Oy! My kingdom for originality in books.
Here’s the thing. I got a spiffy new Sony e-reader for Christmas and have been diligently scanning publisher websites and places like Fictionwise to troll for books in order to fill my shiny new toy.
Two things are glaringly obvious in this new world of book buying. One, there is alto of bad writing out there. Not bad, exactly, it just needs to be honed by someone who can take the time and give a new writer guidance. And two, there is a huge lack of originality in books these days.
Book after book of Regency romances, story after story or wolf shifters, time after time of ordinary girl falls in love with too handsome to be real guy. See where I’m going with this? 🙂 Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with any of the examples I just listed. In fact, when done correctly and with freshness, they’re great reads.
But where is the freshness? Where is the unique point of view on the common tale? Where are the books I’m dying to read? My point of this blog post? If you’re an author reading this, sell me on YOUR book. Tell me why I need to rush right over to your website and buy it, because I will if you can pitch it. And readers, tell me what YOUR ideal book would be like. I can’t write it unless you tell me about it 🙂
Oy. Does this mean my muse will get even more ideas?
In any event, while I have your undivided attention, let me direct you to the blurb from my latest release ANGEL’S MASTER, available now with Liquid Silver Books. If a historical novella dealing with sexy pirates, high sea adventure, spirited heroines, steamy love scenes and a paranormal twist at the end tickles your fancy, this is the book for you!
The year is 1822 and life on the high seas just became more complicated for Ethan Williams. He’s a pirate with a conscience, and even though killing and plundering are his way of life, he’s searching for much more—and he’s tired of being alone.
Jacqueline Massey is connected with the American Navy. It’s her job to trick men into revealing they are indeed pirates. The guilt she feels about sending them to their doom is equaled only by her longing to be loved. But Jacqueline has a secret—one that has intertwined her fate with Ethan’s for longer than he’s known.
Can destiny bring together a pirate and an angel during the season of miracles, or will a watery death by Davy Jones locker drown their love?