Friday, July 25, 2014

Sex in YA

Sex in books has gotten out of hand, I think. I just saw a post on Facebook where people were wondering if sex in YA books was good news. Many said yes, they would like to see sex in those books.

Can we stop a minute…

YA is, like, middle school. Pre-teens. Sure, they might be curious, but how gross is that? People can’t stay in their own age limit—they have to desire sex with freaking kids?

They’re kids, people.


As in, Harry Potter.

Sure, when Harry got older there was innocent desire, and a first kiss. But Christ-on-a-cracker people, can we sometimes have a little story?

Okay, okay, sure, I’ll own that I’m not a romance junkie. I find the genre as a whole mostly boring. I prefer a story with a side of romance. I want a plot. And within the plot, a look. Sex is good, but it’s hotter when there’s a build-up. I often find the hottest sex scenes the ones that are mostly hinted at. A hand trailing down a stomach, stopping, the fingers turning downwards, and then the heroine’s eyes rolling back in her head as the hand slips under her belt line.

I picture those things, and then fill in the blanks. And I can be very detailed…

I don’t want to envision any of that with kids. I just don’t. I don’t even want to envision it with most of the NA’s written right now.

Plus, what will actual young adults read any more? If adults start pumping 50 Shades of desire into YA books, where will actual Young Adults go to read books? Plus, why do adults need sex in a YA, anyway? Can’t a person read a story without sex?

And if your answer is no, check out Lit Erotica. It’s all free, and it’ll get you where you need to go. There is something for everyone. That'll free up some spending. Then, when you’ve taken care of yourself, meet me back at Harry Potter.

*evil grin*

Here’s an unrelated question for you—when did I get so haggard looking? I just looked at my reflection in the TV (which is turned off) and some sort of monster was looking back at me. A tired-looking, droopy-eyed, lumpy monster. I don’t mind looking older—that’s going to happen. I get it. But do I have to look so worn and weather beaten? I mean, I don’t understand why someone doesn’t put a bag over my head and put me out of my misery. Seriously.

Maybe they’re afraid of me.

That’s probably it. Someone with aggression painted on their face is not to be trusted. I might turn into something with fangs and red eyes. In fact, if I’m PMS’ing, that isn’t so hard to imagine. Instead of getting close enough with a bag, someone will probably poke me with a stick to keep me away as they try to get out of my reach.

The good news is, I probably won’t be mugged. They’ll see my Kate Spade hand bag and obvious female love-handles and their fingers will start twitching. They’ll come up with a plan as they glance at my face—and then stop dead. Their mental voice will screetch as they start backing away quickly. I’ll just hit up the next person, they’ll think.

Forget turning things to stone, I’ll clear the whole area in ten seconds. A sweep of the ugly mug will have everyone scurrying away.

Anyway…what was I talking about before my face distracted me?

Oh, fudge. Don’t mind if I do…

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Street Team Achnowledgement

Sometimes there are so many people to thank you can't fit it all in a page in a new book. Such is the case with my street team.

Recently I was pushed and prodded and repeatedly asked if I was going to create a street team. I held out for a while, not realizing the benefit. And then gave in.

Thus, the Breene's Bad Ass Bitches were formed (or the Book Sluts, depending on who you ask). I am now so glad I listened to Miss Annmarie Amy Young!

My street team is comprised of a bunch of gals that love to read, and have been invaluable to me. They share their thoughts, raise their hands to help beta or review, and just hang around and shoot the shit. It's a neat and great collection of people who make me feel like I'm on a team. Being a lover of team sports, that is a huge benefit to me.

But that's not all. Not even close. We have Casey Harris to push me to try new marketing things. Annmarie, Fiona Young and Brittany Brun are pimping goddesses. Keri Frey has no qualms about giving her bold opinion, prompting others to follow her lead (which I greatly love), Heather Fries Kuebler, Fiona and Heather Spencer to catch mistakes in the finished book that most do not. Nicki Holcomb has been there since the beginning. Barbara McHuge quietly filters into everything I try, another name I recognize through the various books--the list is endless of how these girls help. I am extremely grateful for each interaction, no matter how small.

Why the name? Well, if you've read any of my books, you realize how ardently I value a tough gal who speaks her mind. I welcome it, and as being quite happy being a bitch instead of a simpering fool of a girl, I love that these girls join the horde. Each of my team have a core of steel and a heart of gold.

Many of them I am still getting to know--this team is brand new--but I'm having fun learning all the different personalities, even if they sometimes praise just a little too much. Haha!

Please give a round of applause for my street team:
Amy Wilde
Annmarie Amy Young
Ann-Marie Gagliano
Ashlee Masullo
Barbara McHugh
Brittany Ozmore
Casey Harris
Christina Wells
Corey Wisniewski
Elizabeth Meltzers
Fiona Wilson
Gina Moody
Hannah Rasmussen
Heather Fortman
Heather Kuebler
Heather Spencer
Heidi Baines
Jenene Mitchell
Jenna Kenote
Jennifer Chrisman (Farris)
Jessenia Marin
Joanna Moreno
Katrina Lanzer
Keri Frey
Kerri Fitzgerald
Kristen Taylor
LaWanda " Wendy" Kilpatric
Leanne Cook
Lucy Robles
Mandy Sickle
Nikki Holcomb
Olivia Kevwitch
Pam Rushen
Raven Click
Rebecca Waldron
Samantha Freese
Sarah Bauman
Stephanie Sakal

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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It’s been a long road, but Sasha has finally claimed her role as the least knowledge mage in history. She’s also acquired a new, incredibly grumpy bodyguard, and a spunky new BFF. With her team by her side, she learns the ropes of this new profession.

Her experience level is about to be fast-tracked, however.

On a routine trip to check out a perimeter breach, she encounters a hideous demon called by an experienced magic worker. It is this terrifying discovery that unlocks a deeper problem: Stefan’s troubled past and the reason he gravely mistrusts the Mata.

While Sasha struggles to fight the physical demons, Stefan struggles to fight the demons of his past. If he fails, his future in Sasha will be lost.
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