Monday May 14th 2012
Author of Teaching Between
Midnight and Dawn Alexandria Infante for Eternal Press.
cruising some of the sites that I subscribe to I found myself wondering; why is
it that because the internet offers some form of anonymity, people seem to just
run with that? Then I postulated the question; why are near Erotic and Erotic Romance Writers treated differently?
Almost as if we were branded with a scarlet A among the writing community,
because they never take us seriously. Perfect example; I liked over 100 author pages
on amazon as a favor to some fellow authors. Ya know how many people liked my
page, and kept shouting for me to add tags? 16 flippin people. Is that some
janky arse shite or what?
Well anyway, you would not believe some of the comments that I received when I
posted this same question. I have changed the names of the kind folks that
posted, because I'm not trying to hurt people's feelings, (well except for one
tool who just wouldn't stop ranting!) :) its their opinions, and the great
thing about America is that we are entitled to them.
But I do feel that some of the things that they said were a bit harsh.
But at the same time its good to get feedback from the public. Most of them
have the misconception that all we erotic Romance novelist do is ply them with
gratuitous sex, have no form, skills, hope of any kind of plot, goal for the writing, and our characters just aimlessly
screw each other; and to this I do take OFFENSE. We as Romance, near Erotic and
Erotic alike need to skool them, because we have substance, heart, talent, and
everything else that a "Normal" fiction writer does.
C'mon fellow Erotic writers, let's storm the "Normal" fiction masses
and show them what we can do!!! ;)
Some of the comments that were posted on the site...
Interesting dilemma, Alexandria.I
haven't read your books, but clearly you have put your heart and soul into
them. I think there probably is a segment of the reading public that
arbitrarily rejects the "erotic" label. Probably because of a
perception that "erotic" is synonymous with gratuitous sex rather
than what Faulkner referred to as the "heart" vs. "glands"
in his Nobel Prize address. Can an erotic novel have pretensions to art? Of
course it can in the hands of a serious novelist. Think Lady Chatterley's
Lover. A marvelous novel, ahead of its time,though it would likely have been
categorized "erotic" had it been written today. Now here's a bit of
irony for you to ponder. I first read this as a young teenager in the
"expurgated" version. Ran into a lot of asterisks. But it had great
power as a love story. Some years later, when the ban was lifted, I read the
"unexpurgated" version. Maybe it was dated by then, but I found some
of the dialogue (passages like "F___k a flame") a little ridiculous.
In the end, I thought the expurgated version was a better novel. What was left
to the imagination was more powerful than some of the explicit passages. I
think that is something for every serious novelist (such as yourself), writing
in the erotic genre, to weigh carefully.
I find it difficult to take,
any writer that uses 'kinda', 'lil', 'cuz', 'shud' (etc) too seriously - but,
maybe, I am just an old British dinosaur ! (No offence meant) !( yea he is, but
he should have tried punctuation first tee-hee.)
I think it depends. I imagine fans
of the genre will take the writers seriously but there does seem to be a bit of
a stigma on it. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of it. I don't mind if there are
erotic scenes in books, but in erotic novels that I've read, it seems that the
big goal is to get two people into bed. And that's what the genre is about I
know. But that's not what I read a book for. I also think that the genre has
been hampered in the past a bit by some poor writing and hackneyed or cookie
cutter plots. That could be changing, things becoming more sophisticated in the
genre. So I do think in the writing world in general, the genre might still be
looked down a bit, but I don't think that's necessarily fair. It has an
audience and if the writing is good, it should be as respected for what it's
supposed to be.
Yeah, I gotta say Alan (yeah, that's
right, I typed "gotta"...hell not to mention "Yeah"), if
offence (in America we spell it offense so you're spelling is really upsetting
my spell check) was not meant, why say it? Obviously these are informal
discussions in an online chat format, not book proposals or resumes. And
please, don't get me started on British English. Much as I love things British,
when I was there in the 80s, there were times I needed the Universal Translator
just to understand people. After all, it wasn't Americans who created rhyming
slang. I know the British think they invented English, but they didn't. They
appropriated it from about 80 different other cultures thousands of years ago
and slapped their own brand name on it when it started coming together in the
form of a language. American English is just another branch of the tree.
Having said that, Alexandria, your stuff (yeah Alan, I typed "stuff")
sounds interesting. If I have a complaint with the erotic genre it's with those
books that put aside plot and character development for sex scenes. But you
seem to have a pretty good balance. It's nice to have a strong female character
too. I think one of the things affecting the respectability of the genre is the
Harlequin Romance sort of work which I think a lot of people think of when they
think romance or erotic fiction. They do seem a bit "assembly line."
Maybe writers like you can bring some legitimacy to the genre. :)
As a writer of erotic stories, I can
tell you from the feedback I get on Bookrix.com, people do take you seriously.
So guys, just thought I'd
share a few with you out there. I'll keep you posted with updates ;)
You can check out Teaching Between
Midnight and Dawn here or @ www.poisonedpin.webs.com
Tuesday April 17th
The Next Book to be Released Aug 1st 2012 @ EternalPress.biz
A Lad's Trousers
Zalanthea is a
runaway slave but not by choice. While emptying chamber pots she’s attacked by
a Union Soldier, and in the process of defending herself she kills him
accidentally. She knows that unless she flees she’ll be dead by morning, so she
steals the town’s drunk’s clothes to disguise herself as a boy.
Thinking her a lad Mr. Wooldridge offers
her a job on board ship, because the boy looks as if he hasn't eaten in days.
Zayla believes he’s the Captain and follows him aboard the large ship. She’s
surprised when Wooldridge delivers her to the captain, and she realizes just
why he’s been dubbed the name Stone. The piercing gray eyes say all that he
doesn’t. Yet she can’t help but feel an instant attraction towards him.
Zayla takes to ship life, but is plagued by
nightmares. In the midst of one of these nightmares Stone stumbles from his bed
to wake the screaming boy. As he tries to comfort the crying boy he suddenly
realizes that he is a she. Not only is Stone stunned, but now he’s embarrassed
because in his haste to get to the boy he forgot his under things....
And you can also still buy Teaching Between Midnight and Dawn @ EternalPress, Amazon, Barnes& Nobel; and where ever eBooks are sold
Arieanna’s life right now seemed nearly complete. Her career was
soaring, she had a family who adored her, and her students loved her.
Life was simple and uncomplicated. That is until she met Auron.
Arieanna doesn’t know that Auron has been sent by a secret priesthood of
Saint Cisadore, and is actually there to protect her, the descendant of
Ast’ at all cost. His number one objective is to keep her book from
entering the hands of the wrong people, in spite of the fact that it
might cause his own death.
Although exiled nearly two centuries
ago, Auron knows if that book gets to Jimmy Mann, all hell will break
lose. Centuries of war will then spill onto a human battle ground, and
the Council will do whatever it takes to keep that from happening.
legend says Arieanna holds the key to the location of Ast’s infamous
book of magick; the only problem is that she doesn’t know it.
Monday March 19, 2011
Should Race Matter when it comes to Genre?
I was leafing through
blogs today, and came across this blog called blogher, which I later
found out was a sister of blogger. Anyway, it was by a woman named Laina Dawes and she posited this;
the past decade or so, many people of color found that the heavily
marketed romance novels contained stories and situations that did not
reflect their personal experiences. With Fabio on the cover clutching a
willowy blonde in his arms, served as a reflection that the contents of
the book were directed towards a market that didn't include them.
Most of the post was on African-American writers, and how what was
early on the scene like Terry McMillan only reflected mostly Black
middle class, that didn't reflect the true lives of African-Americans.
There we went our separate ways, because every African-American did not
grow up in a violence fill neighborhood. I was surprised at some of
the answers that she got to this post, but I wanted to join in at the
same time; because she did raise some good questions. I feel some of
the stuff that she said I could agree with, but at the same time, why
should I be defined by my race? Being a writer is who I am and my
race Should Not matter. For those of you who don't know, my book Teaching Between Midnight and Dawn was published on Aug 7th of 2011 for Eternal Press, and it was a hard row to hoe. I write interracial romance, and it took me forever to get this book published.
I love the Paranormal, but I didn’t see myself reflected in the works
that I read; and if I did it was a side character, a supporting
character, or a villain; so I thought I’d write my own. Being
multi-racial (Puerto Rican, Cuban, Native American, Irish and
African-American) I wanted to see a character like me, and the fact that
this is rare spurred me on. Authors like me tend to get pigeon holed
into one specific genre like Minority literature, Latina, African-American, or Ethnic,
who hardly ever move out of that to become main stream; and I think
that this is completely unfair. I hoped by writing what I believe the
genre should encompass, people would see the book for the story and
negate the race of the character; that being, anyone could place
themselves in the shoes of the character, not just someone of a
However, I find the fact that we have to be billed as African American, Native American, Latina, or Asian almost contemptible. When I walk into a book store seeking a book on Milton or Shakespeare, it isn't billed as "old ass British White dude",
( and don't get me wrong, I love my classics. I just started teaching
Literature and Art History) but I think that its sad that we as
minorities must be displayed that way. Love is love, and color
shouldn't matter when it comes to affairs of the heart. I write
paranormal romance, and the fact that my characters are Scottish wolves
and British vamps who have a thang for color, shouldn't matter one way
or the other when dealing with love and romance. Having a multiracial
character who speaks Spanglish, and has a ghetto side, if that's what
you want to call it, has gotten me a few harsh reviews for the book. My
entire series, 12 books so far, each have a main male character that
is of a different race; from Japanese, to African and white, to
Romanian, to Native American and so on; because true love is color
blind, even if people still don't accept that.
It is in my opinion, that many times white America will look at a book
and say "Oh, that's a black writer, or a Latin writer" and they believe
that they have nothing in common with the character, so they can't see
themselves reading the book. This is completely biased, because we as
minorities do it everyday. As far as publishing is concerned 90% of
their business comes from white America, which is the reason that
minority authors have such a hard time getting their works published,
and if they do its almost stagnate in its movements.
Unfortunately, many Publishing companies continue to hold onto that
bullshite antiquated idea that the average soccer mom/ house wife,
(mostly who romance novels are aimed at) won't want to read a book
like that, unless its Jorge the pool boy, or Malik the thug that
happens to be very articulate to her surprise, and tutors her daughter
(but it is acceptable for her to have some secret fantasy about either
one, because that is not openly interracial dating. It's just a lil
nookie on the side). It all goes back to that taboo system, and even
in the 21st century, people are still too terrified to touch it. But I
notice that when it comes to books, only minorities have their race put
out before their name even appears. I shouldn't have to be billed by
Latina author, Native American author, or black author. I am a writer,
and that is all that should matter.
These were just some random thoughts that i had about the post and wanted to share. Hope i didn't bore you guys too much lol.
I can't wait to see the reviews that I get for my new book A Lad's Trousers, because its set in the 1800s and the main male character is a White northern Aristocrat. :) I'm lovin that!
Alie out! :)
Feb. 24, 2012
What a wonderful day this is for me today! So I've been bummed all this
week because of one of the reviews that i got for Teaching Between
Midnight and Dawn (you can read it on the blog).
So anyway, even wit this not so good review hanging over my head, I
persevered, and my friends and Fam have been amazing in encouraging me.
So I'm checking my email this morning, and low and behold. I get an
email from my publishing company. I had submitted another book for
publication some time ago, and since I hadn't heard from them; I figured
it was a no go. Well, to my complete surprise, I got an email this
morning from them informing me that they would love to publish the book,
with attachments of contract and author review!! Well if that doesn't
beat all get out!
Needless to say, I am so excited, and whatever I've been feeling lately
is completely evaporated! I guess if you put out good Karma, you get it
New: Interviews and Guest Blogs @:
Thursday Feb. 23, 2012
Re: Is it safe to say Post 2/22/12
Omg! This is hysterically funny, but not. Okay, so I am assuming that the Review Cite Bitten By Paranormal Romance came to Facebook and Read my Note Entitled "Is it Safe To Say That, Just Like Bobby Bushay's Mamma, "Reviewers Are of The devil?
This is what they Posted On their Blog!
the owner of this blog most of you never hear from me about anything,
but something has happened and well, I have to say it’s pissed me off to
no end. So, here is my rant below.
here today to inform everyone that I took off a review of Between
Midnight and Dawn because the author called my reviewer the devil. I AM
HERE TO SAY THESE REVIEWS ARE OUR OPINIONS, IF YOU DON'T WANT
OUR OPTIONS THEN DON'T SEND THE REQUEST. You have no clue the work we
put into reading books and reviewing them for freaking free!
say this once if you don’t like my blog or my reviewers you don’t have
to visit here and as the owner I can take off any post I want, so piss
To this author please don't come back.
off, I never said that any of their Reviewers were the Devil,
especially not by their names. Second, if they would have actually read
yesterday's note in it's entirety, not just the header; they would have
seen that I asked if it was safe to say reviewers in general, and I did
not name the Reviewer Artemis as the Devil! Wow this is funny, but not.
This is what I said about the review;and just like what the Reviewer
wrote, this is my opinion as well. I mean come on? Seriously?
This is what I wrote for those of you that haven't read it yet;
I'm quite sure that from this adage, you can obviously get it that I
got a not so nice review for the book. I think I would have been okay
with her just saying that she didn't like it, and maybe one or two
points why she didn't; but I feel like it was not only an attack on the
book itself, but me as a person as well. I'm mean yeah, as an author
you can't expect everyone to like what you do, write, sing, or act,
because c'mon each of these are a form of Art, and Art is subjective;
but I do think that there is a way to disagree with someone with out
being spiteful, full of disdain, or just plain rude. But what hurts the
most, is that just like their reviews, the books themselves are not
only our life's dream, but our bread and butter as well.
don't see anywhere here where I called the reviewer the Devil? It was a
title catch phrase, to my friends and family, because we watch the Water Boy Religiously, and I knew that they would find it hysterical.
Think Its a guilty conscious because I also wrote this, which is what the owner of the site is referring to below;
Wow, I went back to the cite later, and found that the one from the
above woman, who worked at a publishing company was deleted!! Wow, okay
so lucky for me I copied it lol.
I can't find it
anywhere!!! Omg, they erased what she said on Good reads as well. Think
its a conspiracy hahah? It was really good too. She called the
reviewer childish and spiteful. Think that's why it got erased? And
they took off the button where the readers can comment on her review.
(And this was true, because like 5 or 6 ppl tried it and sent me back
This is what the owner of the Cite Published on her Blog in response to what i wrote.
the comment I wouldn't publish and no I didn't make the post where
you couldn't comment again that's a flat out lie, but I did take off
the post after I seen the author called reviewers of the devil. If
anyone notices this person has never read the book and she is from the
By; Nina Simone
(no relation to the amazing singer lol)
is all that I can say. I happen to be on facebook, and saw that the
author of the book actually put this on her page, and I was shocked that
she would put this out there for people to see.
That being said, I wasn't sure what was going on here. I read
the excerpt from her book, and myself found it kinda interesting.
However, the reason that I'm posting, is for an entirely different
I myself work in the publishing business, so I won't say
that I am a expert ( well yeah I am lol) but I was quite astounded at
the Artemis' review.
I wasn't sure what rubbed her the wrong
way; whether it was the concept of history and mythology, or the fact
that the author used ethnic slangs, British slangs,( because that's
what they were, at least the parts that I read, Scottish is a
completely other world language hahah), the fact that the author chose
to spell certain words so that, I am assuming that the reader would
keep in mind that the wolves were Scottish; or the curse words? (I mean
c'mon, what paranormal doesn't have an overly extended use of the F'
As well, was it because the author appears to be of Latin
decent, I am presuming because of the last name. Now, I can completely
understand the reviewer not liking the work, because in this business
we get all kinds lol, but I was kinda turned off by what she wrote;
"The second of these reasons was the
flow and ebb of the story. During the first half of it, I felt like I
was sitting in a Lycan History 101 class which was being served up with
a side of Egyptian Myth Intro….snore…zzzzz."
This actually makes me want to read the book lol, to see if her review has any validity to it.
point is this; we in this business tend to often times set ourselves
up as sitting demi-gods, who have the power to say yea or nae (myself
included), and we sometimes miss the concept that this is someone's
life's dream, whether well written or not.
like a simple "I didn't get this book", "The story moved too slow for
me", or "I JUST DIDN'T LIKE", would have worked just as well. To me,
the reviewer Artemis sounded a bit Spiteful and Childish.
as the review meant, I assume to discourage people from reading this
book, I believe Artemis did the exact opposite, and for that I'm glad
for the author. I plan on contacting her and asking for a copy myself.
But then, that's JMO, and you know what they say about those...:)
My response to this is;
I have no clue who this woman is, because she surly doesn't work at my
publishing company; just ask Kim Richards CEO and Editor and Chief and
she'll tell you that she doesn't; so I'm not sure what she meant by she
was my publisher. As well, the chapters that the Reviewer ripped are on
my website, so I am assuming she read them from there. I haven't heard
from her yet, Nina Simone lol,) but I won't lie that her comment made me feel a
hellava lot better after I was ripped to shreds by the reviewer.
end this all, because is this really even happening? I'm kinda still in
shock, but this is what the Owner of the Cite wrote last.
will never tolerate anyone trashing any of my reviewers because no one
knows the time that we put into a reviews. I will say its time that is
taken from out lives just to try something you may not like or like.
Then to receive stuff like this, I think not. Lord only knows why I
keep this blog going.....
to this, I Alexandria Infante says; maybe now they see how much reviews
like what was written actually causes pain. Because It was never my,
intention to start any kind of controversy, imply that they were the
devil ( because it was a fricken inside joke, my kids will testify to
that), or be black listed on their Cite.
Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012
Isaac Asimov Said;
“Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are
lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but
there is no way around them.” And I believe this to be completely true,
but I would also add reviewers with no tact to the list as well.
So I'm quite sure that from this adage, you can obviously get it that I
got a not so nice review for the book. I think I would have been okay
with her just saying that she didn't like it, and maybe one or two
points why she didn't; but I feel like it was not only an attack on the
book itself, but me as a person as well. I'm mean yeah, as an author you
can't expect everyone to like what you do, write, sing, or act, because
c'mon each of these are a form of Art, and Art is subjective; but I do
think that there is a way to disagree with someone with out being
spiteful, full of disdain, or just plain rude. But what hurts the most,
is that just like their reviews, the books themselves are not only our
life's dream, but our bread and butter as well.
An excerpt of what Artemis the reviewer wrote:
The constant mispronunciation of words got on my last nerve along with the overuse of the word “fucken”.
second of these reasons was the flow and ebb of the story. During the
first half of it, I felt like I was sitting in a Lycan History 101 class
which was being served up with a side of Egyptian Myth
Intro….snore…zzzzz. Review by Artemis of Bitten by Paranormal Romance...
My silver lining in this, is that there were
actual readers who responded to her review. They were great, so I
thought I'd put one in lol....
Arron Hernandez said...
could see how you might get bored of the history aspect of the story if
you're A. not a fan of mythology, and B. not an academic-oriented
individual. But there is supposed to be a sense of objectivity so that
others can potentially identify with you when reviewing a literary work -
whether the person (obviously, in this case) doesn't like the storyline
When considering the way in which grammar is often utilized
or manipulated to make a point throughout a literary work, it's pretty
obvious what the writer was attempting to emphasize with the grammatical
choices she made throughout the book and the way in which she
highlighted the foreign accents. If this was a legitimate issue, the
publishing company - any publishing company for that matter - wouldn't
take on such a work or attempt to publish it on such a wide scale.
Whether the reader is too simple-minded to comprehend this or not is a
completely different story. It's obvious that in undertaking the task of
reviewing such a fact-filled literary work, the prowess that cultures
like ancient Egypt and Scotland is indicative of was definitely not
taken into consideration.
When I read the book, I was not only able to grasp the
storyline and the passion that was displayed by the characters, as well
as the passion displayed by the author in creating them, but even if
passages were long-winded on occasion, Teaching Between Midnight and
Dawn was filled with ample amounts of action, history, and wit - whether
you paid attention to it or not.
To conclude, I just hope that the author knows that as a
reader, the content of her novel and vivid storyline of the supernatural
that she aimed to portray was well-received among those of us that
actually looked into the heart of the story to understand what it was
truly about. And you can take that to the "fucken" bank.
I was of course happy to see this... :)
Tuesday, 7 February, 2012
New Trailer& Interviews
Well hey thar...
kinda busy, and got caught up in writing. Book Two is ready for
publication, so hopefully it will be out in November. Book Two is Teach
Me the Night, and you can find not only the blurb, but the trailer
here on the Cite. Check it out, and tell me what you think!!
Thanks a Bunch Guys, Alie :)