Mar 31, 2015

Tiffany Reisz: Interview & Giveaway! (Closed)

Last week I was in Oregon, and I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Tiffany Reisz. Author of The Original Sinners series (The siren, The Angel... The King) and other fun erotic stories. It was a lovely hour in a Portland coffee shop and I'm really happy we had the opportunity to get together. (I interviewed her before The Siren came out check that out here)

My copy and what could be yours!

The next book in her series comes out Today! And you can win it right here (at the bottom of this post.

Hopefully you're already familiar with Tiffany, but if not, you can learn more about her here or stalk her on twitter.

Along with just talking away (in which I embarrassingly lost my train of thought a time or two) I asked her four questions:

 - We're nearing the end of the Original Sinners series. Do you feel like you're plodding toward the end? or is it a math problem where you're on train A and the books are on train b, and at point X there's going to be a terribly crash?

The siren took a long time to write because it was creation. Building this world and these characters and that takes time, but once that was done, the series had a ton of kinetic energy and it got easier. Then she went into the prequel part of the series and it got hard again for a while, putting together the past pieces of a characters she'd already spent so much time with.

But! she's done with the drafting. So the end is in sight for her (a little further away for the rest of us.

 - Do you run into readers who are afraid of you?

She's never met with outright fear. On occasion she's found that people either love Nora or hate her and that effects how they react to her. 

She's Bon Jovi. When you think of celebrities like the hair bands of the (decade) and the gangster rappers of the (decade) those two groups were considered fearsome by lots of people in their respective eras. But, she pointed out: rappers are poets and hair bands are populated by band geeks.

 - Aside from moving across the country, getting married and other, personal changes, has your life altered terribly since the Siren came out?

Life changed and stayed exactly the same.  It was more like an upgrade. Yes, she got to quit her job, but she treats writing like it is a day job, so it's more like she switched careers than "quit working." She gets to read more and clean more (woman after my own heart).

She's happy it happened later in life, when she was wise enough to not do something silly with the fame she's acquired.

 - What weird assumptions have you run into when you tell people your an author? and then when you clarify your genre?

She approaches it with humor and thinks that is the reason she's never had a negative experience. When people ask her about them, she leads with "You're too young for them." She's said this to sixty year olds... to her grandmother. Everyone is too young to read her books. Even you. Especially you.

Related to the last answer, let's get to the giveaway that you're much too young for!

One signed copy of The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz (book 7)


 - US Residents only (Sorry international folks)

 - 18 and over (ever one is too young for this book, that includes you)

 - Fill out the rafflecopter (entries gained by commenting on this blog post, tweeting about the giveaway, and following tiffany or myself on twitter.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Drawing ends Thursday at midnight, email goes out to the winner tomorrow morning, if you win, you have twenty four hours to get me your address, then I'll contact an alternate.

And, if you're impatient and just want to get to ordering any of her awesome books, have at it.

Happy Reading!

Mar 13, 2015

5 Times I Didn't Get Past The Sample

So in the past month or so, I’ve been trying out random reads via Amazon’s samples for kindle books. Some of these were recommendations, some of them are random finds, but here are 5 that just didn’t work for me, and why. If you think I'm wrong, or want to read the samples to find out for yourself, I've linked the titles to their pages on Amazon.

Why I looked into it: Someone who liked my SFR suggested I consider this one.
Why I didn’t chose to read further: The writing itself isn’t bad in this, but my TBR pile is so long already that I’ve gotten pretty picky about what I’ll take my time on, and in the recc I was warned that this one is long (the GR page puts it at 1277 pages! Yikes!), so when I read the sample and wasn’t really into the pages (it’s a little too much doom and gloom imo) I couldn’t see myself choosing to read this one over any of the books in my Physical TBR Pile.

Why I looked into it: Twitter love from some author people I follow.
Why I didn’t chose to read further: I love a good short SFR for reading in between things, but this one didn’t pull me in. It was another case of perfectly fine writing, but by the time I got to the end of the kindle sample, I didn’t really care to read on. It starts with a declaration of the MMC’s impending death, and at that point, I don’t care enough about the character to be bothered to wonder if/how he’ll manage to survive.

Why I looked into it: This is an unpublished first book by an established fantasy author that boasts annotation. I snagged the sample because I wanted to know exactly what that meant.
Why I chose not to read further: I was hoping for more. The story itself is poorly written (which it’s up front about from the get go) but the annotations are few and far between and, honestly, I don’t think they’re funny enough or useful enough to warrant buying the book and slogging through the bad prose.

Why I looked into it: A friend’s husband is reading this and suggested I might enjoy it.
Why I chose not to read further: Any book that starts with a list of characters this long is probably not going to be for me. But I’ll be honest, I didn’t get past the first paragraph of this. The prose felt bloated and at 934 pages… I start to have GRRM worries (How much of this book is going to bore me with conflated descriptions of food and clothing and sex?). Another reason this first pgf kills it for me lies in my worry that if you’re going to give me a full sentence paragraph to start and it’s about how your character was conceived legitimately… well, your book probably just isn’t for me.

The Settlers
Why I looked into it: I’ve heard some good things here and there about the author and it popped up in a “people who looked at this book looked at this one too” type section.
Why I chose not to read further:
The first page is like reading a boring “Earth is dead” history lesson. It starts with a main character who’s five and doesn’t remember anything before. Then jumps to a very distant narration that feels preachy.

If you think I'm wrong about any of these, please do make your case for why I need to keep reading in the comments. Or, tell me about a book you tried out but couldn't get past the sample

Mar 2, 2015

Rolling into March

February was better than March. I took time off from some real life stuff and focused on a few things - among them, trying to get more consistency to my daily productivity.

Things got better... but at the same time, they didn't really make it to the point I was hoping for.

End totals:

Words Written: 30,104
Drafts Finished: 3 (all short stories)
Projects revised: 4 (the 3 short stories and one novel that needs another go-through)
Books Read: 6 (only one of which got a 4 star rating.)

I hope that March will be better. I'm going to attempt to change up my writing schedule and see if that helps. I do have a trip impending this month and that will make things work a little differently, but... fingers crossed I'll get my focus back and the words will fall from my fingertips.

Goals for March include:

Finishing 4 drafts
Revising 3 projects
Getting back to a normal schedule here