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07.07.2012

The one where I try not t…

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Lately I’ve been trying to stay away from Goodreads. Why? Because I seem to be getting a lot of reviews that, positive or slightly less so, miss the story’s point completely. Whichever story it is, whatever kind of review it is, I find myself going “did you actually READ the book?” or “wasn’t that obvious?” way, WAY too often.

One of my pet peeves is people who read my shifter book, Chuffed, and compare it to the kind of books I talked about in my blog post at Sue’s blog. Or when they just don’t seem to read the book carefully or slowly enough and then complain about things they missed because they really didn’t see them, I guess?

For example, I’ve had one or two complaints about the shifters in Chuffed going to have their blood tested to be able to bareback. The complaint is that they don’t go to the hospital for other reasons, but they do for this? Like it’s an OUTRAGE for this to happen. My question to these readers is, where in the book does it say they can’t go to a hospital/clinic to have their blood drawn? It’s made very clear–if you read the book, that is–that they won’t go to a hospital when they’re in serious pain because that causes an involuntary shift and they need to stay hidden from the human eyes. Getting your blood drawn wouldn’t cause this…?

Or maybe they think that there’s something in the blood that would expose the shifters somehow? This is not even talked about in the book, but now that I’m talking about it here, no. There’s not a thing in their blood that someone could see and think odd while taking a standard STD-test.

Another thing that comes to mind is about Thank My Lucky Scars, my novella about a bike messenger and a porn star who fall in love. The complaint about this story seems to be that it’s ridiculous/stupid/pretentious/hypocritical/whatever that while the guys don’t have sex, the porn star goes and has sex on the job.

Now, I don’t understand this at all. Honestly. Let’s say you’re in a tentative relationship with someone who doesn’t drink wine. Your job, however, is wine tasting. That’s all you do all day every day, taste wines. Because your romantic interest doesn’t drink wine, do you stop doing your job?

I know it’s not the same, sex and wine are hardly the same (though some say both can be near religious experiences…). My point here is that IT IS A JOB. Do you stop doing your job for your lover who, by the way, understands the nature of your job completely?

Or maybe these people who complain about this aspect of the story don’t understand porn? Don’t approve of it? Or just find porn dirty and disgusting, unless they’re watching it when it’s SUPER HOT. But god damn it if those guys have a real life outside their jobs! That’s just DISGUSTING!

Okay. I think I’m done ranting now. ^^

There are several other things I don’t understand about some reviews or random comments I see about some of my stories, but then again, that won’t prevent me from writing other things people won’t approve of or understand. In some ways, writing a completely understandable book and trying to see how many people don’t actually care to read it carefully enough is… fun. In some masoctistic way, at least.

Another pet peeve? When people round down their .5 ratings on Goodreads. That’s just mean, really. But that’s a whole other rant for some other time.

(PS. There will be a contest at some point soon, you can win a paperback of Technically Dead and whatnot… Keep your eye on this blog and my Facebook and Twitter too. Just remember I’m usually not that SFW with my Twitter links… ;) )

03.29.2012

Heads Up!

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Okay, since I have so many stories coming up like right now or soon, I’m planning on holding a little contest this spring.

Actually it might be a big contest, since it will have some nice prizes, after all. And I totally mean nice on my scale. I’m talking about free ebooks of my three releases (Lucky, Something New, and Thank My Lucky Scars), maybe a small gift card for an eBook store of your choice, some swag… That sort of thing.

So, keep your eyes glued to this space, people! Soon enough you’ll have some information and possibly some neat prizes!

That said, Something New is out today and you can already find it from the Dreamspinner Press store and at least All Romance Ebooks and later from Amazon and all the other places DSP novellas usually are sold.

03.09.2012

Upcoming release and the …

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Hello, everyone. It’s now early March, and I’m looking at the release schedule I have and the personal deadlines that are looming and I thought I’d give you an update.

My next release will be out on March 28th. It’s called Something New, and I really do love this story. I hope you’ll like it too. In some ways, Something New manages to catch many things about my personal writing style and my “secret agenda” in my writing. That’s why I’m so happy with it, really. Oh and the cover by Catt Ford is really lovely too.

After Something New, the next one in my preliminary list of things to come is a little story called Thank My Lucky Scars. It’s also a novella and revolves around a London bike-messenger and an American porn star. It’s a fun little story, so I’m looking forward to it as well. Tentative release is April-May.

Now, the book after the two aforementioned is called Chuffed. It’s a shifter-book, the first book in a several books-series I’ve titled Finnshifters. The story arc revolves around a sort of “shifter sanctuary” in Eastern Finland near the Russian border, and the shifters who live on the little farm. There’s always at least one main couple, and while the books are M/M romance, the stories are as much about the whole “farm family” as they are any given main couple.

Chuffed should be out in May-June, and I have a submission deadline in about a week for book 2 which doesn’t have a title yet. While the book is already almost done, I’m still feeling slight pressure from the deadline I’ve set myself (so that you guys would have the next part to read in a few months time from the release of the first book, see, I’m thinking about you here!)

My next novel-length story is a vampire-story I’ve felt like writing for a long time. It’s called Technically Dead and it’s going to be released in July-August. I’ll tell you more about it later.

Once I have Finnshifters 2 written and sent, I need to figure out what to write next. I feel like writing a few separate stories but I also know I need to concentrate on one. So I’ll figure that out soon, since after all I should be done with the current story in a week. Ugh. Well, here’s to making my deadline and for a nice springtime for everyone!

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