Sunday, September 9, 2018

When blurbs and descriptions just can't capture what a novel is about: a review of Jayne Lockwood's Euphoria

Blurbs and covers are supposed to give you an instant idea of what you're getting, right? Well, I've just come across a book that just isn't describable. 

When I saw the blurb, gay romantic sci-fi, I thought, hmmm. And when I read it included male pregnancy, I was seriously put off.

But then I remembered how much I loved Closer Than Blood and how My Boyfriend Is A Dog (written under her pen-name, S.A. Smythe) made me howl with laughter, I thought I should give it a go. 

 Just as well, because I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.

The story starts in the future. Earth is dying but a race of visiting aliens think they might be able to go back in time and fix it. When Vardam travels back in time, he takes one look at Kurt, the man responsible for earth’s destruction, and all his tentacles are tingling.

Yes, I know. it sounds flaky, right? But you have to read this because Jayne Lockwood has a seriously twisted mind - the kind that produces off-beat, funny and yet sweet, mix-it-all-up humour, pathos and romance.

Euphoria is very hard to describe but it is awesome. I loved the characters, the writing, and the story. It's contemporary, not too deep, lots of fun, and above all, it's feel-good.

Ignore the blurb, ignore your prejudices, just have a go. I bet you’ll love it.

PS Comparisons help, right? If you like Christopher Moore’s The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, then Euphoria by Jayne Lockwood is a slam-dunk. And if you read Euphoria and haven’t read Moore, you should! 

Buy Euphoria at Amazon 
Buy Euphoria from the publisher DSP 
Find Jayne's other novels on Smashwords here

Need More Reads? 
☆¸.*¨*★☆All Screwed Up ☆¸.*¨*★☆

Sexy, sassy adult model Lacy Desire is in deep trouble. Having walked out on her abusive photographer ex and wrecked a major deal, he and his underworld backers are out for revenge.  Lacy decides only one man can save her: Rex Winslow, the super hot money launderer for the Disciples MC. His rep for violence and mayhem doesn’t worry her because she knows a secret that will keep him in line.

Rex Winslow, tenth Viscount Ravenshurst and financial guru to the Disciples MC, is about to pull off the deal of a lifetime that will restore his family name and fortune. When Lacy turns up and blackmails him into helping her, he’s furious. Worse, her troubles bring the Horde, rivals to the Disciples MC, crashing in on his deal. Handing her over will fix it but cold-hearted practical Rex discovers he’s fallen head over heels. Can he give her up?


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Why I'm deleting my Facebook author page

I'm sitting in the tropics so it's balmy delicious here but for those of you in the North, it's the end of summer. I am feeling a little bit end of season as well and so I'm making a few changes. Mind if I run it by you and get your input?

First, I want to attract new readers to the Zeta Cartel series, so from now on, the first book in the Zeta Cartel series, The Bonus, will be sold at 99 cents.

As $$$ is tight for so many of us, I'm hoping the token dollar will tempt people to try me out. And cross fingers they like me enough to read my other books!  Think it's a good idea? Or should I be doing something else?

Second, I'm closing down my AJ Adams Facebook page, and shifting everything to my personal page.

I'm deleting the page because Facebook won't show posts unless I pay them. I don't mind paying, but they also say my books are "unfit for Facebook advertising".

You may not know this, but Facebook won't allow authors to advertise unless it's a sweet or clean romance. Anything with a chest is automatically banned. And the words 'dark fiction' are banned too. Weird huh? Because hate speech is all over the place, and Facebook don't mind that.

Anyway, it's their business and clearly they don't want me to be a part of it.

BUT you can come and chat to me anytime on my personal page, no friendship request needed. Also, I will be blogging a bit more. I'm not sure though, how often you want to hear from me. I was thinking, maybe once a month? More? Less?

In order to connect more, I've added a field to my signup form. Any new people who sign up can choose to get notifications of blog posts. I think that might be good but on the other hand, maybe you're all fed up already with email. You can see the form here.

Third, All Screwed Up is getting great reviews!!!!! Thank you all soooo much! Seeing everyone is back to work after the summer, I will be doing some advertising next week.

If you could, mention All Screwed Up to your friends? And in book groups? Word of mouth is the best advertising there is!

I'm also posting this blog post around a few places, just to let people know about The Bonus. I'll let you know how it goes.

Finally, I am writing a Regency romance as Ellen BUT I have this idea for a new AJ novel too.

Question: do you want another Cartel story, another Disciples tale, or should I start a new series? Let me know what you think?

Talk to you soon!

Hugs, AJ

The Bonus, dark romantic cartel fiction rated 4.5 over 88 reviews is FREE!

"A beautifully twisted love story"
Damn, I just finished this book. It was unlike any other romance I've ever read. I mean after that first chapter I thought no way is this a romance novel? Read Charles M. Smith II's review of The Bonus here.
"In no way a typical love story..." 

From the opening page I was hooked, this is in no way a typical love story it was dark and dangerous and held me completely captivated! Read Tracey's review of The Bonus here

It's a standalone story, all AJ Adams novels can be read as standalones, and it's also on KU.  

Chloe is a seasoned drug courier who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Facing a lingering and painful death at the hands of the Zeta cartel, Mexico’s most brutal organised crime syndicate, she persuades their enforcer to claim her.

Ex marine and dark ops expert Kyle Suarez is chief enforcer for the Zeta cartel. Ruthlessly efficient, he is feared by his enemies. When he claims Chloe, he simply expects to enjoy a well-deserved and disposable bonus.

Has Chloe made a huge mistake, or will her choice prove her salvation - and his?

Warning: This bad boy dark romance contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex. It is for adults only.

Have a great weekend! And Happy September!