Behind Forsaking All Others

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Forsaking All Others came about from a  conversation many years ago.  Not one I was part of, but one I overheard.  It concerned a woman who, having stolen and married another woman’s husband, had recently discovered he was having an affair.  Of course, this nugget of information was being shared with more than a certain amount of glee!

And that got me thinking.  How do you keep a man with a wandering eye from, well, wandering – if indeed you even wanted to remain attached to such a person?

Forsaking All Others is a light-hearted read about just that.  Scheming and plotting to keep not only her husband but her well-off lifestyle, Remy comes up with a plan that will, I hope, have you cheering from her corner – even though you’d much rather offer her one word: Karma!

Delicious nibbles of erotica!

Or should that be the entree before the main course!  Either way I’m enjoying writing them. At around twenty-thousand words, or sixty to seventy pages, short stories can be read in one evening – or so I’m told by someone who admitted they couldn’t put Perfect Stranger down.

Perhaps even more fun, they allow me to play on the periphery of other genres, bringing hot sex scenes to what might be described more as a thriller in Perfect Stranger.  Or chick lit, with Forsaking All Others (coming soon).  And then there’s historical drama in The House Of Ill Repute (available later in 2014).

There’s another reason for writing shorter stories.  Whilst I love the look and feel of a published novel – and even more, that longed for moment when you turn it over to read the back cover, and know you have to read this book – we are living increasingly busy lives.  We communicate in message-bites on Twitter and Facebook.  And use text rather than call.  So, rather than trying to find time at the end of a long day for a few more pages of a lengthy novel, we are downloading more short stories, and perhaps even experimenting with new genres and sampling new voices.

Exciting times to be an author!

 

Blog Tour for Desires

Running from 28 March through to 18 April, Desires will feature on 24 web-blogs, generating fifteen reviews, and a further thirteen for Choices and Secrets.

I read somewhere that EL James (50 Shades) told a reporter she never read reviews for her books.  How is that possible!  It’s like touching the tip of your tongue to a broken tooth – good or bad, you have to do it!  I love reading opinions of my work, I really do.  Even the negative, which luckily I haven’t had too much of.  (Although there was a shocker on Amazon a year or so ago, for Choices.  Two lines that made you wonder if the person had actually read the book, or was just sounding off about erotica in general!)

Thankfully, most of the reviews I have received have been thoughtful and analytical, and while I’ve proudly relished the four and five star ratings – and who wouldn’t – it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the couple of three star reviews received for Choices.

Writing is a personal journey, and while no book – or work of art or music – will ever please everyone, there’s something immensely satisfying in discovering your stories have a solid appeal, and that the characters you have conceived and nurtured have found their way into the hearts of others.

And so I will hold my breath for the next few weeks, and keep my fingers tightly crossed!  Oh, and have the champagne chilling, just in case!

 

Details of the blog tour can be found on my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galia-Ryan/392965634089984

Completing the Luxuria Series

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Just received my first glimpse of the cover for Desires! Out soon, and completing the trilogy.

It feels strange, and a little sad to be letting Anna go. But I’m already enjoying writing the series of short stories coming next. Delicious and indulgent morsels of erotica!

Desires

Desires, the third book in the Luxuria trilogy is now with the publisher, and will be available early in 2014. Anna has made her decision, and this book follows her journey, and to some extent that of Stephanie. Of course, life is never predicable, and just when both women think things are running reasonably smoothly, up pops the unexpected!

One of the most enjoyable aspects to this series was to allow a voice to some of the men who shared Anna’s stage by paying for her services as an escort – and I’m sure there are many more scenarios than I have touched upon. Further, and as one reader pointed out, what about the women who pay for the services of a male escort? Shouldn’t they too have a voice? Perhaps therein lies another tale!

Meanwhile I am happily creating my fourth novel. Working title Forsaking All Others, the plot revolves around the emotional wreckage of an affair, and what follows as Remy and Jonathon try to come to terms with the fallout. Needless to say Remy is a strong personality, as are most of my female characters. But then Jonathon is no pushover either! And so the solution may not always be the obvious one.

I am happy to hold my hand up and say my plots do not always offer happy ever after endings. But when does life do exactly that? I once commented that even as my hero and heroine rode off into the sunset they would be heard arguing as to who was reading the map correctly!

Though perhaps this novel will be different…