Happy New Year, lovely peeps 🙂
I love this time, when the New Year is young, and expectations are bright. Everyone is full of good intentions, even if most of those new year resolutions never last, lol.
For a long time now, one of my few New Year’s resolutions that I have managed to stick to is to simply carry on writing. To be honest, I couldn’t imagine not writing, as my muse constantly bombards me with story ideas. It’s one of the reasons why I always shake my head in wonder when we hear of another case of Plagiarism. I just don’t get it.
Why do that? Maybe I’m lucky, but, like I said ideas are never the problem here. If I did nothing but write all year, I wouldn’t manage to write everything my muse throws at me. Plot bunnies abound and breed like…. well bunnies… *snort*
So, what makes an author, and I use that term loosely here (because if you have to steal ideas, then you have no right to call yourself an author) plagiarise. And what makes them think , especially in this fast-moving age, that they will get away with it?
Invariably it is readers, who notice, and who alert a much-loved author that, actually, XYZ is passing your work of as theirs.
I can only imagine what that must feel like. The shock and betrayal of it all. As far as I’m aware no one has plagiarized my work, and hopefully, no one ever will. What makes it even worse though, is when it’s an author that you have read, whose work you’ve liked, whose cries of innocence you have believed.
Again, it hasn’t happened to me, though I have read authors who later turned out to be far from stellar people, and that is always a let down, but it has happened to friends of mine.
Again I shake my head and wonder what motivates people. One thing I cannot abide is a liar. I’ve met my fair share over the last year, both professionally and personally, and well….
Good riddance to bad rubbish as we say in the UK.
Fortunately my bullshit radar is pretty high, and I’ve long ago learnt to trust my gut. On the other hand I hate how cynical that can make you. I’ve always been one to see the good in people first, and to trust that most folks mean well, but that has been tested lately, and I’m afraid my inner bitch is quite quick to make an appearance these days, and once you rile my German temper… duck…
Seriously, though, folks never case to amaze me, in both good and bad ways, I have to say.
Which brings me to the Thank You(!) part of my post.
I’ve met many new readers over the last year, and I always get such a thrill when one contacts me to say how much they enjoyed one of my stories. My last release of 2015 was Auctioned to the Protective Dom, book 4 of my Spectrum Auctions series, and I’ve been utterly amazed and humbled by readers response to Jonas and Rissa’s story.
At the point of writing this, Auctioned to the Protective Dom is in its fourth week of occupying the #1 spot on the M/F Bestseller chart at Bookstrand. Auctioned to the Honorable Dom (Book 1) and Auctioned to Protect (Book 2) are also in the top 30 and have been for the last couple of weeks, so excuse me while a I do happy jig.
This is not a story I found easy to write. Jonas kept his cards close to his chest, and Rissa is a complicated woman, who had been deeply hurt in her past, and getting her to open up wasn’t easy. Once they did start talking to me, however, my fingers flew, and as the longest in the series so far, this is a book I’m very proud of. So to see it being embraced by readers is doubly sweet.
I am planning more in The Spectrum Auctions. Master Logan’s and Lindsey’s story will have quite a few surprises and twists and turns, that they’re slowly whispering to me…
It should be fun.
So, I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings. So far I have two stories scheduled. The Dragon in the Stone, my twist on Beauty and the Beast is set for release sometime in January. I’m in a box set of D/s stories with some fantastic authors set for release in March, and right now I’m writing book 6 in my Projects series. The Polar Project is Stephan and Natasha’s story, and that bear shifter is one scarred, dominant, protective alpha who’ll fall hard for that little bumbling Siberian cat shifter. Of course, he doesn’t do so without fighting it every step of the way….
It’s fun torturing these Alphas, I tell you.
Stay naughty, now, folks, and if you haven’t checked out Auctioned to the Protective Dom yet… well, what are you waiting for?
*grins and blows kisses*
[Siren Classic: Erotic Consensual BDSM Romance, flogging, food play, sex toys, HEA]
It’s a Dom’s job to protect his girl.
No one believes that more than Jonas Sorenson.So when he sees the shy little sub he has been trying to get close to for ages up for auction on the Club Spectrum stage, there’s only one Dom who will get her—him.
Rissa Nauenburg hates being the center of attention, so being on show in the auction proves too much for her. Caught in the middle of a panic attack, she has no time to appreciate the fact the one Dom she has been secretively lusting after for ages has won her.
Her distress makes Jonas more determined to protect her. It’s perfectly obvious to Jonas that someone in her past has hurt Rissa badly. Under the terms of the auction she is his for twenty four hours at least.
It’s game on to rebuild Rissa’s confidence and Jonas plays for keeps.
All Rissa has to do is let him…
Available from Bookstrand