Rajasthani Moon from Thistledown at Long and Short Reviews.
Of course I was delighted that she liked the book. But what really pleased me is the fact that my multi-genre story really kept her guessing:
"This book really took me far and wide. At first you have a kidnapping
fantasy with rip roaring sex that honestly left me breathless. Then you
have a ménage with kinky toys that made me crunch ice. ( A lot). Then
you add a paranormal twist and I couldn’t decide what I enjoyed more. It
all worked. Every part of it."
This was exactly what I was trying to achieve in writing Rajasthani Moon. The biggest problem with writing romance, in my opinion, is the predictability. Of course the reader knows the story will end happily. Plus there are so many sub-genres in romance, each one with its own conventions. When readers encounter the distinctive signals for one of these sub-genres, they remember other tales in the same category and think they already know how things will turn out.
I hate that! What's the fun of reading if there are no surprises, no suspense? I understand that when readers encounter a genre they enjoy, they want more of the same - but hopefully not exactly the same!
It's my goal to make readers sit up and think, "Wow, that's different!" I could write cookie-cutter stories in any of the genres where I work, but I really don't want to do that. Whenever I sit down to write for a specific call for submissions, my first thought is, How can I twist this to make it original and surprising?
I wanted my story to stand out, and I think it does.
There's a negative side to my quest for surprise and originality. Some readers get annoyed when an author breaks away from the conventions. I apologize, but those readers will have to go somewhere else. (And of course they do...) I'd probably be more popular if I stuck to tried and true formulas, but I just can't force myself to do that.
To be honest, I never know myself what I'm going to write next. So I keep myself guessing!
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