Friday, April 6, 2012

Books and General Mayhem

Hello everyone, this is my first “appearance” here and it’s wonderful to be one of the regulars! Yesterday was another of those rare days when things went more than a little bit crazy because of two books being released on the same day, and ironically from the one publisher. Even the content is at odds, one Old West setting, one modern European paranormal. Will talk about them in a bit, but first, I wanted to ask a few questions and chat about something I’m reading at the moment.

Has anyone read the current craze, Fifty Shades of Grey? So much controversy over this trilogy of books that began as fan fiction for Twilight. I have to admit, until a week ago, I’d never heard of them, and I’ve never read or watched Twilight, had to ask how many books and movies existed, that’s how out of touch I am with the media for the most part.

Fifty Shades seems to be being hailed as some kind of landmark or breakthrough in the market of BDSM novels, and now that I’m almost done reading the set, I have to say I’m totally baffled by the impassioned outrage of so many people. For starters, they’re not well-written books, but they have the saving grace of introducing you to a most compelling hero, and I think that alone is what is making them popular. Which makes me ask–can a badly written book still captivate you, the reader, or is it the hype that makes you curious enough to tread where you might otherwise not go?

This year is shaping up for many “firsts” with me, because apart from wading into the Fifty Shades pool, I’ve also started writing my first ever series, with a partner no less. I haven’t done that for many years, and our approach to this is not typical. We role-play the story, then it’s written into book format later. Novel approach, but so far it’s working and everyone loves the books! They are the WARRIOR MINE series, and XoXo Publishing™ is supporting the unconventional writing and stories. One of the new releases yesterday was book two of the set.

So, let’s have a look at the books, and I hope we can chat about stuff!! Thanks again for having me here, too. Classy bunch of Divas, one and all!!


Angelique Devereaux is a dark legend, once a Chosen Warrior of god, she betrayed her oaths to love one who was forbidden. Cast out, cursed and scarred, she continues her battle alone. Until a soul as tortured as her own stumbles across her path. Asher Elliot is lost in his own darkness when he first sees the tall warrior known to legend simply as The Slayer. Tortured by the deaths of his wife and children, this grieving warrior is nonetheless drawn to the timeless, cold being he witnesses at work. Like him, she deals in death and her justice is swift, sometimes messy, but always final. He follows her, watching, growing ever more captivated by her, until finally he must reach out to claim what his reawakened heart wants most…

Book Two in the exciting new series WARRIOR MINE. Retributions continues the passionate and ever-changing relationship that is building between Asher Elliot and Angelique Devereaux.

Asher's past has come back to haunt him in a way that threatens to open old wounds just as they've begun to heal. When he is contracted to do a job, he shuts "Angie" out and goes to exact his personal vengeance for the sins committed against those he loved.

Angelique has never been part of humanity, is still struggling to find her way in the midst of love and passion that is alien to her immortal soul. The ties of blood have revealed Asher's pain to her, and she will not allow anyone to hurt him if she is able to stop it.

As the two warriors each set out on the path of retribution, they are once again drawn back to each other. Face to face with Asher, Angelique wonders if he can forgive her, and her beloved male is trying hard to understand her fear of not being good enough for his love.

They have a long way to travel before true understanding will make them whole, will their love be strong enough to keep them together for their journey?

WINNER TAKE ALL: Once in awhile you create a book that seems to resonate with people, and this is one of them. A historical Western that was born in my fascination for my childhood hero, Paladin. So, Dylan Coulter is a combination of Paladin's urbane charm and sophistication and his lethal side, of course. Maggie is a woman a little ahead of her time, strong, compassionate, and independent. I hope you'll like her. I hope you enjoy their story, it's exciting, and passionate, and has some surprises in store too!

Winner Take All
Genre: Historical/Western Erotica Novella

When Dylan Coulter rides into Sparkling Springs, he quickly discovers the woman who runs the local saloon is worth the risk of facing the hangman. Things get ugly fast when Dylan is accused of killing the only son of the richest rancher in the area. Unwilling to leave her behind, Dylan takes Maggie with him as he tries to dodge bounty hunters and a determined Pinkerton agent who just happens to be Maggie's old love...


Dee Ann Williamson said...

Hey Denyse, I have read a few books that I would never have read which include the Twilight Saga. My daughter was into it and I was roped into seeing "New Moon" and I was like "huh?" Then I bought the other DVD's, bought all the books and now I'm a Twi-Mom and am Team Edward fan. I've heard of Shades of Grey and I'm not timid about reading Erotica, etc-- so I'll have to check out the book to satisfy my curiosity. I love your blog post and love the cover for your book! I'm always looking for a great book to read and I'm adding your book to "to read" list. Thank you for Sharing!

Tina Donahue said...

Congrats on your releases, Denyse and welcome to SNSD as one of our newest Divas!!

I prefer well-written books to poorly written ones. If there are a lot of grammatical errors, or if the writing is pedestrian, sophomoric and the characters are forced to fit a predetermined cookie-cutter plot, then I'm not captivated.

Reading to me should be seamless. It's done so well that you're living the story, no longer aware you're even reading it.

Denysé Bridger said...

Hi, Dee Ann - I've got the first two Twilight movies here, and have the books on hold at the library. We'll see... Fifty Shades is interesting, and I am enjoying it, but the writing is very rough at times, and that is quite distracting. As I said, the characters are what save the books. Thank you, and I'm so happy you dropped by. I hope you enjoy the books if you read them. Hugs, D

Denysé Bridger said...

Tina - Thank you SO much for having me here!! I know I got off to a rough start, it's been that kind of year, so hoping things are getting better now.

I think what is interesting about these Fifty Shades books is that they really DO manage to be engaging despite the desperate need for a proper edit. I wanted to throw the first one out the window after one chapter, but was curious enough to keep at it. I love the characters more with each page, but I still get tossed off the page occasionally with the writing. I think you have to love them to endure!! LOL

R. L. Stuemke said...


I really think the new series you're co-writing sounds very interesting; definitely a bit different.

I'm afraid I'm one of those people who just can't get into the 'Twilight' books - I've tried, but none of the characters grab me, and it's characters that attract me the most.


Fiona McGier said...

As a substitute teacher as well as a mom of an 18-year old daughter, I tried to read the first Twilight book. About 2/3 of the way through it I drop-kicked it across the room. I found the characters flat and uninteresting and the writing awkward and dull.

As for 50 Shades, I never like books with virginal heroines...they bore me! I want a strong alpha heroine who can match wits with the hero, not be dominated by him because she's young and inexperienced, in which case he could be awful in bed and she'd never know the difference! So I won't be adding that to my TBR list!

I write erotic romance and have read many books in my role as a judge for EPIC's yearly book contest. I've read many BDSM, and erotic novels, MF, MM, and menage. Some are well-written, some are obviously just meant to shock but have nothing to say. Life's too short to read badly-written books! There are SO many good ones!