Hmmm I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned the story of what made me start writing – as in what made me put pen to paper (read fingers to keyboard). Well here goes…
My best friend and I are obsessed with IR romance novels, for the past year we have been devouring these books as they come (check out the Recommended Reading for the creme de la creme we found), but then we hit a snag. It wasn’t that there were no new books but the quality of the writing and the storylines left a lot to be desired. Towards the end of last year, after leaving the company I had worked in for 2 years, I had a lot of time and a lot of… energy (if you know what I mean;)). Vlad was a thought that morphed into a man and I wrote a chapter in order to truly capture the essence of The Impaler. One chapter turned into two, then three and even though there were times I would forget about my little project, I had my bestie waiting in the wings nagging, at times demanding more – she is a romance succubus (which I’m discovering is the norm among romance readers).
She insisted I publish the book but I didn’t think it was publishing material, I didn’t even know whether people would enjoy it beyond the little twosome club we had going or if it would even be successful, chances are it would get lost amongst the literary jungle of Amazon’s Kindle ebooks.
I’m glad my doubts were baseless and that I took the plunge.
- During the free promotion period that ran for four days Dark Desires: Genesis had over 3200+ downloads
- The book peaked at No.93 in the free kindle store
- It reached No.1 in both categories of African-American Erotica and African American Romance
For my first book I couldn’t have asked for more and I am so thankful for the readers who enjoyed this story and made all of this possible. Whenever I read a review or the comments on this blog I feel inspired to think of better ways to make Deliverance just as good if not better than Genesis on every front. I did get a 1 star and 2 star ratings which I think are equally as important as the praise in the growth of a writer, it’s that little reminder that not everybody is going to like your work. Being the do-better-next-time individual that I am I found out why and it turns out that one reader is quite tough when giving ratings usually falling below the book’s average and the other states that if the books don’t have a happy ending then they arent for her. As you know Genesis ended on a MotherF*ker of a cliff hanger.
Thank you to Marj, Andrea, Lois, Debra, Lynda, Mary and everyone who rated and left reviews either on Amazon, GoodReads or both. (I couldn’t uncode some of the Amazon user accounts to mention everyone by name)
Thank you also to everyone who signed up to the mailing list where I will leak snippets of Deliverance to keep the love of our Alpha and Val burning 🙂
PS: I will give an official release date for Deliverance on 14 February 2016