Month: October 2016

Shattered Fan Fiction

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I received an ARC of Rosemary Rey’s novel Stained Glass Shards via Netgalley.


This novel is a romance/erotica that switches viewpoints between former long-time lovers Griffin and Elyce, who had a 50-Shades-of-Fucked-Up-Even-Though-That-Isn’t-A-Saying relationship until Elyce abruptly grew a backbone and ended it.


Griffin is a movie star. Insanely good-looking, great actor, went to school in Boston with Elyce, which is where they met and became friends-with-benefits.

Elyce is the gal who secretly wanted Griffin to fall in love with her and marry her, but didn’t think it was within the realm of possibility until she realized, well, fuck, if he’s not into it I should dump his ass and find someone who is. So she breaks up with him, and writes a thinly-veiled fictionalization of their relationship which becomes a bestseller. That is optioned for movie rights, and furthermore, is actively picked up to be made into a movie. I think you see where this is going…


This novel was not quite my cup of tea. Rey’s writing is a bit too literal to me, reading a bit woodenly. Also, Elyce kind of got on my nerves.

I like to root for the protagonist

BUT I also thought Rey did a great job of taking a storyline that was starting to read like a fan fic, and delve into the relationship a bit more. The stained glass metaphor was painfully drawn out, but I get why it’s in the book. Rey is dealing with appearance vs. reality, and her characters actively grow and change. Perspective is a major component of this book, which I loved.


I would recommend if you are in the mood for some sexy fluff. I don’t recommend as a romance, but I do recommend if you want to escape a bit.


Have you read Stained Glass Shards? What did you think? Who was your favorite character?


Reason #9: It’s sexy

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My new short story anthology Paranormal Dating includes paranormal creatures, dating, and sex.

The kink is out there… #XFilesreferences

There’s an urban legend that people think about sex every 7 seconds. Now, most people think that’s not necessarily the case, and really, there’s probably no unbiased, empirical method to prove it, but most people like sex and think about it, though the degree to which it is thought about is unclear.


As such, you, as a human being reading this blog post, probably occasionally think about sex. Sex is not all that my stories are about, but it is featured frequently, and so it stands to reason that you might like to read my sexy stories.


Reason #8: It’s Trendy

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Since 50 Shades, the fact that erotica is a thing that people legitimately like, whether they are ashamed of it or not, has become public knowledge. As a result, erotica is a rather trendy thing to have read, to have in your library, etc.

Almost appropriate timing for this joke…

Love erotica, but want to read something seasonally appropriate? Never read erotica, but want to give it a try? Want to get in on the latest reading trend? A short story anthology with erotic elements is a great way to fulfill all of these reasons.

Pick up your copy today!

Reason #7: Scare Yourself

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My short story collection, entitled Paranormal Dating, includes the paranormal, and most of them have an element of horror to them, as well.


October is, for many of us, a month of horror. Time to plan scary costumes,

…or not

watch an abundance of scary movies,


and tell and read horror stories.


As such, my short story anthology is a great way to get into the spirit of the month. Scare yourself – snag a copy of Paranormal Dating today!

Reason #6: I Think You Will Like It

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No literary purchase has a guarantee – there are people who don’t like Pride and Prejudice, who don’t like The Great Gatsby, who think Jane Eyre should just damn her soul and become Rochester’s mistress because they feel sorry for the bigamist asshole. However, I am proud of the short stories included in Paranormal Dating, and I think that if you procure a copy, you will like to read them.

Become enraptured – buy a copy of my short story anthology today!

Reason #5: Tiny Tales

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One of the best things about my short story anthology Paranormal Dating is the length of each tale.

#tinytoons #tinytales

There are a lot of reasons to read short stories —

  • Reading Slump: Sometimes, you’ve recently read a lot of novels and/or non-fiction works that are not your thing. You don’t like the writing, the characters, and have no idea what to read next. At times like this, a short story can be the perfect answer. You might love it, you might hate it, but it doesn’t take long to read, and can help you build up your reading momentum.
  • Commuter Friendly: A short story can be finished during a bus or train ride from home to work/school, or vice versa.
  • You can finish it: We all get a sense of accomplishment when we complete something, whether that is achieving a goal that allows you to mark a check on your list, or finishing a story, allowing you to look up from the (e-)book.

In other words, short stories are the shit. So why not purchase mine?

Why not? #buymyshitplease
Tiny Toons Image: By FontanaLand (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Reason #4: Candor & Honesty

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Something that I like to read and write are honest characters. By this, I do not mean characters who always speak the truth…

The Invention of Lying
I’m not Ricky Gervais #inventionoflying

… I mean characters who are realistic, who have faults, and speak authentically (but still interestingly). While all of the stories in my recently released anthology revolve around instances of the paranormal, the human characters within those stories are real.


So, if you are a character reader, like me, then you should try reading Paranormal Dating.