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Mutiny of the Genres, guest post by Miranda Nading. #mondayblogs #TheExtinctionSeries

Hey fellow #MondayBloggers! The ever wonderful Miranda Nading has given us a post for this week. In her Mutiny of the Genre, she ruminates on what happens when a writer goes genre hopping. Before you settle in to read, go grab her latest story, Genesis, the first of The Extinction Series. I’ve read and highly recommend it. Doesn’t matter what your favorite genre is,  you’ll love this story.

Are you back? Good, now read what Miranda writes about her experiment with genres.

Most writers embrace the genre they love to read, and why not? They have great taste. With their genre set, they step up to the bridge, grab the wheel, and begin the slow, painful process of crafting their stories and gaining like-minded readers to help them on their way.

Once their ship is crewed with a healthy reader base, anything that jeopardizes the readers faith in their Captain could lead to mutiny; being hung from the yardarm, walking the plank, and otherwise losing those readers until the writer has learned their lesson.

Everything that I am goes into every book I write. Echoes of Harmony held within its fiction the worst memories of my childhood, the surgery I endured before its writing, and my struggle to be a better person. Caliban delved into my fear of another cancer diagnosis and my need to understand the beast. Canyon Echoes touched on emotional isolation and the need for, and fear of, family. The influence of my life, and that of other writers, is not obvious to the casual reader who picks up a novel to escape from the daily grind of their lives, but it is there in every book.

So what happens when the journey changes the writer? When horror and serial killers have been purged from the system and the ship begins to find a new point on the compass? Will we find ourselves in the midst of a mutiny? Hung from that yardarm or walking the plank? Will new readers under a new genre see the books you’ve written in the past and for fear of disappoint, turn to a different Captain? Do you hold your course, or navigate by a new star?

For writers with that precious Constant Reader following we work so hard to achieve, it is, unfortunately, a very real possibility. Readers of Erotica are not likely to enjoy a book devoid of sex or strapping young men and women. Likewise, readers of Westerns are not going to receive an Erotic novel with joyous abandonment. If the essential core of what you write changes, the readers will change with it.

So what is a writer to do when they find their ship adrift with no wind in the sails, caught between one point on their trusted map and the next with the decks empty and awaiting a crew?

This was the biggest concern with the decision to write The Extinction Series. There are no serial killers, no voodoo rituals, no ghosts or beast borne of genetic engineering. There are only people trying desperately to survive. What’s going to get the readers on board? If you assume a nom de plume, you are faced with starting the journey from scratch, having to do all the groundwork of building a reader base all over again.

It’s always an option, but is it necessary? Why did you gain the readers you have? What is it that they love about your work? What do they zero in on when they leave that rare treasure, the review? For me, the answer is the suspense, not know what’s coming at them next. Most of all, it’s the characters.

Those essential elements are part of who I am as a writer. I thrive on adrenaline. I demand a great deal from characters and I insist they change in some fundamental way as they walk through the fires I light in their path. The course may have changed, I may be following a new star on the horizon, but my ship is steady and strong. Every writer’s path is different; the questions they need to ask themselves, before making the course change, are their own. If the core of your writing doesn’t change drastically, use it to bridge the gap. Ease your readers into this new course by using the strengths you’ve honed over the years.

Most of all, be true to the story waiting to be written. It’s crafted the same way you are, with the experiences and choices you make as a person as well as a writer.

Rosemary Rey’s Sexy Novels! Must see for #MondayBlogs.

Today’s Monday Blog Post is brought to you by Rosemary Rey! They sound like fascinating stories and I’m betting they’re steamier than what I write. So if you’re in the mood for something hot, I think Ms. Rey has just the thing!

The Pentagon Group series is a three part series of contemporary romance/erotica novels with suspense. Rebound is the first book and is followed by Unbound, which have been in circulation since April and September of 2014. Both books are being re-released today, March 30, 2015, exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Rebound, The Pentagon Group, Book One, is available for 99 cents: A year after Perla Mercurio divorced her first lover in a contentious divorce, she resigned herself to being single. After a doctor’s visit, she meets Dr. Mathias Keene, and her attraction to him sparks her sexual desires. When Perla and Matt dance at a club, their chemistry is undeniable. Immediately, they undertake a whirlwind romance. Perla falls head over heels in love with the dashing doctor, but is he all that he seems?

 

Unbound, The Pentagon Group, Book Two, is available for $2.99: Perla Mercurio discovers that the man she fell in love with, Dr. Mathias Keene, wooed her under false pretenses. Upon her discovery of the truth, she tries to mend her broken heart, leaving the handsome doctor in her past. However, Matt is not so easy to shake off. In an effort to win back the love of his life, he makes Perla an offer she cannot refuse. To move forward with her life, Perla must make the hardest decision she’s even encountered. Will she be able to move on from Matt and the men of The Pentagon Group?

 

Bound, The Pentagon Group, Book Three will be published in April of 2015. Cover reveal for Bound will be available before publication and will be found exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

If you’ve read one or both books in the series and haven’t left a rating or review, please consider helping this Indie Author out and write a review.

#MondayBlogs Blog Tour!

Good morning! Or rather, it was morning when I started this. Google Docs is not kind to the copy/paste functions on my Mac. Add in ants (wish I was kidding), the heat is 85F already, and even my horoscope is saying “No horoscope today, check back tomorrow.”

But that’s all in my own little world. If you like your romance seriously erotic, you’ll want to read about Ava Branson’s three stories. I’ve read all three of her books and they’re marvelous. I also have inside knowledge about her next project. My opinion? She can’t write fast enough for me. Once you read The Project, you’ll feel the same way.

While I’m waiting for the next “What fresh Hell is this?” moment, read for yourself about Ava’s fabulousness.

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Publication Date:April 24, 2014

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Mariantha Anastos has a problem. And a solution. But in order for the solution to be applied, she has to enlist the help of the one man that she’s longed for, fantasized about and lusted after. The one man that rejected her.

Liam Gallagher has a full life as a popular professor at his university, albeit a very orderly one. Until an unexpected visit from a former student presents him with a problem he’d never imagined. One that wreaks havoc on his mind and body. How long can he control the torment within him and will he break his own rules for her?

 

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“Monty…you goddamn well better mean what I see in your eyes,” he ground out.

Her gaze dropped to his mouth, her lips parting and she lifted her face closer to his. It was all the confirmation he needed.

Crushing his mouth to hers, he demanded immediate entrance with his tongue, caressing, seeking, and letting his unbridled passion out in this one scorching kiss. The air left her lungs as he crushed her to his chest, his hands kneading her shoulders, moving to her back, sliding down to her waist, pulling her more tightly to him, like he was trying to meld their bodies and make them one.

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Ava Branson is a native Floridian, with an overactive imagination and a never ending supply of sarcastic, er, witty retorts…according to her family. She loves reading, romance, the ocean and anything that can be considered a carbohydrate.

She also finally decided what she wanted to be when she grew up and that was to share the stories that have kept her mind company for so long. So buckle up and join her on a journey that will light your soul on fire and allow you to escape – even for a short time – the everyday world.

She has a journal full of characters to introduce you to and she’s typing as fast as she can while rotating her 2.5 cats on her lap.

Stop by avabranson.com and say hello!

 

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Author Interview: Laura Stapleton for #MondayBlogs

Hey everyone!  You must run over to Book Bliss and read my interview over there.  I had such fun answering Lexi’s questions!  She’s one of those women who do more in an hour than most people do all day and I so admire that.  After you read my interview, stay a while and show her some love.  Her blog is wonderful.

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Please welcome the amazing Laura Stapleton to Book Bliss! Scroll on down to get to know here a little more, not to mention a list of spoilers!

With an overactive imagination and a love for writing, Laura Stapleton decided to type out her daydreams and what if’s. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband, daughter, dog, and a few cats. When not at the computer, you’ll find her in the park for a jog or at the yarn store’s clearance section.

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– You write a collection of Oregon Trail novels- I love this game and can’t resist asking, any influence from the game when you thought up the idea?

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