one they call Jack, the most powerful demon the hunters have ever met.

And the demon wants Crystal. Only Crystal.

And he'll stop at nothing to get her.

CONTENT WARNING FOR BOTH BOOKS:
Contains explicit sexual content, violence and strong language. Only appropriate for readers aged 17 and older.

Genres:
Paranormal Romance
New-Adult Romance

Links Book Two:

Amazon US
Available now!
Amazon UK
Available now!
Amazon CA
Available now!
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22) 
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22)
Kobo
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22) 
(Pre-Order - Release Date March 22) 

Thank Yous

Thanks so much to the following blogs and people for helping out on Today's Book Blitz. 
You are all awesome!

Friday, March 13, 2015

*TWO* COVER REVEALS! Mind Games - A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance - (And a giveaway...)

(NOTE: Scroll to the end for the giveaway!)

Announcing my first ever Paranormal Romance. And it is...hot!


Mind Games Series
HIS MIND GAMES - BOOK ONE
HER MIND GAMES - BOOK TWO

OFFICIAL RELEASE-DATE:
March 20, 2015

Book One is already available and FREE on Smashwords.
Look out for it in the next few days on iTunes and B&N.
It'll be free on iTunes and B&N as well.
It is 99c right now on Amazon, but hopefully will be free in the next few days.You can, however, pick up a Kindle version on Smashwords for nothing if you'd like.

Amazon Links for Book One:

Pre-Order Links for Book Two below.

Book Two will be released on March 20 on Amazon and March 22 everywhere else. 


COVER REVEAL - BOOK ONE

HIS MIND GAMES - MIND GAMES #1


SYNOPSIS - BOOK ONE

A Dark and Erotic Paranormal Romance

An inner world of magic and power.
A lover. A night together—their first night. 
And then—disaster. He lost his mind, but she knew the truth. She knew.
And so she ran, all the way down to Marfa Texas where she met...the man they call Jack. 
A demon. 
And now he has her. 
And he’s playing Mind Games with her.

WARNING: 
Contains explicit sexual content, violence and strong language. 
Only appropriate for readers aged 17 and older. 

Genres:
Paranormal Romance
New-Adult Romance

Book 1 of 2

COVER REVEAL - BOOK TWO

HER MIND GAMES - MIND GAMES #2


SYNOPSIS

I can't give you the synopsis for Book Two right now as it contains spoilers. ;)

PRE-ORDER LINKS BOOK TWO


GENERAL INFO (FAQ)

Yes, Book One contains a cliffhanger. 
No, Book Two does not contain a cliffhanger.
The story completes at the end of Book Two.

Book Two will be released on Amazon on March 20, 2015 (it is currently up for pre-order).
It'll be available everywhere else on March 22, 2015 (also currently up for pre-order).

Let me warn you, this story is dark. But...whoa...it's a ride like you've never had before. 
Strap yourself in.

THANK YOUs

Once again, thanks to the following incredible bloggers for all their help with this cover reveal! Be sure to check out each of their pages and sign up for their newsletters or follow them on FB.


GIVEAWAY

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