Eva’s Byte #182: The Horror of Self-Revelation!

The celebration of Halloween nears, festooned with the likes of costume parties, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, watching horror films, and telling scary stories.

Personally, I embrace the element of “horror” all year long. More preferable to me than slashers, growlers, or biters—the psychological horror of self-revelation.

An Indie author who writes “lit with grit” in my primary genre of Contemporary, I expose the emotional vulnerabilities and fears of my characters by revealing the darker parts of their human psyche they’ve either repressed or denied.

I take perverse pleasure in creating discomfort or dread through artistic realism:

From Chapter 15, Underlying Notes ((First Printing – 2007; Second Printing – 2009; available: Kindle Edition @Amazon) :

Carla: This marked the end of the worn trail I had advanced and retreated on over the years, too fearful to pass beyond that point into the untamed wilderness that was booby trapped with prickles and thorns. Mindlessly fanning pages of a magazine induced a hypnotic state empowering thistles, blackberry bushes, and wild roses to unleash their fury and stake their claim by tearing at my flesh as I forged past them. The devil’s fetid breath tainted the rose note in Paloma Picasso so she no longer wafted nostalgic enchantment, but spiraled into the nightmarish twist of cloying entrapment. Underlying notes of patchouli and oakmoss flanked the fickle rose, intimidating her to convey the ripe earthiness of a freshly hollowed grave.

I brushed aside tree branches that had shielded me from the vacant stare of death and gingerly made my way past protruding tree roots and ruts along the unmarked trail to that cabin in the woods numbered 237—my father’s barbershop. Just as I willed myself to turn the handle to open the Fury’s door back then, I would summon the courage to do so again surrealistically…

 *What are your preferences in the genre of horror?

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #166: Ownership!

And don’t tell me what to do

And don’t tell me what to say

The song lyrics for “You Don’t Own Me” (1963), recorded by Lesley Gore, became an inspiration for younger women and are sometimes cited as a factor in the Second Wave Feminist Movement. Hurrah for female emancipation and empowerment all around! For me, the lyrics transcend relationships.

An Indie author by choice, writing affords me the freedom to tell my stories as I see fit without teetering on the edge of becoming a “best sellout”. I write stand-alone novels I’d like to read in my favorite genre—Contemporary.

My brand of Contemporary, “lit with grit,” embraces realism exonerating the lives of flawed, feisty females over forty who grapple with, confront, and overcome their personal dilemmas or inner demons. Their personal growth emancipates and empowers them to make profound life changes for the better.

By taking ownership, my stories are distinguished for dispelling the clichés that often accompany the genre of Women’s Fiction by the coined term, “Chick Lit”. The label conjures an image of frivolous, lighthearted fare with book cover images of cocktail glasses, designer handbags, and high heels.

On the contrary, my novels are descriptive, introspective, and explore the gamut of inner conflicts: convention vs. rebellion; fate vs. free will; loyalty vs. betrayal; unbridled love vs. sacrifice; death–inevitable or tragic?

There’s a book written for every preference, awaiting reader ownership and review.

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #163: Full Steam Ahead!

Warning: Mature Subject Matter with explicit content – Sex Scenes

Whether sublime or seductive, romantic or raunchy—it’s my contention as a novelist who writes in the genre of Contemporary Women’s fiction, to include sex scenes. Taking pride in branding my published works as “lit with grit,” fully-fleshed characters and realism define my storytelling.

Full steam ahead!

While making no apologies for the nature of my writing, I respect potential readers who prefer to forego the steam. Hence, I’ll include a disclaimer referencing mature subject matter or content some may find disturbing.

Mind you, I roll with the punch line, “there’s a time and place for everything”— vis-à-vis steam—expressed with finesse and, on occasion—graced with humor.

From Underlying Notes (First Printing – 2007; Second Printing – 2009) as narrated by Carla:

Joe puttered around in the barn, reorganizing his treasure troves of tools on the bench when I came up from behind, put my arms around his middle, and kissed his ear lobes and the back of his neck, dampened with sweat. Turned out, this gesture was the prelude to crude barn sex devoid of sentiment or foreplay, and consummated as I leaned back against the double stacked bags of fertilizer, grass seed, and bird feed.

With bottom outer and undergarments swimming at our ankles, Joe, fueled with high octane, straddled across my arched pelvis and thrust at full throttle in what amounted to a “short-go-round.” He bucked over me as though I were an untamed bronco in a “sudden death” rodeo championship, then sputtered like the prized John Deere tractor in the corner he rode to mow our lawn.

From An Enlightening Quiche (2016) as narrated by Augusta in reference to Gabe:

Time was of the essence—taking our time! Rather than treating our apparel as mutual trappings obstructing intimacy, or flirting with disaster by distorting fabric beyond repair from tugging, wrenching, tearing, and snagging, we transformed the act of disrobing into the sensual art of foreplay. Slowly and deliberately unbuttoning, unhooking, and unzipping, we kissed and stroked each newly revealed cross section before moving on to the next.

Devoid of concealment, we crossed the equator line, nibbling on each other’s lips before plunging the depths of French kissing, a conduit for channeling the conductive and convective flow of heat originating from the plexus of our blood vessels and nerves, radiating outward to sear our flesh from the fever and fervor of wantonness. Locked in position, our rhythmic motion rocked the blanketed turf beneath us, fracturing and fragmenting the landscape of my psyche as the release of sexual tension shook both of us to the core, shifting and displacing any preconceived notions I had about love before or since.

As for incorporating steamy sex scenes in books—“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.” (Marilyn Monroe)

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #119: The Pigeonhole

One Indie author among many who promotes in public forums, I strive for unique engaging ads with potential to garner clicks on my universal Amazon book link. This link enables me to gage its effectiveness on any given day.  If coming up with an original ad for one’s book isn’t challenging enough, I also find it necessary to distinguish my book in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction apart from “Chick Lit”.

It’s a fine line because Chick Lit is genre fiction which consists of heroine-centered narratives focusing on the trials and tribulations of its female protagonists. The genre often addresses issues of contemporary women from romantic relationships to female friendships.

That fine line? Written in humorous and lighthearted ways.

While the female protagonists/narratives in An Enlightening Quiche—town siren, Augusta Bergeron—and historian, Lindsay Metcalfe, may interject sardonic humor, the story they weave is anything but lighthearted.

The Chick Lit pigeonhole itself conjures images of fluff and frivolity with book cover images of cocktail glasses, designer handbags, and stilettos. Whereas, Contemporary Women’s Fiction seriously tackles the hopes, fears, and dreams of females.  In my book—they’re flawed, feisty and over 40 years of age!

I like to classify my Contemporary Women’s Fiction as “Lit with Grit” or “Fiction with Conviction” because my novel embraces realism and portrays women who grapple with, confront, and overcome their personal dilemmas to become empowered in making profound life changes for the better. My novel is descriptive, introspective, and explores the gamut of inner conflicts: convention vs. rebellion; fate vs. free will; loyalty vs. betrayal; unbridled love vs. sacrifice; death–inevitable or tragic?

That mentioned, at Amazon, my book is listed under:

Women’s Fiction > Friendship

Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women

Romance > Contemporary

http://mybook.to/AnEQuiche

Perchance, the book blurb and reviews will entice you to acquire “Lit with Grit”!