I don’t often write general updates and get all chatty, but figured it was time for one, yeah? 🙂
First, one week from tomorrow, NEED releases. (Yippee!) The blog tour tour starts tomorrow. I’ll be in the hospital for outpatient surgery (sounds like an oxymoron, right?), so please bear with me if I’m not right on top of commenting and responding. Me + pain pills = loose cannon.
Second, I have no control over when books ship from ANY site or retailer. If you pre-ordered (THANK YOU!) I can’t speed up the process. I wish I could.
Third, and here’s the biggie that I’ve been trying to figure out how to address:
NEED is an adult companion to WANT.
It’s an adult book written from Isaac’s POV. Since he’s 28, it’s automatically an adult book, plus it’s got a lot of adult scenes. Are they gratuitous? No, I don’t think so. Like WANT, they’re very psychological and essential to the story. That’s the way it needed to be written and I’m so lucky that I’m with an indie publisher that let me get away with that.
I’m sure some will accuse me of jumping on the BDSM bandwagon, but I assure you, that’s not the case. I had the idea/concept for NEED well before those books became popular.
It’s the nature of “sequels” or companions, etc., that not everyone is going to like the direction of the story. That’s fine, but understand that like you, I love these characters. I mean, LOVE these characters. Even though I’ve written other books with other characters I adore, they don’t live in my head like the ones from the WANT world do. Come hell or high water, I have to tell their stories the way they are meant to be.
I know I’m going to get complaints from YA readers who don’t understand why I genre-hopped, but I don’t see it that way. NEED isn’t meant to be a “sequel,” but rather a companion. I almost think of these two as a sort of saga or twisted anthology in the vein of Spoon River Anthology. And let’s face it, WANT isn’t your typical YA or even upper-YA. It’s NA, and well within that category’s bounds.
Maybe it’s the mom in me, but I feel the need to warn readers that if you’re expecting YA, you’ll be … shocked. NEED isn’t for younger readers.
I also have another confession and warning: I’ve tried to separate my more adult reading and writing from this persona and blog, but I can’t anymore. As I move more toward NA and adult, I’ve realized that running two blogs, two careers, two sets of author friends just isn’t feasible.
So here comes the warning part: I’ll be featuring and even reviewing some steamy stuff on this site. If that offends you, I’m sorry, but I’m fortunate to know a number of exceptionally talented writers who happen to write erotica, erotic romance, etc. I want to support them as much as my milder friends.
Will I lose some of my readership and followers? Possibly. That’s their choice and I respect that. However, it’s also my choice to expand this site to include other genres I adore.
Whew! Okay, I feel better. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
Your turn: What questions do you have about these changes or NEED‘s content? I’ll gladly answer anything except plot secrets 🙂
Linda Vaughan said:
Well said !!! And… Got it 🙂 Adult Material!