Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reader vs. Writer - Giveaway

My next release from Ellora's Cave is called RECKLESS ASSIGNATION, and it's a fun one!

Halloween is the setting for a very private party between two lovers, one of them a world-class, sophisticated intelligence operative who’s trying to teach his young and innocent lady that curiosity can sometimes take you places you’d be better not to go… Rick also has a lesson to learn, when his past collides with his present, and almost destroys everything...

Hello everyone! I was really stumped for a topic when a discussion on my newsgroup provided some inspiration. (Ok, so I asked and they pointed me to the discussion…)

A fellow author had asked for a critique of something she was writing, and she got back two very different responses from the two readers to whom she had sent the work. This obviously led to some mixed responses and some questions, namely when do you listen to the reader, who is after all the audience you are working for, and when do you trust your instinct as the creator of the work, when the two come into conflict? Do you, as readers, ever stay with a book if you feel it’s flawed or not written in a way that you generally find enjoyable, or are you willing to stay with it to the end to see if there’s a change in the author’s style or your response to it?

What makes a book good, in your opinion? Story, of course, but are there certain styles that you enjoy more than others? I’d like to know what appeals to the audience as a whole, so please tell me if you were to have the chance to shape the book, what would you recommend?

All creative or artistic work is subjective, and no two people will ever really see it the same way, despite reading the same words. So, as an author, I tend to write what I enjoy. If it “feels” right, then I trust that it is right. However, I always like to see what readers find appealing, and what they feel is the trending genres, and I suspect other authors so as well... Now’s your chance to tell us what you really do prefer! What do you think??? You willing to step up and tell me your thoughts? We’ll have a random drawing of names from the comments, and reward your efforts with a surprise! 

And, since we're talking what readers like, as a reader, I really do love mixed genres, and Historical fiction is what I inevitably go back to. As a reader, and as a writer. My newest release is Historical Western, and it will soon be out in Audio, as well. Have a look:

Genre: Historical Western - sensual romance

Blurb: Clay Butler is a man who rules the quiet town of Cedar Springs with an iron will, and a code of honor that defines all he is. But the past haunts him, and the loss of a woman who was his second chance at happiness weighs heavily on his over-burdened mind...


The stage came thundering to a stop a short distance from the Lucky Star Saloon, and the driver, a man called Noah, shouted greetings, his laughter filling the air outside the carriage. Inside, the sole passenger fought down waves of nerve-induced nausea.

Amber Hamilton clutched her stomach for a second, and offered Noah a weak smile when he opened the door and held out his hand to help her to the street. The ground below her feet was hard, still frozen by winter. In a few weeks the road would be a mire of mud.

Butler’s gonna be a happier man than he’s been lately, once he sees you, Miss Amber.”

Her smile brightened a little and she touched his arm in a gesture of appreciation.

“I hope you’re right, Noah,” she replied, though the knot of apprehension didn’t ease in the slightest.

“I know I am, ma’am,” he said with a grin.

Amber hesitated, stared up at the balcony that ran across the front of the club. Clay’s door should have been open. He should have been perched at the corner, smoking, smiling at the people who populated the busy street. The shutters were still down, and there was stillness about the place that was unnerving.

“He’s not out of town, is he?” Inside, she knew he was only a short distance away; she could feel his presence as keenly as if he stood next to her.

“No, ma’am,” Noah answered, then turned to shout at Walker.

Amber turned as well and saw guarded curiosity in Jesse Walker’s light blue eyes as he halted next to the stage. He hadn’t changed much in the past six months. Walker was still the scruffy, attractive, mysterious, outwardly hard man she’d always felt mildly intimidated by. Yet, there was a peace in his manner that had been absent before. She spotted the silver star pinned to his vest and inquisitiveness all but ran away with her.

“It’s nice to see you again, Mr. Walker.” She smiled. “Sheriff Walker?” she corrected with enough surprise to make it a question. Jenny and Austin had always wanted him to be the Sheriff of the town, he’d never been interested. She admired Jesse, he was one of the few men who challenged Clay, and kept him from crossing lines from which there would be no returning.

Butler know you’re back?” Walker acknowledged her greeting with a nod of his head, and ignored the query she hadn’t directly made.


Harlie Reader said...

Great post and congratulations on the releases.

As a reviewer, I read it strickly as a reader. I don't count off for any editing errors or whatnot. I hate when reviewers do that. Its not the author's fault that an editor didn't do there job.

As a beta reader, I look for flow, characterization and plot development. I'm a horrible speller so I don't count off for that.

I agree that no two people will read the story the same. When my debut was beta read, I got two different view points and I used both in my revisions. Some of it made sense for one and didn't for the other.


Denysé Bridger said...

Thanks so much, Harlie - very well made and thoughtful points here. Much appreciated.

Always, D

Tina Donahue said...

Wow, your newest sounds really exciting and hot, Denyse. Love the cover too. :)

Denysé Bridger said...

Thank you, Tina. I agree, that cover has received a huge number of compliments. I've been very lucky with the covers over the years. :)

Debby said...

Sounds like a wonderfully hot read. Thanks for sharing
debby236 at gmail dot com

Stormie Kent said...

Most of the time I'll keep reading even if I don't enjoy the book. It just takes longer because I start and stop. I love paranormal and sci-fi romance. But I will read contemporary, historical, etc. I usually enjoy what I read though. I love to get lost for a bit in other people's fantasy worlds. Your covers are great. Return to Love is going on my tbr list.

Tore said...

Both books sound really great. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

Denysé Bridger said...

Thanks so much everyone - I'll pull a winner in the morning and send a prize out.

Much appreciated!
Hugs to all,

pc said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!
So many aspects can make a story good...I love a story that really shows overcoming whatever real obstacle that keeps the main characters apart and where the spark/tension between the characters is really engaging.

Nya Rawlyns said...

How lovely to see two new titles coming from one of my favorite authors. Makes my day.

Fiona McGier said...

I don't care for historicals, but I love sci-fi and paranormal. And contemporary erotic romance, which is what I usually write.

What I look for is a heroine I can identify with, which means I gravitate towards alpha-females who take charge. I dislike alpha-males who are usually too arrogant for me to fantasize about as the hero. I prefer beta-males, or at least alpha-males who are willing and able to share the power. Those are the kind of stories I like to read, so those are the kind of stories I write.

I realize that I'm in the minority, reading-wise, but I've got to stay true to the way I am.
I've read that you can try to follow the trends, but no one really knows what the next trend will be...who knew BDSM would become the "hot-button" of genres, when so many good authors have been writing it for years with so little recognition?

Trust your instincts and write what the voices in your head tell you to write.

Denysé Bridger said...

Will promo this once more and pick a winner on Sunday at noon.

Delphina said...

congrats on your releases!

Jennifer Mathis said...

there have been very few books that i truely hated to the point i couldnt read the rest of it ... and almost all of these was because there was no real train of thought just a big old train wreak of not following . If there is an actually plot and train of thought stays on the rails i will read what the author wrote even if im not sure i agree ... I always want to read the end and see if i was justified

Denysé Bridger said...

Thank you everyone for your wonderful and insightful comments!

The random draw tagged TORE as the winner of the prize, so if you'll get in touch with me via email, I'll let you know what you've won. THANKS again, to all of you!!

Merry Christmas, and Best wishes for a blessed and Happy New Year!