One of those mixed bag posts today. First off…
It’s Read an eBook Week at Smashwords, which means deep discounts on books. The following discounts are available on my books:
Threaded Through Time (Book One): 50% off
The first three books in the Deiform Fellowship Series: 75% off
The first two books in the Rymellan Series: 75% off.
To get the discount, click on the book you’re interested in from my profile page and use the coupon code on the book page at checkout.
I’d mentioned in an earlier post that I planned to release my upcoming standalone science fiction novel, which is now with the editor, under a pen name, because it has a straight main character. I’ve changed my mind. I’ve given it more thought and concluded that it wouldn’t make sense.
Here’s the thing. If I was going to release any work under a pen name, I should have done so already. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I can see that my work tends to fall into two buckets: serious, and not so serious. A difference in tone is more important, in my opinion, than the sexual orientation of the main character.
You may disagree with me, but I consider the Rymellan Series, The Salbine Sisters, The Deiform Fellowship Series, and the Daros Chronicles to be serious in tone. I see The Missing Comatose Woman, Threaded Through Time, The Perfect Christmas Gift, and The Voice in My Head as not so serious. I should have written one of those buckets using a pen name, but oh well.
Yes, the upcoming science fiction novel (tentatively titled Their Last Hope) has a straight main character, but she’s a strong female character, and the story is quintessential me. It also has a lesbian POV character who’s key to the story, but as I said earlier, it’s not her story. Still, readers who’ve enjoyed books in my serious bucket should like Their Last Hope, and vice versa. So, no pen name. But hey, I reserve the right to change my mind again. 😉
Maybe I’m watching too much Netflix lately, but one thing that’s getting on my nerves is characters who do obviously dumb stuff that results in conflict or drama. I don’t mind this in humorous shows/stories. But in dramas, it grates. I know why the writers are doing it: to create problems for the characters. But when they do it by making the character(s) stupid, it doesn’t work. Rather than getting caught up in the drama and feeling sympathetic about their plight, I’m sitting there thinking, “It serves them right for doing something so obviously stupid.” Not what the writers were going for.
I think it’s lazy, a case of the writers not digging deeper and coming up with something better that doesn’t make the characters look like idiots.
Have a great weekend! 🙂