Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Guest Post: Lisa Bilbrey

Due to some outside factors, we've added today as a stop on Lisa Bilbrey's  Journey to a New Life blog tour. Luckily, being the consummate professional that she is, Lisa sent me everything I needed to be able to help out.

Today she joins me to give her views on writing sex scenes into a book.

Before I start this post, let me state for the record that I don’t have a problem with sex being written into books. I think it’s important that I make that clear before I continue on. I love sex. Sex equals goodness, but there is a huge difference between a book having a plot that happens to have sex, and a book being porn.

It’s been two years since I released my first book, and in those twenty-four months, I’ve released a total of eight others. Have I written sex into any of mine? Yes, three of them, and I have to admit that I regret it. You might ask why, and I’ll tell you: the sex wasn’t needed. So why did I write them in there? Because at the time, I thought they were. Now, when I go back and read through them, I cringe at them. Not because they’re badly written, either, but because they do very little to advance the storyline of my books.

And that’s really what it boils down to for me. When is sex good for a storyline, and when is it bad? That’s not something that is easily detectable, and I realize that. A lot of books are based on the sexual attraction of its main characters, and that’s fine, but sometimes a book is just sex with very little plot line, character development, or even taste. They are simply written pornography, yet they’re some of the best sellers on the various selling channels. 

What’s the point of this little post, you might ask. Well, I guess it’s that sex shouldn’t be the selling point of any book. Sometimes, the fade to black is the best way to go, and other times, the sex developed. 

 Thanks so much, Lisa! You make some great points in your post and I appreciate you taking the time to voice them. 

Check out Lisa's newest release:

Travis McCoy’s journey has led him down a road of changes where he found the love of his life and their child. Travis, Penelope, and Max have struggled during their time apart, found their way back home, and finally tied their lives together as a family. 
Now, Penelope and Travis find themselves on a new journey, one that leads them to the greatest journey of all.

Journey to a New Life is the fourth and final installment in the Journey series, four short stories that tell the story of Travis and Penelope. If you have not checked them out I highly recommend you add them to your reading list. Lisa has crafted a story and characters  that draw you in, and make you reluctant to let them go.

Author's Bio

Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996.
Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she'd found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she's spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller. 

In late 2011, Lisa opened Renaissance Romance Publishing with Michele Richard and Laura Braley. 

Links To Find Lisa and Her Books

The giveaway will begin on September 10th and end on October 1st, to ensure that everyone on the tour has a chance to benefit from its exposure.

9/10: Promo/Excerpt: Fandom Fanatic
          Review, Promo/excerpt: FS Meurinne
9/11: Guest Post: Lorenz Font
9/12: Interview: Jude Ouvrard
9/13: Review: Lindsey Gray
          Review: Sarah Carroll
9/14: Promo/Excerpt: S.A. Jones
9/15: Review: N. Wood
9/16: Review: Mich’s Book Reviews
9/17: Guest Post: Laura Braley
9/18: Guest Post: Jude Ouvrard
9/19: Guest Post: Donna Huber
          Review: Anna Crosswell
9/20: Guest Post: Laura Braley
9/21: Guest Post: Elizabeth M. Lawrence
9/22: Interview: M.C. Rayne
9/23: Promo/Excerpt: Jennifer Garcia
          Guest Post: Elena M. Reyes
          Review: R. E. Hargrave

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cover Reveal: A Divine Life by R.E. Hargrave

Just a little sneak peek of the next book you should be adding to your summer reading lists!
In January, Book One of the Divine Trilogy was released, introducing the world to 
Catherine O'Chancey and Jayden Masterson. 
The wait is almost over for the highly- anticipated sequel to their story!

Over the past year of being Jayden Masterson’s collared submissive, Catherine O’Chancey has worked through the mental terrors left behind by her old Dom — or at least she thinks she has. To celebrate their collaring anniversary, Jayden organizes a special day, during which her final fantasies will be realized and her limits tested. Will it prove to be more than she can handle? Can she endure the erotic onslaught her mind and body will experience and survive unscathed?
While Catherine faces these dark shadows and pleasurable highs, Jayden will find his own inner strength being tested, too. He has come to realize that, somewhere along the way, Catherine has taken possession of his heart, mind, and body. Now, he faces his biggest challenge ever; he must let go of all his submissives but one: his jewel, Catherine. Can he leave his philandering ways behind? Has he made the ultimate mistake by putting his jewel into the hands of others? Will his gift to Catherine wind up costing him the one thing that has ever meant something real to him?
Jayden has helped Catherine heal from past wrongs and chase away the nightmares. In return, Catherine has shown him what it means to care for someone beyond mere sexual gratification. Their strengthening bond as Master and submissive has paved the way for deeper emotions — if they can find the courage to open up to each other.
Join Catherine and Jayden for an emotion packed weekend that could forever change the future of their relationship. This could be their best chance at love, but first both Dom and sub must gain control over the one thing they can’t put in a collar: their deepest doubts and fears. For this kind of healing, the necessary treatment must be mutually given. Is it too late to erase some old scars?

In her inimitable style, R.E. Hargrave has once again delivered a sensual, yet realistic, journey into the BDSM sub-culture. 
Join her, and her enigmatic cast of characters, 
A Divine Life is released on August 6, 2013.

Another stunning cover by J.C Clarke 


 More About the Author:

R.E. Hargrave is a fledgling author who has always been a lover of books and now looks forward to the chance to give something back to the literary community. She lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX with her husband and three children.

Where to find R.E. Hargrave: