Friday, May 27, 2011

Reviews- fear or excitement?

I'll be the first to tell you getting a book reviewed scares me silly! Number one I'm use to being on the other side of the table, and two- that is my "baby" that is getting critiqued. So when I saw that I had a review up for my upcoming novella Snow's Heat I held my breath as I opened it. Then held my breath again as I went to the review site...

First review?
From Vampires, Werewolves, and Faries Oh My! with a rating of 4.5

My thoughts: Oh were do I start on this novella? I know, it was GREAT, loved it my only problem was I wanted more, lots more of Travis lol.  I actually felt like I was reading parts of my own life from this book. And yes I wish it was the part with the hot young stranger who wanted sex. Ok I will get back to the book, Bree is coming off a horrible divorce from a jerk of a husband who completely stomped on her self worth and said hateful things to her before he walked out the door. After a year of dealing with the heartache and divorce she needs a weekend alone to deal with healing her heart and starting her life over without the baggage of her old life. She decides to spend some time alone in a cabin in the woods, while there her neighbor comes to warn her of the danger of a leopard in the woods. The snarkiness from Bree when she first meets Travis is great but his reaction to her is even better...

To see the rest of the review go HERE 

SQUEEEE! So excited! 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ohhh guess what was in my email last night? And other news lol

LOL yep yep that's right! Snow's Heat! How exciting. Seeing it all put together is awesome, and makes it just a bit more real. Seeing the different formats and the ISBN number is definite *SQUEEEEE* time! :D Am I bouncing and acting like a loon? You betcha! Now for the part that is a tad harder... finding reviewers for Snow's Heat, LOL it is definitely different being on this end of the reviewing table... :)

 I also have a couple of other projects going on-
Working on Book 2: Tentatively named Snow's Fury right now
Starting a super short (less than 12k) HFN (Happily for now)
Working on a prequel to Snow's Heat- giving readers a free look into Travis :)
And trying to find time to work a bit more on Catting around.

Of course this is also summer- so the kids are home- and I still have to find time to do edits, housework, animals, to play, try to relax, oh and sleep! Can't forget that can we? *snicker*

So that's my exciting *beginning of the summer* news. How are you all doing?

And before you head off! Let me share with you the book Trailer/Tease for Snow's Heat! Video done by JoAnne Kenrick! (If you haven't read her book When a Mullo Loves a Woman you are missing out!)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Official cover art for Snow's Heat

Isn't it always fun when you get the official cover art! Here's the cover for Snow's Heat- artist Mina Carter. :D  Can I get a w00t w00t!?!?!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

When do things go too far? Speak out!

Are you wondering about the blog title? Things going too far. That's a bit vague no? Ok so let's break it down.

Censorship isn't necessarily a bad thing right? I mean we censor what our children watch, read, and hear. We censor ourselves when speaking to others, so as not to hurt feelings. We censor our actions to suit others more often than not, most notably would be how we act around our families. So you are thinking yes, yes, yes these are all good things, right? Things that everyone does.

But what about censoring something that someone else does? What they say/think/feel? Ok how about what they write? That seems to be a bit ridiculous don't you think? We live in America, a free country. One that people try to run INTO for that very thing freedom.

Yet just the other day I hear something that simply blows my socks off, truly. A teacher was successful in her art- writing. Something you would think that her town would be proud of right? Something they have known that she has done for some years. Oh wait did I tell you what she writes? No? Fanatsy/paranormal erotica.

Now some of you may gasp, some may snicker, and others I have intrigued. Yes erotica, she writes hot "smut" as one irate parent complained. And before you join in on the "bashing" bandwagon, let me give you a bit more info. She wrote under a pseudonym, not her real name. She never brought her work on campus to pass out to her high school classes. She never tried, by all accounts, to even make herself famous in that town by her work as an author. She was quiet about it, sedate in her home town even. But recently, she was "recognized" and this was brought out to the news.

News, now would you think this would be news? A teacher has a second job... ohhhhh. She is not a topless dancer. Nor is she selling her body or drugs. She is selling her imagination. She is making money on her ability to use words.. Oh yes, did I mention she was an ENGLISH teacher?

One of the parents interviewed in this 'oh so newsworthy' story said- and here is a direct quote from the news stations site people-"Now my son knows so how is he thinking when he's sitting in her class knowing what she does on the side."  Seems an incongruous statement- insulting but harmless correct? Watch the "video" and it tells a different story. You hear the insinuation. Ok now let me reiterate something else- she teaches HIGH school. So this parent is insinuating that this author/teacher is also a pedophile? Ok excuse me for a moment to be unprofessional-- PUH-LEASE! By all accounts this is a hard working, well liked by her students, GOOD teacher. Her only fault? To have a job that some others think is "dirty".

Well, let me tell you (yeah, I know you already know this) if erotica wasn't popular there wouldn't be multiple Houses, authors, OR have its own set of genre! Erotica is something that is no longer in the darkest of rooms or the dark corner of your mind. It is out there for everyone to see and experience. We are SUPPOSE to be in the age of acceptance. We are suppose to stop our children from bullying and being bullied. We are suppose to be numerous things, but these parents show just how far we are from what our society would like us to be. 

Granted I am a bit of a sh!t starter. I live now in the bible belt. A non-alcohol selling, quiet, church going every Sunday, listen to country, non-cussing bible belt. And what do I do? I go through the town blaring S&M or Down with the Sickness, or Bodies. I DON'T go to church. And I (gasp) cuss. Yeah no fitting in here, lmao. But you know what? The people who know me in town are PROUD of me for getting published. Heck they asked all about my "adult" book, and told me they wanted to read it. That is what should have happened to this author! 

Now I have a question for you. What do you think of this? What do you think about a teacher having a second job as an erotic author? Is it a bad thing in your mind? 

Below are links to both news articles and the Youtube video by one of the former students of this teacher, as well as the link to her Support page on Facebook. 

Original Story

Second Story

Facebook Support Page

Youtube video from a former student