Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Do you like it rough in bed? + Contest

I am proud to promote this new sexy anthology by some of my favorite erotic authors...Anne Rainey and Susan Lyons. Kate Pearce is a new author to me. I have not read this anthology yet but you can bet I plan to. The cover alone would make me say "Yes".




Anne Rainey is sharing her thoughts about anthologies. Keep reading for how you can enter to win a copy of Some Like It Rough.






Sometimes all you need is a taste…

It’s true though, don’t you think? Sometimes all you need is a novella as opposed to a big story. Sometimes that’s all you have time for! Personally, I’ll read anything. I don’t base quality on how big the book. If I did that I’d never read Stephen King, Lori Foster, Shannon McKenna, Lora Leigh, Sarah McCarty, Lucy Monroe. Heck most of my ALL TIME FAVORITE authors have written novella length stories. That’s how I discovered some of them to begin with! For me, anthologies are a great way to try out a new author.

Nevertheless, from what I’ve seen on various reader message boards and yahoo groups, there are plenty of readers who feel novellas are second rate. As if a novella isn’t going to have the same intensity and depth as a full length story. I do understand how hard it is to write a short story and get all that drama, emotion, laughs, HEA, etc in there. You don’t have a lot of time to fit all that in. In some ways, a novella can be pretty tough to write. However, it’s my opinion, from the various books I’ve read, that some authors can pack quite a punch in their novellas. And as far as plot? I’ve read plenty of 500 page books that didn’t have squat for plot. Many times I’ve sat holding a ‘New York Times Bestseller’ and thought, “That’s it?”

So, no, it’s not length that makes a great book, it’s how well an author executes the concept. One of my wonderful editors once said: “Ideas aren’t unique, it’s what the author does with that idea that makes it exceptional.”

So, here’s my question. Does length really matter? LOL...come on, you knew it was coming!


Some Like It Rough by Kate Pearce
Luke Warner wants to chill out when he cashes in his hectic life in Silicon Valley and returns to his hometown. But things heat up when he reunites with his best friends, Julia and Paul, and invites them both to share in a sexual adventure like they’ve never had before…


Private Eyes by Susan Lyons
Assigned to work undercover as an exotic dancer, straight-laced Haley Croft discovers the thrill of strutting her stuff. And when she catches sexy PI Ry Montana checking out her moves, she can’t wait to give him his own private show…


Cherry on Top by Anne Rainey
When massage therapist Cherry DuBois rubs her oil-slicked hands all over Dante Ricci’s rock-hard body, red-hot desire courses through her. She longs to lose control and give herself to the pleasures of sexual submission…


To read the first chapter of Cherry on Top visit my website: http://annerainey.com/

Holly at Romance Reviews Today gives it a “Perfect 10″ and says: “Each tale stands alone, but each one brings together some terrific writing from three outstanding authors. By the time I finished SOME LIKE IT ROUGH, I knew it richly deserved a Perfect 10 and would go on my keeper shelf. If you are looking for a sizzling read that is time well spent, then pick up SOME LIKE IT ROUGH.”


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Also at BORDERS, BOOKS A MILLION, BARNES & NOBLE and other major retailers!


CONTEST:

And for a chance to win a print copy of “Some Like it Rough” simply send me an email at annerainey11@gmail.com with MARCH CONTEST in the subject line. I’ll be picking 3 winners on March 18th and announcing it on my blog: http://threewickedwriters.blogspot.com/

22 comments:

BrennaLyons said...

I'm like you. A well-written novella or even novelette is better than a poorly-written novel, any day. One of my crit partners of a few years ago once said that the novella she was reading (one of mine) had more going on than your typical 70K novel. If you write tight and carry a punch, who needs a novel? In fact, many of my novels are actually collections of novellas and/or novelettes from the same world and on the same theme.

Brenna

Anne Rainey said...

Hi Brenna! --I love writing the novellas and short stories. You get to 'cut the fluff' and get straight to the heart of the matter. I love that! Novels, I'm discovering, are quite interesting to write as well. But the passion is spread out over time.

Anne Rainey said...

Meant to say--Thanks to Cheryl for having me here today!

BrennaLyons said...

I often give the comparison that short stories are the moment and novels are the journey. Novellas are somewhere between...a more focused journey, more or less. The shorter you go, the more focused your moment must be. Micro-shorts are what I call "hit and run fiction." You have to get in, lay the punch, and get out of Dodge before the chips fall.

Brenna

Anne Rainey said...

I wrote "Suni's Gift", the shortest of anythhing I've written, like 8k. And it was like that, get in, get the job done and get out. Turned out to be a fun story, I thought. Not sure I'll ever write anything that short again...actually, I shouldn't say that. Every time I say that I end up doing exactly that! LOL Never say never!

BrennaLyons said...

My shortest complete story was only 800 words or so. My shortest complete story with more than one POV character was 3500. Never say never.

Brenna

Cassie Exline said...

As I've been saying for years, length doesn't matter. Ohhh you meant length of stories, oops. lol When I need a break from writing, I want to read something short and to the point. Granted there are times I wished the story would continue, which is good. It's also an excellent way to get to know other authors and their work.

Anne Rainey said...

Cassie--I love reading anthologies becuase, like you said, it's a great way to get a taste of an author you've never read. I hear Jaci Burton is a great author, she has a novella coming out with Lora Leigh, I plan to buy that one so I can give her a try. If I like her novella I'll be checking out her backlist for sure. Love anthologies!

Susan Lyons said...

Cheryl, thanks so much for your kind words. Hope you like our book! (BTW, readers can find an excerpt of my novella at http://www.susanlyons.ca/books/some_rough_excerpt.php)

I write all lengths too, and enjoy writing - and reading - each of them, depending on my mood. The shortest I've sold was to Woman's World magazine back when their short romances were 1500 words (now they're 800 or maybe lower). I've done Spice Briefs ranging from 5000 to 8000. It's fun conceptualizing the characters and story that will work for each length.

For "Private Eyes," I actually had to do that conceptualizing overnight! It was quite a challenge. (If you want to know the story, you can check it out at the behind-the-scenes notes on my website.) Anne and Kate, who already had their stories worked out, were so helpful to me - I'll be eternally grateful!

Anne Rainey said...

I loved your story, Susan!! :)

Kate Pearce said...

Anne and Susan were a pleasure to work with on this anthology. We all made sure we were writing distinct story lines and, after I read the other two novella's I knew we had a great hot collection!
I love reading novellas too-I've picked up on some great new authors that way.
I hope you enjoy my story, Cherry!

Anne Rainey said...

Kate--You're an awesome writer and this antho turned out to have a little something for everyone. It worked out great!

naida said...

great post, and I really like the cover on this book.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Anne Rainey said...

Naida--Thanks a bunch! I love that cover too. Hot!

David Russell said...

Hi Everybody,

My novella, 'Self's Blossom' is being released by Devine Destinies on March 15th. This is its 3rd edition. There are reviews of previous editions.I can post cover to anyone interested

David Russell

Chloe Waits said...

Great Post Anne

I have written short stories and novellas. I love reading novels too.
I agree, if it's well written and pulls you in, I am great to read both. Sometimes if you're short on time and looking for a quick read, it can be a factor too.

Novels have a bit more space...both are great!

flchen1 said...

Hi, Anne, Kate, and Susan! I think that I enjoy both novellas and novels--it depends a bit on how much time I have and the quality of the story and writing. As others have said, you can tell a terrific story in just a few words, but the way it's put together isn't the same in both instances. It's a gift to be able to write short, and a different talent to write longer! Definitely looking forward to this collection!

Anne Rainey said...

Hi Chloe--To add to your comment, novellas and short stories are great for the beach!

Hi Fedora--Thanks for stopping by, lady! :)

Anne Rainey said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments! And thanks again, Cheryl, for having me here. :)

Don't forget to follow us at Three Wicked Writers. On March 18th I'll be announcing the winners there!

http://threewickedwriters.blogspot.com/

lege70542 said...

I love novellas. They r short and to the point.I have found some of my fav authorslege70542 this way.

Anne Rainey said...

Lege--Thanks for stopping by! I've found so many great authors through anthologies. It's a terrific way to test out someone you've never read before!

Lori said...

Usually I like to read a good, long novel I can sink my teeth into. But I always have a couple of anthology novellas in my TBR pile for 'those' moods when I don't have the time or patience to wait out the end of a novel. Love getting to try out several 'new to me' authors in one book. I remember Kate from when I was a member in RWA online. I will definitely pick this one up.
Lori