D. F. Krieger

Monday, May 26, 2014

Must Read Monday: Demon of Envy

I have the other books in the series, and even have the paperback compilation of the first 3. This is a series I simply can't get enough of. The Gods of Love Series by Jennifer Lynne covers so many subjects that it's out of this world. Today, I'm reviewing her newest, Demon of Envy.

Phthonos, Greek god of envy & jealousy, has been given a second chance at life and love in the mortal realm. The wayward son of the goddess Aphrodite and brother to the erotes is desperate to make up for the mistakes of his past. But is Thon more demon than god? And if the demon Envy wins out, how will this lonely god ever find room in his heart for love?
Olivia is an ordinary woman living an ordered life, but at thirty-two true romance appears to have eluded her. Everywhere she turns people are in relationships or falling in love, but her career and her charity work are enough to keep the demon of envy at bay.

Until the moment he turns up on her doorstep with a demand that rips her life and her heart wide open and leaves her at risk of eternal torment.
I absolutely love the concept of how destructive and tangible Envy can be. How a prank meant to inspire jealousy can backfire into pain and disruption. I also love the fact that Olivia isn't your cookie-cutter curvy size 0 heroine. She's a normal sized woman with real self esteem issues.

Once again, Ms. Lynne has taken touchy and sometimes painful subjects, and weaved them into a plot that draws a reader in. Issues aren't quickly forgotten in the heat of passion, nor do the gods in her stories wave a magic hand that fixes everything. At the end of this story, we are left knowing there will still be some emotional healing that needs to be done on both sides, but confident they'll get through it all.

This series is one of the few that I've read every book to date, and I'm left hoping there will be more and looking forward to the next work she puts out. The dedication she's inspired in me as a fan, as well as the delivery in Demon of Envy is what makes this a Must Read! ~ D. F. Krieger

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Be Trendy or Flail

I've been busy as a cat chasing a fly on the ceiling lately. Research, research, and more research. I do all this boring crap so you people don't have to. You should send like, peanut M&M's as a sacrifice in thanks to me. Oh, you want to know what I've been researching?

Trends!  So anyone who knows me knows that I'm not big on trends, especially fashion ones. I wore all black before goth and emo were even terms for "fashion." I still think blue jeans were the best invention ever (right next to instant tea.) Regardless, the trends I'm talking about have to do with writing. So here's what I've found, minions o' mine.

Rising Trends with Great Potential:
Contemporary Young Adult With Real Issues
GBLT
Steampunk
Thrillers
Urban Fantasy
High Fantasy

Possibly Coming Back:
Dystopian

Survey Says: Overdone and Dying:
Boy Meets Girl (M/F)
Paranormal Romance
Kink Without Cause
Paranormal YA

Comments Are Demanding:
Adult and YA Choose Your Own Adventure

Before you get your panties in a twist, let me explain a major reoccurring factor here. Articles pointed out that people aren't done with M/F romances, or Paranormal Romance, so much as they are fed up with reading the same story lines over and over. They want memorable characters and real struggles. They are tired of chic meets sexy paranormal dude and the biggest struggle is, "Oh, how can our relationship survive since you are a (insert creature type here)." People are tired of BDSM books where the biggest issue is "Let me show you that being spanked isn't domestic abuse and liking it doesn't make you sick in the head."

People are tired of the same book, different author syndrome. The biggest thing all the articles and posts I read (and gods did I ever read a ton of the things) stated were the need to make a plot that readers can read and remember. Stand out. With the invention of ebooks, publishing has become so easy that literally anyone can do it, with or without publisher. This means the market is absolutely flooded, especially with done to death themes like shifters, spanking, and couples whose only conflict is "will they, wont they."

What does all of this mean? To be blunt (because lets face it, you all don't expect anything less than full frontal assault with honesty from me, right?) this means several things. I say this from the perspective of an author, and of an editor in chief.

If an author and a publishing house plan to continue to succeed and thrive in a crumbling system, these are some hard truths we're going to have to deal with:

* Authors are going to have to place a bar above their heads and actually reach for it when it comes to creating powerful plots, moving characters, and emotionally engaging story lines.
* Publishers are going to have to become more jaded and stricter in what they will and will not accept. They need to learn to read a submission and say, "This is good, clean writing, but there is nothing to set it apart from titles we already have with the exact same plot lines."
* Marketing will require much more effort than shouting "Buy my book cause I'm awesome" on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

Overall, though the digital age has made it so much easier for authors to achieve their dreams, it's also made it more difficult to see those dreams come to a true fruition. Competition is huge, and there is an endless source of it. One article stated that as many as 3,500 books are being published daily in the romance genre alone. 3,500. That boggles my mind. So, I'm not being mean or kidding when I say, if you want to see your book hit the big time, you're going to have to work for it...and the best way to do that is to write a book like no one else has ever dream of before. You must be up to snuff on the trends, or risk flailing as you achieve your dream of publication and get no where with it.
~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, May 9, 2014

In Print and On Sale

To say I'm bouncing off the walls is putting it lightly. I've ordered several copies, a few of which are already spoken for with a charity auction and a couple of libraries. I did order one just for me, so I can pet it.

That's right: PANTHERS AND PRECINCTS IS IN PRINT!!!!!

Did I scream that loud enough?

Check out the freaking awesome cover

That's not all I have to chatter about, though. In honor of the release, my publisher has lowered the price of 3 other titles I've written to only 99 cents.

The award-winning Red As A Rose:






The Native American shape shifter romance, His Prey:




And my non-fiction animal rescue book, Ruff Love:

 If you were looking to pick any of those up, I highly suggest doing so quickly. The sale only lasts for a week, then it's over and the books return to normal price.

I want to thank all of my readers for making this possible. I can't express how much this means to me, to achieve this dream. There are no words for the accomplishment I feel right now. I know though, that I never would have managed to come this far, had it not been for an extensive amount of support from my readers and fellow authors. A super-large shout out also goes to Breathless Press, for letting me write what I want to write, and not trying to force me into a box.

Thank you again, everyone. You really know how to make this witch sparkle! ~ D. F. Krieger