Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Ever since her ex-husband walked out, leaving her alone with three small children, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart aside, she refuses to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak, and so she has an unbending policy of no dating and no unattached men in their lives.
Until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap…and the hero won’t take no for an answer.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away 3 ecopies of Gwynneth Ever After.
Huge thanks for hosting me today, Jackie — I’m thrilled to be a part of Literary Escapism, and to have the chance to let readers know about my current project, a contemporary romance entitled Gwynneth Ever After that I’ll be self-publishing in just a few days.
But wait…don’t I write dark urban fantasy? What does a contemporary romance have to do with warrior angels and cops and Armageddon?!? Well…not much, really. It does, however, satisfy a part of me that still likes to believe in life’s gentler side — and in the happy-ever-after moments, too. After all, I’ve been married for 27 years, so I can’t entirely ignore the romantic in me. ;)
While this crossing over from one genre to another seems to be becoming more and more common in today’s publishing industry, the traditional thinking has been that once an author has built a brand, he/she risks ticking off fans who pick up a book by them only to find their genre expectations have been dashed. It’s for this reason that many authors who write in multiple genres use pen names when doing so (Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb is probably one of the most famous to do so). Respectully, I’d like to disagree…for two reasons.
First, it’s generally pretty easy to tell from a cover what kind of story you’re going to be getting—if not from the artwork, then certainly from the back blurb. If I pick up one book with a couple in a passionate clinch and another book featuring a blood-spattered knife, I consider myself intelligent enough to know I’m not getting two of the same kind of story.
Second, I like to have my reading world shaken up now and again. To me, finding something in a different genre by a favorite author is almost like finding a whole new author altogether. I personally think it’s rather fun getting to see another side of someone whose work I’ve enjoyed — kind of like having a conversation with an old friend and discovering something new and unexpected about him/her that changes your perspective a little. Or like peeling back the layers of that onion to which Shrek famously compared himself. ;)
Third, I read across multiple genres. An author whose voice I already know and admire will be an automatic buy in any genre…so why make me go through the process of discovering a “new” author?
Well, that’s my opinion…what do you think? Do you like it when your favorite authors cross the genre lines? Do you find it confusing, annoying, or intriguing? Would you prefer them to use pseudonyms?
Excerpt: Gwynneth Ever After
Gareth took his leather coat from the closet. He turned to face her, his expression filled with purpose.
Gwyn swallowed – hard.
Take control. Take control now, before he –
She stuck out her hand into the space separating them, mortified to see it shake wildly, too terrified to remove it.
“Goodbye,” she said, her voice thick and unrecognizable even to her own ears. “And thank you again for everything. I enjoyed meeting you.”
Her insides cringed. Dear lord, could she have chosen less adequate words?
A wickedly lazy smile curved Gareth’s lips. “A handshake?” He raised his gaze to hers and shook his head. “I don’t think so, Gwynneth with two n’s.”
Gwyn backed away, coming up short against the wall by the living room doorway. He wouldn’t…he couldn’t…not now…
But Gareth’s pursuit was measured.
It brought him to within a scant few inches of her, where he stopped. He braced his left hand against the wall by her head, then lifted his right hand, still gripping his coat, and did the same on the other side. Before she could draw the breath she so desperately needed, his head descended.
His mouth fastened on hers with a jolt that traveled her entire length, at once both hard and gentle. Coaxing, demanding, promising…delivering. When Gwyn’s own lips parted under the mind-spinning assault, he wasted not an instant in taking full advantage. His tongue slid against hers, tangled with it, and took complete, uncontested ownership.
Not once did his hands move to caress her.
Not once did his body touch hers.
But he imprinted himself on her as indelibly as if he had possessed her in every way imaginable.
At last, his breathing unsteady, he drew back. One at a time, he dropped his hands to his sides and stepped away. He slid his arms into his jacket and shrugged it up onto his shoulders.
“I’ll go now,” he said, his voice thick, “but just for the record, I haven’t agreed.”
“A-agreed?” Gwyn whispered. Of its own accord, her trembling hand found its way to her mouth. Her fingertips brushed against lips that felt as if they belonged to someone else, because surely hers wouldn’t have responded with such abandon…
“Not to see you again.” Giving her a slow half-smile that focused her on his mouth all over again, Gareth pulled open her front door and disappeared into the night.
Meet Linda Poitevin!
Linda Poitevin is the author of the dark urban fantasy series, The Grigori Legacy, from Ace/Roc Books. She lives near Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and in her other life is wife, mother, friend, gardener, coffee snob, freelance writer, and zookeeper of too many pets. She loves to hear from readers and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website: www.lindapoitevin.com (where you can also find more about Gwynneth Ever After).
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Linda is giving away 3 ecopies of Gwynneth Ever After.. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Do you like it when your favorite authors cross the genre lines? Do you find it confusing, annoying, or intriguing? Would you prefer them to use pseudonyms? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
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The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until June 30th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from this snazzy plug-in that I have.