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!!
WARRIOR MINE: RETRIBUTIONS
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...