Friday, April 20, 2012

Review Daughter of Deceit by Carrie James Haynes 4.5 Stars



  A Suspenseful Romantic Journey of Deception!





Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award

Title: Daughter of Deceit
Author: Carrie James Haynes
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 316
Publisher: Amazon Kindle
Series: n/a
Format: Ebook
ASIN: B0072UNDH8
Posted: April 20, 2012
Reviewer: Paula R
Rating: 4.5
Heat Level: 1






Summary/Blurb:

Alyce Rufford stops at the Cat and Fiddle Inn after traveling by carriage for several days. She is en route to Whickhoe to her guardian Colonel Montague Tolworthy. She has been his ward since she was 12 years old when her father supposedly committed suicide, but had lived with some of his people whom she knew as Aunt Emma and Uncle Munford, who accompanied Alyce on the carriage journey. Aunt Emma has taken ill on the journey from their home which has burned to the ground. Alyce believes someone set the fire. Upon entering the Inn she immediately draws the attention of the men inside. The innkeeper insults her when she asks for two rooms, by telling her he gets paid up front…as if she couldn’t pay.

 

As it appears the innkeeper isn’t going to give them rooms, they receive aid from Lord Julian Casvelyn. He has the innkeeper give them rooms. Soon, an attempt is made on Alyce’s life, but Lord Julian is there to save her.

Alyce doesn’t understand why someone would want her dead, and she doesn’t understand why she feels a familiarity with Lord Julian, until she learns his is the twin brother of Lord Roland Casvelyn who took her to Colonel Tolworthy 12 years before just before her father died. Alyce doesn’t believe her father committed suicide, but believes he was murdered. Daughter of Deceit is the story of Alyce’s journey to find the truth, and in so doing she finds love.


Review:

I really got into Carrie Haynes' Daughter of Deceit of intrigue in trying to figure out who wanted Alyce dead.  Haynes led me through a journey of deception by showing that Alyce was removed from her father’s home by Lord Roland Tolworthy just before his "suicide." Alyce wants to get to her friend Charles.  She and Charles have been friends for years and Alyce knows he will take care of her and help her find the truth about her father’s death. Charles harbors a secret of his own. Alyce is the only person who knows of this secret.

This story kept me on the edge of my seat as Alyce goes through the days trying to learn the truth. The suspense kept my heart racing as Alyce meets someone that knows something about her father. It turns out to be an attempt on her life. I literally held my breath until I knew she was alright.

Later in the story, Haynes takes Alyce through a journey of sensual feelings for Lord Julian.  Alyce discovers that she is falling in love. And through the description Haynes uses throughout her story, I experience the same feelings Alyce felt. Haynes was able to make me place myself in this story to feel as if all the action that took place happened to me. I especially like when I read a book and can feel that way.

There is one scene toward the end of the book that made me not able to put the story down--when Alyce is led to old ruins at Colonel Tolworthy’s estate by someone trying to cause her harm. I stayed up late reading the last section of the book because I simply could not quit reading until I knew the outcome. Carrie Haynes knows how to weave a tale and draw the reader into the very essence of the story. Good job Haynes!


 

 

 


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review for Something About Witches by Joey W. Hill 4.5 Stars


Pulls from the gate a sure winner with blistering sex scenes!


Title: Something About Witches
Author: Joey W. Hill
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Sensual Romance
Pages: 320
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Series: Book I of the Arcane Shot Series
Format: Print
ISBN: 978-0425246139
Posted: April 2012
Reviewer: Barb
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Heat Level: II



Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award


Summery/Blurb


Ruby Night Divine is a gun-shop owner. She’s also a witch who knows magic can fail. She’s experienced it firsthand, with full-blown tragic consequences. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing’s as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.


A powerful sorcerer, Derek is determined to get to the bottom of why Ruby pushed him away and ran three years before. He also needs her help. A coven needs training to fight a demon and his minions. While Ruby is willing to do it, she’s sure it’s just a ruse to get back in her heart—and her bed. The thing is, that’s where she wants him.

Unfortunately, her bed’s already made, she’s this close to losing her soul, and she fears nothing can save her. Not Derek. Not even Smith & Wesson.



Review:


Derek Stormwind is a beyond-belief character. He is a sex-personified-no-holds-barred Cowboy who shoots first and asked questions later. And if that isn’t enough, he is also a sorcerer of unimaginable power who has lived for centuries. He has taken every chance to learn from his mistakes and continues to learn, never taking his knowledge or powers for granted as all knowing. Even though, with just a wave of his hand, he can and does put all of the Angels on high alert because he is a Guardian of the Light. If this is what Big and Rich meant in their song "Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy", saddle up ladies, you’re about to get the ride of your life! Besides, there isn’t anything pretentious about him, except when he knows he’s right. And he has never walked away from a conflict. Until Ruby.


The past between Derek and Ruby is painful. And, as he finally finds his way back into her life, he discovers Ruby has mislead him with what he thought he knew. And, as if matters weren’t already bad enough, she kept a secret from him--one of the most powerful sorcerers to ever walk the earth-which brings him to his knees. Now he must fight to keep Ruby from the Darkness slowing eating away at her soul and reconcile the affection, respect, and love between them. This time there will be no walking away.

Ruby Night Divine was abused by a narcissistic mother who made Ruby believe she must hide any magnitude and amazing power that might be within her, or disaster will descend upon her. As each page brings us closer to understand what drove the wedge between Derek and Ruby, the story unravels all of the emotions that were the catalyst making Ruby feel that her choice to hide her power was the only possible option available to her. Now, more than ever, she needs Derek, but since his return, she is still trying to drive him away, fearing he will discover what she wishes to keep hidden. Even at the cost of losing her battle against the Darkness to protect it.


Something about Witches
is the first book in Hill’s new series, Arcane Shot Series. It is also her  first mass market paperback. I have to admit I was a wee bit concerned that the mass market aspect might deter some of the emotional impact compared to her other work. I am pleased to say my worries were for not.

There is defiantly something about every aspect of this tale, the dark tones throughout, and the tormented emotions as they are flayed open like a wound, and the slow painful journey needed to heal them. And then there is Ruby’s former Dark Guardian lover Mikhail, whom we will be hearing more about in the next book in this series,
In the Company of Witches,coming out on May 1, 2012 (I already have it pre- ordered, can’t wait).And then, of course, there are the sex scenes. The Burning, Blazing, Blistering sex scenes! Both consummating and powerful!

Sub-plots intertwine throughout the story and can be, at times, slow going. But don’t let that deter you. Every ounce of information is necessary in order to get to the pinnacle moment of the plot. And, as the story builds to that pinnacle moment, you know something big is about to be revealed. Still, you will be blindsided when it happens. As soon as that page turns, your mouth will be hanging open in anguish. You might even find a tear rolling down your cheek, realizing you are crying. You will not want to miss an instant leading to that moment. Trust me.


Hill doesn’t miss a beat as she takes you into the world where Light and Dark are in a constant battle of balance. Think of it like a set of scales. Darkness on one side. Light on the other. If one side gets to heavy or grows too strong, the whole scale will fall apart. In Hill's story, Lights struggle has never been about winning against Darkness. It’s always been to stop Darkness from tipping that scale. And the biggest battle Derek has ever faced is going to be the battle for Ruby’s soul.

Kudos to Joey W. Hill as her first book, Something about Witches, in this exciting new series, Arcane Shot, pulls from the gate a sure winner!


Note:
I just have to mention one more thing before I end this review. It’s mentioned in SAW that Stormwind played some central roles in Hills VampireQueen Series however, because it wasn’t relevant to the story, there were not much details. Now I’ve read everyone one of those books in that series, and it was driving me crazy that I could not place his character in them. So I emailed Joey and asked her...Because I just had to know. She replied and set everything to right. And I thought it was so interesting that for those who also have read and love her Vampire Queen Series would be interested in knowing too.

"Hey, Barb! He’s mentioned in two of the vampire books, though the readers don’t meet him directly. In Beloved Vampire, he is the wizard that helped Mason learn how to preserve Farida’s body and taught him rudimentary magical elements that he mentioned to Jessica. He also gives Lord Brian info about him to help with the development of the servant-reversal serum. Though it’s mentioned in Something About Witches that Derek often gave the vampires the impression he was a "descendant" of that wizard rather than reveal his immortality as the centuries progressed. He’s also referenced in Vampire Instinct as the wizard who set up the unique magic of the cat sanctuary".


So there you have it straight from the Author. You can’t do better than that!


Thank you, Joey =)









Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review for Nocturnally Vexed by Alisha Paige 4.5 Stars


Nocturnally Vexed was Author Alisha Paige’s début novel. And is now beinging re-released on April 17th. I had the pleasure of reviewing Nocturnally Vexed when it was first released in 2010. And I'd like to share that review with you along with it's great new cover!!


Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award

Title: Nocturnally Vexed
Author: Alisha Paige
Pages: 187
Publisher: Grapevine Press; 2 edition (April 16, 2012)

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Shape-shifter
ASIN:
B007V5CRNU

Format: Kindle
Reviewed by: Barb
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Heat Level: I





The static of the anticipated touch….


Summary:

Vex had never wooed a human and he wasn't certain he had a clue of how to go about it, but Chastity, he decided, was worth it. The quicker he could claim her as his mate, the better he liked it. The question was, could he protect Chass from the denizens of Xurath-the bloodsuckers and shifter-rapts that lived among the humans and preyed upon them? Could he protect her from his own beasts?



Review:

Jack-the-Ripper is back! And Chastity Worthington is the reporter that is about to blow the lid right off the roof with the story. Stories like these happen only once and she is going to run with it until she gets the answers that will not only jump started her career right into the big league, that is if she can live long enough for all of that to happen.

Meeting the mysterious and sexy Vex is not going to make staying alive any easier. Jack-the-Ripper is back and Chastity is hot on his trail and only Vex will be able to stop him and keep Chastiy from being his next victim. That is as long as Chastity doesn't distract Vex too much from what he needs to do.

Born from a bloodsucker and a shifter-rapt, Vex and his brothers have the unusual ability to sense when either is present. A handy ability when there are times you are there to kill a rogue troublemaker. What he senses about the "copy cat" Jack-the-Ripper is keeping him up at night. This is one of his people and only he can and must stop him before he disappears again, because right now Vex knows the Rippers what Chasity as his next victim. Who is Vex keeping Chastity safe from, himself or Jack? Right now, Vex isn’t sure which is more dangerous to her.

Vex’s challenge will be to keep Chastity alive, capture Jack, and keep everything that’s going on a secret. Piece of cake.


Alisha Paige takes the vampire and shape-shifter genres and puts a delightfully new slant on the paranormal world. It's not easy to come up with new ways to intrigue the reader but Ms. Paige has done just that. Trying to deny what is happening between them, makes that moment they can no longer resist explosive, the sex more enticing and sends the reader into overdrive trying to keep the pages turning...yum.

The static of the anticipated touch when the characters are mere inches from each other bounces off the pages right into the reader's lap. The shock when that first touch happens will make you shiver. Got your attention? Good, because that along with the intriguing story is exactly what you will get when you pick up Alisha Paige's Nocturnally Vexed.



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Friday, April 13, 2012

Review: Intentional Abduction by Eve Langlais 4.5 Stars

A must-read for all erotica fans!

Title: Intentional Abduction

Author: Eve Langlais
Release Date: October 8 2011
Genre: Futuristic/Sci-Fi/Erotic
Pages: 182
Publisher: Eve Langlais
Series: Alien Abduction-- Book 2
Format: E-book
ISBN: 9780986915451
Posted: April 10, 2012
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5
Heat Level: 2


Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award

Summary/Blurb:

Ayila grew up on the Zonian matriarchal planet, and it was expected of her that she should go out in space and conquer a male to get pregnant. Jaro, Tren’s brother – Alien Abduction Book 1 – was the perfect specimen in Aylia’s eyes. She started her quest by observing his warrior prowess, and had no trouble capturing him and getting what she wanted. There was one thing she had not taken into consideration, though, and that was that her heart might make her want her to keep him. Jaro at first was greatly amused by Aylia, but he also knew he neverwanted to be anybody’s slave – not even the sexy little warrior who seemed to be of the same species as Megan, his brother’s mate.




Review:

Eve Langlais's INTENTIONAL ABDUCTION
is not taking any prisoners. Aside from the fact Aylia has to make Jaro her prisoner in order to start her matriarchal line and make her Zonian family proud. As soon as Aylia spots Jaro, she knows he is the male she wants to father her first daughter. She does what her Zonian sisters do best – follows him, kidnaps him, and has her way with him. Only the fact that his space ship is attacked makes her plan derail. Or was it Jaro’s taunting ways that made her untie him? As soon as the fight is over, he tries to turn the tables on her, and they fight, make up, and get separated. Jaro’s new quest is to get her back…

Both the story and the characters had me hooked from the first line, I loved the switched gender-roles on Aylia’s planet, and how she had to deal with males elsewhere in the universe who were not used to women being the strongest gender.

The story is fast-paced, funny and filled with sexy meetings between the couple.
There is lots of hilarious dialogue as well: ‘It doesn’t matter how it happened. We need to get him back.’ ‘Well obviously, we do, but since when do you care about our cousin?‘I don’t but it seems only right in case I am carrying his child that I save his sorry purple carcass. I might still have use of him if his seed doesn’t take.’ I was laughing out loud; making people around me wonder what I was reading!

Both Jaro and Aylia were extremely stubborn, and neither wanted to be the first to admit to their attraction toward the other. I thoroughly enjoyed reading INTENTIONAl ABDUCTION for the story and the smoking hot sensual scenes. A must-read for all erotica-fans, Eve Langlais has done it again, entrapping her readers and leaving them wanting more.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review Accidental Abduction by Eve Langlais 4.5 Stars

Delightful, well-written, and humorous characters!!      



Title: Accidental Abduction


Author: Eve Langlais
Release Date: May 22 2011
Genre: Futuristic/Sci-Fi Erotica
Pages: 110
Publisher: Eve Langlais
Series: Alien Abduction Book 1
Format: E-book & Print
ISBN: 9780986915420
Posted: April 10, 2012
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5
Heat Level: 2


Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award


Summary/Blurb:

Megan was used to having couple-troubles, but this newest experience was extreme – even for her! Her boyfriend had planned a romantic get-away on a boat, only to dump her in the ocean in the middle of nowhere. She was accidentally beamed up into a space ship among lots of fish, and barely escaped the fish-tanks on board. Tren, the former mercenary, found her when he went to check on his catch, and although he was not usually impressed with humans, he was quite intrigued by Megan. With her big mouth and no-nonsense attitude, she was not ready to just sit down and be a meek woman. Tren had no intentions of keeping Megan with him; he wanted to sell her to the highest bidder. That is, until he realized his heart would never recover if he lost her.

Review:

Eve Langlais'
ACCIDENTAL ABDUCTION is a delightful story! As the story moves forward, Tren and Megan get to know each other better – a lot better, both fighting the mutual attraction with all they have. Their well-written journey's effortless flow is filled with humor, some excitement, and very hot sex. The story is filled with humor, as is usual in Langlais’ books. From the very beginning, I was laughing and very eager for more. Langlais' characters get all the credit for my laughter.

Megan is a very strong female heroine, even when in the very unlikely position of having been abducted into space by a purple alien ex-mercenary. For example: ‘Did I die? Is this how my journey to heaven begins? Sopping wet and pissed? Not to mention she’d always expected a much, much warmer reception when she finally did kick it. A poster child for pure living she wasn’t.’ Then Tren wasn’t sure what to do with her at first, but he decided to keep her for a little while. And while he inspected her for wounds, he suddenly felt his body react to her. Well, even though she only had two breasts instead of four or five.

All Langlais' fans will love ACCIDENTAL ABDUCTION'S strong plot and character development. Other fans of erotica should try it too. All readers who like a little spice in their stories are certain to love this one!


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review Butterfly Garden by Annette Blair 4.5 Stars


Learn How Love Blooms!


Title: Butterfly Garden
Author: Annette Blair
Release Date: 10/1/11
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 257
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing
Series: N/A
Format: E-Book
ISBN: 9781897562891
Posted: April 2, 2012
Reviewer: Paula R
Rating: 4.5
Heat Level: 1


Risque Reviews Top Pick Award



Summary/Blurb: 


Amish Spinster Sara Lapp stands on the doorstep of Abby and Adam Zuckerman’s house. She has been sent for by Adam because Abby is expecting their fourth child. Sara has been worried about Abby’s health, feeling she shouldn’t have been pregnant again. Sara is working under the English doctor to become a midwife, therefore feels she has some knowledge in this subject.

Mad Adam, as all the community call Adam, is confronted by Sara about Abby’s labor, and they hear a baby’s cry. Sara rushes to her friend’s room only to find that Abby has not survived the childbirth, but she has left Adam with another daughter.

Adam feels he is to blame for giving in to Abby’s desire to try to give him a son. He knew she should not get pregnant again, so he blames himself for Abby’s death. He feels anything he cares about goes away or dies.

Will Sara be able to get Adam to find love? Can Sara get Adam to love his daughters? Does he feel a sexual attraction to Sara as she feels for him?


Review:


I have read other Amish romances, but none left me feeling the way Annette Blair's Butterfly Garden did. Most other Amish stories have no sexual content and left me thinking the Amish culture really does not feel any normal sexual feelings like most people. Blair showed me a different side to that belief with her heroine, Sara. Sara does not demonstrate the usual attitude of most Amish women. She doesn’t mind speaking her feelings, even if it goes against what others in the order feel and is somewhat against the rules of the order. As Sara agrees to keep a couple's four daughters, between 4 years of age and newborn, she vows to somehow help the father, Mad Adam, realize he loves his girls, sensing somehow that he does. Butterfly Garden is the story of Sara’s journey to accomplish that through the characters' emotions.


Blair demonstrates she holds a solid grasp of human emotions in telling the story of Adam Zuckerman and his denial of his feelings for his daughters. She describes Adam beginning to have feelings for Sara and how he tries to deny these feelings. At first he realizes he is sexually attracted to Sara in a way that he never felt for his wife Abby. Then he realizes he likes having Sara around. As Blair takes you through the story, Sara begins to feel a sexual attraction to Adam, her feelings eventually turning to love. As Sara is patient with Adam, he begins to see how love should really feel. Through these experiences, the hero and heroine are drawn closer and closer physically and emotionally.


I loved the descriptive way Blair led me through all the emotions that both Adam and Sara felt during their time spent together. It made me feel as if I was actually in the story myself, and I could almost feel the way Sara felt whenever she brushed against Adam or when he touched Sara for any reason.


Will love win out for the young couple? Will they allow their feelings to surface and become a real couple?Read Butterfly Garden and learn how love blooms for two special people and four beautiful daughters.



Originally Posted on Risqué Reviews Website on April 2, 2012

Reviewed by Paula R




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Monday, April 2, 2012

Interview with Multi-published Author Keta Diablo

Intro:

Keta Diablo own words…Things I adore: Family, writing, books, movies, friends, readers, candles, goat milk soap, Cinderella (I'm still looking for my glass slipper) animals, bloggers, LEO (no, not the astrological sign). I mean the *Leo* as in DeCaprio. Come back soon! I might add some new fave things. Keta







Now Keta why do I suddenly feel like singing "these are a few of my favorite things…"

Actually Keta allow me fill in the rest. Keta is a multi-published author of paranormal, historical, erotic romance and gay fiction. When she isn’t writing she spends entirely too much time reading. In the summer months she spends a lot of time outdoors in her flower garden. And also frequents the local animal shelter and would love to bring all the abandoned and neglected fur creatures home if she could.

Her books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards from top professional review sites.

Interview:

Thank you Keta for joining us I’m so glad we finally we able to set a time for this interview. Today I am are going to talk to Keta about a lot of things, specialty when it comes to her m/m stories.

Hi Barb, thanks so much for hosting The Sin Eater’s Prince on the FAB Risque Reviews. I’m happy to be here.

Shall we begin?

Q. Are there any guiding factors involved when you are writing a love scene between two men?

I try to stay in the heads of the main characters. Men react different to situations in life (as women know). Let’s say they have a spat in the story. I think men are more direct in resolving the issue with their actions and their speech. They don’t rule with emotion, but from a more logical standpoint. Sometimes it’s hard to keep that in mind when I write gay fiction.

Q.  How do you get into the head of your characters when writing an m/m sex scene?

By the time I snuggle up with my laptop, I know my characters quite well. I’ve gone over the story, every scene, the clothing, and the dialogue in my head many times before I actually write. Let’s hope I know them well enough to react appropriately. For example, Frank McGuire, the private investigator from my CROSSROADS series is a very no-nonsense, take-no-prisoner’s kind of guy. He doesn’t mince words or actions. His partner (lover) in the series, Rand Brennan, is a college student and more fragile emotionally. He’s had a lot to deal with while falling in love with Frank. You can read more about the best-selling CROSSROAD series here on Amazon. WARNING: Intense and graphic man-love sex.
HERE ON KINDLE


Q. How do you keep the character/relationship central to the story while still combining genres? For example, The Sin Eater's Prince on Kindle , you have many genres running throughout; historical, paranormal, and m/m romance.


In The Sin Eater’s Prince I do cover a lot of territory. The novel is set in Wales, a mystical land with oodles of legend and lore. I really enjoyed researching all the creatures in this book. The Welsh believed in faeries, brownies, gnomes and all types of magical creatures. You’ll find an abundance of the paranormal in The Sin Eater’s Prince, including vampires and werewolves.



Q. Where did you get the idea to write The Sin Eaters Prince?

I read an article about sin eaters. They really existed throughout the centuries in England, Wales and Ireland. The local villagers believed when someone passed on to the other world, they carried a plethora of sins from this life. Every village had a sin eater, or if they didn’t, they’d call on one from a neighboring village. The sin eater would show up at the house, stand over the dead body and partake of bread, sometimes ale, and say a prayer. The prayer or chant absolved the dead person of his earthly sins because the sin eater absorbed them. The sin eater was considered unholy because of all the sins he carried so he was always shunned by the villagers.

I just love this cover


Q. How are fans responding to your book? 

Very well, thank you. The reviews on Amazon have been great! I think people are always drawn by the paranormal; something they believe might exist or does exist in our world.


Q. Can you give just a morsel to tickle our taste bud, wet our... (Well lets just leave that part blank shall we) about to The Sin Eaters Prince?

Sure. This is a short snippet from the beginning of the story. Owen Rhys, the sin eater, has attended a dying woman at her abode. The local physician, Andras Maddock, is also present. With his duties complete, Owen must travel back to his humble dwelling outside the village. Andras warns him to be careful since the forest is not always safe at night. In this scene, Owen encounters a vampire and Andras suddenly appears to save him from death.

Snippet:

What else had his father said? ‘A vampire can not enter a private dwelling unless the occupant grants permission. Most vampire attacks occur outside the home in isolated areas at night.’ Get up, Owen, you dolt! Run! You’ve got to make it home!

Clambering to his knees, he stilled from a flash of something in the clearing ahead. Beneath a canopy of evergreens, a bestial being appeared in his line of vision. No, not a predator of the forest but an upright human form. Shrouded in a black cloak, his white skin shone like a beacon under the inky sky. Danger seized Owen as the phantom advanced at a foot-dragging pace. His eyes crazed with blood lust, his lips were drawn into a snarl that bared his lethal white fangs. Owen’s throat constricted with fear, yet he remained seized by the timeless features and hypnotic eyes. Time ceased to exist, and his immortality rushed to the forefront. Death was imminent; he felt it with every fiber of his being.



 
Q. What is the biggest misconception about M/M fiction you think most people have?



Lol – That’s easy: Women can’t write gay fiction. Of course, there are many who say men can’t write romance. Writing is fiction and I believe authors can cross many genres if they have the desire to do it. It helps if they know their subject well too. I don’t think it’s true that women can’t write gay fiction or that men can’t write decent romance.

Q.  Do you feel that erotic fiction is getting the recognition it deserves in the publishing world?


I think erotic romance and erotica is suddenly coming in to its own, and it’s about time. Woohoo! For a long time, what we read was controlled or manipulated by the largest publishing houses in New York. Now that INDIES have come into their own, many different types of books are being published. This is a good thing. One thing about Indies, they must pay attention to what readers want to read. If they don’t, their books fail. If you read the background deets on an Indie book called 50 Shades of Grey, you’ll discover why it’s so popular. It’s an erotic bondage novel and women are dying to get their hands on book 2 now. One thing about the new ereader’s is that we can read whatever we want and no one knows what we’re reading. Ereader’s have brought a new sense of freedom into our world and also a variation of many different books.



Q. Being a straight female I never thought one thing or another about the m/m material. That has changed. Can you say YUM? Why do you think straight females love m/m stories? How much do you think is stereotyped to make it interesting to the female readers?

I think women are very curious about men and relationships, or how men deal with relationships. It’s a desire to have a better understanding of what makes men tic. One way to understand them better is to read some gay fiction. They say Men Are From Mars, Women From Venus, and I think that’s for the most part true. We can’t do anything about the differences in our DNAs except one thing: Try to understand the opposite gender better. Reading is one way we can learn more about the male species.
 

 

Q.  Is there a growing faction looking for more serious novels with less emphasis on the sexual content when it comes to m/m romance fiction?

There’s a growing faction looking for more serious plots, better writing in all genres. Authors want their books to grab hold of the reader until the very last page. If we can accomplish this, we’ve reached one goal. Plot always comes before the sex for me. The sex, whether homoerotic or hetero erotic, is an added bonus. If there is not substance or story to the book, I lose interest very fast. I imagine it’s that way for readers too.


Q. Do you prefer books where the problem is plot and external to the relationship or where the character has a “hang up”?

I don’t intend to be either a plot-driven or a character-driven writer when I start a story, but now that I think about it, I guess I’m character-driven. The plot comes about from the characters’ backgrounds, their life experiences, where they live or what’s happening at the time where they live. But I’m most concerned about what makes the character “what” he/she is. What drives them to act the way they do or react the way they do? What happened to them prior to the story? To me, that’s the really intriguing thing about writing – watching the characters grow and develop. I’m going to refer to Crossroads again here. In the first novella, Frank has a lot of baggage and isn’t well-liked by readers. I intended for that to happen. By the end of novella 4, readers have an entirely different outlook on Frank. He had to have terrible qualities in order to be redeemed. If he remained the same throughout 4 stories, he’d be a “snore” character, boring.


Q. There are a lot of reviewers out there. What advice would you tell other writers when looking for a review site to submit their books too?

Ah, this is a difficult question. Without bloggers/reviewers word wouldn’t get out our books. They’re an integral part of the writing process. I look for bloggers I know like the genres I write. My pet peeve when it comes to reviewers/readers is if I get a bad review based on the subject of the story. Lord knows, I put enough warnings on Kindle and on my web site to notify them that the book is graphic or intense. Recently, I had a one star review for the first novella of Crossroads on Amazon. I didn’t say anything, but it really frosts me when the reviewer says it’s raw or borders on rape. Hello? Did you read the warning? Or if a reviewer says, "This isn’t a romance, it’s a paranormal." When that happened for Holding On To Heaven I have to ask myself how much romance they want? There are two plots and two separate romances taking place in Holding On To Heaven. So, I do my homework about what bloggers read before I turn over my books. No sense having the read a book they wouldn’t like before they read the first page, right?

Q. When you completed your novels do you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended?

One word answer here: Relief.


Q. What do you think is sexier an implied love scene or the actual scene from the first kiss to the grand finale? Despite if it’s gay fiction or heterosexual.


Again, this depends on the scene and where the characters are in their relationship. And it also hinges on the "character" of the person (see above). Some characters are more patient, tolerant; others might be forward or a type A personality. I think writers need to take that into account. I think a scene can be very erotic without direct sex. There’s something to say about sexual tension.







Q. Have you ever had one of those profound "AH-HA!" moments while you were writing? Would you be willing to share it?


Not while writing because I plot the story out in my head long before I sit down to write. But yes, I have had Ah-ha moments in my thoughts. And not long ago, I had one in my dreams. I had the opening for a story but wasn’t sure where to take it from there. And suddenly, I dreamed about the story, the characters and it all played out. I know that sounds strange, but if you spend hours thinking about the story, it’s not so weird to think you could dream about them.

That brings us to the end of our interview  Keta, I hope you had a good time. thank you again for joining us.

Thanks again, Barb. Great questions. You know I love Risqué Reviews Website and Reviewer Extraordinaire, RR’s warm, friendly blog. And I visit often.

Thank you for all you do in support of authors.



You can find out more about Keta here:
Keta is a multi-published author of paranormal and historical romance and gay fiction. In 2009, her erotic romance Decadent Deceptions was a finalist in the RWA Molly contest. In 2010, Keta's entry Phoenix Rising finaled in the Scarlet Boa contest and in 2011 Keta's acclaimed paranormal shifter, Where The Rain is Made (Here on KINDLE) was nominated by Authors After Dark for a Bookie Award and by Deep In The Heart of Romance for Best Romance of the Year.
Many of her books, including her gay fiction series CROSSROADS, have won numerous awards: Top Reviewer's Pick, Recommended Read and Best Book of the Month.
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