Monday, February 20, 2012

Reviews of a New Author: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

As a new author of ebooks, I am coming to appreciate the complexity of reviews. Naturally, everyone hopes that people will love their work and shout it to the world, but the planet consists of many different people who have various likes and dislikes. That old adage, "You can't please all the people all of the time" certainly applies to creative art.

Some people will read your work and be on the same page as you. They get the world you are trying to create and love it. Other people read it and think you totally missed the boat and have no business writing.

My personality is one that is pleased and embarrassed by positive praise, but holds onto negative comments as if they hold more importance. Putting my writing out there has definitely been an experience. I am grateful there has been a balance of opinion. For all those who love my writing more than it deserves, I have others who hate it. Yin/Yang. Balance is good. :)

Currently (2/20/12):

On B&N more than 60 ratings and reviews. Twenty-one gave the series 5 or 4 stars and fourteen gave it 2 or 1 star, but six who hated it left comments and only one who liked it left a review.

On Apple (where they seem to only rate without comments) the series has a 3.5 rating.

On Amazon only a five comments on the first story, but 4/5 are good.

On Smashwords all reviews have been positive (it seems to be an author friendly site)

On Goodreads reviews have been positive (although only three people have rated them)

Overall, the reviews are positive. I am humbled that many readers enjoy my stories in spite of my newbie talent.

* Thank you to all who have rated or reviewed my work. For those who like it, deepest gratitude for the support and encouragement. For those who dislike my writing, your comments are beneficial as well. I am always seeking to improve my craft and your reviews help me to do that. Thank you! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Blissfully Snowbound is a Sexy Little Story

Oh, to be Blissfully Snowbound...

We had a huge snowstorm recently. I looked outside one morning and was reminded of an old fantasy of mine - being stuck in a cabin with a guy and no way out. What would two people who were attracted to each other do, especially when the power goes out and they have to cuddle?

Blissfully Snowbound explores what happens when friends who aren't looking to hook up encounter an opportunity to enjoy a little sexy fun. Snow play takes on a whole new meaning!

If making love the traditional way was taken off the table, what would you do to please each other? Dan and Jenny explore the many possibilities in this steamy novelette.

As with all my erotica, love is at the core of the encounter. Someone has hidden their love for quite some time,  but the question is - can that love prevail before the world comes rushing back in?

Monday, February 6, 2012

The End to the Other Story

I just finished another novelette titled In 9 Days. I knew generally what the ending would be, but wasn't sure about the final words. I was typing along and then I read over my last sentence and I just knew it was the end. It was kind of beautiful actually. I was like, "Wow, that it. That's the end of the story." It is a happy/sad kind of feeling. Happy because the story has told itself out, but sad because I will miss the characters.

Here is the blurb for the novelette:

Her friends call him The Freak, but Tessa has an instant crush on the new boy in school. While others turn away in disgust, she is irresistibly drawn to Kevin Reese. The boy’s face is covered in burn scars and his right hand is missing two fingers. She knows Kevin has a tragic story behind those injuries and she is desperate to find out his past. However, it is his kisses she longs for most.

This enchanting novelette is a coming of age story that centers on loving acceptance.

Tessa is instantly attracted to the new boy in school. She daydreams of becoming a couple, even though her friend Samantha and her mother are violently opposed. Tessa doesn’t realize on that first day the important role Kevin will play in her life or the fact she only has 9 days with him.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Being Taken "The Other Way"

Her Gift

Ever wondered if being taken "the other way" could be gentle and sweet? Well, it can...

I wrote about it in the story, Sensual Erotica: Her Gift. Two people make love in this unique way in a tender and memorable exchange.

Most think "the other way" is about quick, raunchy, nasty sex. The kind you only do when you are drunk and the guy is really horny.

But it doesn’t have to be that way; it can be yet another avenue for lovers to communicate.