Monday, May 30, 2016

Countdown to Extinction?

May 30, 2016 0
I have noticed - more so now that I have completed my first book- that the number of Paranormal Romance authors seems to be declining, as is the number of those who still read the genre. Everywhere I notice readers asking their followers and friends for new book recommendations only to specify "no PNR". It begs the question: is the genre over-saturated with shifters and vampires? Is the subject matter getting too outrageous? Is there no new territory to cover? Is the magic gone?

I choose to believe it's all of the above. Beginning with Twilight (We all read it. Denial only makes it hurt worse)  we were all pulled into fantastic worlds of evil creatures turned good by the power of love. It was magic when we're all consigned to the mundane. It let us dream that there was a werewolf bad boy waiting in the shadows to sweep us off our feet, even when we had kids screaming in the backseat and dinner to get on the stove. For me, at least, it wasn't just the idea of romance in and of itself. Real romance is still out there; I believe that. It's the idea that there are things in the shadows that might see us the way no billionaire playboy with a perfect body ever would.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shameless Self Promotion

May 18, 2016 2
Funny, it doesn't seem so shameless now that I have something to promote. Now that "The Spirit" has reached completion and the pre-order files are submitted to Amazon, I can finally, confidently call myself an author without feeling like a fraud. I wrote a book. All 75000 words of it and I'm proud of having completed it. I'm proud of the story I told. That doesn't mean I'm not scared to death now that several ARCs have been sent to bloggers. Real people whose opinions can sway potential readers for or against giving a new author a try. I hope I did well. I hope they like it. And in the meantime, I shall continue working because one thing I have learned in the world of fictional romance, everyone is waiting for their happy ending. I don't want to make Wes and Annie wait too long. Welcome to Wright's Holler.
 **Promo images under cut**

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Professionals Behaving Badly

May 10, 2016 2
It's been some time since I've felt a need to blog about anything but, I suppose I was inspired. Inspired isn't really the right word though. Through this community, I've met some lovely people: writers at all stages in their careers, bloggers of various following, cover designers and cover models who work hard to provide the image we try to describe with our words and readers who see all these groups as a collective whole, a haven of creativity that they can lose themselves in when the monotony of daily life in the "real world" takes its toll. In the last days, I've seen a disturbing surge in bad behavior in all of these groups. Authors being found as plagiarists, readers demanding free books and swag, bloggers cancelling events that had already collected fees and now the models, 4 in seemingly as many days acting as anything but the picturesque romance heroes we see them as.