The Book Gourmet – July 2, 2015
Welcome to a new feature, here on Patricia Green Books. I’ll be sharing some of the current events in books, both my books and others’. It would also be nice to get to know you better, as well as be open to you, so please chime in when it suits you. I hope you find this format both entertaining and yummy.
First Course – The Amuse Bouche
Books come with tag lines, little one or two sentence gotcha moments. Here are a few for books you’re going to love:
Striker (by me): “I knew it was taking a step toward danger, but some part of me was committed to the adventure that was Angelica Piccolino.”
Irresistible Attractions (Rod and Cane Society) by Cara Bristol: “What happens at the Rod and Cane Society stays at the Rod and Cane Society.”
Disciplined Date: The Spanking Murders (by Mark S. R. Sterling): “Nikki is torn between two powerful men who seek to control her life. Mobster Lenny Fusco coerces Nikki into helping him develop a fetish dating website. Homicide detective Carl Howard needs her knowledge of the mob to track a serial killer. Each man will put her over their knee -panties down – to get her cooperation. Nikki must decide which man’s discipline to accept.”
Second Course – The Appetizer
For this week’s segment, I’d like to highlight Grey by E.L. James. I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard a lot of criticism of it. Some people seem disappointed that it re-tells the 50 Shades story all over again, though from Christian Grey’s perspective. I think those people are glad to hear from Christian, but not so glad that there’s no new plot to sink your teeth into. Other people point out the irony of a fan fic writer essentially writing fan fic on her own book. That is rather amusing, though, hey, if she can carry it off, more power to her. Another comment I heard was that “Christian is a controlling bastard.” Um. This surprises readers, why? Grey is only the retelling of the first book (Fifty Shades of Grey), not Christian’s thoughts as he progresses from classic dominant into his next phase of life. In the first book, he’s very much a controlling bastard. That’s why so many women fell in love with him. He had the whole “bad boy” thing going on.
But these are all negative comments making the rounds. I wonder if any of you like the book, why you like it and if you are looking forward to more in the series. So have you read it? (Or have you decided not to read it?) What did you think of it, and are the critics right or wrong?
Third Course – The Entree
My last release was Striker, an erotic romance, murder mystery. It did well in its first month, holding a place on the Amazon Top 100 for erotic mysteries for the entire month. As always happens, sales are reduced after the first month, but, let’s face it, whether it’s a day old or a year old, it’s the same great book. You can find more info on Striker on its page, here.
One tidbit about Striker that many of you don’t know, or might not have picked up on, is that the book takes place in Los Angeles. There are two reasons I set the book there: (1) I’m a Los Angeles native, born and raised there, though I don’t live there anymore; and (2) I’m a total fan of hard-boiled detective/crime fiction from the 50s and 60s, and Raymond Chandler’s works are favorites of mine. He uses LA as a backdrop, and I figured, why not? If it was good enough for him, why not for me?
Fourth Course – Dessert
I’m starting on my next book, a new novel in the Romantek series, this week. Tentatively, it’s titled “My Vacation in Rio.” Like the other Romantek books, it is set in the future and in the fabulous Romantek dream world. The evil villain from book two (Charlotte & the Pirate) will return to create havoc again for the Romantek staff and some customers as well.
Thank you for joining me here today. Look for another installment of The Book Gourmet next week.