And the Nominees Are…

The most fulfilling part of writing is not the end of writing, as one would think.

Of course, there’s an immeasurable amount of joy that comes with holding my completed book in hand. Knowing it was created from love; many a sleepless nights; more dialogues with my reflection than could be considered sane; and fits of laughter and tears under the dismayed stare of complete strangers; instills a sense of wonder and pride not unfamiliar to new parents.

The most fulfilling part of writing is knowing that I’ve also provoked those things — sleepless nights, bouts of insanity and emotional outbursts — in my audience. For that reason, I love reviews.

This is what Nichka Sol had to say about The Wages of Sin on Inkspand.

“I did a little happy dance when I saw I was invited to read the 3rd and final book of the series. And I’ll start by saying – if you thought the first two books were great, this one is simply epic. There is something going on all the time, the flow of the story is perfect while with the other 2 parts it could feel a bit jumping from one thing to another at times, nothing like this here! 

The Wages of Sin starts off reminding us what everything is about, the death of Amy’s father. And what does it have for us? We finally get to see who killed Amy’s father and what kind of revenge she has planned, who is Sergei Alfasenko working for and is he going to be the helping hand in her findings? There’s only one way to find out because I’m not going to tell you. Of course you’ll see how she and Todd end up – I was in tears at the end of the book. 

The style of the writer is so absorbing, while I was reading I could hear the voices in my head, I could feel what they do, all the pain, the love, the lack of trust, the thirst for revenge… I hated the humiliation Todd took Amy through with Erika at the holiday party, I almost cried for her. I wanted to go and rip her hair out! As usual we had that one part that had me laughing so hard I couldn’t stop for a while – reminding Todd what would happen if their baby is a girl! 

One thing I noticed was the repeating of some parts of the previous book, who is who, and what they have done – it’s unneeded if you’ve read the previous books, but helpful if you haven’t. Although I feel you really must read the first 2 books to be able to immerse yourself in the story completely, and it’s all worth it. The characters are very complex and you need to know them well to get the best out of the ending. 

Another thing I liked – I hate it when in books authors use foreign languages and never bother to mention what it means, bonus points to not being one of those! 

In conclusion – the whole trilogy is mind-blowingly good, the characters are interesting, you’ll end up both loving them and hating them, you’ll be confused at times, you’ll wonder a lot, you’ll get to enjoy a lot of action, secrecy, love, sex, pain, laughter, these series have everything you want in them. The only real bad thing now is that I enjoyed them so much I have no idea what to do with myself! I want more! 

(I’d love to read on what’s the author’s idea of how their lives continue, in my head it’s Alexei and Rose meeting at some point in the future…)”

I let Jennifer Lawrence respond for me.

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Here’s your chance to join Nichka Sol among the nominees for Best Happy Dance!

The Wages of Sin is available for pre-order now at Amazon or iTunes.

I would love to know what you think, so feel free to leave a review!

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Take a moment to meet Kate

Untitled 2Kate A. Knight’s professional journey is a matter of love. She figures among the few who can honestly claim to love their careers – both of them!

 Kate has a Masters degree in International Affairs, with specialization in Conflict and Security, which has come in handy every now and then while working with Governments and International Organizations in the fields of International Trade, governance and security sector reform, and counter-criminal policy development.

Kate is also a born storyteller, voracious consumer of literature and a true romantic. A writer was born when Kate realized that the only cure to the voices in her head was to write their stories. The Sins of Our Father is her first full-length attempt to silence them.

It seems natural then that all these facets of the woman should coalesce into a romantic-suspense series that is part love-story, part globe-trotting thriller and 100% captivating!

Kate is married with one child, Christian, who owns every inch of her heart but generously leases bits and pieces for others to enjoy. They have called many places ‘home’, including Kate’s Caribbean homeland of Jamaica, and their current stop, the United States.

What’s OK Sex for a novel?

Following up on our May 1, 2013 post Sexy Bad! we asked writers, creative minds and avid readers alike what they consider OK sex for a novel. Here is what they had to say…

Kenneth F. Jackson Sr. • I find suggestions and the trapping that surround the act is stronger than a description of the act. The drama leading up to the characters getting together, especially if there is a subtle build up, takes the reader on the journey with you and then there is the moments following the act where you can establish the relationship going forward through the demeanor, attitude and inter action of the characters.

Philip Mann • I`m a newcomer to it- to writing about it,not to sex itself. I felt a bit squeamish, since you can count on friends reading it. But I did it. I put the scene in context , showing how the partners relate to each other- sense of humor, love, closeness, and such. Also, a bdsm scene, very late in the book. , with two other characters Again,it was very much in character. Not too explicit , but to show what they were doing , and to set a mood.

G. William McDonald •Okay! I’ll be serious (kinda hard for me sometimes)! I agree with both the above comments by Kenneth and Philip. I would only add that the “type” of book will determine the type and amount of sex in that book. I would expect to read more in a pot-boiler or bodice-tearer and not so much in a thriller, unless it moves the plot. There is no doubt that sex sells and can often make or break a novel (I remember the Baldwin novels back in the 60’s, along with Splendor in the Grass, Catcher on the Rye, and others that, at the time were “prurient”, and that’s all it took to make them best sellers). So, again, sex sells but I wouldn’t expect to read it in a Doctor Suess book!

Philip Mann • G. William M. , you have to read between the lines of Doctor Suess

DonnaJ Benson • I read as much as I write. I don’t need a blow by blow (no pun intended) in a bedroom scene. I have a good imagination, I know what goes on. I don’t write the sex scene, I just let the reader know that’s whats coming.

Romesh Chopra • It is more effective if the sexual scene is suggestive, To write about sex for the heck of it, to my mind, is to disrespect the female gender.

Ronald Ragan • I left a lot to the imagination and let the reader know it was a playful time, however later in the book I needed a more serious pairing. I wrote something I wasn’t ashamed for my Mom to read. Come to find out it was my kids that freaked out. I like to keep romance in it, just seems classier that way.

xerxes aga • Forget the sex. Everybody has seen it, read about it or done it in their adult lives. Concentrate on the foreplay. Not everybody has seen it, read about it or done it. Foreplay has so many more permutations, combinations and variations than the actual act, which, frankly, is very two dimensional.

Anne Green BA Dip DI Dip NLP Dip LC MIMTD • It worked for E.L James.
Is foreplay not sex then?

xerxes aga • Just don’t let your characters do what you wouldn’t do.

Philip Mann • Xerxes, you cannot be serious. I write mostly for therapy . Who wants to read about some middle-aged shlub who gets up , drives kids to school , or works in some pizza shop or wherever, and is always faithful to his wife ? You would never make ten cents .
A lady I know, part of my test audience, told me that I had to have sex scenes- not necessarily graphic- if I wanted to sell anything . So I did it . A few times. including a bdsm scene. And, it was fun .

Leah Murray • I think if you’re going to write in a sex scene, it has to fit in with the rest of the book: if the participants in the sex scene are deeply committed to each other and in a long-term relationship, the sex will be very different than the first time an infatuated couple gets into this part of their relationship.
Also, the details of the scene have to fit the circumstances: I read a sex scene from another writer once that was set in a situation where the characters were waking up one bitter winter morning in a cottage that had been in the middle of a savage storm: the electricity was off and the woodstove was in the living room. The female lead was waxing romantic about the state of her lover’s morning-after limp sexual organ and how it looked, lying lax upon his thigh.
So how exactly did she see that from over beside the closet where she was pulling on a heavy sweater and long johns while shivering in the cold air? It would be some tough man who would be lying there completely uncovered in those circumstances: and frankly, I think most men would be a bit saner than to NOT snuggle down in the warm bed under the blankies, however macho they might be otherwise!
My male partner doesn’t even like my cold feet near him once we’re in the bed, never mind the bitter air of a winter morning without central heating.

Jerry O;Shea • I guess after ‘shades of grey’ everyone can put anything in.

What do you think? How much is far enough and how far is too much?