oooh, Photobucket deleted my original pic of nude chappy with hat on, even though he had his back to us, *sigh*...
Yes, I know you're expecting lots of pictures of cute people with or without hats. And not just *me*. But I'm using it as a
So ... as a Reader, I'm on the beach, I'm thinking of contemporary romance, probably sexy, probably a thriller plot.
But your holiday may be out on the range, and a cowboy's your favourite topic!
Or you may look forward to your holiday to have time - finally! - to read a fascinating historical.
Or you may use the real-life escapism as a backdrop for reading an intriguing fantasy novel.
Or - hell, let's throw caution and restraint to the winds - do you like to take the whole damned lot?
What kind of a reader are you? Do you take a selection of reading on holiday? Or the one book you've been looking forward to for months? Or just the first shiny cover that takes your fancy at the airport?
And as an Author, I've also written with many hats on.
I have contemporary romances with or without thriller aspects - murder mystery - vampire - fantasy world - fantasy historical - erotic paranormal - just downright horror...
Anyway, you get my point :).
There's some serious debate online every now and then about books that cross genres. In fact, I recently chatted with an author friend who's struggling to find the right category to pitch her new novel, because it spans different genres, and also doesn't have *all* the characteristics of any one of them.
Is it important to you that an author either stays within his/her genre so you know what to expect when you pick up a Mai Fayvouritt bestseller *cough*?
Or do you like to follow Mai's style into other genres?
I think the fierce growth of books in the last few years, especially with the advent of e-publishing has been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it's given many authors a chance to be published where they'd have previously been swamped by the print-publishers' slush piles. It's also given readers a fabulous new choice and the chance to access books easily and (mostly) cheaply.
But on the other hand, it's even more difficult to stand out in amongst this rapidly growing pile of choice morsels.
So I'll leave you with those thoughts for today.
And tomorrow? Maybe I'll move to the other end of the body and talk about shoes... or maybe the lack of clothing entirely :). Which fits rather nicely with the theme of my latest novella The Tourist *smirk*.
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BLURB: Lucas Fides has inherited his Victorian family’s auction house, good looks and a passionate mind. But he hides an illicit devotion to his friend Valentine and suffers shocking, erotic dreams. When Valentine introduces a new client, Gideon Arnaud offers important financial help and the opportunity for Lucas to realize his other desires. But Lucas will have to pay the price.