Thursday, August 17, 2017

Genre Confusion

Romance, erotica and erotic romance. Touchy subject, but let's be clear: One is not the other and each have their places and I don't feel anyone should be judged for reading any of it. Read whatever you want! It's a free country and no one should judge you on your reading habits.

Anyways, onward...

Over the last few years I've had people tell me all romance is just porn. For those folks, romance is a story about emotions and building a relationship between character. If the story focuses on the relationship more than the sex, it's romance, graphic scenes or not. I've had people say the romance of today is just fluffy erotica or, yep, porn. Again, romance is about emotions and relationships. Deal with it. You don't have to read it if you don't want to, but at least understand it before trying to talk about it. 

Now, on to erotica. Erotica is a story that is meant to arouse the reader. It puts them in a sexy fantasy style of story. There is nothing wrong with reading erotica, but if it isn't your cup of tea it's just not for you. I have found some erotica stories that were really well written. They took the reader into the fantasy and euphoric bless was achieved. With that said, at least learn the difference between the genres.

Finally, erotic romance. This is an odd ball in my post. Erotic romance is defined differently by different readers, authors, publishers and whoever else may feel like defining it. Some people will say it's just really steamy romance. That could work for a nice definition. So could the definition that it's a story that focuses on emotions, the relationship and graphic sex helps that relationship move along. I've read books that do this. Some of them good some of them not so much. Personally, it depends on the author's ability and style. 

These are blurry times we live in. A genre could prove to sell really well and you have authors that rush to take advantage of that genre. This leads to some great books and some crappy books. However, no matter how popular a genre becomes that does not, REPEAT, does not change the genre. Learn the differences before jumping into a conversation, because a romance author may not enjoy hearing romance novels being called erotica. And an erotica author may not enjoy the ranting a raving of a reviewer who grabbed up their book expecting a Happily Ever After.

Peace and love! 


PS: Just Beyond Daybreak, my steamy witchy romance novella, is now available on Amazon!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Cover Reveal Just Beyond Daybreak


Here it is! 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XSQKVS


Just Beyond Daybreak

When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts.

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?



Check out a teaser here!
Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

Peace and Love

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just Beyond Daybreak Teaser



As promised, here is a tease from my up coming novella, Just Beyond Daybreak. The story starts with Meredith, the leading lady, searching through Magic Town.





Magic Town was a dingy maze of alleyways tucked away in a section of Atlanta that never made it to the travel guides. It was crawling with some of the lowest members of society and if a person had to be honest it also had quite a few members of high society slinking around from time to time. It was a place that Meredith Blackburn despised venturing into. After four nights of searching questionable bars and occult shops, the young witch found herself standing in front of a small Chinese shop called Heavenly Herbs. Flexing her fingers, she could feel the flow of magic in her veins cycling painfully slow and it only reminded her how important it was for her to find the man she was looking for.
Meredith despised the man just as much as the area she knew she would find him in. Malcolm Blackwood was one of those high-society brats who had slunk down to Magic Town after displeasing his family. At least Meredith liked to think that he slunk, but entered with a cocky stride would fit his character more. Malcolm had been the second-son playboy that every family dreaded, but for some reason he held a type of charm that made everyone want to be near him. For all her detest of the man, Meredith was no different. Just like every other woman, she’d been drawn to him too.
But the Blackburns and the Blackwoods had been at each other’s throats for more than a millennium. It was family bickering left over from their roots in the old country, and that left little room for feelings besides distrust. So Meredith ignored the attraction and focused on the man’s arrogant attitude.
Nonetheless, he was one of the best magical trackers on the East Coast, and that was what she needed.


That's your tease! Hope it caught your interest. Stop back by tomorrow for the full cover reveal and to find out the winner of the giveaway!

Peace and Love

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cover Reveal Giveaway!

Just Beyond Daybreak is set to come out August 15, 2017!

And we're running a giveaway to celebrate the lead up to the cover reveal this Friday!

For a chance to win a velvet choker and turtle pendant just follow the instructions below!

Peace and Love!

Friday, June 30, 2017

New Release Coming

I've teased you with it. I showed you pictures that helped inspire it. And now it's finally on its way! 

Just Beyond Daybreak will be hitting the virtual shelves August 2017! 



When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts. 

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MidWeek Tease

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So, I've been really really busy with everything and things have gotten behind, but never fear! Here's a MidWeek Tease to wet your tongue. Enjoy!

Just Beyond Daybreak snippet


Something was tickling her nose. Brushing it aside, Meredith nuzzled deeper into the comfortable pillow. She still felt the heavy tug of sleep, but another tickle traced over her ear. Meredith groaned and tried to swat it away, but was instead greeted with a man’s deep chuckle. “Come on. It’s time to get to business.”

The sound of his voice made her eyes shoot open. Meredith didn’t sit up at first. She just stared at her surroundings. The bold red comforter with black vines was definitely hers and so was the lamp on the night stand. “Malcolm, what are you doing in my bedroom?” she asked, finally rolling over to look at the man leaning over her.

He was close. So close that she could make out the golden flakes that dotted his blue eyes. Strands of blond hair brushed downwards, trying to hide the merriment that danced around those golden flakes, and a grin graced his full lips. “I’m trying to wake you up, Sleeping Beauty,” he answered, sitting back a little further away from her. “You’ve been asleep the better part of the morning.”


That's it for right now, but if all goes according to plan, I'll have some great news to share soon! Don't forget to hop to the other blogs for more MidWeek Teases.
 Peace and Love!


 

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale

I just recently found myself watching The handmaid's Tale Hulu special and while I grew up reading dystopia novels and wondering what if, I have to admit this series hits a button. The thing is I see similarities between the Handmaid's Tale and the Saving Grace Saga.

https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B00E89LE9UYes, the Saving Grace Saga is about witches and werewolves. Very far from the more than real reality in The Handmaid's Tale, but they are close still. In the Saving Grace Saga the U.S. Government passes a law banning all non-one God religions. This leads to the persecutions of pagans and atheists. It's also used as a cover to hunt down the more supernatural element hidden from societies view.

While in The Handmaid's Tale the government has become completely and utterly controlled by the religious extremists, in the Saving Grace Saga it is smaller and doesn't affect the day to day lives of average Christian people. This hidden control is what scares me the most.

https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B00NAJ9R3E/In The Handmaid's Tale there is little hidden. It seems clear thus far that the signs leading to the take over of the people was coming. Signs that most people would see in today's world. I promise there are too many people in the country who disagree with the subtle changes in government shown in The Handmaid's Tale to let that happen.

And if we can't stop it, we can fight it. I have no disagreement with any religion really. As long as it is treated fairly. As long as it is kept separate from government. That's not just an opinion. It's written into the Constitution of our country.

https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B010GZXUQY
When writing the Saving Grace Saga the world was a little more crazy for me. My daughter was running around being a happy child. People told me this lifestyle and that lifestyle was wrong for raising a child in. Not because I was neglecting my child or harming my child, but because I was exposing her to life. To people who love her who also happen to have different religions and different sexual orientations than them.

That influenced the world in the Saving Grace Saga. Instead of an upfront take over like in The Handmaid's Tale, it was just an act of law that changed things, targeted groups that were different that threw the country into a downward spiral.

The stories are vastly different and yet play to a similar fear that people have. Thankfully it also gives us hope that we'll see something like this coming before it's too late.

Peace and Love!