Monday, December 25, 2006

Novella, Reviews and Stuff

My work-in-progress, a hot vampire urban fantasy novella, has been requested by an epub. I love when that happens. I told the editor it wasn't finished, so I'll have to type my little butt off to finish it! And, if they pass on it, at least it will be all ready to be sent to the next pub! I think it's pretty good, if I say so myself.

I'm really looking forward to 2007 because I have the feeling it's going to be a great year for me. So many stories to write -- so little time!!

Here are some reviews by CK2S Kwips and Kritiques:

"Trick or Treat"

A black rose and a spooky old mansion… what more could a woman ask for on a first date with a mysterious man? Natasha’s excitement at this bold adventure is tempered by a bit of anxiety. And then she sees him. Victor is absolutely gorgeous and he’s about to show Natasha a truly spectacular and unforgettable first date together.

TRICK OR TREAT is a bit of a misnomer as this hauntingly beautiful tale transcends any holiday theme. The attraction between the couple is instantaneous and sizzling hot. While very short, TRICK OR TREAT manages to convey a very believable level of sensuality between Natasha and Victor. Not much information is given on either character initially, but this adds a layer of mystique and makes the ending’s twist so much more fulfilling.

TRICK OR TREAT is a cleverly written tale. The storyline does contain very explicit scenes but the attraction just simmering off the pages is undeniably realistic. Hera St. Aubyn is to be commended for crafting such an ingenious tale in so few words. TRICK OR TREAT is the sort of story that, once the reader has completed, he or she will read and reread multiple times to capture each little detail that was woven into the storyline. Kudos to Hera St. Aubyn for the haunting atmosphere and the clever ending of this very spicy tale!
Reviewed by Anne

Review of "Vampire of my Dreams":

Hera St. Aubyn has a gift at incorporating sizzling sensuality in the most unusual of situations. VAMPIRE IN MY DREAMS has an almost dreamlike quality that lures the reader in before taking a rather unique turn in the plot. Some of the unusual twists in this tale may make sensitive readers a bit uncomfortable but all of the pieces fit together and are appropriate in context. Atmosphere is critical for VAMPIRE OF MY DREAMS to work and the haunting ambiance is well interspersed between the instant chemistry between Alana and Winston.

VAMPIRE IN MY DREAMS is an enthralling tale that should please fans of this genre. While Hera St. Aubyn does require the reader to suspend disbelief quite a bit, the overall tone makes this possible and therefore makes VAMPIRE IN MY DREAMS believable. Hera St. Aubyn is certainly an author to keep an eye on as she crafts quite an interesting little story!
Reviewed by Anne

Sunday, December 10, 2006

What turns you on?

Gift Certificate Winner: Elaine Breault. Congratulations, Elaine!!

I've been thinking about why certain passages in certain books really DO it for me, and others -- perhaps much more graphic -- don't. For me, I think it's a combination of vulnerability (nothing more of a turn-on for me than a strong male figure who is willing to acknowledge his inner world), intimacy (emotional/mental rather than only physical) and sensuous word/sentence choices. And, the long hair thing, of course.

While I've been known to write graphic things (the heroine in my novella -- now being subbed to publishers -- swears like a . . . well, a swearer), as a reader, if the strong language and graphic body motions don't come tied up with the aforementioned turn-on things, I tend to skim.

I've probably said this before, but some of the most arousing sections of books I've read have been about Jean-Claude, Laurell K. Hamilton's multi-layered vampire. I don't want to see the new comic book she has out because I don't want anyone else's interpretation of what JC looks like in my head.

Just to make things fun, I'll pick a comment on the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) and give away a $5 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press.

What turns you on?