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29 July 2011

Broads Undercover #2

It's Time Once Again For...Broads Undercover!

The Brazen Broads are dishing up two new covers in our 'Cheers & Jeers' adventurers this week, and my, oh my, have we got a few things to say about these selections.  Weigh in with your thoughts if you'd like, but only after taking at look at these.......

Where do I begin?  Oh, the agony!  The shame!  I must start off by saying that I have a problem with the type of art used on this cover for an obviously sexual situation.  It reminds me of drawings one might find on a children's book, and therefore it goes without saying (even though I'm saying it!)....No Good.  That troubling issue being dealt with, I can get on with my assessment.  The couple appears to be quite young, another problematic issue when considering that A HAND JOB is going on!  The blond - seriously has he reached puberty yet? - has a weird King Julian vibe to his posture and expression.  "Lookie what I am handling here....I am reaching for it.....reaching for it.....Why are you looking at me?  Can you not see that I am being very busy.  Look away!  Or I will curse you!  I seem to have lost my ipod, perhaps I will be finding it in your pants my tall, girlish, man/boy reluctant companion.  Pay no attention to my groping of your semi-flacid staff....My, my it does lay nicely to the right....Oh!.I hope my highlights are gleaming in just the right light as I fondle my indifferent friend while striking this gorgeous pose...."  The poor dark haired fellow stands there, not actively participating in this debacle, but not fleeing either.  He looks perfectly blase about the entire experience.  His shoulders are slightly slumped as he peers off into the nothingness of adolescent boredom.  "I hope my mom bought coco-puffs when she went to the store today.  Damn, she never buys the cereal I want!  It's always what my brother wants.  Mr. Football Star.  Fuck!  This weird kid is grabbing my schlong ...again.  I hope he finds his i-pod soon.  I'm sooooo done with this scene.  He said we could play PlayStation after he finds his shit."

And, I think that about sums it up for me.  Dreadful.

Alexandria: WTF?  How old are these two?  I'm good for the mano y mano action, but with kids?  This is an adult book, right?  Why are they drawn like this?  I keep asking questions because I can't come up with any answers. Why would a publisher create a book cover like this?  This is an ebook, and covers are so important in that type of book.  A cover like this will be passed over in favor of something else.  There are ways to show the eroticism of M/M relationships, but this isn't it. 

Moira:  I love the body line of the woman on this cover.  She's got a very sensual, but slight arch to her back - inviting, yet not tawdry - as she reaches back for her lover.  The dress, in an innocent baby-blue hue while fitted to accentuate womanly charms, stands out against the more neutral colors on the rest of the cover, drawing attention to her.  This man knows that a well placed hand can mean so much!  There's not much shown of him, and I think it's nicely done.  This fellow is totally absorbed in her, and he's going right for the neck -Ohh-la-la!    I also like the lighting effects in the photograph used for this cover.  There's a glow about the couple that suggests candlelight, and that's sexy.  From the cover, we can tell that this is a vampire novel, and I think this is portrayed subtly in the images.  I also like the foggy, hazy veil over the city backdrop.  As Shadows Fade earns a thumbs up!

Alexandria:  What a beautiful dress and pose with these two! This is a beautiful cover showing two people in love. There's no unseemly groping down the front of her dress, and no reach-around to cop a feel on his junk. This cover is also drawn, and notice how well done it is.  Classy is how I would call this.  And this wouldn't make my Kindle shut down in fear. 

15 July 2011

Author Gabrielle Bisset Guest Post

Thank you to the Brazen Broads for having me here at the Bash today.  I just love the name of the blog, and I guess in some ways my post is about something a bit brazen, or at least somewhat unorthodox.  My new novel is called Stolen Destiny.  A romance novel, it's about a race of people called Aeveren and three of these people in particular:  Varek, Callia, and Amon.  Here's the blurb: 

Released from prison to find a murderer, a prison-hardened Varek Leale is convinced no woman deserves the man he’s become, but his Aeveren destiny makes him succumb to sweet and sexy Callia Reynolds. To catch a murderer, he and Callia must find an Aeveren with the power to control time. But Amon Kalins isn’t a man to trifle with, and when he wants something, he’ll use his powers, devastating charm, and good looks to get it.

When Amon manipulates time and seduces her away, Varek must turn to the people who set him free for help to get her back. But the Council doesn’t do anything without requiring something in return, and what they want is Amon Kalins, one of the most powerful Aeveren ever. Varek will do what he must to capture Amon and find Callia. If he doesn’t, she’ll be lost to him for untold lifetimes.

Writing Stolen Destiny was a labor of love for me.  I fell in love with the characters the minute they came to life on the page.  However, I quickly found that because my Aeveren lived many lives through reincarnation and remembered their past lifetimes, the typical POV structure for romance novels was insufficient and would have resulted in a 500 page book.  The necessity to keep each scene only one point of view while trying to relay a relatively large story just wouldn't work.  After editing as much as possible, I was still left with scenes that fell flat because they were only from the hero's or heroine's POV. 

At that point, I decided that the POV style popular with romance novels had to go.  I needed something more.  Cue Nora Roberts.  If you've ever read Nora Roberts' books, you know that she doesn't use the typical romance POV style either.  One read of a Nora book and I found the solution to my POV problem.  Many people who prefer the romance style POV insultingly call what Nora and many others do "head hopping."  To them, this is confusing to read.  I beg to differ.  Read the classics, adventure stories, mysteries, and crime stories and you'll find this is the style used.  In fact, it's only really in romance and erotica that the far simpler style of POV is used. 

Now don't get me wrong.  I have nothing against that style, and I use it in my novellas as it works particularly well for shorter stories.  But for me, it just didn't work for my novel length book. 

Some people have told me that the style I used in Stolen Destiny, with sometimes three points of view in a scene, is refreshing.  I love hearing that because I find the style very dynamic.  It allows the reader to experience the story through more than just the heroine and hero, and with characters who have many lifetimes behind them, it creates a fuller story, overall.  Some people have said they weren't crazy about it, and I respect their opinions.  For them, the romance style POV is what they like. 

The great thing about writing in these new times of indie publishing and ebooks is that walls that were once so high only a few could scale them are coming down.  I look forward to a time when the idea of "right" and "wrong" when it comes to POV is a thing of the past, a relic of a time when minds weren't open.  For me, the more dynamic POV style is what I enjoy writing for my Aeveren. 

Does this mean all my novels will be in this style?  I don't know.  The beauty of writing is that I never know what's going to come out of my imagination.  My novellas are in the typical romance POV and cover subjects such as vampires and BDSM, while Stolen Destiny is about a new breed of paranormal characters, as will be the sequel, Destiny Redeemed.  I've recently begun a new novel that's about one of the characters in my novella, Vampire Dreams, and that novel will be written in the typical romance style POV.  For me, having the choice of how I want to write a story is one of the best parts of being an author. 

In the end, I think the most important thing about writing is to tell a good story.  Readers will relate to characters and plot no matter what POV a story's in.  Thanks again to the Broads for letting me chat about this.  To learn more about my books, visit my blog at

To buy Stolen Destiny, visit

13 July 2011

Stolen Destiny, Gabrielle Bisset

Stolen DestinyTime can be a friend, or an enemy........

  Sentenced to spend three lifetimes in Nil, the hellish prison of the Aeveren race, Varek Leale accepts his punishment, reliving the night he murdered his first destined one in a crime of passion after finding her in bed with another man, knowing he deserves the torturous existence he now lives.  But destiny has other plans for him. 
Summoned by the Council, Varek learns that he is to be released, for a price.  He must track down a serial killer who is murdering innocent Aeveren families. 

With little more than the clothes on his back, he is transported to the town of New Hope, the scene of the latest murders.  Drawing on his past law enforcement background, Varek trails the killer, and the case leads him to the New Hope Orphanage, a home for Aeveren children.  As soon as he meets Callia Reynolds, his Aeveren biology reveals the impossible and unwanted.  She is now his destined one.  

Certain that his crime and his years in Nil have left him unworthy and unable to love, Varek attempts to deny the truth.  But destiny refuses to be ignored.  As time runs out, and as his heart learns to love again, Varek realizes that he needs help if he is to earn his freedom and claim the love he dares to want.  To accomplish his task, he seeks out the ancient and powerful tempuster, Amon Kalins.  The rogue Aeveren agrees to aid the couple, but he's got his own hidden agenda.  He desires Callia for himself.  And once the killer is disposed of, Amon travels back in time to woo and win Callia's heart before she ever lays eyes on Varek. 

Desperate to find Callia and embrace life anew with the woman destined for him, Varek agrees to the impossible demands of the Council -  Find and capture Amon Kalins.  As Varek travels through time to right the wrong done, he must face his inner demons, for Amon has claimed Callia's unknowing heart. 

Stolen Destiny, by Gabrielle Bisset is a fresh idea in paranormal romance.  The Aeveren species she writes into her novel is well explained, and while Bisset employs the popular and time tested use of the pull of destined mates, she also gives her characters something lacking in many paranormal novels - free will.  The characters come together not merely because of predetermination, but because they choose to learn to love. 

Callia, the heroine, is a new favorite.  She's smart, confident, and not afraid to go after what she wants.  Even more delightful was the fact that Bisset crafted a female character brazenly willing to use the feminine wiles in her arsenal to encourage her intended to the acceptance of his heart's desire.  That being said, the character I fell in love with in Bisset's novel is the 'oh so naughty' Amon.  I have a bit of a thing for bad boys, and Amon is certainly that.  Unrepentant and unabashedly manipulative, Amon is a smooth operator, and even though I cheered Varek on in his quest to regain the love of his life, I can't deny that a small (okay, maybe more than a small) part of me wanted to see Amon come out on top.  

Smart and sexy, Stolen Destiny.....steals a great rating!




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