To be honest, the decision to participate in the Stomp vs Romp contest was a bit of what the Brits call a sticky wicket. For one thing, as a high school English teacher, I’m just happy if anyone reads anything other than a text message under their desk. For another, I have a serious sarcasm disorder (it’s a sickness – I should be pitied if anything), and if I wind up torking off a huge number of readers who might have otherwise given my books a chance, I’m half convinced my agent, Michelle Johnson, will set me on fire. Speaking of doing right by my agent, my third book about John Charming, last in a long line of witch finders, dragon slayers, and enchantment breakers named Charming, is called Fearless and is out in August. And I just want to clarify that no federal agency has demanded that the book come with a list of possible harmful side effects. Anyway, the last reason this contest is a bit complicated for me is that I’m not always sure when the boundaries between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance blur. I’m pretty sure that Ilona Andrews – one of my favorite authors – is an Urban Fantasy writer, but I can see where readers on both sides of the fence might claim her. Or them, I guess, since Ilona is actually a husband/wife writing team.
Still, if I agree to do something, it seems to me that I should do it. And if I’m going to do it, I shouldn’t do it by halves. So, in the spirit of fun and competition, here are….
TEN REASONS WHY WRITING A BOOK WITH A LOT OF ACTION SCENES IS BETTER THAN WRITING A BOOK WITH A LOT OF LOVE SCENES:
- I make more typos when I’m breathing heavily.
- I know for a fact that my mom always skips over action scenes.
- I’m pretty sure it says so in Leviticus.
- Because Bruce Willis will never be in a movie called Cry Hard.
- I can’t quite get this bra clasp to work …
- I never feel like I’m done researching the sex scenes…
- Outraged parents won’t be lining up at my high school to get me fired if I write a graphic action scene (hopefully) even if that does suggest that our society has its priorities a bit messed up somehow.
- It’s not as embarrassing if I get the action scene wrong.
- Oh, that’s a good sentence. Really good. Yeah, put that in there just like that…did I set the alarm? Concentrate. What if I…oh yeah, that’s perfect. Nice. Oh my God, everyone is going to be able to see this. No, don’t worry about that. Relax. Just enjoy writing it…
- I have a headache.
When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory — even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.
Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming.
The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn’t just a victim, he’s a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John’s following? It’s really a fuse…
I’m giving away 5 Tantor.com download codes for book 1, CHARMING by Elliott James
So giveaway is open to anyone that can purchase audio downloads from Tantor.com