(And there’s a #giveaway. No, two giveaways!)
Why this topic? Because it’s Release Day for Lady of the Flames, which is as escapist as I get.
I know some people think of escapism as a dirty word, but I’m not one of them. I read for pleasure, for a break from real life. Don’t get me wrong – I have a good life – but I think everyone wants entertainment, escape, to be transported to somewhere different, whether through reading or TV or movies or games or whatever. We can be the fictional characters in our minds, live through their hopes and fears and triumphs, feel their satisfaction.
I’m addicted to magic, both writing and reading. Doesn’t have to be Harry Potter type magic, although I loved those books; it can be science fiction, time travel, vampire mysteries – anything that contains an element we don’t *usually* see in real life. (Note that I never, ever say never.) Even regular historical romance is magical to me, because it takes me to a time and place so different from the here and now. Distance is what I want, and with magic, that’s what I get.
I think one of the reasons I find it so hard to stick to one genre is that I want to write about all the things I love most in genre fiction—at the same time. Romance, mystery, suspense, magic, history…
I managed to slip everything but mystery into Lady of the Flames. (OK, there’s a wee bit of mystery, but it’s easily solved; this is in no way a whodunit.) I even slipped a hobgoblin in there, just because.
What do you want most when you’re reading for fun? Do you want some magic, like me, or do you prefer something closer to real life? One lucky commenter will receive an e-copy of either two of my novellas or one of my Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries, winner’s choice. Also, there’s a Rafflecopter below for a gift card giveaway.
Lady of the Flames e-book is available now for only 99 cents. (It won’t be that cheap forever.) Here are links to various retailers.
Amazon Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/Lady-Flames-Most-Peculiar-Season-ebook/dp/B00T0JAWLO/