When it came time to release my latest book, I thought I'd try something new to help readers decide to buy: I'm offering the first 6 chapters as a downloadable preview book.
I've seen a lot of chatter in the past few months about authors who do a great job in the sample offered by some retailers, but then the writing takes a turn for the worse. Like the author polished that first part in order to "trick" the reader into buying the book. And, if you're like me, you might buy a book months before you're able to read it--so you can't get a refund once you realize it's terrible.
So I'm offering the first 6 chapters for free to let readers know that I take the same approach to writing the beginning as I do to the whole book. If you don't like what I've crafted in those first 6 chapters, then thank you for trying and I hope you'll give me another try next time. The last thing I want is for someone to feel like I "tricked" them into buying a bad book.
*** The preview chapter offer ended 9 November 2017 ***
My views on religion are infamous in my family, especially from my mother’s point of view. We do not discuss it and so can live in peace together.
Not even here under a pen name do I want to get into what I really think about The Bible or God or even the faithful.
I’ll just say that I have some ideas, I’m cool with those changing as I continue to grow up, I’m also fine with you doing your thing over there while I do mine over here, and leave it at that.
And then I had to go and write about Satan falling in love with a very special guy from the point of view of the devil himself.
Of course, I don’t want to give away the little twist in this story that’s made quite a few gasp, but it’s who Oscar actually is that’s gotten me in a little, uh, boiling brimstone.
My mother prays for me. She really does.
What inspired this particular story, though? Pure wickedness. A little bit of “oh what the hell” and a dash of “this might be interesting” while seeing if it’s possible to get a few folks to clutch their rosaries in scandalized titillation.
I think I’ve succeeded at that last bit.
And since I earned the first zero-star review from a blog that's since gone the way of the dodo who ran it, I'm quite proud of my evil little self. I mean, if your faith can't take a hit now and again, that's your issue not mine.
Honestly, though, if I showed you the image that inspired this story, I’d ruin the really fun bit near the end and I could never forgive myself for that. I will offer up that age-old assurance that if I’m going to hell, at least I know I’ll be among friends.
I used to think there were topics I would just NEVER be able to write about. Some because I had no experience and didn’t feel like I knew what I was talking about even after doing research.
So writing BDSM? No. Oh nononono. I couldn’t possibly go there because I’d look stupid as soon as someone who did know what they were doing there read my story. Surely, even with reading blogs and books from both points-of-view (D and s), I’d hork something up and get laughed at.
Then one of the “voices” in my head turned out to be a Dom. I had to then write a short story about a D/s relationship that was slowly falling apart after a hate crime made this Dom question whether he could or even should play with his boy again. Love him? Yes, he’d always love him, but he couldn’t ever hurt him, cause him pain, after the hell he’d been through. Could he?
No one was ever supposed to see Jenner’s Needs, so the pressure was off, but I realized that all I needed to get over the “no I can’t do it” hurdle was find something that turned me on about the situation and run with that. The turn-on was trust: Viktor had to trust in his skills as Jenner’s Dom and believe Jenner’s trust in him wasn’t misplaced. Did I get everything right with the BDSM scene I wrote? Dunno. Maybe I did. I think I got the trust between Viktor and Jenner right, though, and I’m OK with that.
Now cheating? Open relationships? So very not going there because I cannot understand taking him back or sharing him.
Missy Welsh writes gay, bi, and trans erotic m/m romance short stories, novellas, and novels.