End of month wrap up…June 2011

June was a pretty busy month for me. In Her Closet was published at the end of may after months and months of hard work. Seeing that book published and out in the world has been fun and fulfilling but, now it’s time to buckle down and work on the next book!


On the #WIP front, I’ve done some editing and rewriting on the third and final book in the Yves Santiago stories, Having it Both Ways. This will be the third draft. Mind boggling. I’ve never written that many drafts before but, something about this book isn’t working. I’ve set it aside for now and will revisit it at the end of the summer. I’m also working on a book tentatively titled Beatitudes. It is essentially the story of three sisters, Salome, Syeeda and Selah who have grown apart and are now brought together when the family has to deal with suffering and loss. WOW! That sounds like a great read! lol. I promise it’s much more interesting than it sounds and it will be full of the usual naughty bits. You know how I like my naughty bits *G* 
I’m also editing a short story, The Roll-top Desk that I will publish sometime this month. 
Recently I’ve decided to focus on reading more indie authors. There are two reasons for this decision. The first is that as an indie author I feel that it is important to support other indie authors. Secondly, there is honestly just a lot of the same types of books coming out of traditional publishers and, in some cases, ePublishers. And quite frankly, indie authors are the ones providing that fresh new element these days.
I read three new (to me) indie books this past month. First was Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas. There was a lot of talk about this book when it first debuted. I’m not sure why I didn’t pick it up then but, I’m glad I finally did. 
Here’s the backcover blurb:

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity. Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.
I finished this book about a week ago and to be honest, I’m still trying to find the words to describe it. Sure I can say that I loved it. I found the story line dark and strange and highly erotic–all good and wonderful things. But by and large, I loved this story so much because it was unlike anything I’d ever read. I put it up there with the Beauty Series by Anne Rice. Kitty Thomas is the first of her kind in this era. Look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Next up was Mercy by Annabel Joesph. I grabbed this title primarily because there was an excerpt at the end of Comfort Food. It wasn’t exactly the same sort of story as Comfort Food but, it did not disappoint.                                                                                    

Lucy Merritt has always defined herself by her body, 

whether dancing in a small avant-garde company or 
posing for art. But she has always felt as if something is 
wrong with her, as if something is missing. She has never 
been in love.

Suddenly, in the darkness of the theater wings, a 
strangely affecting man enters her life. Matthew Norris, 
rich, handsome patron of the dance company, has decided 
that he wants Lucy for his own. He makes her an offer 
that both frightens and compels her, and they soon begin 
an affair characterized by only two requirements, beauty 
and truth. But how truthful are Matthew and Lucy? 
How much of Matthew’s strenuous brand of love can 
Lucy endure? And how long can their rigid Dom/sub relationship stay 
frozen in time, never growing, never moving forward.  

This book was enjoyable though I had a couple of problems with it. Primarily I felt that the dance element could have been pursued a bit more to show Lucy’s masochistic side. It was touched on later when it came time for her and Matthew to discuss her leaving dance behind but, wasn’t explored much more than that. 
Also, the ending may have been a bit too happy for me but, that’s a personal preference and does not reflect on the writer’s ability at all. 


That’s pretty much all that going on with the writer known as T. Harrison. Some writing. Some reading. I’m definitely looking forward to my vacation in August. Thirty days and counting! woot! woot!

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